For this spring edition of GO WEST!, 50 local crafters will be selling their plethora of handmade goodies out in the fresh air at one of West Philly’s most beautiful and historic spots. This includes the adorable jewelry, accessories and home goods of Bee Vintage Redux; Kelly Anne Mifflin’s beautiful aeriums and Ben Isaiah’s incredibly intricate metal jewelry. Some other crafters to keep an eye out for: Fox Glove Factory, Fitbliss Organics, Communitea Clothing and Hipster Designs. There will also be live music, face painters and juggling acts throughout the day with Tiny Circus performing aerial feats at 3 p.m. Should those pesky April showers threaten the day’s festivities, there’s a rain date scheduled for Sunday. Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. @ The Woodlands (4000 Woodland Ave.)
I’m so peeved I’m just finding out about this! Open now through April 24, this pop-up shop features an array of affordable handmade goodies (ranging from $5-$100) from several awesome local crafters: Girls Can Tell (fun, diagram embellished housewares), Made by Hank (feminine vintage purses), Miss Millie (quirky porcelain housewares and accessories), Betsy Ann Paper (adorable handmade greeting cards), and Giant Dwarf (super girly/glam hair accessores). Needless to say, you’re going to want to check it out. Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. Through April 24. Free @ Philadelphia Art Alliance (251 S. 18th St.)
With the forecast calling for sunny skies and warm temps, what better way to spend Sunday afternoon than soaking up Japanese arts and culture under Fairmount Park’s beautiful cherry blossom trees? This annual centerpiece event of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia will feature a variety of demonstrations and workshops as well as live music and dance performances. Yet, perhaps the biggest draw are the spectacular fashions slated to be showcased: a Harajuku Fashion Show featuring the designs of local students and a Zenkaikon Cosplay Fashion Show in which anime fans will show off their crafting and costume skills, transforming themselves into their favorite characters. There’s even going to be a Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade! Seriously folks, it doesn’t get much better than that. Sunday, 10:30am-4pm. $5. @ Fairmount Park Horticulture Center (Montgomery Dr. & Belmont Ave.)
Should you feel like taking a little 45-minute drive this weekend, this bead and jewelry show—one of the largest on the east coast—is certainly worth the trip. Not only will there be hundreds of unique exhibitors selling an unbelievable array of beads, gems, stones and jewelry making supplies, but talented instructors will be on hand to teach you what to do with them. A total of 100 workshops will be held throughout the weekend including, bead embroidery, wire wrapping/weaving, torch enameling, metalsmithing and basic bead stringing. All workshops are free and $12 will get you admission the entire weekend. Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. $12. @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave. Oaks, PA)
For their monthly “2nd Girls Night Out” event, BellaNOR Boutique is hosting a Chinoo Designs trunk show. In addition to a runway show presenting the line’s spring/summer collection, guests will have a chance to meet the designer, Patricia Stewart while enjoying cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. The Mt. Airy boutique specializes in sophisticated, trendy clothing and accessories for women sizes 14-24, but welcomes ladies of all shapes to attend. Saturday, 5:30pm. Free. @ BellaNOR Boutique (7117 Germantown Ave.)
Founded in LA by a long time student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Confrontational Clothing offers clothing comfortable enough to workout in and stylish enough to wear when you’re done your workout. For the grand reveal of their spring/summer 2012 line, the brand is rolling out the rep carpet for a blowout fashion event featuring DJ Bizz, drink specials and of course, a few MMA fighters in attendance. Friday, 9pm-2am. Free. @ Red Zone (35 S. 2nd St.)
Ok, so Franklin Mills may be the second trashiest mall in Philly (the first being of course The Gallery). But with roughly 200 stores, including several outlets, there’s really no denying that it’s one of the city’s best shopping destinations—this weekend in particular. Several retailers will be offering deals on all the must-have fashions for spring including, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Bath & Body Works Outlet, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Rue 21, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Check their website for specifics. Fri.-Sat., 10am-9:30pm. Sun., 11am-7pm. Free. @ Franklin Mills Mall (1455 Franklin Mills Circle)
This Saturday, Free People is celebrating V-Day by hosting one of four different DIY events at each and every one of their U.S locations. Here in their new Philly home, they’ll be setting up a craft station with everything you’ll need to make an unraveling love letter—all while marveling at their stunning merchandise and enjoying complimentary Valentine snacks and drinks. Saturday, 12pm-3pm. Free. @ Free People (1625 Walnut St.)
Tomorrow and Saturday, Three Potato Four is hosting a shopping event at their Manayunk brick and mortar store showcasing an array of local, handcrafted goodness. In addition to TPF’s selection of salvaged/re-purposed furniture and décor, you’ll find hand-bound journals by Peg and Awl, Giant Dwarf’s recycled fabric hair accessories and really awesome prints/posters/illustrations by The Heads of State. The event kicks off tomorrow night with a party from 6-9 p.m with live bluegrass music, treats from Sweetbox Cupcakes, Say Cheese’s mobile grilled-cheeses and bangin’ cocktails by Art in the Age. Friday, 6-9pm. Saturday, 10am-6pm. Free. @ Three Potato Four (376 Shurs Ln., Bldg. A)
Having attended the first edition last Sunday at Tattooed Mom, I can assure you this is one Valentine’s DYI event worth attending. It’s simple: walk in, choose from one of Blackheart Letterpresses’ four different V-Day cards, decide who you want to send it to, pick out the letters of their name, hand it to the nice gentleman and BAM!—you’ve got yourself a free, handmade card to send to a loved one. They’ll also be bringing along their selection of funny and Philly-centric coasters, bookmarks and prints should you want to get a cheap gift while you’re at it. Saturday, 4-8pm. Free. @ Community Cultural Exchange (706 South St.)
Whether you’re looking for craft projections, stylish slideshows, or just up-to-the-minute details on local sales and deals, the best place to get the hook up is Twitter. Here’s 10 of our fave folks to follow.
DIY-nistas Erin and Megan let their Twitter followers peep previews of new merch as well as updating with info about exhibits in their NoLibs store.
Arcadia’s Ali McCloud updates frequently to alert readers about new merchandise and sales, as well as events in her NoLibs boutique. (We’re patiently awaiting her official word on the new Rittenhouse store!)
The Examiner’s Michelle Conron has her finger to the pulse of Philadelphia’s style scene and is happy to share her tips with you.I have to be honest, I’m still not 100 percent sure I get The Philadelphia Collection’s mission. It’s not Philly Fashion Week. It’s not Fashion’s Night Out. But it does mean a lot of well-dressed people wandering around town.
Despite the obnoxious use of “ph,” this Tweeter makes it her business to know what’s up in the fashion world. Following this account ensures that you’ll be able to hold conversation at your next cocktail party.
Local craftslady Sue Eggen (you know her flower headbands) is always an interesting read.
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