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Local Memorial Day Deals!

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Cute ensemble, huh? It's available now at Smak Parlour...


Arcadia BoutiqueNow through Monday, take 20 percent off any article of clothing featuring stars and stripes, including that of fave designers Alternative Apparel, DV by Dolce Vita and BB Dakota both in stores and online (promo code: STARS). Meanwhile, starting this weekend and continuing every weekend for the rest of the summer, the shop will be taking 50 percent off select vintage clothes and shoes. (819 N. Second St.)

Jay McCarrollFree shipping on all orders of $50 dollars or more (promo code: FREESHIP50). The Project Runway star is also marking down his colorful women’s Cambridge cardigans, originally $50 dollars, now just $35 dollars. Ends: Tue/28, 2pm.

Nicole MillerReceive an extra 20 percent off all sale items now through Monday either shopping online (promo code: spring20) or in the designer’s Center City location at The Bellevue. (200 S. Broad St.)

Three Sirens BoutiqueWith the exception of items by local designers/artists, this weekend, the Old City boutique is kicking off the summer season by taking up to 20 percent off their entire inventory of summer clothing and jewelry. The sale ends at 5 p.m. on Monday. (134 N. Third St.)

Concrete Polish You have till midnight on Monday to save 20 percent on your entire order when you shop the local jewelry line’s online store (check out code: BBQ). Should you want to see designer Angela Monaco’s jewels up close first, you can do so Monday night at Silk City during their Mad Decent Mondays dance party (10pm-2am).

South Moon UnderThis weekend only, take an additional 25 percent off all the store’s already marked down selection of spring/summer items. (1731 Chestnut St.)

Joan SheppPeruse the local retailer’s huge selection of Y-3 apparel and accessories for men and women as it will all be 25 percent off now through Monday. You can either shop online (promo code: MEM25) or stop by their Center City location for the full Shepp experience. (1616 Walnut St.)

KembrelSave 40 percent off full-priced items and/or 20 percent off already reduced items this weekend when you shop online (checkout code: MEMORIALWEEKEND). 



5 Vendors To Keep An Eye Out For at the Art Star Craft Bazaar

For anyone attending Art Star’s tenth annual craft extravaganza this weekend, it’s a good idea to have some sort of plan of attack mapped out before entering the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. With 100+ vendors competing for your time and attention, knowing which ones you definitely want to target might make the afternoon a little less overwhelming. So here’s five to consider adding to your must-see list.

Note: I’ve purposely chosen to exclude the local artisans who I’ve now written about numerous times on this here blog.  For instance, Joey Five Cents, Penelope Rakov, exit343 designs, Yardsale Press, Phea Jean, BirdQueen Designs, Concrete Polish Jewels, Made with Awesome, Jay McCarroll, etc.

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USB Typewriter (#51)

OK, so this is one of the most awesome inventions I’ve seen in a long time. Rather than simply collecting dust as useless piece of décor, now you can finally transform a broken, vintage typewriter into a functional keyboard for your Mac or PC using their easy conversion kit (which only cost about $79!). The USB Typewriter also makes for a perfect keyboard dock for your iPad or tablet.

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Farmhaus (#47)

Whether it’s an accent table, cabinet or candleholder, any one of this Kensington-based company’s handmade rustic, modern furnishings would make for a beautiful addition to your home. They are also all made using reclaimed wood and metals.

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Meera Lee Patel (#65)

One of only a few newcomers chosen to take part in this year’s bazaar, the New Jersey artist will be showcasing and selling a wide array of items, from original paintings and illustrated paper goods to hand-sewn tea towels and pillows.

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Overall Baby (#37)

What could be more adorable than infants and toddlers in overalls? Infants and toddlers in custom-made overalls with fun textiles and prints. The picture pretty much speaks for itself.

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Meerwiibli by Sarah-Maria (#46)

Comfort is paramount when it comes to this New York-based designer’s eccentric line of hand-sewn apparel and accessories. Hopefully, she’ll be bringing along a few of her super cute winter accessories, despite them now being out of season.



Get Your Shop On This Weekend

OK, so at this point, you’re probably trying to save up some cash before Black Friday and/or all the million different local holiday bazaars and craft shows. But as they say, the early bird catches the worm.

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In honor of VIX Emporium’s 5th anniversary, the West Philly treasure chest will be hosting an all-day bash featuring festive refreshments, live blues music and plenty of holiday merriments. Meanwhile, in addition to their usual array of handmade, one-of-a-kind goods from local crafters, featured fiber artist, Elissa Kara will be debuting an assortment of small pouches and purses in vintage fabrics along with some warm, colorful winter accessories. Saturday, 6-9pm. Free. VIX Emporium, 5009 Baltimore Ave.

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The Waldorf School of Philadelphia Holiday Fair and Craft Bazaar

If you’ve got kids, this is the idea holiday shopping event. While you check out the unique creations from over 30 juried artisans, your youngsters will get to run amuck in a special room where they’ll have a chance to buy their own gifts for their parents and grandparents. There will also be food, live music and several hands-on activities like candle dipping. If you don’t have kids, don’t like being around kids, or would like to ditch your kids so that you can shop in peace, tonight the school will be hosting a special free, adults-only candlelit dinner during which you’ll get first dibs on the arts and crafts. Fri., 6-10pm. Sat., 10am-5pm. $0-$5. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave. jay_mccaroll

Jay McCarroll Trunk Show

The always entertaining local fashion star will be temporarily setting up shop in Art Star, showcasing his collection of clothing, scarves and socks while no doubt providing some pleasant conversation. Seriously, he’s a hoot. While perusing the boutique’s adorable goodies, you’ll also enjoy free mimosas and snacks. Saturday, 11am-3pm. Free. Art Star, 623 N. Second St.



Art Institute Student Creates An Award-Winning Wedding Gown

Wedding Dress WinnerThe Art Institute of Philadelphia is swarming with talented young people and Adriana Maria is one of them.

Currently enrolled in the Institute’s Fashion Design Program, Adriana officially made a name for herself last month having won  Philadelphia Wedding’s “Sew in Love Fashion Showcase. Philadelphia Wedding, a publication of Philadelphia Magazine, asked design students to create a one-of-a-kind wedding gown that cost under $500. The dresses, refereed by Fashion Icon Nicole Miller, Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll, Danielle from Bridals by Danielle, Pattie Lamantia from The Wedding Shop, Mary Dougherty from MKDA Agency, Danielle Hoysa from Bridal Garden and Philadelphia Wedding’s Editor-in-Chief, Carrie Danny, were judged in three categories including creativity, execution, and emotional response.

Having been deemed the best of 21 entries (all from five local design schools including, Drexel, University of Delaware, Philadelphia University, and Moore College of Design), Adriana not only will have her dress (pictured left) featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding, but the budding new designer also won the chance to work closely with the Bridals by Danielle owner on her brand new eveningwear line.

Making the competition even more exciting, 50 percent of ticket proceeds from the April 20th reception event went to the non-profit organization, Wish Upon A Wedding, which provides wedding renewals for couples who face life-threatening illnesses.

Great job, Adriana!

~Michelle Mass



‘Launch Into Fashion’ Tonight at Moore

moore_collegeComplimenting established initiatives like DesignPhiladelphia and Philly Fashion Week, The Galleries at Moore College has just announced the launch of network, a new series of free networking events bringing emerging local designers and business and art professionals together to exchange ideas and make new connections.

The twice annual series kicks off tonight from 6-8 p.m with “network: Launch into Fashion.” Guests are invited to come rocking their favorite attire/accessories and will have a chance to mingling with some of Philly’s top designers and fashion experts while enjoying complimentary cocktails and the tunes of local DJ Sammy Slice.

The evening’s featured speakers include Elissa Bloom, executive director of the new Philadelphia Fashion Incubator—launching this spring at Macy’s Center City—and Jay McCarroll, Philly-based designer and winner of Project Runway, season one. Sounds like a hell of a Friday night to me! Especially considering it’s absolutely FREE. jay_mccarroll

While there, you should also check out the slew of really cool exhibitions currently on display. In the Wilson Gallery you’ll find Moore’s annual alumnae exhibition, which is being held in conjunction with FiberPhiladelphia and features fabric yardage designs, as well as a curated selection of fashion designs. Meanwhile, in the Levy Gallery you’ll find “A Circumstantial Assembly,” an exhibit exploring the diverse ways that contemporary artists are (re)interpreting fiber art-based traditions and techniques.

PW Style is sending a few of our fabulous interns to the event so check back Monday for a recap.



Release party for Habitat, latest fabric line by Jay McCarroll

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Habitat by Jay McCarroll

In October we were informed by the sewing superstars of Spool that Philadelphia designer Jay McCarroll was coming out with a new line of fabrics for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Today they have announced the release of this awesome line of fabrics and to celebrate they are hosting a party. On Saturday, February 12 from 2-5 p.m. you can sneak a peek at the new fabrics, enjoy some snacks and even meet the man behind the designs.



Tommy Hilfiger to receive Spirit of Design award from Philadelphia University

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This spring Tommy Hilfiger will be the ninth recipient of the Philadelphia University Spirit of Design award. He will accept the award at the Academy of Music on April 30 during the Philadelphia University Fashion Show as part of the university’s gala, Evening of Innovation. According to PhilaU Today Hilfiger is “very honored” to be receiving the award. Hilfiger also said, “I think it is incredibly important to give back and to support new designers interested in working in the fashion industry.” Previous recipients of the award include Geoffrey Beene and Philly’s own Jay McCarroll.



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