Having grown accustomed to shopping at the same places due to convenience and a busy schedule, I felt instantly refreshed and ready to make impulsive yet excellent purchases upon entering Old City’s Lost + Found.
Located on 3rd and Cherry Sts., I entered the shop to find a multi-hued rack of flannel shirts to my left, cases of jewelry in front of me, and a plethora of scarves and bags to my right. In any other store I might’ve found this overwhelming, but part of what made shopping at Lost + Found so enjoyable and relaxing was the clean and well organized interior.
The store sells every piece you’d need for an outfit besides unmentionables. From flowing tops with bold prints to casual pieces in solids or basic stripes, there is something to fit everyone’s style aesthetic. In addition, they carry dresses for both day and night as well as a modest vintage section filled with a variety of playful and classic sweaters, as well as great coats. Most new styles start at $40 while there were two lofty sales racks with great finds.
Being a broke college student, there’s nothing more depressing than walking down Walnut Street near Rittenhouse Square. The only problem is there are identical stores all around the country…it’s almost impossible to find anything unique. I can understand shopping national stores if they’re your only choice, but Philadelphia has so many boutiques to explore, each one different from the next. I walked down 3rd street and visited four completely different stores in two blocks, each catering to a different sense of style.
Sugarcube is a swank boutique on 3rd and Arch streets. Their unique selection of clothing ranges from a sexy faux leather dress to sophisticated men’s cashmere cardigans with vintage and new clothing sprinkled throughout the store. Laid back owners Elisa and Edward were eager to help customers with every need without breathing down their necks, a huge plus in our book. While the prices are what one would expect of a high end boutique, the quality and selection of clothing makes it worth every penny. In addition to great quality, the store sells Williamsburg Garment Company selvedge denim, one of only a handful in the country, for significantly cheaper than any national store carrying selvedge denim. The chic atmosphere and eclectic range of clothing makes this boutique one to check out next time your wallet is burning a hole in your pocket. More »
Recently established local dye house BLUEREDYELLOW held a great dye workshop this past Thursday at Art in the Age, where their red, blue, and yellow-dyed garments have recently been picked up (as well as necklaces and scents). Elissa Meyers and Mira Adornetto, the affable pair behind the brand, showcased their processes for creating hand-dyed garments using natural, locally grown pigments and ancient dying techniques. After, the sizable crowd was led through the process of dyeing kerchiefs (supplied) using a five gallon fermented indigo vat, some gloves, and a bag of rubber bands. Find out more after the jump.
Waiting one’s turn to dye.
Crowded around the dyeing tubs.
Dyed pieces oxidizing before a vinegar bath.
Any fashionista worth her salt in Jimmy Choos knows about the designer discount site Rue La La. Well Philadelphia style lovers hold on to your stilettos, because the sample sale site has launched a local version called “Rue Philadelphia”.
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By day she’s a custom bike builder at Bell’s Bike Shop; by night she DJs at Drinker’s Tavern and is a guest dj at Kensington Kittens at Atlantis. It’s a wonder Jacci Stallone even has time to blog, at Being Perfect is Hard, and plan an online vintage boutique. As a member of Chictopia’s style council and the Vice Blog Network, Jacci brings Philly’s hard edge to every outfit she touches, but still manages to make it something every girl could wear. We decided to ask Miss Stallone a few questions.
Hometown? Newport, Rhode Island. I moved to Philly when I was 17 to study fashion at Drexel; I dropped out after sewing through my finger. However, I recently acquired a sewing machine, so I hope to give it a go again. I have too many ideas in my head and ignoring them would be a waste.
Have you always been interested in fashion? I was into layering crazy outfits in the first grade; one time my grandmother was embarrassed to be seen with me in public because my outfit was too crazy.
How would you describe your style? Dude, I don’t even understand my own style. I’m all over the place, but I think the music I listen to can have an influence on what I’m wearing. Sometimes it’s Nancy Sinatra, Wu Tang, Gucci Mane, My Bloody Valentine, the list goes on and on.
Any other influences? I’m always inspired by past decades. I love the ’30s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Skateboarders of the ’70s, supermodels of the ’80s, Tupac Shakur, Peggy Moffitt, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Tallulah Bankhead, Betsey Johnson, older women who haven’t lost their edge and style.
How do you keep up with fashion? As a kid I would read Cosmo, but now I constantly scour the internet for fashion news. I keep up with Elle.com and Style.com for all the new fashion shows and read a lot of blogs like Kingdom of Style, Dirty Flaws, and Style Bubble. I’ve been reading Nylon since I was 15. I read other magazines too, like Oyster, V, British Elle and Harper’s Bazaar.
Favorite designers? Ossie Clark, Betsey Johnson, Jeremy Scott, Ashish, Rudi Gemreich, David Koma, Melody Ehsani, Stella McCartney, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, anything that makes me go “WOW!”
Finally, what makes fashion important to you? I feel like I somewhat breathe fashion. It’s always on my mind in some way, whether I want it to be or not.