LEFT: Nathan Yolz, Jennifer Carroll, Stephen DeLorean, and Michael Collantes work the kitchen at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert for the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner and what was Carroll’s last night in the kitchen here; RIGHT: With David Boreanaz at Philadelphia Style magazine’s VIP reception following the world premiere of his new film, The Mighty Macs
|FROM TOP: With Bobby Flay at the recent opening of his second local Bobby’s Burger Palace; On the red carpet with Jamie Reibenbach at Joan Shepp and Philadelphia Style’s Serious Fashion party|
Yet another fun-filled holiday season is upon us in Philadelphia, and all talk has turned to shopping. In my day-to-day life, shopping—or “retail,” as we like to say here at Philadelphia Style—is always an important topic, since it immediately calls to mind clothing. The world of fashion informs so many of our pages in a variety of ways, from simply writing about the latest trends to determining what the wardrobe might be for a photo shoot.
What is particularly exciting about shopping in and around Philadelphia this season is the uptick in new stores. It’s not just that there is more gifts to chose from during those marathon buying sessions—it means that retail is thriving here in a very real, very obvious way.
The news, much of which we have covered over the past few issues, bears repeating. Michael Kors staked a claim in the suburbs with a spacious store at the Cherry Hill Mall, as did Hugo Boss. Along Walnut Street, Jack Wills and Barbour have tapped into the preppy-cool aesthetic of Philadelphia. And at the King of Prussia Mall, Ermenegildo Zegna and Wolford upped the style quotient significantly with their highly anticipated openings. Even longtime designers are recommitting to local retail: Lagos, which has maintained its sole jewelry boutique in Rittenhouse Square for two decades, unveiled a new store concept both inside and out and marked the occasion with a Champagne-filled fête. The list goes on.
Individually, each store promises a new experience; collectively, they promise so much more—a firm foundation upon which to build as other brands size up the City of Brotherly Love for their next outpost. As we start ticking off those holiday wish lists, let’s remember that our fabulous shops are worth celebrating not just at the holidays, but all year long.