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Bela Shehu's Private School is Back in Session

By Joann Greco | October 22, 2019 | Lifestyle


Last spring, some 4,000 curious souls made their way over to the Loft District to experience Private School (, a 30-day happening that brought visual and performing artists, chefs, and makers together for an ongoing, ever-changing, curated shoppable experience. This fall, the pop-up returns for a season-long extravaganza slated to open in October and run until the end of the year that guarantees more “discovery and exploration and boundary-pushing” than ever, according to the event’s founder, fashion designer Bela Shehu. “The setting will be different, but what remains is the idea of creating an environment where makers and consumers can interact with each other.” The details haven’t been ironed out yet, but Shehu promises the reappearance of popular experiences like the CBD-centric “high tea” and “class photo day,” where professional clothing designers, makeup artists, and shooters worked their magic on participants. “Philly is such a great market for creatives,” she says. “For me, this is like a barn-raising. Everyone gets excited, shares the same goals and works as a collective to build a wonderful thing.”

Photography by: Photo by Jillian Guyette