The latest in Philly fashion.
Kit and Ace founders Shannon and JJ Wilson.
Fishtown welcomes neighbors from the north this season with the opening of Vancouver-based Kit and Ace, in October. Known for its functional fabrics and pieces that incorporate its Technical Cashmere (think items like core T-shirt styles that allow for no-fuss cleaning and which retain their shape throughout the day), Kit and Ace offers a luxe contemporary style that cofounders Shannon and JJ Wilson found to be lacking in modern performance wear. “We offer clothing that allows you to move through your day with ease,” says JJ. And with the change from summer to autumn, there’s no better way to transition into a cooler wardrobe than with sophisticated looks that keep up with a busy lifestyle. 1424 Frankford Ave.
Classic loafers from Jay Butler.
Philly native Justin Jeffers’s business was born from a hobby—his lifestyle website, The Fine Young Gentleman, launched in 2010. “Over the course of writing the blog, I realized there was a lack of very well-priced, yet very well-made, casual shoes, like loafers,” he says. Launched in late 2014, his Jay Butler brand, for which he serves as creative director, celebrates classic men’s footwear styles with an eye for materials: suede, leather, alligator, ostrich. This fall, get a fi rst look at new styles like cap-toe oxfords and wingtips, plus a collection of women’s handbags, at one of Jay Butler’s upcoming trunk shows. 1701 Walnut St., 215-792-3127
Sketch by local designer Conrad Booker, one of the Fashion Incubator’s designers-in-residence.
With more than 40 different offerings—trunk shows, parties, workshops, runway shows, and more—The Philadelphia Collection is one of fall’s most anticipated events. Now in its sixth year, the citywide retail celebration kicks off its weeklong run with the Macy’s Center City & Philadelphia Fashion Incubator runway show inside the namesake department store. October 7–14
“It’s my favorite brand right now,” says Ashley Taylor of LA–based L’Atiste. Here, a look from its current collection, available at DFTI.
After having worked as a buyer in the retail business for fi ve years, Ashley Taylor noticed a gap in the fashion world for those who didn’t want to break the bank every time they shopped. That’s when Taylor came up with the idea for DFTI (Dress for the Image Boutique)—a contemporary store with price tags under $100. The shop is “a unique blend of color-coordinated racks tied in with a West Coast fl air,” she says. Each week, new pieces are ordered from brands like L’Atiste and Endless Rose to keep the store’s collection fresh, trendy, and—most importantly—affordable. 2026 Chestnut St., 267-758-6790
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM AND KEV PHOTOGRAPHY (KIT AND ACE)