Convinced that the Philadelphia woman is no less stylish than her New York, London, or Parisian counterparts, store owner Ann Gitter has been stocking her boutique, Knit Wit, with the latest designers for years, introducing four to six new vendors every season. This spring she adds Minnie Mortimer, Zoe Karssen, and Gary Graham to the selection.
“The spring [runways] had a lot of prints and in general felt very lighthearted, so I’m carrying a lot of fun pieces this season,” Gitter says. Included are Paul Smith’s pencil skirts with bright, graphic daisies and his shrunken cardigans in a charming polka-dot print. Both exclusive to Knit Wit, the pieces offer a twist on classic wardrobe staples. “There is always something humorous [but classic] about Paul’s designs. You can wear the polka-dot cardigan to work, but it’s still cool enough to wear out to dinner or elsewhere,” says Gitter. “Plus, if you wear these pieces together, you get a great mix-and-match feel.” '
Combining contrasting prints was a big trend for Jil Sander Navy as well. The label’s navy and cream pleated striped skirt makes a statement when paired with a similarly colored, starburst-print cardigan. “If the skirt were done in any other fabric, it would look conservative, but the stripes are sewn in the wrong direction so they actually pop, and the competing patterns look fantastic together,” Gitter explains, citing Jil Sander Navy’s black slim coat as a favorite this season. “It’s exclusive to my store and features a gorgeous honeycomb fabric. Pair it with skinny pants and platform pumps, and you’d be absolutely stunning.” 1729 Chestnut St., 215-564- 4760