PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH REDUX
“The spring/summer 2021 collection was inspired by memories,” says international fashion designer and preppy-chic tastemaker Tory Burch (toryburch.com) of her latest designs. “The purposeful craftsmanship of classrooms in my Quaker elementary school, woven baskets hanging in the mud room on our farm in Valley Forge, handmade quilts from Pennsylvania Dutch shops I used to visit in Reading, and handcrafted details from the places around the world I have been to and hope to see again.” With this vivid mood board of childhood moments in mind, Burch designed the new T Monogram. The classic allover Double T logo pattern is splashed on this season’s must-have bucket and camera bags in leather and classic Jacquard. As versatile as they are roomy, these accessories travel well—especially to Burch’s beloved destinations.
There’s a whole new way to get some much-needed R&R in Philadelphia, and it’s called Reset by Therabody (therabodyreset.com). The wellness center, which opened in Fishtown in November, is the first Therabody in the country to include not only a retail store but an entire area devoted to all things relaxing. Popular treatments like cryotherapy and Theragun massages top the menu, but the list goes on. Think tech-guided meditation, whole-body light therapy, LED facials, sound therapy, Therabody IV, lymphatic massages and more—all of which can be booked separately or as part of 30-minute signature packages with names like Immunity, Perform and Calm. Reserve now, thank yourself later.
The Barnes Foundation (barnesfoundation.org) is poised to make international news once again with Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint, March 7 to Aug. 8. The museum is the only U.S. location to host the exhibition, which travels to the Musée de L’Orangerie, Paris, for its second showing. The collection of 45 paintings considers the creative connection between Chaim Soutine and Willem de Kooning, who was heavily impacted by the expressionist artist’s work. Co-curators Simonetta Fraquelli, consultant curator for the Barnes, and Claire Bernardi, chief curator of paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, worked on this first-of-its-kind exhibition for two years. Fraquelli notes that there are interesting connections between the artists and Dr. Albert Barnes to consider. “Dr. Barnes first saw Soutine’s works in Paris in the 1920s. He bought them voraciously—over 50 works. This was one of the living artists he collected the most. He changed Soutine’s career.” The year after Dr. Barnes died in 1951, de Kooning traveled to the museum (then in Merion) to see the collection of Soutines.
When the pandemic hit, most of us turned our attention to Netflix and working from home—but one powerhouse trio of creative talents used their time in quarantine to launch a Main Line fashion maven’s dream e-boutique. Restaurateur Sydney Grims, photographer and founder of RSC Visuals Casey Robinson and Philadelphia Style’s own Antonia DePace share a love of thrifting antiques, fashion and vintage items—often encouraging each other to hunt, buy and hoard precious pieces. Grims and Robinson came up with the idea of starting a luxury consignment shop to feed their creative needs. After a few weeks, DePace was in on the project as well. “Vintage Addicts (mlvintageaddicts.com) started by me doing a yard sale to clean out my house and evolved into us consigning items for friends, family and beyond,” says Grims. After that first sale, the trio started attending auctions and estate sales to source their pieces. The boutique does a live drop on its Instagram page (@ vintage_addicts_) every Wednesday, featuring up to 100 antique finds. Some of the pieces they’ve curated and sold so far include Gucci bags, intricate chandeliers and handcrafted glassware—and they are always on the hunt for the next great find.
While attending high school near Beijing, China, Sarah Qi and Trista Tang became the best of friends. They even shared a mutual dream—creating a restaurant that radiated love and happiness. Twelve years after meeting and traveling to the U.S. for college, the pair opened Cake & Joe (cakeandjoe.com). The decision about where to open their cozy corner eatery specializing in, well, cake and joe was an easy one. “We’ve lived in Pennsport before, and when we saw this place become available, we loved everything about it. It’s a good location, and we knew it would make a really great corner shop,” says Qi. Instagram lovers have been flocking to the spot since it opened in December for the photo-worthy drink designs and colorful French desserts. The cafe’s must-try treats include the blood orange chocolate mousse, mango rare cheesecake and matcha light cream cake. To top off your treat, try the mini rose latte adorned with delicate pink petals.
Photography by: courtesy of Tory Burch