Fashionable essentials for a September to remember.
A trio of colorful cocktails from La Chinesca
What do you get when you transform a forgotten Jiffy Lube station in the city’s Spring Arts neighborhood into an indoor-outdoor dining experience boasting major retro design vibes serving Mexicali dishes with Chinese American flair? That would be La Chinesca (lachinescaphl.com), the latest concept from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello of 13th Street Kitchens. Opened in June, Nicholas Bazik and David Goody oversee La Chinesca’s shareable fare, inspired by the pair’s pre-pandemic travels through northern Mexico’s Baja region: pineapple-kissed kampachi crudo, salt-and-pepper squid Caesar flecked with sesame seeds, and indulgent quesa birria tacos. Stick to specialty cocktails like the Michelada and the tequila-grapefruit On Empty to wash it all down.
Boyds Philadelphia is now carrying posh Parisian label Jacquemus.
If you need a reason to revive your lackluster wardrobe, Boyds Philadelphia (boydsphila.com) has five. The legendary Center City department store has a roster of new contemporary labels ripped straight from Paris runways and New York City sidewalks for fall. Gabriela Hearst, JW Anderson and Khaite are celeb-approved essentials. Two of the most exciting additions are Letanne and Jacquemus, both Boyds exclusives in Philadelphia. Missy Dietz, director of new business development, says that these Parisian fashion houses represent some of the season’s biggest trends. “Jacquemus is one of the hottest designers in fashion, renowned for its vibrant color palette, and Letanne’s luxury sweaters are one of our favorites this season.”
Smart Caviar Rose is the latest release from LAGOS
LAGOS (lagos.com) debuted its fine jewelry bracelet for the Apple Watch in 2018 and has quickly grown the bestselling collection from variations in stainless steel, 18K gold and sterling silver with diamonds to bold ceramic looks in white, pink, blue and black. For fall, LAGOS presents Smart Caviar in 18K rose gold in four styles, perfect to mix and match with all of your favorite pieces from the Philly-based brand. “My designs have always been inspired by the strong, smart women who shop LAGOS,” says founder and Creative Director Steven Lagos, who adds that customers gave him the idea for Smart Caviar Rose. The flagship Rittenhouse boutique is the only place to shop the full collection of Smart Caviar.
Be.Nue salon is now open in Society Hill.
Veteran Philadelphia hairstylist Jen Bisicchia, whose work has appeared in Vogue, Allure and The Wall Street Journal, has struck out on her own with a new Society Hill beauty concept called Be.Nue Studio (msha.ke/benuestudio). Joined by fellow stylist and friend Kaitlynn Gannon, the pair have opened the city’s first sustainably sourced salon suite. The full range of B Corp haircare line Davines lines the shelves of the boho-meets-California-cool space, where Bisicchia and Gannon create of-the-moment looks thanks to custom color, precision cutting and various extension techniques.
Assembly Lounge is part of The Logan Hotel’s new ultraluxe overnight package
Picture it: A lazy weekend stay in a plush presidential suite, a 20-course dinner with wine pairings, a private in-suite pianist playing John Legend hits, a morning couples massage before room service for breakfast. There’s no reason to wait until New Year’s Eve because every day is cause for celebration in these post-pandemic days. The Logan Hotel (theloganhotel.com) is inviting guests to get the 2020 experience they so richly deserve with a new, ultraluxury VIP overnight experience dubbed The New Roaring 20s.
Photography by: Ben Wentzel; Courtesy of Boyds Philadelphia; Courtesy of LAGOS; Courtesy of Be.Nue Hair Studio; Courtesy of Punch PR