Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
There’s something to be said about a creative or creatives who follow their dreams. It’s not always a crystal staircase. Launching a business off of a creative pursuit, for example fashion, can be hard. Especially in a business where one minute you’re in and the next you’re yesterday’s news. However, for Philly’s own N¥ce and Hømm of Jeantrix, they are celebrating over ten years in the fashion biz, they are continuing to follow their dreams.
Starting with a pair of sneakers in 2004, N¥ce and Hømm – who are best friends btw – began customizing ordinary clothing into wearable art. Their signature aesthetic of punchy colors and NSFW sayings adorned t-shirts and Timberland boots. One of their signature quotes is "Follow Your (expletive) Dreams", a saying that encourages people to follow their passions, no matter who say otherwise.
Since, the brand has escalated to include rugged street wear staples such as distressed jeans, leather jackets (with plenty of embellishments) and handcrafted accessories such as jewelry and hats. What started as a hobby for the two became a showcase of individuality and expression.
Recently, we caught up with the eclectic duo this month at their collaborative event with Dr. Martens. The pair was on hand to customize “out of the box” expressions of art on shopper’s boots. As the DJ spinned, N¥ce and Hømm went to work remixing the already rebellious footwear with their even edgier designs.
“Having been fans of the Dr. Martens brand for many years, this event was truly a surreal experience and a dream come true for us! In the meantime our team has plans on putting some customized Docs on our website (www.jeantrix.com) and meeting with the corporate offices of Dr. Marten in order to discuss future ventures”.
In the meantime, we’ll stay on the look out to see what next Jeantrix has up their heavily embellished funky sleeve.
All photos by C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Having a hard to trying to figure out what to give your bae this Valentine’s Day?
Perhaps a card and flowers just won’t suffice. Since Philly is the home of brotherly love and sisterly affection, the city is chock full of fab places to shop for the special person in your life. To help you zero-in on the ideal gift, we rounded up the best local shops for your Valentine’s Day shopping.
Check out our top picks below! And, check out this VISIT PHILADELPHIA Valentine's Day guide for everything you need to know about V-Day 2014 in Philly.
Predominately for the guy in your life, Armour is chock full of cool gift ideas including ties, pocket squares, gentleman flasks, and neckwear. The perk, shop now through Sunday February 15th and receive 25% off all jewelry and underwear.
Whether it’s fancy baubles or a retro inspired dress, Things I like offers prime V Days options for your lady friend.
Who doesn’t love a specifically crafted piece of jewelry for V Day? Moon + Arrow offer some of the chicest finds this city has to offer. What’s even better; get 20 percent off all M+ A jewelry, 20 percent off select red and pink items and 10 percent off all candles and body products through February 15.
Looking to give your bae a new look? F + N can help in that department. The shop serves as a hair salon meets photography studio meet lifestyle boutique. What’s better? They have 30 percent off Apothia fragrances and a $10 pre-loved styling rack.
Not sure what to give someone for V Day? Be it a friend, your boss, or an ex you’re still in contact with, Open House has great options. Again, there’s a huge sale going on!
On February 6 and 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry at The Annenberg Center in University City. Her two-night engagement, dubbed My Father’s Daughter, is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s emotionally-charged story of survival and victory. MORE INFO
Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese first appeared on the scene lending her sweet background vocals to some of Philly's top R&B/Soul artists, including Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Vivian Green. On February 11, Laurin brings her jazz stylings back to The Kimmel Center for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their free, monthly jam session a.k.a. Sittin' In. MORE INFO
GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. His latest album Mali has garnered the attention of fans and industry veterans alike for effortlessly blending rap, poetry, blues and soul to create his undeniable signature sound. This month, the buzz-worthy singer/songwriter lands in Philadelphia for a night of unstoppable music at World Café Live on February 11. MORE INFO
Born from the same Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. The pair signed to Hidden Beach Recordings and released their debut record Surrender to Love in 2003. The critically acclaimed album, which included the popular songs "Stars" and "Far Away," earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City. MORE INFO
Philly do-gooders: Looking for your next dope party with a purpose? Join Black Thought of The Roots on February 21 as he hosts the 5th Annual Let's Move It Philly Party at Trilogy Nightclub. Keeping with this year’s theme, Philly Classics, The Roots frontman has enlisted fellow Philadelphia music icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rich Medina to hold down the party playlist. And, there will be plenty of signature Philadelphia bites and cocktails to go around. Grab your tickets now, because you won't want to miss this chance to pay it forward and party like only Philly can. MORE INFO
Luke James first gained major attention as a background vocalist and songwriter—lending his impressive skills to co-pen hit songs, including Tank's "I Hate U," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," and "Crawl " by Chris Brown, to name a few. Now signed to Mercury Records and riding high off since the release of his self-titled debut album, Luke James is returning to Philly, this time to perform at Underground Arts alongside industry R&B/pop newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid. MORE INFO
OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After meeting in first grade and then bonding over their mutual love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group—and the rest is history. Now, popular DIY, indie hip-hop artists, OCD has built a devoted following of fans and boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 12 million YouTube views. The pair even landed a headlining gig during last year’s Forbes’ Under 30 Festival alongside fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot The TLA as they hold it down for their hometown crew. MORE INFO
On February 16, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared towards the next gen of music makers and moguls and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers. Hosted by Bruce Warren of WXPN, In The Mix features music by former Master of the Mix contestant DJ Royale and is free and open to all levels of music industry professionals. Get the details here.
Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry star—take note, because this Philly native set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/pop newcomer is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on the Philly 360° Playlist. Listen to the track here.
Melissa Alam is one of Philly’s many young, savvy hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she founded for female entrepreneurs. For this edition of Philly 360°’s WGMH, Melissa gives us the deets on why she loves to work, live and play in the popular neighborhood of Old City. Get to know her and her neighborhood here.
Since Philly’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping our city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia continues to celebrate this rich heritage with a host of Black History Month events, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and more. Still making plans? Check out our top picks.
Throughout 2015, Philly 360° will showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. For January, we start the year off with serial entrepreneur and "Jill of all trades," Melissa Alam of Old City.
Melissa is one of the city’s young hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she found last September for female entrepreneurs. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe her schedule, hence why Old City; one of Philly’s most beloved and historic neighborhoods, is a prime location for her to navigate to all the necessary hotspots throughout the city.
Established in 1702 by William Penn and the Quakers when first settled, Old City is the eldest section of Philly spanning from Front and Sixth Streets between Vine and Walnut Streets. In fact, much of the colonial foundation is still intact with some brick buildings dating back to the early 18th century.
Today, Old City has become a hub for boutique coffee shops, innovative art galleries, and a unique shopping experience. Worth to be noted, every first Friday of the month, denizens flood the streets of Old City visiting galleries, shops, and sampling the tastes of the neighborhood; making it a lively and enjoyable experience.
Find out about Melissa’s hood below! And, check out this comprehensive Visit Philadelphia guide for a look at all things Old City.
Melissa: Where business meets pleasure meets history meets art meets style - all while on beautiful cobblestone sidewalks.
Melissa: I usually start my day off with a delicious dirty chai from Cafe Ole, work all day at my co-working space The Hive, and then occasionally have a retail therapy moment at some of the local boutiques such as Smak Parlour and Sugarcube. When the weather is nice, I’ll take a stroll down the Race Street Pier — it’s so beautiful it hurts!
Melissa: Old City has a mix of everything without being too commercial or overly saturated with people. I've gotten to know a lot of the small business owners around the neighborhood, and they're extremely welcoming and supportive of each other. There's also a unique international presence here with a lot of visitors stopping by the neighborhood's historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Elfreth's Alley and the National Constitution Center. It’s like an extroverted area with introverted tendencies. The shops are small, the restaurants are intimate and it has a pretty eclectic nightlife scene on either side of Market Street.
Meliisa: I love the art scene, so make sure to visit the galleries all over the neighborhood during First Fridays. Expect live music, free booze, interesting art and new friends!
Cafe Ole - 147 N. 3rd Street
Smak Parlour - 219 Market Street
Sugarcube - 124 N. 3rd Street
Elfreth's Alley - 124 Elfreth's Alley
The Liberty Bell - 6th and Market Streets
The National Constitution Center - 525 Arch Street
The Hive - 222 Market Street
Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.
This month, American Dreaming returns with DeShields as the featured talent for their hot new concept, Passion Share. For this inaugural event, the buzz-worthy designer will give attendees the skills they need to fashion their own dope wears from scratch.
The two-day, two hour classes will teach attendees how to use a sewing machine, all the different notions and tools needed for sewing, measuring, cutting and other techniques. Attendees will also learn how to make a pattern and sew a simple dress for yourself. American Dreaming will provide the fabric and pattern paper.
FYI — if you have a sewing machine, then you are encouraged to bring it along. Otherwise they will have sewing machines available to rent for the two-day course.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.
In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
Step into this space this Friday to take in the collection and to experience First Friday at The Barnes.
Join OneHunted and the Barnes for a toast to the new year and a celebration of Dr. Barnes's birthday with the music of M'Balia Singley, performed by Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Mike Boone and Anwar Marshall. Attendees can also meet fashion designer Wale Oyejide, whose menswear line Ikiré Jones marries African aesthetics with Neapolitan tailoring. Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey will be hosting the program.
With the Barnes' amazing collection and OneHunted's perfectly curated lineup of entertainment, there's no better way to kick off the New Year and celebrate First Friday than this party. Check it out!
Philly, step out and enjoy the cooler side of Philly's music, fashion and art scenes. That's right — The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is back with another packed lineup highlighting some of the top influencers and artists which are powering our city's ever-evolving creative movement.
Tyrone Dixon, Philadelphia Wine Mixer founder and President of LITM Marketing Group, had this to say when intereview on why he started this popular event,
"The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is a celebration of culture. I decided to create this event because I noticed the overwhelming talent in our city,"
Reserved seating participants will enjoy the fashion showcase, open wine bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The VIP reception will be sponsored by Spoodee Wine. If you want to get a feel for the vibe and crowd, then be sure to check out our recap video below.
Grab your tickets today and we'll see you there! Let's go.
The city's new reigning queen of design, Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire — right here in Philadelphia
A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12. Known for her use of vivid colors and graphic prints with contemporary cuts, Streater took home the big Project Runway win thanks to her clear design vision and expert execution.
Streater recently debuted her latest collection during New York Fashion Week, and we were there to capture it all. Check out our recap video below for a behind-the-scenes look.
On Friday, December 5 Dom Streater will host a kick-off event celebrating her holiday season pop-up shop at Knit Wit from 6 to 8 p.m. Guest can enjoy refreshments and light bites as they shop Dom's Fall/Winter collection, which features an array of coats, scarves, tops and bottoms.
The collection will be available for purchase at Knit Wit throughout the month of December or until merchandise sells out! So, definitely make your way to this hot Rittenhouse retails spot and grab one of Dom's fresh designs while you can.
Philly-bred design and lifestyle brands Kings Rule Together and Veteran Freshman are joining forces to present an evening with buzz-worthy author Alex Elle. This emerging influencer has cultivated her sizable following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on natural hair care, and her latest book of poetry Words from a Wanderer. Elle’s work relates to a generation of entrepreneurial woman learning to love themselves and chase their dreams.
This month, R&B songstress Jhene Aiko hits Philadelphia with her Enter The Void Tour. Philly fans last saw the Souled Out singer/songwriter holding it down at an underground Vitamin Water Uncapped event in North Philly and of course on the mainstage during this year’s Roots Picnic. Aiko will perform at The Electric Factory along with alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and popular soul band The Internet.
Hip-hop and entertainment great Common is returning to Philly to promote his 10th studio release, Nobody’s Smiling. His 13-date tour kicked off last month and includes appearances by underground hip-hop artist and producer Jay Electronica. You can catch the duo as they hit The TLA on South Street on December 8. Insider tip — cross the street and grab a cheesesteak from Ishkabibbles before, or after, the show.
Robert Glasper first made a name for himself playing behind some of the hottest soul artists in the industry. Destined to step out into the spotlight as a solo act, The Blue Note recording artist has now released seven studio project featuring prominent acts like Ledisi, Jill Scott, Bilal, Brandy and Erykah Badu. In 2013, Glasper achieved new levels of success, landing a GRAMMY for his album, Black Radio.
Wine lovers: Grab a glass, and get ready for the next installment of the Philadelphia Wine Mixer. This seen-and-be-seen event fuses music, art and fashion—presenting the very best of Philly’s dope creative scene. The December edition of this popular mixer takes place at Northern Liberties hotspot, Impact Hub.
Every third Friday, Art Sanctuary presents the very best of Philly’s local music scene with Sanctuary LIVE!. This month, audiences will rock out to the soulful sounds of Philly-based jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese. A Philly transplant by way of Cleveland, Laurin’s pitch-perfect sound has won her a cult following of music lovers and gigs alongside serious industry heavyweights like Adam Blackstone, Vivian Green and Bilal.
Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the world. His credits includes work with renowned acts of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and many more. The December 22 show at World Cafe Live includes appearances by soul singer Avery Sunshine and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson.
Still searching for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further. Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you share local Philly flavor with the ones you love. Check out our post for some great shopping ideas.
Red Bull’s Canvas Cooler Project landed in Philadelphia for the first time, presenting 20 emerging local artists who each transformed a blank, canvas-wrapped cooler into a signature work of art. The Philadelphia event included a fresh lineup of talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular Instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson. Watch our recap video for a behind-the-scenes look at this event.
Philly-born visual artist American Queen TJD just opened an exciting new exhibit at Art Sanctuary. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," the show will run through the end of the year and includes 15+ pieces of TJD’s graphic, graffiti-inspired paintings. Click here for details.
This month, the East Coast gets its first taste of Flash, a dance theater duet featuring Philly hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and Japanese butoh dance artist Michael Sakamoto. The duo performs at The Painted Bride on December 12 and 13. Fans can also get a special First Friday preview at the Barnes Foundation. Get more details here.
Tis the season to shop, and with that comes the stress of overcrowded malls, packed shopping bags, and merciless long lines waiting to get your hands on a special holiday gift. Sounds fun? We didn’t think so.
Yet, some of Philly’s most vibrant neighborhoods are brimming with exquisite local shopping. Be it an indie nouveau mom and pop shop specializing in edgy accessories to one of Philly’s latest and most innovative discount department stores (we’re looking at you Century 21), there’s plenty of neighborhood holiday shopping across the city to choose from.
Instead of clamoring the malls for last minute finds, here’s our neighborhood gift guide to help you in your holiday shopping endeavors!
Hipster Home: Winner of "Best Housewares Store in Philadelphia" by Fox 29, Hipster Home features contemporary and organic home furnishings for those with an affinity for eccentricity. For the holidays, they have awesome gifts for under $25. You cannot beat that! 8236 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill.
Duke & Winston: Having recently opened their new flagship shop in Center City, Duke & Winston will feature 20 percent off storewide on Black Friday. Perfect to stock up on those knit sweaters and hoodies for this winter! 1822 Chestnut St, Rittenhouse.
Boyds: Known as one of Center City much beloved high end department store, from Wednesday, November 26th, through Sunday, November 30th, get 25 percent off select suits, sport coats, sportswear and women's fashion. This means everything from Gucci to Jimmy Choo. 1818 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Armour: One of the best kept secrets in Queen Village, Armour boasts a bevy of smartly curate menswear brands including Hyden Yoo to Philly’s own Danny Fox. From Black Friday on, get 25 percent off and if you bring a friend who’s never visited the shop, receive an additional 5 percent off. 704 South 4th Street, Queen Village.
Century 21: If high end designer discounts at a very reasonable price get you in the holiday spirit, Century 21 is your haven. 821 Market St, Market East.
Ritual Ritual: The NoLibs denizen has long favored this hip and edgy hotspot known for its eclectic men’s and women’s apparel and decadent jewelry. For Black Friday and Saturday, get up to 40 percent off select items and 15 percent off the entire store. If you spend over $200, you’ll get a free Ritual Ritual candle! 816 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
La Colombe: The newly opened flagship of La Colombe’s Fishtown home, features some of the best and inexpensive holiday coffee around. Most of the holiday gift boxes range from $34 to $40, perfect for the coffee nut in your life. 1335 Frankford Ave, Fishtown.
Art In The Age: Known for their in house handcrafted goods such as popular spirits ROOT and SNAP, the flagship boutique also offers a vast collection of apparel and Warby Parker glasses. For Small Business Saturday, shoppers will receive 20 percent off the entire store (with the exception of consignment items). 116 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Piper Boutique: Right on Upenn’s campus, Piper Boutique features plenty of slinky holiday dresses and work wear for the fun loving, chic lady always on the go. On Black Friday, the store will open at 5AM for 50 percent off of everything. That’s a major perk to trek into West Philly to do some holiday shopping! 140 S 34th Street, University City
United By Blue: Aside from its Old City location, the recently opened West Philly outpost of United By Blue features everything from artisanal coffee to chic Hershel knapsacks. For Black Friday, receive 20 percent off storewide. 144 North 2nd Street, Old City; 3421 Walnut Street, University City
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