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CONTEST: Enter The Create Your Own Phillyosophy Summer Photo Contest For A Chance To Win A Spot On An I-95 Billboard & More

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • July 23, 2014
    • Phillyosophy
      • Phillyosophy
      • Photo Credit: Visit Philadelphia

Attention Philly Selfie Fanatics: Here's your chance to turn that camera around and win big! Our friends at VISIT PHILADELPHIA just  launched the Create Your Own Phillyosophy Contest to give photo-happy fans of Philadelphia the chance to show off the city they love.

From July 22 through August 3, just capture a great photo of Philadelphia and go to visitphilly.com/contest to pair the shot with one of six Phillyosophy lines and then upload the photo that goes best with the line of choice.

An evolution of the With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, Phillyosophy allows Philadelphians and Philly-lovers alike to channel their inner philospher, and showcase everything they love about our town. The contest not only gives you a chance to show off Philadelphia, but you could also be selected to be featured on an I-95 billboard, and receive a trip to Philadelphia!

To select the finalists, VISIT PHILADELPHIA will choose the most compelling photos that pair best with the lines, and meet the technical requirements (300DPI). The photos will then appear on the Visit Philly Facebook page and visitphilly.com, where the public can view the photos and vote for their favorite August 11-17.

After the voting period, the winning photo will be featured on a VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ billboard on I-95 in the fall of 2014.

In addition to bragging rights, the winner receives a free weekend getaway in Philadelphia, including a two-night stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel!

Click here to read the complete rules and regulations.

Get snapping and enter daily here through August 3.

Create Your Own Phillyosophy Contest


(A version of this post originally appeared on UWishunu.com)

Sincerely Syreeta Presents Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series Featuring Ebony Editor Melanie Yvette Martin - Thursday, July 17

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • July 15, 2014
    • Sincerely Syreeta - The Live Interview Series
      • Sincerely Syreeta - The Live Interview Series
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sincerely Syreeta

Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the second edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.

On Thursday, July 17 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the second Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor of Ebony.com. Melanie has local ties to Philadelphia by way of Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Communications.

Melanie has always been in love with beauty, style, and female empowerment which was manifested early in her college career as the host of her own radio show, Fabulously Focused.  Her devotion to female empowerment continues to be seen and felt as the written voice behind Beautifully Brown, a weekly column where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the brown girl’s perspective.

Melanie will be interviewed about her personal journey, trends in beauty and style, being a brown girl in the media industry, building a beauty/style based media brand, and her thoughts on other hot topics.

Definitey check this one out!


Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series 
When: Thursday, July 17 | 7-9 p.m. 
Where: East Eden Vegan Restaurant, 5600 Germantown Avenue
Cost: $10 
More Info: Register here.  


The Weekend Turn Up: The Kickback Live, Visit Philly Beer Garden, Patrick Kelly @ PMA, R&B Collective & More - July 11, 12 & 13

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • July 11, 2014
    • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

The weekend is finally here!  #winning And, it's definitely time to turn-up, let loose and have some fun before Monday rolls back around. There are plenty of great concerts, parties, cultural happenings going down this weekend. So, grab your crew, get out of the house and enjoy everything summer in Philly has to offer.

To get you started, we've pulled together a list of a few must-hit events.  Let's go! 


Philly 360° Weekend Turn Up Picks:

    • Weekends are meant for hanging alfresco at one of the city's great beer gardens, including Morgan's Pier, pictured above.
      • Weekends are meant for hanging alfresco at one of the city's great beer gardens, including Morgan's Pier, pictured above.
      • Photo Credit: (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Friday, July 11

The Kickback Live Concert featuring MPrynt, Guordan, Ganou, Brianna Cash, Bok Nero & more

When: Friday, July 11, 8 p.m. 
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $13
More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.  

Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope show! On Friday, July 11, VF takes over the stage at The TLA with some of Philly's freshest acts for The Kickback Live Concert, including Motown recording artist MPrynt, powerhouse vocalist/producer Guordan, Paris-native-turned-Philly transplant Ganou, R&B/folk singer Brianna Cash, hip-hop artist Bok Nero and more. This is definitely a must-hit concert for the summer.

Visit Philly Beer Garden Series: Week 5

When: Friday, July 11, 4-7 p.m.
Where: PHS Pop Up Garden, 1438 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

After a one-week hiatus for the city’s July 4th celebrations, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series is back and landing at the newly open PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street. Make this your first stop for the weekend. 

Philly Hip-Hop Jam 

When: Friday, July 11, 10 p.m. 
Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street
Cost: $10
More Info: Click here.  

Kick off your weekend with Philly's fave, gritty, underground music venue, Kung Fu Necktie. Hosted by DJ Ali, this jam session features performances by Mizz, Block Nine, and SKE Records Trel Mack & PeterJones. 

PEX vs PLAYLOOP with Lee Mayjahs? & DJ Everyday

When: Friday, July 11
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $7
More Info: Click here

Two words. Silk City. This is most def a must-hit party at this late night Philly fave with Lee Mayjahs and DJ Everyday holding down the turntables. #bethere

    • Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
      • Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Saturday, July 12

Gtown Jazz on the Ave

When: Saturday, July 12, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 6401 Germantown Avenue, Festival gate entrance is on Cliveden Street near Morton Street
Cost: $20 per adult, $10 per child
More info: cliveden.org

What better way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon than with cool jazz tunes? Now that the Independence Day festivities have passed, Cliveden, a historic mansion in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, hosts Gtown Jazz on the Ave this Saturday, July 12.

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly

When: Through November 30
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: philamuseum.org

On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love explores the sudden rise and remarkable achievements of 1980’s American-born, Paris-based fashion designer, Patrick Kelly.

PAFA Presents Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper

When: Now through October 12
Where: Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street; Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: pafa.org

In this tradition, this summer the renowned museum presents Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper. Two distinct exhibits comprise this very special presentation. Check it out. 

    • Opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Sunday, July 13

SECOND SUNDAY: Gospel Brunch with DJ DNA

When: Sunday, July 13 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda's | 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go. 
More Info: Click here

Recuperate from the Saturday night party with a little brunch, and some smoking hot soul music. DJ DNA helps you settle into a relaxing Philly weekend with a hefy dose of gospel. Feed your body and your soul with this one. 

WORLD CUP FINAL PRE-PARTY WITH ALO BRASIL!

When: Sunday, July 13 | Doors: 12 p.m., Show 1 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live Philadelphia | 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $15-20
More Info: Click here

Join Philadelphia’s legendary Brazilian collective for a special afternoon performance to get you in the mood for the World Cup Final Match. Then stay for a free screening of the game to follow an after party with DJ Juanderful of Tropicalismo! 

The R&B Collective 

When: Sunday, July 13, Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. 
Where: Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
Cost: $15 Advance , $20 Advance Door
More Info: Get more information here.

Each and every Sunday, The R&B Collective brings a new, hot music lineup to popular soul food restaurant and live waterfront music venue, Warmdaddy’s. Stop through to experience the new face of Philly R&B. 

The Jawn

When: Sunday, July 13, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. 
Where: Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street
Cost: $10
More Info: Click here.  

Each and every Sunday,DJ Cash Money, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew bring you the hottest Sunday night afterhours party of the summer. Hosted at Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown Philadelphia, The Jawn is anchored by DJ Cash Money and includes a special guest DJ from the local music scene each week.

Second Sundae w. Cosmo Baker

When: Sunday, July 13, 10 p.m. 
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $5-10
More Info: Click here

DJ Cosmo Baker lands at Silk City to help you end your weekend with a bang. Be sure to check out the all-styles dance battle with a $200 cash prize. 


The Weekend Turn Up: Questlove's PSK Party, Philly Fourth of July Jam, On The Run Tour: Beyonce & Jay Z, The Jawn, & More! - July 3-6

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 3, 2014
    • Questlove
      • Questlove
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Fourth of July weekend is finally here, and it's definitely time to turn-up. This weekend, there are tons of parties, concerts and other dope events going down for The Fourth. And, as always, Philly 360° is bringing you a list of must-hit events.

So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go! 

Philly 360° Weekend Turn Up Picks:

      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
        • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

    Thursday, July 3 

    Questlove Presents The 2014 Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK)

    When: Thursday, July 3, 9 p.m
    Where: Voyeur Nightclub | 1221 St. James Street
    Cost: $20
    More Info: Click here.

    Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early. On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker,  DJ J.Rocc, DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law all holding down the turntables at Voyuer for the return of Questlove's party the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs aka PSK. #bethere

    Thursday at Silk City 

    When: Thursday, July 3, 10 p.m 
    Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
    Cost: $5
    More Info: Click here.

    Thursday is definitely going to be a banger this week! Suga Shay is bringin' the Hard Candy vibes and Matthew Law will be spinning at Silk Cityright after his early set at PSK. No cover before 11p, only $5 after. Heineken and Sailor Jerry drink specials all night! 

      • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
        • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
        • Photo Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

    Friday, July 4

    Party on the Parkway & The Questlove Stage

    When: Friday, July 4| 12 – 7 p.m
    Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
    Cost: Free
    More Info: Click here

    The takeover begins early in the day with the Party on the Parkway, which will feature an amazing array of vendors, delicious food and plenty of fun for the everyone. Also part of the Parkway takeover, but prior to The Roots hitting the main stage, Questlove will again curate his own stage of local and national acts.

    VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth of July Jam

    When: Friday, July 4
    Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Cost: Free
    More Info: Click here.

    The Legendary Roots Crew have become the faces and sound for Independence Day in Philly. The hip-hop band and hometown favorites return as the concert curators for one of the biggest parties to hit Philly — VH1 Presents Philly Fourth of July Jam during Wawa Welcome America!

    The Roots always deliver with their handpicked lineup that will take over the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the largest FREE concert in America. So, who made the cut this year? The Lineup: The Roots | Nicki Minaj | Jennifer Hudson | Ed Sheeran | Aloe Blacc | Ariana Grand | Vicci Martinez

    Let’s Dance! Pop Muzik July 4th Blowout  

    When: Friday, July 4, 10 p.m. -  2 a.m.
    Where: Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad Street
    Cost: $5
    More Info: Click here

    DJ Robert Drake has helped shape Philly's nightlife scene by introducing the New Wave genre to a whole new generation of ears with his monthly dance party. Close out your 4th of July festivities dancing the night away at The Dolphin to Drake's set of 80's pop, new wave and dance music. 

      • Beyonce & Jay Z
        • Beyonce & Jay Z
        • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

    Saturday, July 5

    On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z 

    When: Saturday, July 5
    Where: Citizen Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
    Cost: $40.50 - $255 
    More Info: Click here to buy tickets. See below post for details. 

    Breaking: Bey and Jay are on the run! Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z just announced that they are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour. And, yes — they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, The Carters land at Citizen Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. 

    Sunday, July 6

    BlackStar Film Festival Presents Behind the Screen: Shawn Peters

    When: Sunday, July 6
    Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Cost: 5:30 p.m. 
    More Info: Click here

    Join BlackStar Film Festival’s Artistic Director Maori Karmael Holmes for a Behind the Screen conversation with renowned cinematographer Shawn Peters on the intersection between film, music, and art. The Brooklyn-based Peters uses light and form to tell unique stories.

    He has been recently recognized for his work in the Sundance selected feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty as well as the documentary series The Triptych. He has been a sought after eye for music videos since he burst including collaborations with Pharoah Monch,Cody ChesnuTT, Gregory Porter, and Esperanza Spalding

    Realysm Presents: The Live Art Concert Series 

    When: Sunday, July 6, 6 p.m. 
    Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden
    Cost: $10
    More Info: Click here

    Live music and art collide, as singer/songwriter Suzann Chrstine, poet Seff Al Afriqi and visual artist Wilbur land at Sillk City for The Live Art Concert Series. While you're there, defintely check out Silk City's menu — you won't be disappointed that you did.

    The Jawn

    When: Sunday, July 6, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. 
    Where: Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street
    Cost: $10
    More Info: Click here.  

    Each and every Sunday,DJ Cash Money, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew bring you the hottest Sunday night afterhours party of the summer. Hosted at Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown Philadelphia, The Jawn is anchored by DJ Cash Money and includes a special guest DJ from the local music scene each week.


    Philly’s Summer Turn Up: The Philly Fourth of July Jam, Beyoncé & Jay Z, BlackStar Film Festival, Meek Mill, The Jawn & More

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • July 1, 2014
      • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4
        • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4

    Featured Events:

    Friday, July 4 – VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth Of July Jam & Fireworks  

    The Roots have officially become the face and sound of Philly’s Independence Day celebration. Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly Fourth of July Jam featuring Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grand and Vicci Martinez.

    Saturday, July 5 – On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z

    Bey and Jay are on the run. Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour, and of course they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, the Carters land at Citizens Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. Grab your tickets now.

    Sunday, July 6 – The Jawn

    There's no word in the Philly dictionary more adored, or versatile, than "jawn." It can be applied to just about any situation, person or place, but in this case, "The Jawn" means a serious party is about to go down. Each and every Sunday, DJ Cash Money, along with Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and a special guest DJ, will bring you the hottest Sunday night party of the summer. You can also catch The Jawn on July 13, 20 and 27.

    Friday, July 11 – Veteran Freshman Presents: The Kickback Live

    Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope show. On Friday, July 11, VF takes over the stage at The TLA with some of Philly's freshest acts, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, soulful vocalist Guordan Banks, singer/songwriter Ganou, R&B/folk songstress Brianna Cash and hip-hop artist Bok Nero. This is definitely a can’t-miss concert for the summer.

    Thursday, July 17 – Bruno Mars  

    Two words: Bruno Mars. Since the 2009 release of his debut album, the pop sensation has been on a fast track to the top—landing five songs on Billboard's Hot 100, performing during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and selling 130 million singles worldwide. This month, see Mars as he performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center for an unstoppable, arena-rocking night of music.  

    Friday, July 18 – Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart

    Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart is back with some new music for her Philly fans. As one half of former soul duo Floetry, Stewart co-penned hits like Say Yes, Getting Late and Floetic—forever changing the sound of soul music across the globe. Stop through World Cafe Live on July 18 for a chance to get up close and personal with The Floacist.  

    Saturday, July 19 – Meek Mill

    Indisputably one of the hottest artists in the rap game right now, Philly-bred MC Meek Mill returns this month to perform a special homecoming concert for his Philly fans at The Liacouras Center. Since releasing his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares to critical acclaim in 2012, the rapper has collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I., Mary J. Blige, John Legend, K. Michelle, Future and Wiz Khalifa.


    Philly 360° Spotlights:

      • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
        • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
        • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

    Summer Music Guide

    You know Philly’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the Philly music scene. Whether you’re in the mood to soak up sun and sounds outdoors at The Mann Center or The Dell or take in the sights of South Street before hitting The TLA, there are plenty of shows going down in Philly this summer. Check out our guide.

    BlackStar Film Festival

    Cinephiles: Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 31-August 3 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Be there. #byindiemeansnecessary

    Rewind: Backstage Roots Picnic 2014

    The seventh annual Roots Picnic just went down, and once again, the Legendary Roots Crew delivered an epic concert for their fans. And of course, Philly 360° was there to cover all of the behind-the-scenes action. HOT 107.9 personality Laiya St.Clair interviewed Philly creatives like Mike Zombie, Dom Streater and Chill Moody. Watch our recap video.  

    Exclusive: Estelle In Philly

    Though pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she's no stranger to our city. Working with Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown "American boys" shaping her sound. Philly 360° followed along as the international star hit up a few of our favorite Old City boutiques and talked about her love for all things Philadelphia. Watch the video.


    The Creatives: Meet Jewelry Designer Madeline Tolle Of Geography 541 – Traveling Abroad And Back Again

    • Posted By: Devon Darrow
    • June 25, 2014
      • Madeline Toile of Geography 541
        • Madeline Toile of Geography 541
        • Photo Credit: D. Darrow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

    Geography 541, a jewelry line and design company, is a fresh newcomer on the Philly fashion scene. Launched in spring 2014, the line is inspired by the irresistible desire to travel, traveling abroad, and travels to come.

    Madeline Tolle, designer and founder of the line, took one metalsmithing class in college, discovered her true love for it, and never looked back. The ‘Geography’ of her line calls to places visited, capturing raw and man-made elements that make a location unique, and the ‘541’ is the street number where Tolle grew up.

    With her first collection, The Simeon Collection, already launched, another collection on the way for Spring/Summer 2015, and a Kickstarter to help Tolle get prepared to showcase her upcoming collection at Capsule, Geography 541 is this summer’s indie accessory line to watch.

    We had the chance to sit down with Tolle to chat about traveling abroad, owning a business, creating jewelry and of course, why she chose Philly as the "it-destination" to launch her company. 


    Philly 360° Q&A with Geography 541 Founder Madeline Tolle: 

      • Geography 541
        • Geography 541
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Geography 541

    Philly360: So you majored in art history. How did you make the switch from art history to jewelry making?

    Tolle: We had to take a studio art class, you just had to take one, and I took ‘Metalsmithing 1’ and I got addicted so I ended up getting a minor in it. So yeah, it was just kind of natural that once I left my job at Anthropologie, my next best skill was metalsmithing, so I was able to use my fashion sense and the business acumen that I learned from Anthro and then combine it with the metals.


    Philly360: I know a little earlier in our chat you said you thought Anthropologie wasn’t quite the right fit for you. At what point did you decide to go off and do your own thing? What was the trigger?

    Tolle: I was at a goal someday of owning my own business and the thing with Anthro is that you work with so many small, independent designers and that was the most exciting part of the job for me—like when I got to work with the girl that made $300 hats or the person that hand-paints scarves. So, I decided I would rather be on the other side, you know making my own designs, following my own inspirations and really just having my own say. Really, being on a smaller scale. I like to say that something good happens every day that keeps pushing me forwards and it makes it all worth it.


    Philly360: Your jewelry is influenced by the places you go. Is there any one place in particular that really gets your inspiration flowing?

    Tolle: Well, what I’m trying to do is design a collection seasonally, so each collection is inspired by a specific place. So, the debut collection was inspired by Big Sur and I tried to capture what the place feels like, like how the mist is kind of cool but the sun is warm, how the redwoods are so overpowering and the sea is right there in contrast—kind of like that delicate balance.

    The next collection, Spring/Summer 15, is going to be inspired by Bali, which is like a totally different place. Bali has a glow, it’s warm, there’s like the lushness of the greenery, and the sea is so blue and so warm. So each collection is supposed to feel very different—even the use of materials and different techniques because that’s kind of what that place feels like to me. The previous collection was more crisp and cool.

      • Geography 541
        • Geography 541
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Geography 541

    Philly360: So then, what is it about the “essence” of the places you visit that inspire you most?

    Tolle: Well the first thing I notice is the light. Like all the places I’ve been I can rattle off what the light is like. Like in Big Sur, the light is very cold and yellow and in Bali the light is very warm and sunshine-y. After that, it’s the atmosphere. I’m such a visual person so I focus more on what I’m seeing than what I’m feeling.


    Philly360: Once you get through at the Capsule trade show, what’s the next step for you to get Geography 541 to the next level?

    Tolle: There’s a couple elements I really want to grow in my business. I want to expand beyond jewelry, you know I have to get to a certain level before I can do that, but I want to get into other projects. I definitely also want to expand the lifestyle component.


    Philly360: Why did you choose to stay in Philly to start your business?

    Tolle: I literally never thought I would stay here. I found that a) the city is affordable and then b) what really kept me here is that I’ve been able to grow such an amazing network of creative people who help me and even people beyond my network. It’s just such a creative community and it embraces you. In New York, it’s so cutthroat and everything’s on such a bigger scale and you have to start with so much more capital.  

    Here, there’s definitely a scene of people doing stuff, but everyone is doing something so different and it’s really not that big. My studio is in a co-working space and right now we have four jewelry girls but like somebody who buys my stuff is never going to buy her [one of the other four designers] stuff and vice versa. There’s no reason to compete because there’s enough business for everyone.


    Philly 360°: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far starting your own business?

    Tolle: PR and marketing. It’s just so hard and it’s the one thing I have no experience in. I mean at Anthro, I was on a team that ran an accessories business but you can’t make people buy your product, you can’t make people go to your website, but something’s happened so far so it’s not all a problem.  


    Philly 360: What’s your favorite thing about Philly?

    Tolle: I like that I can get anywhere on my bicycle in fifteen minutes. I also like that my neighbors are all insane—constant entertainment.


    Phily 360°: Well thanks for sitting down with us today. It was great to chat!

    Tolle: Yeah, no problem! Thank you. 


    Manayunk Pop-Up Shop: 2014 Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Designers Debut Summer & Pre-Fall Collections — June 25 - 29

    • Posted By: Devon Darrow
    • June 24, 2014
      • Summer Pop-Up Shop in Manayunk
        • Summer Pop-Up Shop in Manayunk
        • Photo Credit: Pop-Up Shop
      • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Photo Credit: D. Darrow for Philly 360 / Visit Philly
      • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Photo Credit: D. Darrow for Philly 360 / Visit Philly
      • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Photo Credit: D. Darrow for Philly 360 / Visit Philly
      • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
        • Philly 360 Exclusive Interview with Melissa Choi & Pia Panaligan
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    To all you fashion trendsetters and trend hunters, lovers of the locally-made, and supporters of the Philly entrepreneurial spirit, we’ve got the perfect event for you.

    Starting this Wednesday, June 25, the 2014 Designers-in-Residence (DIR), the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator’s fourth round of incoming designers, will be showcasing their summer and pre-fall hand-crafted collections at the Summer Pop-Up Pop shop in the always-trendy Manayunk neighborhood.

    Get an upclose look into these collections as you check out the unique and one-of-a-kind designs of Philly’s emerging talent. Expect to find clothing, handbags, jewelry, scarves, and more from the edgy to the architectural to the all-purpose to the casual to the cosmopolitan to the urban chic to girl-on-the-go wardrobe essentials. Whatever your style, the Manayunk Pop-Up Pop is the place to find your stand-out look of the season, or that next favorite statement piece.

    To kick things off, there is a party from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Pop-Up Pop shop on June 25. Meet the designers in person for the first time and learn all about what or who gets their inspiration flowing to create their collections.The pop-up shop will be open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. every day through June 29.    

    The 2014 program includes: Gabrielle Mandel, Jovan O’Connor, Rebeca Imperiano, Victoria Wright, Terese Brown, and Sherrill Mosee, along with the former Designers-in-Residence: Melissa Choi and Pia Panaligan, Annina King, and Trisha Williams.

    We hope to see you there for a night of Philly-made fashion with the city’s rising fashion entrepreneurs!


    The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Presents: Summer Pop-Up Pop In Manayunk
    When: Wednesday June 25 - Sunday June 29  
    Where: Summer Pop-Up Pop In Manayunk, 4347 Main Street, Manayunk
    Cost: Pay as you go
    More Info: To find out more about the event, visit: Philadelphia Fashion Incubator


    Mont Brown & Pace-O Beats Present: The Stop The Violence Kickback Festival With Astronauts Really Fly, MPrynt, Chill Moody, Lee Mazin, Beano & More - Saturday, June 21

    • Posted By: Blaire Monroe
    • June 20, 2014
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        • Mont Brown and Pace
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        • Step Into The Winners Circle
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      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody & Beano
        • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody & Beano
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        • Guordan Banks
      • Made in Philly: Al 1Thing
        • Made in Philly: Al 1Thing
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      • Young Savage at SoleControl (Styled by Angelique Hunter of American Dreaming)
        • Young Savage at SoleControl (Styled by Angelique Hunter of American Dreaming)
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    Last time Philly 360° caught up with Mont Brown, the West Philadelphia MC was raising money for a local high school throughcelebrity basketball game. Now, along with Pace-O Beats,  the Philly-based do-gooder is back on the scene with another dope way for his fans to pay it forward and give back to their community, The Stop The Violence Kickback Concert

    We already know that Philly summers are all about the numerous festivals and outdoor fun that happen around the city. So, this Saturday, June 21, Mont is inviting all of Philadelphia to come out to 55th and Chester Avenue, and help kick-off this phenomenal music festival with a great cause and worthy message. 

    Hot 107.9 FM’s Kyle At The Club will host the event, which features free food and live performances by some of the area's hottest artists and DJs, including Chill Moody, ARF Band, Beano, Suzann Christine, Gillie Da Kid, Lee Mazin, Just Frenchie and more. You can see the full list below.

    DJ Mike Lowry, DJ Aye Boogie and DJ R To Da Izza will be manning the turntables, and keeping the music vibes flowing all day long. Festival-goers will also be able to peruse all of the local vendors that will be onsite selling their handmade wares, fashions and one-of-a-kind finds.

    BTW — did we mention that this festival is 100% free? So, no excuses, stop by and check it out! 


    The Stop The Violence Kickback Festival Lineup: 

    Astronauts Really Fly | Chill Moody | Lee Mazin | Beano | Guordan Banks | Gillie Da Kid | MPrynt | Man Man And The Kitchen | Reek Ivan | Sean Falyon | Spade-O | Suzann Christine | Sap Sounds | Young Savage | Al 1 Thing | Bok Nero | Reed The Lost Cauze | Ill Faded Native | Love Parq | Kayla Enfiniti | Leen Bean | Just Frenchie | Dave Watson | Chris Jones | & more


    Event Details: 

    “Stop the Violence” Kickback Festival
    When: Saturday, June 21, 12 - 8 p.m. 
    Where: 55th & Chester Avenue
    Cost: Free
    More Info: Get more details here.


    While you're here, make sure to check out this recap from Mont Brown's Celebrity Basketball Game. 


    Philly Steps Out In Style For The Grand Opening Of Duke & Winston's New Rittenhouse Location

    • Posted By: Devon Darrow
    • June 19, 2014
      • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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        • Duke & Winston Grand Opening
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    Philly’s local business scene is thriving, ever-expanding, and growing almost daily. From restaurants to coffee shops to the clubs to boutiques, if you’re looking for that fresh, one-of-a-kind experience, the city has got you covered. Case-in-point: Duke & Winston — a British-inspired, casual men’s clothing line and accessories boutique — which recently opened its doors in the heart of Center City.

    On Wednesday, June 11, store owner and brand visionary Seun Olubodun, along with his trusty bulldog, HRH The Duke, cut the ribbon on their new and improved, expanded boutique. From a small showroom in his Northern Liberties apartment (in 2012) to a 26,000 square foot storefront in one of the premier retail areas of town — not to mention a devoted following near and far — Olubodun is a savvy business man making all the right moves.

    During the launch party, D&W couldn’t have been more packed. Groups of attendees crowded the sidewalk out front while many more flooded the store’s interior. It was a scene of conversation and mingling among the fashion addicted, D&W brand lovers, friends, loyal fans, and the who’s who of Philly fashion. As a DJ spun the vibe in the room, hundreds more came in and out all in support of the opening. In the mix, small eats were arranged and provided by Di Bruno Bros. and Del Frisco’s while the event was sponsored by Victory Brewing and Peroni.

    Guests had the chance to get a full view of the new nautical-meets-collegiate decor and access to all of the classic British-inspired wares. The large-scale walls brimmed of British paraphernalia with some hints of American style and a little bit of Philly too. Not an inch of the place was empty.

    The night was a huge success for Olubodun who can now officially call Center City his new 'hood!

    If you didn’t make it out to the launch party or haven’t visited the store yet, be sure to check it out! From the selection of men’s clothing and accessories to stylish tees for the ladies to the expertly crafted decor, this is one boutique you don’t want to pass up.

    Don’t disappoint The Duke — see you there!


    The Duke & Winston | 1822 Chestnut Street.


    Saniyyah Bilal Presents: Jewelry Shop Party For The Ladies - Friday, June 20

    • Posted By: Chesney Davis
    • June 16, 2014
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        • Saniyyah Bilal - Jewelry
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    Every woman should have stylish, one of kind jewelry that makes them feel confident and energetic right? That is what Philadelphia-based stylist and activist Saniyyah Bilal says she wants to provide with the launch of her new online jewelry shop on Friday, June 20 at Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center.

    For two years, Bilal has been owner of Curio Styling Consultants, a styling company based in Philadelphia. Now, she is in partnership with Chloe + Isabel, a popular jewelry NY brand. Bilal will be premiering her online boutique by previewing many of the pieces that will be available on her site.

    There will also be a small showcase of vintage pieces styled by Bilal and available for purchase. A great chance for fashion industry networking, the event will be hosted by Darcel from Hot 107.9 Philly

    There will also be prizes and giveaways from sponsors FAMJUICE, Zoujati Salon Spa, and Koco Nail Salon & Wax Studio.


    Saniyyah Bilal Presents: Jewelry Shop Party for the Ladies
    Where: Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center, 3911 Lancaster Ave
    When: Friday, June 20, 6-9 p.m.
    Cost: Free with RSVP
    More Info: To RSVP visit jewelryparty620.rsvpify.com.


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    Keyshia Cole - Friday, August 1

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    PJ Morton When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m. Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $25 More Info: Click here to buy tickets. Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene with another dope show. On August 1,…