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Philly 360° Style Guide: Philadelphia Menswear Shops For The ‘Dapper Sophisticants’ Of Rittenhouse Square

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • September 11, 2014
    • Philly style with Brad Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles: Commonwealth Proper
      • Philly style with Brad Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles: Commonwealth Proper
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Visit Philadelphia/Philly 360°

Guys, we know you need more than one type of outfit for everyday life. You don’t want to be stuck in that ‘one outfit fits all’ mode. Maybe you’ve got a businesses dinner, a conference, a date, you’re headed to the big game, you want an outfit to sharpen your style, you’re going for that vintage-meets-heritage vibe or you just want to go straight casual with a little something extra.

For whatever look you’ve got in mind, Philly 360° has put together some looks that fit all occasions. And, we're staring with the "Dapper Sophisticants" of Rittenhouse Square.

With Philly’s diverse selection of men’s stores, from the established and traditional to the modern and trend-evoking, you're guaranteed to take your style to the next level. 

Check out our pick's for this week's menswear style guide, and stay tuned for more classic Philly looks — courtesy of Philly 360°. 


The ‘Dapper Sophisticant’: Rittenhouse Square

    • The Bearded Bunch
      • The Bearded Bunch
      • Photo Credit: Darren Burton for Visit Philadelphia

The Suit: For those of you looking for the traditional yet sophisticated, retro yet modern, suit attire you’ll need to start at Commonwealth Proper. You’ll find that custom-made, perfectly tailored suit with an expert fit. Curated fabrics top the quality off making for an investment-worthy closet addition that will last well into the future. (1839 Chestnut Street)

The Shirt: For the dress shirt, head to Distante´ Clothing, a Philly staple since 1983. Known for their signature French cuffs and tall collars, this article will no doubt leave you feeling a little taller arriving at a business meeting or that dress-to-impress event. (1510 Sansom Street)

The Shoes: Find your dress shoe fix at Boyd’s, a Rittenhouse Square staple of elegance. We suggest a slick pair of Armani Oxfords or some slightly more casual Ferragamo loafers to top off your outfit. (1818 Chestnut Street)

The Tie: No man should forget those wardrobe flourishes that add a little extra something. Try pairing a Duke & Winston bulldog-motif tie with your high-collared shirt for some British-inspired, prepster flair. You’ll feel like royalty (or maybe The Duke himself) in no time. (1822 Chestnut Street)

Outerwear and more: While we know you’re not on Savile Row, Henry A. Davidson can take you there stepping into the elegant, out-of-the-way showroom. We suggest one of their topcoats for those colder months—even in the winter, you’ll never lose your style. (1701 Spruce Street, 2nd floor)

If you’re looking to go bolder, try a Neopolitan-style, hand-cut and hand-sewn jacket from Nigerian-born menswear designer, Ikiré Jones. (131 N. 21st Street)

Accessories: Head to Mettler’s American Mercantile, a Center City, all USA-made outpost, for the stylistically simple, pure leather belt. You can stop here for all your made-in-America specialty items too. (2129 Chestnut Street)

Look further to ToBox, a local lifestyle store, for anything from lapel pins to handmade pocket squares to Italian socks to luggage. Why not travel in style too? (25 S. 19th Street)


And, to complete this week's menswear guide, we leave you with our latest venture — The Bearded Bunch video collab with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J.


Can't Miss Fashion: The Philadelphia Collection Returns - September 17-24

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • September 9, 2014
    • The City Festival at The Piazza
      • The City Festival at The Piazza
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Ready to bring the fashion again, Philly? Heading into its fifth year, The Philadelphia Collection will take place once again throughout the city from September 17-24. 

As more retailers are flocking to Philly (we see you Uniqlo and Century 21), the fashion-themed weeklong event is an initiative to help place the city of Brotherly love on the national fashion scope. With countless trunk shows, designer sales, and exclusive fashion shows, The Philadelphia Collection includes signature events like Phashion Phest, and Macy’s Fashion Show featuring the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

Below, you can take a look at the major happenings of the Philadelphia Collection 2014. Be sure to mark your calendars and get ready for another fun week of shopping, sipping, and preening into fall fashion’s hottest trends.


The Philadelphia Collection
When: September 17- 24
Where: Various Locations
Cost: See website for details.
More Info: Click here.

 

Philly 360° Guide: The Philadelphia Collection 2014

    • Behind the scenes with Dom Streater
      • Behind the scenes with Dom Streater
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Philly 360/Visit Philadelphia

Wednesday, September 17


Macy’s Fall Fashion Show | Time: 1 p.m. 

Join us for a Macy's Fall Fashion Show followed by a sneak preview of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Designers in Residence Spring 2015 collections!

Where: Macy's, 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Phashion Phest | Time: 6 p.m. 

21st annual showcase of fashion and beauty, open-bar cocktail reception, student designer showcase, salon trends and high-energy fashion show

Where: The Shops at Liberty Place: 1625 Chestnut Street

http://www.phashionphest.com/


Thursday, September 18


StylePOP | Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

StylePOP is a fashion pop-up market held at Dilworth Park at City Hall.

Where: Dilworth Park at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107


LAGOS “Arm Party” | Time: 5-7 p.m. 

Join us to wardrobe your "arm" and adorn with LAGOS bracelets! Stack them up, and create your individual look for Fall 2014! Join us for wine/champagne, and a “special raffle” drawing! Stop by to join the fun! 5:00- 7:00pm

Where: LAGOS the Store, 1735 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


TechStyles: Fashion Meets Technology | Time: 6-9 p.m. 

A panel and interactive discussion held at NexFab, bringing together Philadelphia based makers and creators to engage and educate attendees on how technology is integrated into fashion.

Moderator: Sabir M. Peele, Men's Style Pro

Panelists include: Dom Streater, Fashion and Textile Designer Jason Browne, Founder of SPOR Christine Zapata, NextFab Dave Beaker, Beacon and Lively

RSVP today to: 

Where: Next Fab, 2025 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146


Boyds Made-To-Measure Event | Time: 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, til 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Join top executives from the world's best designers for 4 days to help you design your perfect suit, sport-coat or pant. Exclusive savings for this event only!!

Where: Boyds Philadelphia, 1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Shopping: Philly 360° Style!
      • Shopping: Philly 360° Style!
      • Photo Credit: M.Kennedy for GPTMC

Friday, September 19


United By Blue One Year Anniversary Party | Time: 6-9 p.m. 

United By Blue is celebrating the one year anniversary of its flagship store. Join this sustainable, Philly based company for complimentary cocktails, snacks, and entertainment.

Where: United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier, 144 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


FBH Presents Philly Fashion Week Ready to Wear Runway Show | Time: 7-10 p.m. 

Fashion purveyors and industry movers and shakers take part in PFW's premiere ready to wear fashion show, featuring 10 national & international fashion designers. Doors open at 7p, show starts at 8p. Tickets can be purchased online through the PFW website.

Where: Crane Arts Building: 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122


Saturday, September 20


AN EXQUISITE BRUNCH: Fashion, Food & Photography at the NINObrand Atelier | Time: Noon - 3 p.m. 

We're pleased to invite you to an al fresco celebration of only-in-Philadelphia art, food and fashion. Guests are encouraged to wear favorite NINObrand styles and become part of our photo chronicles, and enjoy the mindful organic fare of SCJRealFood. RSVP by 9/18 to .

Where: 333 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Sunday, September 21

 

Eagles Watch Party/Line Release | Time: 12-4 p.m. 

Philly Phaithful and Broad Street Broad will host an Eagles/NFL watch party at No. Libs Showroom and release new items from their Fall collection for fashion-forward sports fans.

Where: 737 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123


Monday, September 22


Fall Fashions…Locally Made | Time: 3-7 p.m. 

Be among the first to view and purchase the latest fall dresses, jackets and accessories designed and fabricated right here in Philadelphia. Come, sip delicious cocktails and discover some hidden gems in our talent filled city.

Where: Urban Princess Boutique, 620 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Tuesday, September 23rd


Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Shopping Soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center | Time: 11 a.m. - 7p.m. 

Join the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers for a one-day-only shopping soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Meet the 2014 Designers-In-Residence in person, and treat yourself to major fashion steals, light bites, tunes, and sips.

Where: 1701 JFK Blvd #300, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl | Time: 6-8 p.m. 

A roving event highlighting the best of fall fashion and mixology in Rittenhouse.

Where: Rittenhouse Row, All around Rittenhouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19102 to 19103


Must-Hit: PAFA’s ‘Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper’ - Now through October 12

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • September 5, 2014
    • PAFA
      • PAFA
      • Photo Credit: Visit Philadelphia

In keeping with its mission of promoting transformative art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) has opened two exhibitions of African American Art spanning two centuries. Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ essay “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in The Souls of Black Folk, ‘Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper’ features more than 90 pieces from the Kelley Collection and artist Eldzier Cortor.

With more than 70 pieces, the “Kelly Collection” – in the Hamilton building – features artwork over the span of the 20th century, with emphasis on the rich evolution of African American art. The exhibition consists of drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum, and color screen prints from widely acclaimed artists such as, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Philly’s own Dox Thrash, Paul Keene and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

On display in the Historic Landmark building, the “Eldzier Cortor” exhibition, aptly named after the successful printmaker and painter, consists of 53 objects, including original plates and test proofs, from the years between 1950 and 2000. The installation is curated to take museum-goers on a journey into Cotor’s working methods and showcase how the artist used printmaking as a means to explore motifs in constant change.

Both exhibitions are currently on view. The “Kelley Collection” runs through October 12 meanwhile the “Eldzier Cortor” exhibition s runs through August 31.

‘Spiritual Strivings’ is included in the museum’s admission, which costs $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; and is free for children under 12, PAFA members and military personnel.


PAFA Presents Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper
When: Now through October 12
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Included with museum admission  
More info: www.pafa.org

 

The September Must-Hit List: Sneaker Pimps With Cam'ron, The Philadelphia Collection, Seun Kuti + Rich Medina, Gizmo, STS, The Bearded Bunch, Fly School Circus Arts & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 4, 2014
    • The Bearded Bunch
      • The Bearded Bunch
      • Photo Credit: Darren Burton for Visit Philadelphia

Featured Events:

Sneaker Pimps Featuring Cam’ron — Sunday, September 7

Searching for your next pair of dope kicks? Well, look no further. On Sunday, Sneaker Pimps—the world’s largest sneaker show—comes through Philly with more than 1,500 rare, vintage, customized and celebrity-signed sneakers. The Philly edition of Sneaker Pimps includes a headlining performance by hip-hop great Cam’ron.


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 + Rich Medina — Monday, September 8   

The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti and his band Egypt 80 touch down in Philly alongside veteran turntablist Rich Medina to promote their latest project, A Long Way To The Beginning. The seven-track album, which boasts production creds by GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper, reimagines Fela’s classic afrobeat sound for the modern ear. It all goes down on September 8 at Union Transfer. #bethere


Gizmo — Tuesday, September 9

Band member and musical director for notable acts like Meshell Ndegeocello, Lalah Hathaway and Bilal, 23-year-old Philly bassist Gizmo has stepped out into the limelight as a solo artist. After releasing his latest EP last year, the music phenom hit the road to share his feel-good, soulful sounds with music lovers across the nation. He hits World Cafe Live next week.


Artist For Artist — Thursday, September 11

Artist For Artist returns to The Fire with live performances by some of the hottest indie acts coming out of Philadelphia. The lineup for the next installment of the music series includes multi-talented vocalist, violinist and beat-boxer Brian Fitzy; poet-turned-emcee STS; up-and-coming rap star Young Gliss; and more. 


Snarky Puppy — Friday, September 12

With the release of their most recent live album, Family Dinner, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most respected bands in the game. Their formula is simple—fuse jazz and rock musicians with R&B/soul vocalists to produce a fresh sound that is all their own. Philly fans can catch Snarky Puppy at World Cafe Live.


The Philadelphia Collection — Wednesday, September 17-Wednesday, September 24

Philly fashionistas & style guys: Throw on your hottest stilettos and finest threads and step out in style for The Philadelphia Collection. This signature Philly event will shine an international spotlight on our city’s booming retail and design scenes with runway shows, style soirees, exclusive trunk sales and sophisticated after parties. #TPC2014


Day 26 — Monday, September 22

After a four-year hiatus, R&B power group Day 26, which was created by Diddy for MTV's 2007 hit show Making the Band 4, has reunited and is hitting the road to promote their new music. All five original band members—Robert, Will, Brian, Mike and Qwanell—drop in World Cafe Live to show their Philly fans some love.

    • Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Tayyib Ali at Mitchell & Ness
      • Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Tayyib Ali at Mitchell & Ness
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360°
    • Fly School Circus Arts
      • Fly School Circus Arts
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360°
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Philly 360° Spotlights:

The Bearded Bunch

Though it may seem as if a well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years. We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J, and seven other stylish gents to chat about the “Philly beard.” Watch our video.


TourStar Music App

Philly-based music industry exec Brandon Pankey is adding another venture to his impressive list of credentials: creator and co-developer of the hot new music app, TourStar. Co-designed with artist engagement company GroundCtrl, TourStar takes users through a virtual Sims-like world where they can experience the ups and downs of touring and fame, and players can win real world prizes.


Mitchell & Ness Presents Russell Simmons

Music industry legends Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind stopped by Mitchell & Ness to promote their latest venture, All Def Digital (ADD). In a candid discussion moderated by branding consultant Set Free, the two entertainment powerhouses introduced the room to Philly's first ADD artist, Tayyib Ali. Watch our video recap.


Fly School Circus Arts

Fly School Circus Arts helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill levels push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze. Philly 360° followed along as lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine took to the sky and tackled her first lesson. Think you're up for the challenge? Watch our video.


Philly 360° & Curran J Present: The Bearded Bunch (Video)

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 27, 2014
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      • The Bearded Bunch
    • The Bearded Bunch
      • The Bearded Bunch
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Lately, we've seen an abundance of men rocking beards, from the streets to the stage, and even on the runway. Though it may seem as if a full, well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years.

For some, a groomed beard represents an extension of their own refined sense of style. While for others, a striking, long beard has deeper, more spritual roots. In either case, there's no denying that there's something special about the "Philly beard."

We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and seven other stylish Philly gents to chat about the "Philly beard" and its impact on men's fashion.

You can check out "The Bearded Bunch" video and visual gallery below. And, if you're proudly rocking a Philly beard of your own, post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #Philly360 and #PhillyBeard.


Philly 360° Presents The Bearded Bunch with Curran J. You can check out the video, cast listing and visual gallery below. 

The Bearded Bunch Cast:

Curran J — Kings Rule Together
Luis Marrero — Founder of Voices in Power
Erik Honesty — Owner of Culture Couture Vintage
Hamid Holloman — Artist & Designer, Custom Lifestyle
Kyle Cooley — Model
Marcus Williams — Barber
Tawfeeq Gaines — Co-founder of Search & Rescue
Jamaaladeen Tacuma — Composer

...
Images by Darren Burton for Visit Philadelphia. 

We’re Wearing White: Diner En Blanc Comes To Philly Tonight - Thursday, August 21

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • August 21, 2014
    • Diner En Blanc
      • Diner En Blanc
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Georgi Anastasov Photography

Have you ever unexpectedly come across a massive group of people elegantly decked out in all white, somewhere in Philly? If you’re not already in-the-know, this is Diner en Blanc Philadelphia — a top secret, invite-only affair that celebrates elegance, class, decorum, and etiquette in a chic picnic setting.

Because the picnic’s location isn’t revealed until the last possible second, the scene of a sudden onrush of people to a random spot looks more like an epic flash mob.

Started in France over 25 years ago, DEB draws thousands of picnic-goers every year in cities from Europe to the United States. The low-down on attendance is even though the event is members only, a member can invite someone else to attend the event and others can get on the waitlist, registering for DEB on a certain day at a specific time.

If you’re one of the fashionable wearers of white attending the event, here’s your Need-to-Know:

Bring your own: Guests must bring their own meals! However if you’re not the cooking type, DEB is partnering with Garces Catering and DiBruno Brothers so that you can order a gourmet meal for the event.

Provide your own: plates, silverware, linens, glassware, and beverages.

Carry your own: table (between 28” by 28” and 32” by 32”), white table cloth, two white, foldable chairs, and a picnic basket.

Arrival & Seating: Guests all arrive together at the secret location by chartered bus or organized public transportation. Once at the location, guests will sit across from one another, women on one side and men on the other.

Don’t forget! DEB is having two contests during the event, one for ‘Most Elegant Table,’ and one for ‘Most Elegant Male’ and ‘Most Elegant Female.’ Make sure to have your look and your table looking sharp.

And don’t worry, if you didn’t get invited this year or missed your chance to register on the waitlist, there’s always next year. Originality is encouraged so put on your best white attire and get ready to participate in a spectacle of the utmost refined elegance!


Diner en Blanc Philadelphia Presents: Diner en Blanc
When: Thursday, August 21, Time TBA
Where: Secret Location
Cost: $29.25 per person + $5 membership fee upon registration
More Info: Diner en Blanc Philadelphia


Summer Shoe Fix - Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale: Bus Stop Boutique - August 21-24

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • August 20, 2014
    • Bus Stop Boutique
      • Bus Stop Boutique
      • Photo Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philly
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We’re in the last few weeks of summer, fall is coming on quickly, and it’s almost time to transition those wardrobes for a new season. For all of you lovers of stylish footwear, and a good summer sale, we’ve got THE British-inspired shoe sale for “the birds and the blokes.”

Fabric Row’s fine fashion shoe mecca, Bus Stop Boutique, is having its end of summer Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale with shoes at up to 75% off, August 21-24. Girls and guys, you’ll be able to shop an entire wall chock full of designer shoes to add a last bit of warm weather flair to your look.

Shoppers will also have the chance to preview the boutique’s brand new Autumn 2014 collection, getting to shop the Fall Preview wall before the line officially hits the boutique!

To add to the ambience, skilled artisan, visual guru, designer, and all around local renaissance man Conrad Booker, known for creations like his large-scale mural on Fulton Street, his enormous fabric mural in the hot, new Jose Garces’ restaurant Volver, and his creations on Project Runway’s 2014 “Road to the Runway,” created a window display exclusively for the boutique.

Complete with a telephone box transformed teapot, a mannequin featuring Conrad’s “Road to the Runway” creations, pop art, street lights, the familiar color spread of red, white, and blue, and a comic-inspired speech bubble, Bus Stop’s ‘It-Brit’ window display reflects all things British for your international viewing pleasure.

Put your best foot forward and check out the sale!

For more info on the “British Invasion” window display, click here.

Sale Hours:

Thursday, August 21: 11-6 pm
Friday, August 22: 11-8:30 pm
Saturday, August 23: 11-6 pm
Sunday, August 24: 12-5 pm


Bus Stop Boutique Presents: Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale
When: Thursday, August 21-Sunday, August 24
Where: 727 S. 4th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More Info: Bus Stop Boutique


The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank Block Party Lands At Kung Fu Necktie - Saturday, August 16

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • August 14, 2014
    • PHSH Tank Block Party
      • PHSH Tank Block Party
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHSH Tank

Third time's a charm, right? We're hype to see the return of DJ Matthew Law's epic summer throwdown, The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank Block Party. This Saturday, August 16, all roads lead to the gritty, Northern Liberties-based party spot, Kung Fu Necktie for the 2014 edition of one of the city's hottest events.  

The festivities begins outside the venue at 3 p.m. with Dj sets, live music and vendors — then shifts indoors for a dope dance party. Again this year, Law (also known at DJ PHSH) has lined up an incredible list of DJ's, bands, visual artists, vendors and designers.

Take a look at the lineup below. 

DJs & Bands: Matthew Law | IllVibe Collective featuring Mr. Sonny James, Lil Dave & The Bul Bey | $tunt Loco with DJ Sylo & MC Matt Ford | Do You Wanna Boogie? featuring Del & Dirty) | Kenny Vasoli - Vacationer DJ Set | DJ Royale (Ugly Bass) | The Bounce Featuring Bo Bliz | Dave Mass (toowunphyve) | Swift Technique | Johnny Popcorn | Hamburger Hunt (Reunion Show)

Visual Artists & Live Painting: Airrat | Brooks Bell | Adam Smith | Carlos Perez | Tattooer | Jon Connor | Juan Damida | Christian Cantiello | Dave Mass | Jim Comey | Ben Howard | Mars Five | _XST | Marcos Lopez | Barry Kiffer

Fashion Designers: The Decades Hat Co. | Radlands Clothing | Najeeb Sheikh | Cult Classic Ritual Ritual

Street Food: Prime Stache Food Truck | Side of the Road Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken | Uncle Jeeb & Brother Brooks' Munchie Stand Extravaganza

This is definitely a must-hit party for your weekend turn up — we'll see you there. 


The 3rd Annual PHSH TANK Block Party!
When: Saturday, August 16
Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front Street
Cost: $10 all day admission / 21+ to enter
More Info: Click here for info. 


What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Courtney Bolden, Midtown Village

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • August 7, 2014
    • Courtney Bolden
      • Courtney Bolden
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Philly 360°

Each month, we’ll showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. This month, we’d like to introduce you to PR gal about town, Courtney Bolden — who calls Midtown Village home.

Hailing from Montclair, NJ, Courtney came to Philly over a year ago to work for PR agency, Skai Blue Media. She lives the best of both worlds, as she lives a mere few blocks from the office and in the middle of one of Philly's more trendy shopping districts. Often referred to as the Gayborhood, Midtown Village is a robust cosmopolitan area popular for chic eateries like Barbuzzo, Grocery and Raw, and decadent nightspots like Graffiti Bar and Charlie was a sinner. Find out about Courtney’s hood below!


Q&A with Midtown resident Courney Bolden! 

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      • Sampan & Graffiti Bar
      • Photo Credit: E. Mencher / Visit Philadelphia
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      • Courtney Bolden
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Philly 360°
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How she describes Midtown Village:

"A much cooler (and eclectic) younger sister to the Village in New York."


Favorite spots in her ‘hood:

“I love to dine out and there’s so many great places around my house. You can find me at Sampan during happy hour, El Vez for dinner, and Time for late night drinks. When I’m not eating, you can find me traipsing at Duross and Langel for my beauty needs or shopping for my pad at Open House.”


What she likes about her ‘hood:

“There’s so much going on. At any given time, there are always people walking about. But it’s not crazy expensive. You can ball on a budget here.”


What should people know about her ‘hood:

“Midtown Village is urbane and eclectic, and such a lively and diverse community. I like that there are so many different types of denizens who inhabit the neighborhood. It's gay-friendly, foodie-friendly, fashionista-friendly — it's everybody friendly!"


Philly 360° Rewind: Mitchell & Ness Presents Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Philly Emcee Tayyib Ali

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • August 6, 2014
    • Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Tayyib Ali at Mitchell & Ness
      • Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Tayyib Ali at Mitchell & Ness
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360°

All Def Digital (ADD) is a brand new multi-media business endeavor spearheaded by music mogul Russell Simmons, music entrepreneur Steve Rifkind, and film director/producer Brian Robbins.

In July, Simmons announced his plans for ADD, which includes using multi-faceted platforms to help new artists break into the entertainment market, focusing much of their efforts on YouTube. Simmons and his team want to give more power to the fans and the artists. Their model will allow for artists to submit music and the fans to vote on their favorites for an opportunity to be showcased online.

Last month, Simmons and Rifkind stopped into town with one of their first signees, Philly emcee Tayyib Ali, to give a room full of local music influencers an inside look at their latest venture. Of course, Philly 360° was in the room to bring our fans an exclusive look at the the event, which was held at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Midtown.

Influencers, including Chill Moody, Charlie Mack, Dilemma, Rich Medina, Laiya St. Clair, DJ Matthew Law, MPrynt, and  Laurin Talese, packed Mitchell & Ness' second floor, eager to hear from the trio. The candid discussion, moderated by marketing and branding consultant Set Free, covered an array of topics including the state of the music industry, Philly's first ADD artist Tayyib Ali, the intersection of fashion and hip hop — and of course their exciting plans for the label.

Simmons signing Tayyib Ali as one of the first All Def Digital artists is a major nod to the talent incubator Philadelphia continues to be. Recently, Ali was featured in a primetime Samsung commercial, showing how quickly it can pay off to have entertainment juggernauts like Rifkind and Simmons in your corner.

There has also been talk about the return of Def Poetry and Def Comedy by way of the All Def Digital YouTube Channel. Simmons and Rifkind are pulling out all the stops for their artists including deals with major technology companies, film and tv placements and more.

Keep an eye our for ADD's next projects and artists — and check out our recap video below.  


Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly - April 27 - November 30, 2014

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…

The Philadelphia Collection - September 17-24

The Philadelphia Collection When: September 17- 24 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Philly fashionistas & style guys: Throw on your hottest pumps and finest threads and step out in style for The…

KRS One - Sunday, September 21

KRS-One When: Sunday, September 21, 8 p.m. Where: The Trocadero Theater, 1003 Arch Street Cost: $40-75 More Info: Click here for tickets. Here's one for the truest of hip-hop heads. On Sunday, September 21, rap legend KRS-One hits the…