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I recently took a trip to visit fellow Creative Ambassador Serena Saunders’ gallery and boutique – Passion Art. Nestled in Germantown on Chew Avenue, this funky little place brightens and enlightens the neighborhood. I chatted with Serena about what it’s like having her own boutique, being a working artist and continuing to pursue her dream.
The space is multi-functional, something that Serena wanted for her new boutique. She not only uses the space as a boutique and art gallery, she also has her working studio in the back on the space. Passion Art offers funky hand made fashions, from reconstructed leather clutches to super cute leather suspenders, skirts, hand painted art and more! And just about everything is made by Serena herself!
Something that was important for Serena was not just to showcase her own work, but to also exhibit and sell work for other working artists. She had dedicated the front of her store to featured artists and designers. Serena allows you to come in and utilize her space as if it were your own. And as an artist, sometimes that’s all you need to get your work out there. And, Passion Art is just that – a hub for creative people.
When asking Serena what she has coming up, she filled me in on a few new events that will be occurring in August and fall that she’s about to announce. To stay connected to Serena and Passion Art, check her out in person at her store or catch her on Facebook.
Insider Tip: If you visit Serena and you see something that’s not in your size, no worries! She will custom size and design clothes for you – even on the spot. Reach out to her or visit her soon!
Looking for some gift ideas? I pulled together my three favorite holiday gift ideas all made by local artists and designers. Happy shopping!
From the hooded unisex scarves to the feminine drawstring scarves made of only the finest wools, cashmeres, silks, cottons and linens—LeTau has a little something for everyone if you’re looking for the perfect gift ideas. Whether you wear LeTau pieces to spruce up a T-shirt and jeans look or for when you go out on the town, you can’t go wrong with any of LeTau’s signature looks. And, Philly 360° shout out to owner and Philadelphia designer Maren Reese. She is as fabulous as her designs!
Insider Tips: Make sure to check out the bags—amazing fabrics, handles and designs. Find out where to get LeTau looks at letaudesigns.com.
Not only do I want to buy Alvanez Designs jewelry for every lady in my life, but for myself too! The collection features earrings and necklaces adorned with album cover art, African textiles and more. The earrings come in many sizes—from small shapes to oversized pieces. Philly designer Monica Ferreira makes all of her pieces by hand and puts lots of love into each and every one. Her line has become on of my favorites, and I love to support creative moms trying to find their voice while raising a family!
Insider Tip: Have a specific album cover that you want made into earrings? Let her know, she can whip them up in no time!
Etsy is one of my favorite places to find great art. If you do a search for Philadelphia, you can find so many talented Philadelphia artists and designers and all of their work for purchase. On one of my searches, I came across local jewelry designer Maggie Huth—better known as Bathtub Jungle. Her sterling silver charms are delicate, simple and a great gift for someone you know!
Insider Tips: My favorites are the Philly skyline and LOVE pieces. Got an idea of something you’d want? Don’t be afraid to ask. I love reaching out to artists and designers to see if they do custom orders.
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