It's not really surprising that Fashion's Night Out has finally touched down in Philly. A night of shopping and sales that originated in New York, it's just as much about the free swag as it is about fashion -- and Philly loves a freebie, thank you very much. But what is surprising is that the city's first venture into the FNO game attracted the attention of the Accessories Council, a national trade association for the accessories industry. Tomorrow night, they're unveiling their USAMade campaign with a reception at Center City boutique Joan Shepp.
"We admire Joan's store very much, we love the brands that are in her store, and I think there is an opportunity for designers who aren't in Philadelphia already to introduce themselves," says Accessories Council president Karen Giberson.
The cocktail reception will feature jewelry from the new initiative, which encourages designers to manufacture their products in the U.S. "Twenty five years ago, most fashion jewelry was made in the United States, and it kind of slipped away," says Giberson. "But now, production overseas has gotten more expensive, and at the same time, quality expectations have gotten higher. When it comes to heavy metals and lead in jewelry, it seemed to make sense to start making jewelry in the United States again."
For a full list of events in Philly tomorrow night, visit www.fashionsnightout.com. For now, we’ll get you started.
Where: 4249 Main St., Manayunk
What: Free drinks and snacks, DJs; RVSP to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
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Where: 1700 Sansom St.
What: Get a new look with the help of a professional stylist and peep the new fall/winter collection.
South Moon Under
Where: 1731 Chestnut St.
What: Cupcakes, champagne cocktails, DJs and a chance to win a $100 South Moon Under gift card.
Third Street Habit
Where: 153 N. Third St.
What: Cocktails, free gifts, fall previews and a trunk show from Mother Denim.
Where: 260 S. 16th St.
What: Fall line preview; hand-cut silhouette portraits by artist Zachary Murray.
Where: 1822 Chestnut St.
What: Drinks and fall collections from designers Kendra, ROCK’d by Abbe, Pretty Pretty Rebel and Duke & Winston.
Where: 1300 Market St.
What: Styling classes, trunk shows, manicures and a guy’s lounge complete with drinks and cheerleaders.
If you go
Accessories Council cocktail reception
Thursday, 6-11 p.m.
Free; jewelry $20 and up
Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut St.