Welcome to Racked Philly, where we'll report on retail and fashion comings and goings around town. Seen a store open, close, or otherwise claim your attention? Hit the tipline, and we'll get right on it. The below post was contributed by Julie Davis.
1) Multi-brand fashion retailer Intermix is coming to Philadelphia. The purveyor of designer women's apparel and accessories (think: Yves Saint Laurent, Rag & Bone, Chloe, DVF and Stella McCartney) will move into Knit Wit's current location at 17th and Walnut, a deal handled by broker Metro Commercial. Intermix already has 26 boutiques across the country, and Philly is one of five U.S. locations planned for 2012, according to WWD. The Walnut Street Intermix store is slated for a fall opening.
2) But don't mourn the loss of Knit Wit. As we mentioned in March, the independently owned boutique will move to an empty storefront on Chestnut Street—at 1729, next-door to South Moon Under. The new two-story location will open in early June, with even more women's European and American designer collections in stock.
3. Wind comes to Walnut. Designer boutique Joan Shepp at 1616 Walnut Street is now home to a permanent shop-in-shop featuring baubles from Philly jewelry designer (and Oprah fave) John Wind. Dubbed the Charm Bar, the shop-in-shop features Wind's collection of vintage-meets-modern necklaces, bracelets and coordinating charms. On Saturday, the designer will be at the store to debut the Charm Bar and unveil a new collection of one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces.