The holidays are approaching quickly, and we’re so excited about all the new pop-up shops at Suburban Square this year! We had the pleasure of speaking with two of our pop-up stores, Boyds Pop-Up Shop and Commonwealth Proper, to get fashion tips and to see how they’re enjoying life at the Square so far.
We spoke with Danielle Scarpa, a personal stylist & Brunello Cucinelli brand ambassador at Boyds Pop-Up Shop — a contemporary shop offering complimentary personal shopping and tailoring services — and with Craig Arthur von Shroeder, the co-founder of Commonwealth Proper. CMMP is another Philadelphia-based shop offering high quality tailor-made menswear.
Read on to learn more about the faces behind the pop-ups — and keep an eye out for them the next time you stop by the Square!
Q: What do you think your shop means to the Philadelphia community and fashion scene?
Danielle: Having been in business for over 80 years, Boyds is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that is deeply rooted in the Philadelphia retail industry and the local community. Boyds is focused on providing excellence and personalized experiences for each and every client who walks through our doors.
Craig: We are based in the city, made in it, and reflect the best qualities of it. It harkens back to our name, “Commonwealth Proper” — this history that Philly has in making clothing. Philadelphia was the Mecca for men’s fashion back in the 1800s and that clothing was made here. So we’re bringing that manufacturing back to the city.
Q: What do you think you bring to Ardmore and its shoppers?
D: Since day one, we have had such a warm welcome! We are offering a missing link in contemporary and designer shopping in Suburban Square and the immediate area. Cozy and fashionable John Elliot loungewear for day-to-day and unique brands, like Akira Naka and Delicate Love, that are fresh to the Ardmore shopper.
C: A lot of our clients live out on the Main Line, and because of COVID-19 and more people working from home, this location lets us be a little more convenient for them. Suburban Square in particular has a great history, as one of the first malls in the country. It’s curated and well kept up, so we’re very proud to be part of this community.
Q: Any favorite lunch spot yet?
D: Does anyone need anything else than the Ardmore Farmers Market?! Also, having a SweetGreen basically across the street — it’s like I’m still working at Boyds in Philadelphia.
C: I do like the Life Cafe. I’m a bit of a fitness fanatic, and they have great stuff. I also like Not Your Average Joe’s chicken caesar salad, and am a big fan of HipCityVeg.
Q: Any fashion tips to look great even during these difficult times?
D: It’s important to wear what makes you feel happy! Have fun with your masks — they are our new favorite fashion accessory. I recommend coordinating them to your outfit or add a chain to make it feel like your own.
C: Pay attention to your measurements and the break points on not only your pants, but also your sleeves. So the length of your jacket sleeve should hit you before the break of the wrist, and the shoulder length should fit across the yoke of your back.