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"We like to champion the city. It’s a city that’s on the rise as we all know and...we want to be one of the standard bearers of that growing tide."

Aaron Pierce &
Craig Arthur Von Schroeder
Owners and Designers, Commonwealth Proper

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barneys Vera Taylor
Director of Stores, South Moon Under
What began as a surf shack in 1968 has evolved into one of the mid-Atlantic region's premier destinations for men and women partial to creative wearables. Since bringing their fashion forward thinking to Center City in 2007, South Moon Under has developed a clientele that is as diverse as the eye-catching items they sell.



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barneys Sean McKinney
President, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.
Mitchell & Ness has been a Center City sporting goods icon since 1904, but they really found their forte in the 1980s by creating a huge line of replica vintage sports apparel. Today, with licensing from the four major sports leagues, Sean McKinney and his staff have made nostalgia trendy in this sports-happy town.


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barneys Aaron Pierce & Craig Arthur Von Schroeder
Owners and Designers, Commonwealth Proper
Back in the 1800s, Philadelphia was the mecca of American men's fashion. Today, Craig Arthur Von Schroeder and Aaron Pierce are playing a major role in updating that tradition with Commonwealth Proper, a made-to-measure suit and shirt boutique that offers discerning men a personalized shopping experience, and a selection of custom made clothing for every occasion.



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barneys Jeff Glass and Ralph Yaffe
Co-Owners, Boyd's
A Philadelphia institution, Boyd's has been providing luxury men's clothing since 1938. Combining quality fashion with world-class amenities and customer service, they're regarded as one of the world's great clothing stores. All while being owned and operated by the same family since they opened their doors.


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barneys Simon Doonan
Creative Ambassador-At-Large, Barneys New York
Simon is a best-selling author whose book Beautiful People was turned into the BBC hit comedy of the same name. Along with his pioneer creative work at Barneys New York, he is a contributing writer for The New York Observer.


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joan shepp Joan and Ellen Shepp
Co-Owners, Joan Shepp
This fashion-first boutique is in its 10th year showcasing the likes of Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Elizabeth and James from the Olsen sisters, and more. The nation's first fully licensed Y-3 shop within a shop just opened upstairs!


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sophy curson David Schwartz,
Vice President, Sophy Curson
The grand dame of Philadelphia haute couture, Sophy Curson's exquisite shop has been a fashion fixture at the edge of Rittenhouse Square since 1929. The store remains in family hands to this day, with a loyal Center City and suburban following.


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macys Ed Goldberg
Senior Vice President of Government and Consumer Affairs & Diversity Vendor Development, Macy's
In 2006, Macy's opened its Philadelphia flagship store in one of America's original homes of retail, the historic John Wanamaker building. Within two years, their offerings had expanded to include a Home Store and FAO Schwartz toy store.


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destination maternity Mary Dougherty
Owner, Nicole Miller; President, MKD & Associates
Nicole Miller started life as a wholesale fashion enterprise in 1989. Four years later, the first Nicole Miller boutique helped spark the Manayunk retail renaissance. The Center City store opened in 1996 and has been thriving ever since.


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fpo Rebecca Matthias
Co-Founder, Destination Maternity
Started in 1982 out of Rebecca’s home under the name Mother’s Work, Destination Maternity Corporation has now become the world's largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel.