So let us take a little summer break. Let us free our minds and go to a soft, fuzzy place. I'm imagining a 70's style movie clip - a close-up of a sun drenched daisy field, followed by a zoom to a mod-styled Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg strolling gently in the distance to the sounds of easy grooves. Then later in the evening, glasses of Riunti wine are clinking in front of a glowing fireplace, shag rug and all.
In addition to offering forefront designs from labels around the globe, the shop also features items from an assortment of talented local designers and fashion artists, such as Magic Outlaw apparel by a team of young entrepreneurs at Philadelphia's own Outlaw Printing Company.
Buying from area vendors, or being a locasumer, not only helps the local economy, but can be another small way to cut down on carbon emissions and help the planet (see my post The Art and Soul of Philly). It also puts you at ease knowing that your clothing wasn't the output of some slavish sweat-shop somewhere overseas.
Much of their inspiration can be found at their visually dazzling blog Come Spy With Me. But be careful, you may be forever lured into an intriguing world of fashion espionage.
"I didn't want this to be just another vanilla box," she says, referring to standard white-walled boutiques and galleries that house clothes and art. "I wanted the space itself to be art."
Based on the looks of their Grasshopper Boutique, they've made that happen in a fun and beautiful way.--D.A. DeMers.
Ballade de Melody Nelson. Classic hit song by Serge Gainsbourg.
|Grasshopper co-owner Tracy Lutz.|
|Grasshopper's interior with vintage owl wall art.|
|Grasshopper's interior - vintage photo wallpaper|
|A celebration last year at Grasshopper's 3'd anniversary.|
Note: This article is an update from my earlier post last September.
Coming soon to designer in exile - the magnificent landscape design of Chicago's Botanic Gardens. Would Daniel Burnham be proud? And be sure to visit my new site, Home Science, for professional energy saving advice on your digs.