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You're Invited: Warby Parker + Art In The Age

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This Thursday join Warby Parker as they celebrate the expansion of their showroom at the Art In The Age boutique on third street in Old City. The frames from their Spring 2014 collection will be on display and Art in the Age libations are being provided.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
7-9 p.m.

Art in the Age
116 North 3rd Street
(between Cherry and Arch streets)
Philadelphia, PA 191

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Ian's Gift Guide for the Guys, Valentine's Day Edition

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you Ian Michael Crumm, our resident men's fashion expert, here to share style pointers and tips for tackling the latest trends in menswear. Straighten those neckerchiefs—Ian is on the go!

As Valentine's Day approaches, you may be debating what to get your significant other — or you might just be cursing the holiday and all of its love me, be minehoopla. But who says Valentine's Day has to be only about romance? It's aboutlove! Whether it's for your significant other, best guy friend, brother, dad, uncle, whoever, these gifts are little sartorial tokens of appreciation for the men you love most.

Want to show your Philly pride while gifting this Valentine’s Day? Well, Mitchell & Ness carries a black crew sweater that includes a blue stitch Liberty Bell. Life, liberty, and love this Valentine's Day! Beveled Logo Crew, $60 at Mitchell and Ness.

Dress this whimsical tie up at night or wear it with dark jeans and a fitted blazer during the day. It’s an adorable take on the traditional pink V-Day attire. Duke & Winston Slim Logo Tie in Pink, $75 at Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors & Image Consultants.

Want your man to wear a traditional pink shirt out to dinner? BKc has an updated version with plaid half-sleeves. I love the elongated pocket. Salmon Button-Up, $180 from The Brooklyn Circus.

Cross the bridge to Nunzio Ristorante Rustico for a three-course prix-fixeValentine's Day Dinner. (I’ll take the lobster bisque, pesto crusted salmon and the tiramisu!) Can’t make V-Day evening plans but still want to treat your sweetie to a fun night out? Grab two tickets to Pompeii in a Day, a three-course lunch event at Nunzio that includes tickets to The Franklin Institute's One Day In Pompeii exhibit.

Being on time is one of the most important aspects of business. Make sure your loved one is always professional—and on time for your V-Day dinner reservation—with an exclusive watch from Baume & Mercier. Baume & Mercier Clifton Watch, $3,800 at Bernie Robbins.

Every man needs a quality set of cufflinks. This silver pair is simple, but not too simple! Black stones give add slight glisten to the wearer’s look. Classic sterling silver barrel cufflinks with black stones, $120 at Safian & Rudolph on Jewelers' Row. Bonus: Mention code RACKEDimc to score 20% off select cufflink styles.

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  Not only for the element of romance, but also for the plethora of cocktails that I have designed specifically to make the drinker see stars!  The combination of bubbles and flavors that make my Valentine’s Day cocktails memorable.  If not only for their flavor, but for their buzz- which is why you are reading this in the first place!

One of my favorite cocktails involves rhubarb and strawberries with gorgeous tequila; in this case I’m choosing Casa Noble in the Blanco variety.  Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in pink grapefruit essence gives the fizz and seared strawberries with coins of rhubarb deepen this cocktail.  I call it the Salvador Sanchez Fizz for the famous Mexican fighter.  I think he was probably misunderstood.  Maybe if he imbibed several of the namesake drinks, his ardor would have been tempered somewhat.  I’ll leave that to you to discover.

Salvador Sanchez Fizz

Ingredients for four persons with a nice thirst

  • 1 pt. strawberries (cored, halved and sprinkled with sugar, then seared until caramelized in a cast iron pan- with coins of two stalks of rhubarb.
  • 4 oz. Casa Noble Blanco Tequila
  • 2 oz. Rhubarb Tea (Art in the Age)
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice (fresh only!)
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz. Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in Pink Grapefruit Essence
  • 10 drops Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
  • Hand cut ice (freeze a Tupperware container with three time boiled water overnight, hand cut to size)



1. Preheat a cast iron pan to almost smoking and then sear the rhubarb and the strawberries until they take on a nice dark color, watch out that you don’t get any of the molten sugar on yourself, keep a container of ice and water on the side to plunge your hand in should you get any boiling sugar on your hand, you’ll know why this is important if it happens to you!

2. Let the strawberry/rhubarb mixture cool a bit, add to a Boston Shaker and muddle with the fresh lemon juice

Add the Casa Noble Tequila and the Rhubarb Tea; continue to muddle the caramelized strawberries and the rhubarb together

3. Fill the shaker ¾ with ice and shake hard for 30 seconds

4. Strain into rocks glasses with one cube of hand cut ice within

5. Add a good splash of the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

6. Drip the bitters over the top and serve with a dollop of the rhubarb and strawberry mixture for added sweetness if desired

*Rhubarb is known to help with certain deficiencies in the boudoir.

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Philadelphia First Friday picks: February

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HAND WORK – Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd St., 6-8 p.m.

This one is sure to warm you from head to toe. Colorful quilt-maker Carrie Strine, maker of fine goods River City Leather, and beauty care pros Blades Natural Beauty are all coming together as local craftsmen for this First Friday showcase. Sip on delicious Art in the Age beverages and browse the cozy innards of this Old City shop.


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Happy Weekend!

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I think this quote pretty much sums up how excited I have been for this weekend since its my anniversary with Scott. The impending snow storm will not come between us celebrating and having dinner at Butcher & Singer! Have a great weekend everyone.

Shopping Events

First Friday at Art in the Age is going to be a good one! Three local makers, Carrie StrineRiver City Leather and Blades Natural Beauty, will have two month long exhibition with tonight’s opening reception from 6-8pm!

Galentine’s Day Party at Occasionette and Home, Saturday, February 8th from 5:30-8pm

Arcadia Boutique’s Sweetheart Trunk Show (Sunday, February 9; 12 – 4pm): Come meet the jewelry designers that have stolen some hearts! Local artists, Niki Leist Jewelry and Tessa Kennedy from New Histories Jewelry will be at Arcadia for the day with their new collections of rings, necklaces, earrings, cuff links, and tie pins that are perfect for the gal or guy you love. During the trunk show there will be a 1 day Spring pre-sale – 20% off all brand new Spring styles for 1 day only.

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Exhibition: Carrie Strine

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We’ve been following Carrie Strine on Instagram for a good few months now, watching her large-scale textile projects evolve and develop over time. She’s a New York-based quilter who specialises in doing everything by hand, which means she has the patience of a saint. She’s also got an exceptional eye for colour and composition, meaning her quilts are nothing like the tawdry swathes of fabric your grandma used to pile up on her bed – these are vibrant, exciting pieces of bold geometric pattern and minute hand-detailing that it’s actually possible to lust after.

The culmination of her past three years of hard work is about to be displayed at Philadelphia’s Art In The Age in a new show called Handwork, and to celebrate the occasion we asked her a few questions about her show, her life and her process.

Quilting is a very traditional discipline, how did you get into it?

While completing my MFA and working on a series of photographic installations, I started a tiny project hand-sewing tiny little pieces of fabric into a pair of pillows. It started out just for fun – I didn’t even have a sewing machine – then it became really clear that there was a relationship between my quilting and the installations I was making in my studio. I used to think quilting was just a little hobby that would keep my mind from getting lazy while away from my “real” work, but it’s just not the case these days. Quilting has become central to my practice.

Is it just quilting that interests you or do you experiment with other crafts too?

I’ve always just been someone who has an aptitude for making things with my hands, and I have the patience for the tedium that sometimes comes with fine craft work. I’ve dabbled in a lot of different things, but mostly textiles have been my jam. I used to be a really wild knitter and spin my own yarn, but I got sick of the connection to garments and fashion.

How long does each one take?

It can vary a lot. I always have one project going that is done completely by hand. My most recent hand-stitched project, the Medallion quilt, took me over three years to stitch and quilt. Most of the time I will machine-piece and hand-quilt, and a bed-sized quilt can take somewhere between six weeks and one year depending on the complexity and my engagement. Projects that always take so long get tiresome though, so there are also quilts that I churn out for some relief in a weekend or two.

Is it a meditative process or do you have to concentrate incredibly hard?

There are periods of concentration when planning certain parts or strategising, but most of the time is very meditative. I will also think for weeks about what my next step will be with a colour or fabric while working on a certain part of the quilt. I really enjoy having the space to work slowly.

Are there themes or ideas running through the work or is it a pure craft?

There are a lot of artists who work with textiles like Louise Bourgeois who actually remove the materials and techniques from their intended function, but I’m actually really interested in the function and tradition of quilts. I think there are a lot of interesting ways to think about how traditional quilt patterns adapt as they’ve been worked by generations of makers, or how the quilt itself has had a variety of roles in the American home. Sometimes I’m interested in how a quilt will wear over time and select materials that will wear in a certain way. I’m definitely striving to make my work something beyond pure craft, but at the end of the day you could say my quilts are just thoughtfully designed. You could say that about a lot of fine craft, but I believe it’s art as soon as the maker starts thoughtfully bringing more complicated formal and contextual concerns into their work.

Talk us through the quilts that are going to be on display in the show

You can see my latest quilt, Steps, which is an interpretation of a traditional Courthouse Steps quilt. It’s a project that’s very much about understanding the interactions of colour, while if you view it from the right distance it really makes the connection between the traditional patterns and digital imaging (more specifically a raster image). I think of the colours in this quilt building up the same way pixels do in a photograph.

Also my Medallion quilt will be on display, which is actually a replica of an English quilt worked in the same pattern from the 1890s. It’s a meditation on quilting by other makers of times and places not my own, and the ways that quilters communicate with their works. You can read a bit more about the project and the other modern quilters inspired by this quilt on my blog.

Tell us about the upcoming show.

Handwork, opens at Art in the Age in Philadelphia, PA this Friday, February 7th and will be on view until March 31st. Its a collection of my newest works, both large scale bed quilts and smaller wall pieces.

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