Photographer Neal Santos is the perfect guide for F&W's Philadelphia Photo Tour. A founder of the project Farm 51, which grows produce and raises chickens in urban West Philly, Santos fills his popular Instagram feed (@nealsantos) with scenes from life as a local food obsessive. When he’s not taking mobile pics, he loves using his dad’s Canon A-1 film camera: “It’s a sensory experience: the smell of my childhood house in Jersey City, the sound of the shutter, the feel of the spring and the mechanisms. There’s absolutely nothing like it.” Click through his photo set and then check out his top Philadelphia picks for where to pop cannoli, drink old-fashioneds and stay in a boutique hotel, below.
There’s no denying that Philadelphia is a city of makers. Crafters, designers, builders and artists are all hard at work in this town — and, historically, have been since Philadelphia was known as the “Workshop of the World” in the century after the Civil War.
Now, the creative folks at Art in the Age pay tribute to that heritage in a brand-new limited-edition collection of apparel and accessories inspired by historical textiles.
Culled from the print archives at the Design Center at Philadelphia University — which houses more than 200,000 objects related to textiles and fashion — four historic Philadelphia-based textile prints have been adapted by four independent designers hailing from both Philadelphia and beyond.
Design collaborators include Fishtown-based Norman Porter, as well as Taylor Stitch, Ebbets Field and W&P Design (makers of the Mason Shaker).
From a classic button-down shirt to a cocktail-kit satchel, each artist tapped a different pattern to fabricate or embellish the piece.
This Friday, November 1, the collection launches with a First Friday fete from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art in the Age’s Old City boutique. The entire collection will be on-hand to shop, and the Art in the Age spirit-based cocktails will be flowing.
Art in the Age Philadelphia Textile Collection Launch
When: Friday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
More info: www.artintheage.com