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This sucks. Ali McCloud has announced that she'll soon shutter Arcadia, her seven-year-old contemporary boutique in Northern Liberties. Known for a selection of hard-to-find indie designers and an emphasis on sustainable fashion, Arcadia was (is?) one of Philly's indie darlings, so this is a real curveball. (Maybe the closing of Arcadia's sister store in Rittenhouse just one year ago was a signal something was amiss? We're waiting for McCloud to give us the full scoop.)
Now for the silver living (albeit a tiny one): On Wednesday, May 14, Arcadia will begin liquidating its remaining SS14 inventory with discounts of 25%—80% off storewide. Translation: Score designer apparel, accessories, and jewelry from the likes of BB Dakota, Curator, Greylin, and Mary Meyer at unbeatable prices. Store fixtures will also be up for grabs. Stop in to say your final goodbyes before McCloud locks the doors one final time June 1.
Update (5/12/14): McCloud has this to add: "Independent retail is really rewarding, and I have learned so much along the way, but it is also a bit of a roller coaster. I stuck with it through blizzards and some really tough economic times, but it is time for a fresh start. I'm grateful for the experience and will miss everyone involved with Arcadia over the years – our customers, designers, collaborators, and friends!"
· Arcadia [Official Site]
· Spring Is Black and White (and Neon All Over) at Arcadia [Racked Philly]
· Philadelphia's 38 Best Independent Boutiques [Racked Philly]