2009 – 2012
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Philly Without Cheese
October 2011 Issue
GQ Magazine – City Guide
No, Philadelphia has not suddenly turned into Miami. But you’ll find stores that get it right, kick-ass BYO restaurants, and bars that care more about local craft beers than the Eagles game. Call it Philly’s awakening.
Sugarcube: No, the mid-century motorcycle in the middle of the store isn’t for sale. But with the stacks of Pendleton and Steven Alan shirts and the smartly edited vintage racks in back, you’ll do all right.
Sugarcube – Men’s Casual Clothing
Best of Philly 2012
Label-loving guys can get seriously dudded-out in brands like Levi’s Vintage, Dunderdon and Drifter. Selvedge denim here practically goes by the yard, and the well-curated vintage racks guarantee one-of-a-kind style.
Sugarcube – Women’s Store
Best of GPhilly 2012
For girls who dress like boys (sometimes). The men’s department is very unisex-friendly, with stylish brands like Pendleton, Big Star and Levi’s Vintage.
Sugarcube – Girls’ and Boys’ Clothes
Best of GPhilly 2011
We can’t walk into SUGARCUBE without wanting something, whether it’s vintage or new. Most recently: the black braided malachite bracelet by Ian Lander.
Sugarcube – Mark Your Calendar Sale, Fashion
Best of Philly 2009
You love SUGARCUBE. You love Third Street Habit. Twice a year (once in summer, once in winter), they merge inventories into various Old City spaces, mark them down to gasp-inducing prices, and, in one gluttonous shopping event, open their communal doors for the public to have at it. Sharpen your elbows, ladies. We saw those jodhpurs first.
Sugarcube – Sweet Feet for the Vintage Lover
Best of Philly 2006
You know about SUGARCUBE’s APC jeans, Hengst tops and Lambs & Crows dresses. But did you know this Old City shop is the best source of gently worn purple pumps and white cowboy boots?
Sugarcube – Vintage Accessories
Best of Philly 2005
Elisa’s new funky-yet-minimalist Old City boutique carries contemporary, independent-minded designers like Unis and Saja. But our heart belongs to her expertly curated collection of timeless extras: beaded or silk clutches, wide slung belts, and well-preserved metallic pumps and heels.
The Portland Collection Comes to Philly
August 17, 2011
Always on the fashion pulse, it was back in 2007 that the urban-chic Old City boutique, Sugarcube first brought the designs of the American heritage company, Pendleton Woolen Mills to Philly. Now that Pendleton has recently joined forces with Portland-based designers to create “The Portland Collection,” Sugarcube is pleased to announce that they’ll be unveiling the contemporary hybrid line this fall.
“The collection, which is described as “Neo Navajo,” includes both men, women and shared pieces—many inspired by their Harding jacquard pattern—as well as two special blankets.
While obviously, the whole Native American-inspired trend is HUGE right now, the colors, patterns and fabric that Pendleton uses for it’s pieces are far more authentic than most (not to mention that the company has been making all their items right here in the USA at their Northwest mill, for over a century).
Currently, Sugarcube’s Pendleton inventory includes everything from towels, blankets and wallets to leather blanket carriers, carry-along motor robes and the most bangin’ limited-edition women’s cruiser bike I’ve ever laid eyes on.
––Nicole Finkbiner, PW Style
Best Shop to Buy Hipster Heritage Brands….
Better than Best 2011
August 19 – 25, 2011 Issue
A few years ago, American Heritage brands came back into vogue with a vengeance, with every name in American design and work-wear coming back to stake its claim on the landscape of hipness. Of course, being on the landscape of hipness means brands that were once priced for the working middle class experienced some serious inflation. But the level of craft involved may be worth it. Head to Sugarcube to experience the best of the best in these old names and the brands they inspire: the beautiful prints (and mind-blowing warmth) of Pendleton blankets; the canvas wallets by Dunderdon that withstand an almost cruel level of abuse by the human hand and the elements; and vintage Levi’s that put all other names in denim to shame. Trendy without being a slave to fashion’s changing winds, Sugarcube fills a void of classic, hearty American style. It helps that they always have incredible markdowns as well—for those of us who are still in that working class.
Pendleton’s New Collection Comes to Sugarcube
August 12, 2011
Pendleton, a traditional Pacific Northwest brand marinating in Americana, has a new line called The Portland Collection, made specifically for a younger and slightly hipper generation. And you can find it right here at Philadelphia’s too-cool-for-school Old City boutique Sugarcube”
––Pamela Dollak, Philadelphia Fashion Examiner
Sugarcube Boutique In Old City Welcomes The Portland Collection, A High-End Clothing Line
August 10, 2011
Vintage-meets-new boutique Sugarcube in Old City brought American heritage company Pendleton to the Philadelphia region back in 2007, and once again is proudly showcasing this internationally recognized line in its fall 2011 men’s and women’s collections.
You can browse all the holdings online, then get over to the brick-and-mortar boutique, located on the shop-packed stretch of 3rd Street.
“The bright red motorcycle parked near the cash register up front is a representative emblem of all the funky store stands for.”
Pairing perfect vintage with the latest distinctive urban styles, Sugarcube provides lovers of cutting-edge fashion with much to adore, every season of the year.
––Allison Stadd, Editor
Philly Fit for a Queen
June 29, 2010
News from Canada and the World
The Globe and Mail
Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in North America, known for its historic architecture, its museums, libraries and universities…
…SUGARCUBE, in the most historic part of Philly, is a fashion boutique that features in-demand labels and stylish vintage finds.
2006 – current
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Philadelphia’s Best Mens Clothing 2009
Philadelphia’s Best Vintage 2008
Philadelphia’s Best Mens Clothing 2007
Coolest Store Award 2008
Innovative new designers and unique vintage wares meet at SUGARCUBE, a rustic, industrial looking boutique in Old City. The only shop in Philly to stock edgy downtown labels like A.P.C., Doucette Duvall, Lyell and Bing Bang Jewelry, SUGARCUBE also plucks plum vintage pieces to complement the contemporary clothing—and the 70’s heel and boot collection can’t be beat.
Philly is Fabulous
November 27, 2007
New York Post
Vast, APC-like space stocked with vast amounts of APC and aesthetically related labels like Doucette, Saja and A. Kurtz for men and women. For second-hand lovers who aren’t as svelte as ladies from back in the day, SUGARCUBE boasts a brilliant rail of excellent vintage finds in, surprisingly, larger sizes …
Just an hour and a half south away via earth-friendly Amtrak (or $20 round-trip on the Chinatown bus), Philadelphia – a quicker trip from Midtown than some points within the five boroughs – is a retail-tax-haven treasure trove of trendy fashions, accessories and gifts…
Shopping Philadelphia’s 3rd Street
Travel + Leisure
The demand for vintage clothing from this boutique (which stocks new pieces, too) has been so great that it just moved into a much larger space—to accommodate even more immaculate hand-me-downs. T+L Tip On the hunt for something specific? Owner Elisa B. can probably source it from her extensive network of vendors, as she did recently with a red silk 1950′s dress and a 1940′s crocodile bag.
March 4, 2006
Girls Guide to City Life
Primarily housing upscale vintage pieces, tiny SUGARCUBE always carries a strong selection. With everything from jackets, pants and dresses, to shoes, handbags, and accessories, sometimes the hardest thing is just choosing which item I love the most. All well-preserved with a feminine flair, it’s nearly impossible to decipher which pieces are vintage versus new labels. Clearly, Sugarcube is discriminating (and fabulous) when it comes to choosing what they’ll sell.
SUGARCUBE offers more upscale vintage, but worth the price for essential, well-structured pieces to mix into your current wardrobe.
The store itself is minimal, showcasing the clothing beautifully. Light colored walls are lined with racks of perfectly hung special pieces, hardwood floors with a touch of industrial in the blackened racks, gun shaped flower vases and unique lighting fixtures. True to vintage clothing, there are touches of originality and unexpected blended within the space as well.
Besides all SUGARCUBE has to offer, with its endearing name, how can one not adore it?
November 9, 2004
Flip open any fashion magazine, and you’ll see that a sophisticated, polished and ladylike look is back in a big way. But one Old City boutique takes this style to a new place with a gorgeous stock of vintage and new pieces housed in a ruggedly minimalist space that’s pure chic…