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Inspired By Philadelphia

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Photos & Words By Kelly Smith

Well Done Is Better Than Well Said

We’re an outdoor brand born and bred out of Philadelphia and we take a great amount of pride in our roots. Coming in third behind only Milan and Cuba in The New York Times’ “Top 52 Places to go in 2015”, Philly is a hidden gem with a bustling arts scene and a ton of character.
We’ve released three new designs inspired by the City of Brotherly Love, and asked a few of the most in-the-know Philadelphians we could think of to show us (and you) their favorite spots in the place we call home.



Conrad Benner

The Ultimate Philadelphia Storyteller

The founder of popular blog Streets Dept, Conrad has been documenting and celebrating street art, graffiti, and urban exploration in and around the City of Philadelphia since 2011.

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How long have you been a Philadelphian?

I have lived in Philadelphia my whole life! So, 30 years. Born and raised (and currently living) in Fishtown. Though, I have lived in a number of neighborhoods around the city over the years.

 

United By Blue Philadelphia Tees
United By Blue Philadelphia Tees

 

How did you get started with Streets Dept, and what motivates you to keep going?

I started Streets Dept because I wanted to create something, to have a voice, and to dive deeper into things that I loved. I had been a freelance writer/photographer for a few years prior to starting Streets Dept, but I ultimately found that to be unfulfilling (read: I was/am a bit of a control freak, and I just wanted to do my own thing.)
I love photography. I love street art and graffiti. And I LOVE Philadelphia. So the blog was a no-brainer to start, and it has proven to be something that's more than kept my interest. In fact, Streets Dept will celebrate its 5th year anniversary this January!

 

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United By Blue Philadelphia Tees

 

You brought us to the Schuylkill River Boardwalk. What’s the significance of this spot for you?

I think the Schuylkill River Boardwalk speaks so much to the excitement in Philadelphia right now. The excitement for our future. For the city we are, and the city we are becoming. A city that, among other things, values and invests in public space.
Dynamic public spaces like this boardwalk bring people together. And when this project in particular is complete, it will connect all the way down to Bartram's Garden. Connecting the communities of Fairmount Park, Center City, and Southwest Philadelphia. In a "City of Neighborhoods," as Philadelphia is, it's important to have places where we can come together. And this space is doing that beautifully.

 

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Describe Philadelphia in 3 words:

BRIMMING with possibility.

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Chaucee Stillman

The Food & Culture Connoisseur

The writer and photographer behind the blog Streets & Stripes, we met Chaucee on our Camp Like A Lady trip last year. Aside from realizing we’ve never seen a human being’s hair stay so effortlessly good-looking while camping out in snow and sleet, we knew we had to pick her brain for some go-to Philly spots.

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How long have you been a Philadelphian?

I've been in the city since 2012 and in the area since 2008...does that count!?

 

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how does the city of Philadelphia keep you inspired?

Philadelphia has a thriving creative community of people who are passionate about the future of this city. Being surrounded my so many talented artists and living in a city so rich with history inspires me daily.

 

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United By Blue Philadelphia Tees

 

you brought us to Greensgrow in Fishtown. What’s the significance of this spot for you?

I aspire to have a green thumb and Greensgrow is right down the street from my house in Fishtown. I love going here for fresh herbs and produce and admire their efforts to foster an environmentally friend community in North Philly. Plus, it's gorgeous!

 

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Describe Philadelphia in 3 words:

Creative, complicated, home.

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Billy Cress

The Philadelphia Home Portraitist

Billy is a Fishtown-based photographer and half of the team (friend Austin Hodges as the other half) behind the Philly Home Portrait series - an ongoing, collaborative project documenting the abundance of interesting homes that illustrate the spectrum of life in Philadelphia.

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How long have you been a Philadelphian?

I've been in the city proper for around 7 years but I grew up 15 mins outside Philadelphia. So I've pretty much been here my whole life really.

 

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How has the Philly Home Portrait series evolved over time, and what has it taught you about life in Philadelphia?

Philly Home Portrait started as a collaborative photography project for fun with my friend Austin Hodges years ago. Just documenting homes here in a specific artistic style. People have really seemed to enjoy the photos and I've been lucky enough to show some of them at a local gallery this past summer. Austin and I have self published 2 books of the home portraits as well. I just recently got my first commissioned job shooting a series of homes, so it's been fun watching it evolve into something wildly different than when it started. The home photos certainly say a lot about the spectrum of life in Philly. From South Philly row homes to mansions on Delancey to run down homes in North Philly, there's a lot to take in visually. What I've found is the rougher neighborhoods always make for a more artistically interesting photograph.

 

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United By Blue Philadelphia Tees

 

you brought us to the Fitler Square neighborhood. What’s the significance of this spot for you?

When I moved to my first city apartment in Rittenhouse, I was obsessed with morning walks through the center city residential neighborhoods. I think these neighborhoods are a hallmark of Philadelphian life. Fitler was my favorite of the neighborhoods, specifically Panama Street. It just has a great aesthetic and quickly made me feel at home.

 

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Describe Philadelphia in 3 words:

Progressive, Inspiring, Diverse

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