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Keffiyehs torn between terror and couture

“Sheer striped scarf woven with some Lurex for a bit of sparkle. Finished with tonal fringe. Exclusive to Urban Outfitters. Imported. Dry clean.” This description, found on the Urban Outfitters Web site, paints a picture of a $20 scarf – known as a keffiyeh – that is offensive to some Israeli and anti-war advocates.…

Topstitch kitsches up Old City shopping

It was a typical winter day in Philadelphia: freezing cold, raining and ugly all around. But when I climbed the stairs to the studio space that holds Old City’s Topstitch Boutique, I couldn’t possibly feel more warmed and welcomed.…