Knit Wit is relocating to Chesnut Street

The shopping scene along Walnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. Knit Wit co-owner Ann Glitter says, "I feel like what’s happening on Walnut Street is for big manufactured stores." The boutique will re-locate to Chestnut Street. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)

It's back to Chesnut Street for Knit Wit!

The fashion-forward retailer announced Friday that it was moving its 1718 Walnut Street store to 1729 Chesnut Street this summer.

This is actually a move back to Chestnut for Knit Wit, which was founded in 1967 at 1020 Chesnut Street. Of all the department and women's specialty stores that existed in the '60s in the City of Philadelphia, Knit Wit is one of two clothing boutiques that remain.

The location isn't the only change pending for the store. The Chestnut Street address will occupy a full building, featuring two floors, a tall window display and new designer collections. (More to come on this.)

Store owners Donnie Davidow, Ann Gitter and Robert Brandt pride themselves on the quality of retail they uphold and maintain. The store currently carries brands like Helmut Lang, Jil Sander Navy, Haute Hippie, Alexander Wang, and denim like J BRAND and Citizens of Humanity. We're excited to see which brands will be added to the haute mix!

"By being on Chestnut Street, we are tapping into a cool shopping destination and returning to our original roots," said Glitter, the head buyer of Knit Wit (and co-owner of Plage Tahiti). She frankly added in a phone conversation, "I feel like what’s happening on Walnut Street is for big manufactured stores."

Glitter mentioned a few of the surrounding local stores on Chestnut she enjoys including Boyd's, DiBruno Brothers, Beans and more, adding that these spots were all, "really Philadelphia." Corie Moskow, Executive Director of Rittenhouse Row stated, “We encourage visitors to explore the entire district beyond Walnut Street, and now there is one more reason to do so.”

The Walnut street location will stay open until May 31, 2012. The Center City store move will have no influence on the Knit Wit stores in Bryn Mawr or Margate, NJ. Sister store Plage Tahiti will also remain at its current spot.

Can't wait to see the new boutique!