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Oct. 31, 2013 8:07 am

Ecommerce shop Kembrel is closed

The store's Chestnut Street flagship held a closing sale and shut its doors today, according to a tweet. It will be replaced by handbag manufacturer Blue Claw, PhillyChitChat reported. Kembrel's website also now displays a goodbye message.

Kembrel's closing sale included a $75 bag that you could fill with anything in the store you could carry. Photo by HughE Dillon.

Kembrel, the clothing retailer that had both ecommerce and brick and mortar stores, is now closed. The store’s Chestnut Street flagship held a closing sale and shut its doors today, according to a tweet. It will be replaced by handbag manufacturer Blue Claw, PhillyChitChat reported. Kembrel’s website also now displays a goodbye message.

Founded in 2011, Kembrel had two storefronts in the city: one at 12th and Locust Streets and one at 18th and Chestnut Streets. In December, it had plans to open a storefront in Wayne, according to local news reports, though it’s not clear if those plans came to fruition.

As recently as early October, Kembrel held a pop-up boutique with a New York City designer and cofounder Stephan Jacob spoke at a fashion tech event.

Kembrel cofounders Jacob and Cherif Habib did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Jacob is working on a new ecommerce startup in Salt Lake City, according to his LinkedIn.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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