Store Closing

Compendium will be closing in April 2020: thank you for 8 amazing years!

Shop our clearance event (up to 75% off) in West Chester and Swarthmore now through April, while supplies last!

After 8 years in business, it’s time for me pursue other opportunities, which means Compendium will be closing its doors this Spring. Having one business is hard (especially as a solo founder); having two has felt impossible at times. As many of you know, three years ago I started a second business with two friends called Dance Happy Designs. Dance Happy has seen a tremendous amount of growth this past year, most especially due to our brand being picked up by American Eagle’s Aerie during this past holiday season. It became clear to me during the holiday season with the amount of attention both businesses required that it was no longer sustainable for me to work on both and that I would need to focus on one or the other. I see so much potential in Dance Happy’s mission of celebrating differences and want to properly nurture it to see where it can go. But this does mean that I will need to take a big step back from Compendium. I am open to the possibility of maybe in the future, doing small, seasonal, online-only collections for Compendium to keep it manageable for me. But for now, I need to take a big step back and focus on just one thing for a while. I will certainly let you all know if I ever do release any collections in the future: I would want these collections to consist of great, versatile work and home pieces that Compendium became known for in Swarthmore.

So, what's next?
If you’re in the market for young professional clothing, contemporary pieces, or work attire, you will be able to continue to shop our exclusive collection of these styles in Swarthmore through the Spring. Thanks to our incredible partnership with Harvey Oak Mercantile (102 Park Avenue, Swarthmore), our professional collection will continue to be available in Swarthmore, in person only (not available online or in West Chester) for the next several months, while supplies last. We will have many Winter sale styles, in addition to select jewelry (dainty necklaces) and gift items (like Balsam & Cedar soy candles), that will be arriving at H.O.M. in the coming weeks. We also have a partial Spring collection that will be arriving in late February, just in time for our “Thank You” cupcakes & champagne celebration event, which will be taking place at H.O.M. on Friday March 6th, from 6-8pm. I will be present at the event, so I hope to see all you there so I can thank you in person for your wonderful patronage over the years.

If you’re a college student in the market for going-out and dage outfits, our West Chester location will remain open through the end of its lease in April. All items in store are now up to 75% off for our clearance sales event (prices as marked), while supplies last.

Our Ocean City pop-up shop has officially closed.
A potential opportunity for an interested customer:
Although I will be closing my brick and mortar locations, I am also open to the possibility of selling the Compendium brand if someone is interested in carrying the torch and continuing on for me. Since my lease in West Chester only has a few months left on it, this would be great timing for the brand to either stay or move to a new location (or even move back to the Swarthmore/Media area). If you’ve ever wanted to start your own boutique (or co-own one with a friend) but didn’t know how to start, this could be an excellent opportunity for you: you would be able to acquire a successful, established brand with a long-standing history and established customer base. You would also acquire all fixtures, intellectual property, industry contacts, and I could stay on in a temporary advisory role to ease with the transition. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please reach out to me directly ( and I’ll put you in contact with my business broker. Serious inquiries only, please.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!
Thank you for an incredible 8 years. I’ve met so many amazing people during this time: that has been some of the best parts, I've loved getting to know you! I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your support of Compendium. I’d wanted to have my own clothing store since I was 5 years old and am proud of making that happen (and for 8 years!). This is a bittersweet moment for me but I am also looking forward to new adventures and having more time to spend with my family. I am forever grateful that so many people enjoyed the business I created: words cannot describe how much that has meant to me. Whether you’ve been a fan from the very beginning or you only just discovered us, thank you for sharing in my vision of clothing that is “for the girl with her own style.”

Thank you for everything. xx Emily