I’ve adored stadler-Kahn, and its kooky owner, Alex, since I first stumbled into the shop. It’s sort of hidden—a cluttered, colorful, endlessly quirky subterranean gem. I bought a caftan there, followed by a pair of super-sized gold-framed sunglasses from the ’70s. (Incidentally, the matching pair was bought by the notoriously offbeat Fergie Carey, who just happens to be in the store whenever I venture in.)
The shop’s collection of vintage, handmade, artsy, and downright random (but in the best way) pieces is now shoppable online. The site is as art-splashed and cool as you’d imagine; Alex is an artist/author/illustrator/textile designer. (You might recognize his work from the walls of Joan Shepp’s Walnut Street store: large-scale illustrations of a cartoonish dog named Willie wearing Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester.) Go there for Alex’s own line—which includes impossibly soft scarves, clothing featuring his own prints and made-to-order ottomans—and for pieces by fantastic artists, like felt queen Heidi Bleacher.