Best of Philly: These Philadelphia-Made Goods Are Just Too Good

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Photography by Ashley Crandall for Philadelphia Magazine

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in Philadelphia-made goods as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

We get it — really, we do. When you hear “artisan-made,” you just want to roll your eyes (similarly to when the words “farm-to-table” or “chick’n” cross your path). But we urge you to hold onto those eyeballs for just a minute longer while we convince you that Philly’s handmade scene is bigger, better and more refined than ever. From handcrafted kids shoes to African-inspired menswear, Philadelphia-made goods are stepping up to the plate. And to be clear, we don’t love these products because they’re made in Philly — we love them in their own right, and the Philly-made aspect is just an added bonus. Here’s the best of the small-batch bunch: Read more »

All The Outdoor Festivals and Flea Markets You Can’t Miss This Weekend

Open-air markets are about as outdoorsy as things get here at Shoppist, and we see absolutely nothing wrong with that. Soak in some sunshine this weekend while supporting local artisans, vendors and chefs at any of these outdoor festivals and flea markets. With handmade goods, amazing food, and lots of sunshine, you’re bound to have the best weekend at one of these shopping extravaganzas. Go the extra mile and show some skin—you’ve gotta start working on those pale legs sometime, right? Read more »

The Most Amazing Knitwear Comes From Fishtown (No, It’s Not Kit and Ace)

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A sneak peek of a top from Wol Hide’s spring collection. | Image via Wol Hide.

If Lululemon leggings and a comfy shirt are what you wear most days outside the office, we found the perfect brand to help you step up your style game without sacrificing any comfort. On the contrary, you’ll probably be next-level comfy in any of the amazing knitwear designs that Wol Hide has to offer. The brand calls Fishtown home, and the aesthetic of the cozy-yet-cool knits definitely reflects the laid-back, streetwise vibe of the neighborhood. We caught up with designer Leah D’Ambrosio, who runs the brand like a one-woman show, to hear about the inspiration behind her newest collection.  Read more »

5 Menswear Brands On the Rise in Philly

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A look from Ikiré Jones’s SS16 collection. | Image by Rog Walker.

It can be difficult to find distinctive menswear that isn’t simply a copy of a copy of a copy. Your best bet? Start looking a tad closer to home. Philly is home to some amazing menswear designers who are taking the men’s fashion scene by storm, and earning national acclaim while they’re at it. Whether you’re after customized suits, one-of-a-kind pocket squares, or ready-to-wear casual pieces made and sold only in Philly, we’ve got five of the best rising talents for you to scope out now.  Read more »

Hallelujah! We Have Pope Soap!

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Holy soap. | Photo by Claudia Gavin.

We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later, and now it finally has: pope soap. But these bars are special. They’re handmade by Midtown Village soapmakers Duross & Langel …. from holy water. The soaps — which feature the likenesses of Pope Francis, Mary, and Jesus, Mary and Joseph — will be available by September 11th, and they’ll retail for $7.50 each.  Read more »

And Here Are 6 (More) Gifts Philadelphia Should Have Given Pope Francis

How I know Pope Francis is as close to a saint as anyone in the world: When Mayor Nutter presented him with six sports jerseys and a mini replica of the Liberty Bell, he did not immediately have him executed, but instead graciously accepted them. See? Look how happy he is pretending to be!

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I think Mayor Nutter could have put a tiny bit more thought into this. So did Dan McQuade, who offered up some other ideas earlier today. But I think we can go even further here. If we really want to lure the Pope to Philly, we’re going to need to bring out the big guns, which, ironically, come out of much smaller outfits than pro sports teams. Here are my ideas for Philly papal presents—each one made right here in the city.

Click here. Because we’re better than sports jerseys.

Philly Brand Toggery Just Launched an Amazing New E-Shop

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Earlier this week, local brand Toggery launched an incredibly chic new website. Let’s just say, this is how e-stores should be done. Flat shot pics and images on models. Multi-platform compatibility (we checked). Easy scroll-down menu. It’s that good. I mean, if they wanted to sell potato sacks, I’d probably bite, but the fact that they stock sustainable, USA-made, high-quality basics gives me all the more reason to shop the new site. Once you click over there, check out their minimalist Tumblr; they update regularly with shop news and pics of bloggers wearing the designs. (It’s pretty handy when you’re in a style rut.) Rather get some brick-and-mortar action? The brand is stocked all over the country, but you can find it locally at Knit Wit and Arcadia. Hey, it’s good to have options, right?

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 22

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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

How to fake a supremely thought-out, custom-designed gift a mere three days before Christmas? Head to Commonwealth Proper’s newish studio at 19th and Chestnut (you’ll want to call first)—or visit them online—and spring for one of the company’s off-the-rack pieces. While the majority of the menswear company’s offerings is bespoke, you can find a few ready-to-wear gems, like this cotton twill blazer, made right here in Philly. The lightweight, unstructured jacket is polished but casual; he’ll want to pair it with jeans. And when he asks if it was made-to-measure, just smile and don’t reveal a thing. (Oh, and a tip: CP’s ready-to-wear line runs a bit smaller than their custom-made pieces, so opt for one size larger than normal.)

The Details: Cotton ready-to-wear blazer, $385 at Commonwealth Proper, Rittenhouse.

Give To: Your boyfriend.

SEE ALL SHOPPIST GIFT PICKS HERE.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 11

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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

We’ve been fans of Philly-based J. Rudy Lewis’s work for a long time. His hand-forged metal cuffs—some wrapped, corset-like, with leather—are earthy perfection, and totally unlike jewelry we’ve seen before. But our new favorite piece is his cast whale wishbone necklace, which comes on a steel chain (shown), hand-wrapped silk cord, or (for $10 more) a hand-dyed thick leather strap with a quote from Patti Smith, a prayer she says before live performances: “I’d like to thank God I’m alive.” We’ll take one of each, please.

The Details: Handcrafted cast whale wishbone necklace, $159 at J. Rudy : exo.

Give To: Your best friend.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

Day 1: A weekender for him.

Day 2: A geometric ring for her.

Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.

Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.

Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.

Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.

Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.

Day 8: A cool pair of diamond studs for your girlfriend.

Day 9: A metallic bag for your sister.

Day 10: A fleece hoodie for your dog.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 8

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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

Diamond studs are a tad yawn-worthy. For a cooler spin on the basic bauble, we suggest heading to Bario-Neal, the adorable Bella Vista workshop/store that turns out gorgeous pieces (both custom and ready-to-wear) handcrafted from ethically sourced stones and reclaimed precious metals. The Aster Stone earrings are cast from an aster flower, with a small diamond center. Since each pair is made to order (you can choose 14-karat white, yellow or rose gold), you’ll need to jump on this quickly; call for a lead-time estimate. But for earrings like these, we think it’s worth the wait.

The Details: Aster Stone earrings, $270 at Bario-Neal, 700 South 6th Street, Bella Vista.

Give To: Your girlfriend/wife.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

Day 1: A weekender for him.

Day 2: A geometric ring for her.

Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.

Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.

Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.

Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.

Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.

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