A month after he shows up at your home or office with his measuring tape and look books — plus a massive array of Italian fabric samples (the Super 180s are oh-so-divine) — 38-year-old Rob Fung will return with a blazer, suit or trousers that will make everything else in your closet look sloppy and sad. Just ask his regular customers — a whole bunch of Philadelphia Eagles.
Consider this the HomeGoods of sporty life: You’ll find everything from Schwinn bikes to North Face rain jackets at such steep discounts that it’s NBD if you give up your newfound paddleboard obsession by next summer. Additional location in Moorestown. 107 East Swedesford Road, Exton, PA 19341
Shop this appointment-only studio for Chanel, Dior, glitzy jumpsuits and beading on denim — all curated on owner Troy Blake’s trips to Paris and London. 2424 East York Street, Suite 212, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Why you love secondhand shopping: It’s sustainable and affordable. Why you hate it: hours of slogging through overstuffed racks. Well, Liz Funk’s Fairmount-based company plays the role of stylist for that which is slightly worn. Get handpicked J.Crew, Madewell, DVF and Boden delivered to your door monthly.
Why wait a few weeks for some Etsy vendor in Moscow to make your monogrammed totes when Robyn Platoni can etch, embroider and foil-stamp her adorable goods in just a few days? 241 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The badass casual-but-high-end looks by designer Milan Harris (unisex logo-emblazoned sweatshirt/shorts sets; women’s crushed-velvet neon jumpsuits) have become the go-to for those in the know, including Meek Mill and songstress Monica. 1509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Angela Monaco has moved her NoLibs shop to the fanciest square in town and created a pink-walled store that’s as dreamy as the fine rings, necklaces and earrings designed by her and other local artists. 2003 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Laura Weiszer’s showroom is filled with retro and modern gently used objects — pink suede dining chairs; sumptuous Børge Mogensen camel leather sofas; Italian marble arc lamps — that have most likely already been somewhere pretty cool, like in magazine photo shoots or TV commercials. 3232 Collins Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Stunning pieces — cheetah-print ottomans made for tucking under a console table; a mid-century end table; stately leather armchairs — that are all cast-offs from Main Line neighbors populate this eclectic shop. 155 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Yes, your dad once shopped here. But look past the old-school window display. Second-generation owner Ken Sherman has filled this shop with Alden boots, G. Brown loafers and Cole Haan brogues. (And he still delivers rare old-school service!) 1520 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
If a plant’s container is like the shoes that complete an outfit, consider this shop a succulent’s dream closet. 2032 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Take a self-guided tour of the grounds before choosing hard-to-find specimens like rabbit’s-foot ferns, flowering maples and spiral-leaved begonias from around the world. 60 Thompson Mill Road, Wrightstown, PA 18940
Stump’s spare, curated shop looks more like a chic apartment than a nursery. Which makes sense, because the staff thinks about houseplants — lush fiddle-leaf figs, spreading philodendrons, elegantly trailing satin pothos — as design elements. 956 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
With trellised containers, vertical plant walls, and flowering window boxes, these experts will help you turn any postage-stamp-size patio or concrete backyard into an oasis. 1526 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147
As makers, the husband-and-wife team are crushing it with their textile design firm Printfresh Studios and clothing line Voloshin. And as the developers behind maker spaces Paperbox Studios and Jasper Studios, they’re at the center of Philly’s fast-growing creative universe. Keep reading here.
It’s as hip as an art gallery and as cool as a record store, but this year-and-a-half-old shop still has all the Dremel tools, rat traps, HVAC filters, trash bins, tub caulk, etc., that a homeowner could ever need. 153 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Here, you’ll find a boutique filled with quality items by Philadelphians (Vellum Street Soap Company’s matcha mint bars) and for Philadelphians (SEPTA-coin earrings). 5009 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
High-end stunners from Dita, Prada and Gucci star at this new shop, but there are also stylish frames that cost as little as $60. And for every pair of glasses sold, ELE donates two pairs to those in need. 1318 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
West Philly-based Brittany Rodriguez breaks all the fashion rules with the eccentric creations she makes under the moniker Gaudmother. She puts out crocheted hood masks and printed Fruit of the Loom briefs, but it’s the oversize jackets — this one made from hair extensions — that are real head-turners.
Tatyanna Nance of Germantown’s Aunt Tot morphs colorful materials into funky two-piece (matching crop top and flared pants) and three-piece (matching socks and bags) ensembles that Whack and her DJ regularly don onstage. Instagram.com/aunt.tot.
Nancy Volpe-Beringer — a Drexel alum and the in-house designer at Joan Shepp — created Whack’s stunning Grammy dress/coat combo by printing a painting by local artist Liz Goldberg on a floor-length gown. Her other offerings are made from shiny fabrics in dramatic shapes.
Make like the chefs at Hearthside, Liberty Kitchen and Mike’s BBQ and hire Bucks County bladesmith Steve Pellegrino to craft a high-carbon or stainless steel knife to your specifications (warning: they are way too pretty to keep in drawers), or shop his line of soon-to-launch economy carvers.
You could find rainbow art installations, bleacher seating, DJs, chef tastings, and dozens of local vendors selling everything from jewelry (Forge + Finish) to clothing (the founder’s own NINOBrand) to design-forward furniture (Minima) at this tastemaker’s ticketed month-long pop-up last spring. Missed it? Don’t fret: More, at different locations, are coming soon.
Villanova’s Lindsey Schuster has turned raising four little boys into a modish enterprise by giving her nearly 100K Instagram followers affordable ideas for looking cool while mom-ing out — and making them easy to buy.
A white-box gallery nestled in a newly renovated rowhome, this 88-year-old nonprofit exhibits and sells fantastic original paintings, sculpture and photography by local artists — many of which are under $500 apiece. 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
One look at the rainbow-hued stacks in the photos of rings that Lancaster-based sisters Amanda Mae and Laura Jean Hornberger post on their Instagram feed, and you’ll snap them up six at a time (and probably a brooch-turned-necklace, too).
Each pair of jeans here has a little something special. Asbury Park Clothing Company’s options have Springsteen-rocker flair (Alice Cooper’s a fan); Williamsburg Garment Company’s raw versions are exclusive to this shop; and the ones from DU/ER are stretchy and breathable — bike commuters, take note. 124 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Yes, there are owner (and FIT grad) Brit Reed’s stunning, ethically made clutches and totes, but also wallets, bracelets, sandals and more from local female-founded brands. 1533 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Think this town’s only got mushrooms? Chic kids’ shop Penny Lane Emporium shills fun items like rainbow ukuleles and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books; Marché is rich with boho home wares; Clean Slate Goods eco-boutique has ceramics, totes, and apothecary items; and trendy Urban Outfitters-inspired shops like Green Eyed Lady abound. State Street.
A candle that smells like Cinema Paradiso (Yowie); a hair treatment made from meadowfoam seed oil (Moon + Arrow); locally designed metallic chunky heels (Bus Stop); rainbow-shaped baby stacking blocks (Little Moon); and bird watercolors (Paradigm Gallery + Studio) — the kinds of treasures you’d never find on Amazon. 4th Street between Bainbridge and Catharine.
Both neophyte mystics and New Age pros can find something to soothe their souls here. Handy information cards explain — as best as it can be explained — how bumble bee jasper activates chakras and rose quartz promotes self-confidence. Multiple locations.
This metaphysical oasis (a vestige of South Street’s long-gone hippie days) has a deep collection of tarot and oracle decks and a library with books on things like Himalayan sound healing and spells. 527 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
You can smell the (organic) incense wafting from a block away. Inside, you’ll find all things transcendental, including ritualistic candles, smudge sticks and spiritual oils that are made in-house. 1210 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
At this cool-girl boutique, you can pick up birthstone earrings by Cat Horn — who works out of her nearby home — or hand-etched brass zodiac necklaces made by Wallingford’s Stone Harvest Jewelry. 102 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Sure, Hill wowed Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano on this past season of Project Runway, but we’re happy the Moore College of Art and Design alum is back home, because her fierce-but-feminine designs (that genius five-way VersaCoat!) could only be dreamed up by a Philadelphian.
Ready to look beyond Lulu? Local gal Marguerite Adzick’s e-comm shop carries cheery sweats, capris, sports bras and travel apparel from brands like Spiritual Gangster, Sundry and Michi, and her own line of AB leggings, too.
There’s a reason NYC dealers flock to this three-floor labyrinth that houses more than 40 vendors: It’s one of the best places in the country to shop for antiques. 878 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Jinxed’s newest location is also its largest — a giant warehouse stuffed with piles of quirky bric-a-brac that will make those shelvies (selfies of your shelves, duh) worthy of sharing. Just clear your afternoon: It’s easy to spend hours here. 2858 Memphis Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Outdoor flat-screens, lights controlled from your master-bath mirror, and a home theater that will make Spike Lee jealous — you will not walk out of this newly renovated showroom empty-handed. 38 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
This resale spot with an ever-changing inventory is a wish come true: Imagine the cutest plus looks from every store in the mall, sold for a fraction of full price. 2719 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Plus-size shopping is already hard. But finding ethical brands? Feels nearly impossible. Relax: Designer Mary Alice Duff is turning out classic-yet-contemporary pieces in sizes 0 to 30, all stitched together by well-paid local seamstresses. By appointment only. 4056 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129
The bold, colorful patterns and flattering silhouettes — like a steel blue halter jumpsuit with flowy cropped jacket — are designer Veronica Lipscomb’s answer to an industry that tells fat folks they should be neither seen nor heard. 2228 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
You can be underwire-free! Local maker Maddie Flanigan’s comfy, sexy, stretchy-yet-supportive Barrett bralettes fit up to a 48.5-inch bust and come with matching panties.
If you like it when people say, “Ooooh, where did you get that?” — shop here. The rainbow beaded necklaces, amethyst rings and chandelier earrings are handmade and hand-sourced by owner Koray Avci here and overseas. Additional location in Rittenhouse. 113 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Twenty-one-year-old Drexel fashion student Elissa DeFranceschi thrifts vintage denim, then paints the jackets, jeans and overalls she finds with delicate faces, crawling flowers, pastel shapes, and Expressionism-inspired scenes.
If your labradoodle, mastiff or greyhound is jealous of all those tiny teacup Yorkies wearing precious outfits, she’ll freak over clear raincoats, fleecy jackets and Eagles jerseys at this local e-shop.
There are elegant calligraphy notes for your bestie, camp correspondence sets for your kid, and cards that’ll just make you LOL. (“Oh for fox sake!”) Plus, for your activist teen, a “Write a Letter to the White House” kit. 575 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312
Step one: Arrive with armfuls of clothes from your “get rid of” pile — no appointment needed. Step two: Wait for the cash offer they make you. Step three: Reject cash offer and take credit, because right behind you are racks of like-new shift dresses from Kate Spade, wallets from Louis Vuitton, and cool Giuseppe Zanotti kicks. Step four: Repeat every six months. Multiple locations.
This delightfully colorful showroom boasts custom lighting and handcrafted furnishings, but it’s the smattering of home accessories, like shapely black-and-white baskets woven in Panama, textured throw pillows, and oils done by local artists, that will take you by surprise. 10 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
Ceramic plates by Picasso, signed Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs and Murano glass pendant lights that were displayed at the Hotel Bristol in Italy — these are a few of the treasures you can snag at the regular auctions. (That is, if the city’s decorators and restaurant designers don’t get there first.) 2500 Market Street, Aston, PA 19014
Last April, a crew that puts on renowned fairs in the Hamptons and beyond transformed the 23rd Street Armory into an art collector’s shopping spree; 34 galleries displayed contemporary and modern works from more than 300 artists. And it’s happening again next spring.
Brazilian-American brother and sister Jordan and Nicole Haddad craft high-fashion-inspired pieces that still manage to be utterly wearable. Think geometric-print wrap dresses, puff-sleeve crop tops and high-waisted pants, all made with locally sourced textiles and sustainable ink by a South Philly-based production crew. Look for their brick-and-mortar this fall.
This staple has a rotating collection of quick night-out finds (spotted on a recent trip: a striped jumpsuit and a knot crop top) that are mostly under $100, but of way better quality than what you’ll get at Forever 21. 219 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Michele Brand’s year-old Port Richmond-based company paints and prints custom and small-batch wallcoverings in-house, so you can be sure the showstopper flamingos, oversize watercolor splotches and gray-scale brushstrokes won’t show up on anyone else’s living room walls.
Consider this podcast from designer Gabrielle Mandel, with guests ranging from Naomi Stein of Design Manifest to Colleen Wyse of Trunk Show, your secret pass to learning everything there is to know about Philly’s booming creative scene.
Haddon Heights-based Oates’s hand-embellished, globally inspired women’s slides, babouches and moccasins do the impossible: They make any boring faded jeans or little black dress feel entirely new.
Oversize coin pendants emblazoned with symbols and words (and, soon, zodiac signs) without any cheesy trappings are what make this Wayne designer’s necklaces smart. What makes them brilliant? How they only get cooler when layered.
You don’t survive 40 years of corner retail by skimping on design, quality and customer service, and that’s exactly why this mainstay — filled with Italian-leather durable-and-a-little-something-extra heels, boots and flats — soldiers on. 126 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Trigger warning to those over 35: “Vintage” today means Backstreet Boys concert tees, Starter jackets and high-top Jordan 1s. If this makes you feel old, shop here anyway, if only because they play Goonies on a VCR. 316 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125