Pulse: Style: Holiday Custom
WHERE: Caleb Meyer Studio
Just the thought of buying fine jewelry gives most men panic attacks. But Caleb Meyer will help guys (and girls!) every step of the way, from brainstorming to sketching to creating jewels with style. He’s so sure you’ll be satisfied with his elegant creations that if you’re not, he’ll take them back. (Pieces from $500. 8520 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, 215-248-9250; calebmeyer.com.)
WHAT: Kids’ sweaters
WHERE: The Children’s Boutique
Sure, kids treat their clothes like mud-flaps, but the hand-knit tops from the Children’s Boutique’s new “Create a Sweater” department are machine-washable and dryer-safe. They’re also 100 percent adorable and personal, since parents and kids can choose from more than 30 shades of yarn and designs like animals, snowmen, and the ever-popular initial. Crewnecks, rollnecks and cardigans start at $75, and can be ready in about three weeks (1702 Walnut Street, 215-732-2661; childrensboutique.com).
WHAT: Trench coats
Burberry’s new Art of the Trench made-to-order raincoat service lets you add your own twist to the classic tan overcoat. Choose from among 28 shades of outer shells and inner linings ($625 to $7,465 per coat for men; $750 to $6,600 per coat for women). For extra warmth during Philly’s chilly winters, consider a detachable layer of cashmere, wool or even mink. And for the finishing touch? Have a monogrammed label sewn inside (1705 Walnut Street; 215-557-7400).
WHAT: Diaper bags
WHERE: Viv Pickle
A new mom has lots to schlep; spare her the drama of figuring out how to do it stylishly by designing a funky—and functional—diaper bag for her. Viv’s come with tons of interior pockets and waterproof linings in tones like fuchsia or yellow. And you can add on exterior pockets, or a roll-up pad for diaper changes on the go. (From $60. 21 North 3rd Street, 215-922-5904; vivpickle.com.)