The Warby Parker of Wedding Bands Is Now Open in Old City, and It Makes Ring Shopping So Easy
Find gold, platinum and other styles at Hitched's new showroom.
Engagement ring? Check. Proposal? Check. Happy tears? Check and check. Yes, you and your soon-to-be-wed are feeling the love, and thoughts of next steps are top of mind. Among the ones on your list should be finding your partner’s wedding band, and the process is now a little easier (in Philly, that is) thanks to Hitched, which opened a connected showroom with The Groomsman Suit at 67 N. Second Street in Old City last fall.
The previously online-only company, which touts itself as the Warby Parker of men’s wedding bands (it offers a small selection for women too), started in 2018 with its three-step, at-home delivery service. You select five styles online, try them on at home and settle on a look (you have five days to do so), and send them back. (The $20 try-on fee goes toward your ring if you make a purchase.) But those who want to browse the baubles in person can experience the same type of efficiency at the new shop. The typical jewelry store formality is traded for a cozy space with white-washed brick walls and shelves lined with myriad rings for you to browse. Adding to the living room vibes? College football on TV, beers in the fridge and a warm greeting by Sammy, founders Stephanie and Chris Sammons’s dog.
It’s an ambiance the duo, who has been in Philadelphia for the past five years (she grew up in Bucks County), would surely have appreciated in their own struggle to find Chris a ring: Their jeweler forgot to place the order, and they turned to Amazon to get him a band on time. Their goal with Hitched is to remove such pressures and keep their burgeoning biz under their watchful eye—their offices and fulfillment center for e-commerce orders are under the showroom, and the couple runs most aspects in-house.
Clients such as Bobby Hill (the writer’s cousin) recently visited with fiancée Casey and had a positive experience. “My wedding isn’t until the fall of 2020, so I really didn’t think I’d walk out of there knowing what ring I’d be wearing 11 months from now,” he says.
Stephanie began their appointment by describing all of the metals, and getting a feel for Hills’s style and what he’d like to spend. Wedding bands from popular jewelers in Philly often reach prices of more than $2,000. Here, however, rings range from $99 to $999. There are 100-plus bands in 14K gold, cobalt, ceramic, tungsten and meteorite inlay, among others. The costliest bands are the platinum 6-mm classic, flat, knife-edge and milgrain rings. She then sized his finger and brought over cases of rings in his size to discuss with his betrothed.
Hill left with a purchase made, then headed to Wells Fargo Center for an afternoon Flyers game. “It was so easy, and we liked the way it looked,” he says. “That’s all that matters, right?”
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