The Indie Shopping
Like other major cities, Philadelphia offers its own version of New York’s Fifth Avenue and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, with all of the fancy brand-name stores that accompany them. But it’s the worth-seeking-out independent shops that make this one of the country’s most satisfying places to shop. At Joan Shepp
in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, the Margiela alone is worth the trip; you’ll also find a expertly curated selection of pieces by Issey Miyaki, Alberta
Feretti, and more in a light-filled showroom with a peaceful private garden out back. Artisanal baubles are the draw at nearby Egan Day
, a feminine shop where semiprecious gems like amethyst and quartz are arranged salon-style under cloches. For more affordable wares, visit Omoi Zakka
to add whimsical Japanese-inspired home goods and stationery (think hashtag-shaped trivets and porcelain teacups) to your collection.