For more than 80 years, the retailers at Robinson Luggage have packed their showroom with functional and stylish luggage, business cases, and bags from brands such as Kenneth Cole, Johnston & Murphy, and Kipling. Today, more than 60 brands of luggage, computer cases, and backpacks line the shelves waiting for somebody to entrust them with their clothes, business documents, or treasured slinky collections. A close-knit family, the staff averages 12 years of experience, with many team members having been a part of the store for more than 20 years. They welcomely combine their expertise to aid shoppers searching for pieces that fit ideal factors such as budget, aesthetic, or function.
Tucked away in the historic Curtis Center, Philadelphia Diamond Company’s jewelers hone design aesthetics, helping students craft blueprints for unique neckwear, tinkling bangles, and sparkly finger baubles. From casting wax molds to figuring out which diamonds are ready to hatch, the jewel-savvy staff illuminates every step of the jewelry-making process. After drawing up plans for fresh finery or redesigning well-worn accessories, students munch on continental-breakfast nibbles while waiting for custom molds to emerge. Students hungry to turn their designs into reality benefit from a 20% discount on required materials, letting designers cast personalized wedding bands or dreamy amulets without the hassle of prospecting for precious metals or melting down old debate-club lavalieres.
Andrew’s Ties USA’s seasoned haberdashers ensconce torsos in Italian-made ties, shirts, and fine accessories. The Collection tie’s ($69) heavy silk cuts a resplendent blaze across dark-hued formalwear, and the Pari Pari's ($49) woven diagonal stripes bespeak classic elegance while offering advance camouflage on battlefields filled with barber poles. Pants stay obediently hip-bound courtesy of striped or polka-dot suspenders ($59), the flashier twin cousins of more business-minded leather belts ($69). A black check dress shirt ($99) lends gravitas no matter the occasion, and a crisp silk bow tie ($55) adds aplomb to tuxedos and football uniforms alike.
Herbert and Edwin Sherman founded their business as a resource for men with hard-to-find sizes and difficult-to-please fashion tastes. They used to cart closeout styles from East Coast factories to their storefront, traversing miles in the name of great deals and men’s fashion. Since the 1950s, local politicians, athletes, entertainers, and powerful wizards have frequented their store, finding wares from brands such as Alden, Santoni, Cole Haan, and Allen Edmonds. Sherman Brothers Shoes’s staff measures feet by hand using an old-fashioned fitting stool, matching customers with exotic, dress, casual, and work shoes, among other types.
An imaginative oasis on the border of Bella Vista and Queen Village, Mineralistic packs quite an original selection within its walls. Inside, earthy yellow walls, a ceiling painted like a partly cloudy sky and glass cases filled with trinkets of all sorts give customers the feeling that they might have entered into jungle of oddities in a far off world. As the name suggests, this South Street storefront sells a variety of minerals, ranging from agate to spectrolite. These rare and beautiful gems take the forms of jewelry, trinkets and home décor. Additionally, books, games, incense, artifacts, figurines and handmade Celtic jewelry round out the store's inventory. Customers can even purchase fossilized remains dating back hundreds of millions of years. Mineralistic is open seven days a week, and a knowledgeable staff is always on hand to inform shoppers and guide purchases.
At United by Blue—an environmentally focused venture—company-organized and company-hosted cleanups remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean and waterways for every product sold. Products include gifts and apparel for women, men, and kids sold online and at its café store. At the shop, its eco-friendly efforts are exhibited in the reclaimed wood used for the tables and café bar. There, employees serve coffee, bagels, and pastries, all in the name of protecting the world's largest ecosystem.