Philadelphia

EGAN DAY a Beautiful Jewlery Store in Rittenhouse Square

A few weeks back we met Cort Day and Kate Egan, at Kelly Boyd’s (KB Consultants) house where she held the preview party for the Philadelphia Young Playwrights pre-event which is to Honor Governor Rendell, June 3 at their Annual Benefit (see PCC Calendar), owners of Egan Day fine jewelery and decorative objects in Rittenhouse Square. 260 S. 16th street philadelphia, pa 19102 267.773.8833 info@eganday.com mon-sat noon-6pm closed sundays. They told me the story of the origins of their store here in Rittenhouse Square which they just set up in the past year after arriving from LA. They mentioned that they were having a small get together to showcase a few newly arriving pieces and if I wanted to come by and see their store. I was intrigued as they were interesting to talk, as well as very laid back and relax, so I was curious to see what kind of jewelery they carried.
The shop which is adorable, quaint and intimate, is the exclusive representative of the nature-inspired works by renowned designer, Ted Muehling, and will feature his sterling silver and oxidized bronze candlesticks produced by E.R. Butler.
Egan Day also showcases the figurative and highly imaginative creations of Gabriella Kiss, exquisitely set semi-precious gems by Maria Beaulieu, and finely wrought enameled and carved rock crystal cameos by Jonathan Wahl.
Through her renowned jewelry, Gabriella Kiss gracefully honors her enduring fascination with nature, with life cycles, with birth and death and the universe in between. Gabriella Kiss has an eye for the small and is drawn to detail, deriving inspiration from the flora and fauna of nature, the life cycles of the natural world and art history.
Jeweler Maria Beaulieu has a keen eye for rock collecting. “For me, it’s all about the stones,” says the Maine native. “I find inspiration in everything from 123kt aquamarines to Argentinian agates to tumbled beach pebbles. I try to find the most exquisite specimens and then set them with just enough gold to highlight their natural beauty.” Prices range from a couple hundred to the early thousands.
Stephanie Lutzo and Kate Egan. Stephanie and husband Michael own Adresse a dress boutique located around the corner at 1706 Locust St. When I looked up on Yelp for a little info on the store, customer Lulu states the best thing about Adresse is the customer service. I once purchased a little cocktail dress and even though it was from one of the more modestly priced lines they carry, Michael and Jordan treated me as if I were buying the most expensive dress in the store fussing over me and helping me decide whether or not to have it tailored (I hear they have a fantastic tailor),etc. – It’s no wonder these two nice ladies found each other and are friends, they both exude a warm, friendly effervescence.
Cort Day is the author of one book of poems, The Chime, and is currently at work on a novel when he’s not at the store. He has taught writing at the New School and at Pratt Institute, in New York City, before moving to LA and then nesting in Philadelphia. At the end of the evening he entertained us with one of his works.
Perhaps you might want to pick up a memory at Egan Day’s for this special night “The Rittenhouse Square Ball” which is right around the corner; an elegant garden party under the stars. This year’s Ball on The Square takes place Thursday June 18, 2009, at 7 PM. The Ball is the Friends’ most important fundraiser of the year. For information, contact Alan Sandman, Ball Chair, at alnsndmn@comcast.net