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One of the best fashion-fashion stores we've ever found the East Coast isn't—gasp—on the island of Manhattan. At least twice a year, we'll make the pilgrimage (on the Chinatown bus) to Philadelphia, where we make a beeline straight to Joan Shepp. Shepp and, now, her daughter, have been in the luxury fashion retail business since 1971 and it's because of Joan that labels such as Comme des Garcons, Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, and Dries van Noten even have a presence in the Philadelphia metro area.
What we love best: Joan Shepp stocks some of our favorite designers—in sizes we can get behind (or into, as the case may be). While certain, ahem, department stores in Manhattan will stock the Belgians and Rick and Comme—it's a rare victory to find any size over 6 on the shop rail. But, in our experience, Joan Shepp stocks a variety of sizes, from the very smallest to the very largest available, depending on the label.
The legendary Joan Shepp seasonal sale started today—both in store and online. There are some great items to be had—including hard-to-find-on-sale pieces from Margiela and Junya.
· Junya Watanabe chain closure jacket, $1,140 (orig. $1,628)
· Emilio Pucci limited-edition belted dress, $807 (orig. $1,345)
· Yves Saint Laurent pin tote, $132 (orig. $175)
· Maison Martin Margiela Tabi flats, $543 (orig. $775)
· Robert Clergerie Drak patent heel, $450 (orig. $642)
· Junya Watanabe geometric belts, $151 (orig. $215)
· Sonia Rykiel nylon trench, $238 (orig. $340)
· Joan Shepp [Official Site]