Egan Day

by Grace Bonney

When I was young, I used to collect rocks, seedpods, sticks, leaves, dried flowers, you name it, I liked to gather it. I even had an awesome cabinet with little drawers where I stored and organized all of my ‘treasure’. Egan Day feels like the grown-up version of this fascination. Their Patrick Townsend designed jewelry cases are filled with ‘treasure’ that all seem to embrace the natural world. The way a piece curves, hangs or is put together seems to be influenced by the form of a leaf, the structure of an insect or the patterns of a seedpod.

Egan Day is owned and operated by the super awesome husband and wife duo, Kate Egan and Cort Day. Kate, with an MFA from UPenn and a BFA from RISD, started her jewelry career early when she worked for Ted Muehling in New York. She later worked as retail director for Sigerson Morrison and even dabbled with her own art gallery in the West Village. Cort, with an MFA in creative writing from Berkeley, has one book of poetry published (The Chime) and is working to complete his first novel.

Egan Day carries an exceptional collection of work by designers such as Ted Muehling, Gabriella Kiss and Maria Beaulieu amongst others. Our wedding accoutrement (earrings and wedding bands) was designed by Ted Muehling and ever since then I am obsessed with all of his work – especially that awesome gold necklace in the first picture. Oh, and that spider. Not sure what I would do with it, but I love it. The perfect thing about all of Egan Day’s jewelry is that everything is wearable – from jeans to a fancy dress – and is easily understandable. Nothing will look dated in a few years and you if you can hold on to it long enough, you will want to pass it right on down the family tree. And ladies, for the man in your life, Ted makes the most amazing cufflinks (think wedding).

[Wedding earrings shot by Jose Villa]

And, oh how beautiful the store is. They were going for “a day at the beach” and I think they have captured it perfectly — light and airy with interesting vignettes. It is a peaceful hideaway tucked in the parlor floor of a civil war era townhouse.

If you won’t be visiting Philadelphia anytime soon give Kate or Cort a call and they would be more than happy to send you images of any item that might tickle your fancy. When you’re ready to buy, they happily ship to the continental US for free.


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  • i feel a little greedy about egan day, especially b/c i love the attention kate always gives me, but glad you’re sharing their beauty with the d*s community!

  • The jewelry is so beautiful, but I am really in awe of the way it is all arranged so nicely. Usually jewelry is displayed so crowded together that my eye can’t settle on one piece and I end up walking away not appreciating it. Here it is displayed so that you can appreciate the beauty of each piece. Well done!

  • That is one fantastic spider indeed! I don’t think that’s Ted’s work, however. I think that belongs to another one of Egan Day’s talented designers!

  • Thanks but I just checked. The spider is by Nicole Landaw who also made some of the other lovelies beautifully photographed here!

  • Egan Day is probably the most lovely shop in Philly. Their collection of jewelry is the stuff of dreams, and owners Kate and Cort are the nicest, coolest people. I just received my engagement ring from their Gabriella Kiss collection, and I feel like the luckiest girl ever!

  • What beautiful jewelry in a stunning setting. If only I could visit in person. Lovely photos. Will definitely check out Ted’s store next visit to NYC.

  • Ah, the poet and the artist…no wonder their shop looks magical :) Thanks for sharing this – I’ll have to make a note to visit the next time I’m in Philly.

  • The store is beautiful, and so are Kate and Cort. The work they select is deceptively simple, and beautifully poetic. I want everything, but how can I be so materialistic?

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