Kate D'Arcy, founder and CEO of local womenswear brand Toggery, shares her style secrets, from skin serums to designer denim.
Kate D’Arcy knows that style starts with the basics.
Everyone has a favorite T-shirt, but for Kate D’Arcy, the tee is a symbol representing the start of her successful clothing brand, based right here in Philadelphia. Since 2007, Toggery has turned out cotton tops of all kinds for women—from V-necks and tanks to cardigans and even dresses—sold at Mushmina, Style Camp, and Anthropologie, as well as Eaves in Wayne. In between managing her New York office and the production facility in Philly, and launching the brand’s Spring 2015 line, D’Arcy makes some time to treat herself.
D’Arcy treats herself to manicures and more at Rescue Spa.
“[I rely on] Rescue Spa (1601 Walnut St., 215-772-2766) for everything—facials, brows, manicures, and pedicures,” she says. “I’m there once every four weeks indulging in something.”
For beauty musts, she heads to Burke & Payne Barber Co. (900 Fitzwater St., 215-922-0299) for blow-outs and Kiehl’s (1625 Chestnut St., 215-636-9936) for skincare essentials. “I’m addicted to Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Treatment and the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado,” she says.
As for style, D’Arcy travels all around the area to find her favorite brands. “If I’m shopping in Philly, you’ll find me at Barneys New York (1811 Walnut St., 215-563-5333) browsing Isabel Marant, Acne Studios, and Pamela Love jewelry,” she says. “When I’m in the suburbs, I make sure to stop at Malena’s (101 W. Gay St., West Chester, 610-738-9952) for vintage Hermès or Eaves (105 N. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, 610-688-4466) for Rag & Bone and Frame Denim.” And all this shopping wouldn’t be complete without a trip to her tailor. “Having an amazing tailor in your Rolodex is a must for any fashion girl,” she says. “My go-to is Nilah & Co. (36 W. Eagle Road, Havertown, 610-853-9822). It’s the only place I trust with my vintage Chanel.”