We started our Shop Local Oakland adventures in February 2019 knowing that Oakland had a burgeoning independent retailing scene. But we must confess: We had no idea just how dynamic, diverse, and vibrant our local shopping is. And the merchants are all Oakland originals forging their unique creative visions. Happily, National Retailers are scarce here.
But do we all wish we had more than one Philippa Roberts? Of course, the answer must be yes. After all, Philippa has jewelry making in her genes. Perhaps that’s why she creates timeless elegance, fit to be loved in any decade on any day. Not to mention, the DeYoung Museum and SFMOMA have featured her work. Also, specialty boutiques around the world sell her jewelry. She is a recognized talent in her craft. Luckily for Oakland, she lives her passion in her own studio and boutique on Piedmont Avenue.
There’s So Much More
Even better, she lends her success to others. So, like many Oakland one-of-a-kind owners, she supports and introduces other artisans to her customers. Not surprisingly, then, her displays are brimming with jewelry hand-crafted by women from California and beyond. Shoppers first become acquainted with them by way of a card with their picture and a little bio. Even better, is to overhear Philippa tell their stories to other curious clients or for her to relate them to you personally.
And her personal touches expand beyond jewelry. Her eye for everyday exquisiteness can be seen in her selection of scarves, purses, wallets, art, tabletop books, curios, and other household and personal adornments. It’s curated Philippa style.
As such, she’s an example of one of our shop local epiphanies: Oakland offers singular shopping experiences because it’s home to dozens of shops like Philippa Roberts. Designers, artists, and makers own and operate own these shop local gems. We’ve encountered this happy pattern in clothing, gift, and and jewelry shops. And these merchants — like Philippa — make Oakland so perfectly Oakland.
More About Philippa Roberts
What they offer: Philippa Robert’s own handcrafted jewelry. As well, she features other jewelry designers from California and beyond. Additionally, she has an eye for everyday exquisiteness evident in her selection of scarves, purses, wallets, art, tabletop books, curios, and other household and personal adornments. It’s curated Philippa style. It’s a jewelry and gift shop.
Address: 4176 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: 510 655 0656
Neighborhood: Piedmont Ave