Philadelphia’s rapidly expanding shopping scene of world-class boutiques and independent shops allows buyers to stock up on everything from designer duds to one-of-a-kind pieces to custom stationery.
The introduction of new boutiques of all sort — men’s shops, independent women’s boutiques, nationwide chains, jewelers, shoe stores and more — arrived just in time for the chillier months when new sweaters, jackets, boots and scarves are a serious necessity.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the top shops that have recently opened their doors in the Philadelphia region and have also included some exciting retailers that are set to open in the near future, or, distant future (hello, Nordstrom Rack).
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Plus, the entire state of Pennsylvania considers clothing a necessity (and we happen to agree) which makes all clothing purchases tax-free. All the more reason to get shopping!
Read on for a guide to new and coming soon shopping in Philadelphia.
• United By Blue: Old City, 144 N. 2nd Street. United By Blue, a new type of retailer, opened the doors to its flagship store in Old City earlier this fall. The Philly-based, sustainable apparel and accessories company for men, women and children, promises to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. United By Blue receives its inspiration for clothing, jewelry and accessories from the ocean and harbor towns — think lots of blue hues, relaxed tees and surfer-friendly styles.
• The Papery: Midtown Village, 1219 Locust Street. After a recent move from Old City to Midtown Village, independent stationery boutique The Papery now inhabits a bright and airy space brimming with charm. Browse artsy cards for every occasion, customizable invitations, fine stationery and elegant paper goods, as well as a a curated selection of picture frames, scented candles and baby gifts.
• Stuart Weitzman: Rittenhouse Square, 1711 Walnut Street. Fashion-forward feet, rejoice. Stuart Weitzman opened its doors on Walnut Street in August for Philadelphia’s ladies. Look out for seriously stylish boots, stilettos, wedges and more. The shop’s minimalist decor puts even more of a spotlight on its meticulously crafted shoes.
• Suitsupply: Rittenhouse Square, 1601 Locust Street. If the men of Philadelphia seem to appear more dashingly dressed, look to luxe European retailer SuitSupply for the reason. After opening its doors this past spring, the Amsterdam-based outfitter has quickly become the go-to supplier for stylish guys. With a complete array of menswear — from tuxedos to T-shirts — Suitsupply can outfit men from head to toe.
• SEE Eyewear: Ardmore, Anderson and Coulter avenues. Suburban Square in Ardmore welcomes SEE Eyewear to its shopping scene. The eyewear shop hires top-notch designers to create eyeglasses specifically for SEE Eyewear. That’s right, the glasses you find at SEE can’t be found anywhere else.
• Fireside Camp Supply: Graduate Hospital, 2207 South Street. Fireside Camp Supply on South Street West opened its doors this summer and continues to supply the masses with the hippest outdoor goods, camping rentals and much more in a neighborhood boutique atmosphere. The retailer also hosts outdoor campfire events throughout the year. Nature-lovers, this one’s for you!
• Bella Turka: Midtown Village, 113 S. 13th Street. Browse unique jewelry from designers across the globe and other cool accessories at the second location of Bella Turka in Midtown Village. The owner looks to 25 European designers and more than 40 American designers to create often one-of-a-kind jewels of all sort.
• Madewell: Rittenhouse Square, 1716 Walnut Street. Earlier this month, Madewell opened its first Philly store on Rittenhouse Row. The nationwide chain is known for its chic dresses, timeless pants, button down shirt and simple duds — and couldn’t have arrived in Philly at a better time. Flannel shirts are truly perfect for the colder months.
• Ulta: Rittenhouse Square, 1619 Walnut Street. The three-floor Ulta on Walnut Street opened in the late spring and is a beauty-lovers haven with all of the creams, fragrances, beauty tools and makeup their heart can desire. The Center City beauty shop is also a full-blown salon that offers manicures, hair styling, facials, waxing, hair appointments and more for women.
• Ritual Ritual: Northern Liberties, 716 N. 3rd Street. Ritual Ritual, the former home of Concrete Polish, now welcomes four in-house desginers to the mix, including Angela Monaco, Concrete Polish’s former owner. The shop specializes in providing shoppers with one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories and clothing from the four in-house designers, and 10 rotating designers from around the country. The jewelry and clothing pop against the shop’s sleek black and white walls.
• Camper: Rittenhouse Square, 1734 Chestnut Street. Camper, a Spanish retailer specializing in stylish footwear, opened its first Philadelphia outpost on Chestnut Street earlier this fall. Men, women and children looking for a sturdy shoe without skimping on style will find salvation in the Rittenhouse Square store.
More new and coming soon shops, below.
• Hearts on Fire: King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Road. A new type of jeweler now calls the King of Prussia Mall home. Hearts on Fire recently opened its second U.S. location in King of Prussia. The innovative shop allows potential customers to try on as many pieces of bling they please and features technological advancements like a digital jewelry catalog, videos about the pieces and interactive screens.
• Craiger Drake Designs: Rittenhouse Square, 1701 Walnut Street, 5th Floor. Shop readymade jewelry or create custom designers at Craiger Drake Designs, a recent addition to Walnut Street. Clients receive personal attention from the shop’s attendees and learn tips regarding jewelry cleaning, storage, understanding manufacturing qualities, wholesale pricing and more.
• Ellelauri: Rittenhouse Square, 1625 Chestnut Street. After opening its first store in Avalon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania-native sisters opened a second location of their trendy, women’s clothing store in the Shops at Liberty Place. Ellelauri provides gals with fashion-forward skirts, dresses, tops and more made exclusively for Ellelauri in New York City’s garment district. Many of the pieces seen in-store have made their way to celebrities closets, too.
• Totem Brand: Queen Village, 529 South Street. Men looking for classic USA-made style, look no further than Totem Brand, a fairly recent addition to South Street. The brand prides itself on offering durable yet handsome clothing, accessories and shoes from high-quality brands. Totem also offers dudes a solid selection of natural soaps, candles and more.
• Emilie: Midtown Village, 113 South 12th Street. The former Suzanne Roberts boutique recently moved to Midtown Village under a new name, Emilie. The rebranded clothier offers women of all ages stylish pieces for work, a night out or a weekend coffee date. Look forward to in vogue brands like Eileen Fisher and Joe’s Jeans.
• Nordstrom Rack: Rittenhouse Square, 1700 Chestnut Street. Here’s some big news, set to fill the space of the previous home of Daffy’s, Nordstrom Rack is slated to offer deep designer discounts to shopping lovers on Chestnut Street. The 39,000,000-square-foot storefront is promising (fingers crossed) an opening date of fall 2014 and we couldn’t be more excited.
• Urban Outfitters’ Devon Yard: Devon, 136 Lancaster Avenue. Urban Outfitters recently announced some really exciting news. The Philadelphia-based company is set to open a lifestyle center on the Main Line in 2016, and believe us, it’ll be worth the wait. The facility is projected to play home to an Anthropologie store, a Terrain shop, a hotel, additional shopping, restaurants and more. Trying to imagine the space? Think of the dreamiest shopping center you’ve ever step foot into.
• Theory: Rittenhouse Square, 1616 Walnut Street. Rittenhouse Row is a destination to shop such sought-after high-end brands as Burberry, Coach and the aforementioned Stuart Weitzman. Soon to join its luxury ready-to-wear cohorts on Walnut Street: Theory, the source of ever-stylish chic womens- and menswear known for clean lines and fine fabrics.
• My Fabulous Mama: Graduate Hospital, 1610 South Street. Taking over the old home of Pumpkin Market (RIP), My Fabulous Mama helps out new and expectant moms with seriously useful services. Look to My Fabulous Mama for in-home consultations on childproofing, home safety assessments, registry planning, event planning, personal shopping, classes and more beginning next month.
• Jade’s Closet: Wayne, 200 W. Lancaster Avenue. Sassy dresses, hip blouses, trendy rompers and too cool for school (erm, work?) blazers take the stage at Jade’s Closet, a brand new boutique set to open its doors for the first time ever next month. The boutique, owned by Jade Okere the daughter of a former Philadelphia 76er, calls upon a variety of largely independent brands to fill its shelves.
• Vans: Rittenhouse Square, 1708 Walnut Street. Next spring, Vans, the skater-chic retailer, is slated to open its first “high-street” location in our fair city. The shop will take over 4,000 square-feet of the first floor of 1708 Walnut Street and will serve as a model for future freestanding locations across the country.
• Barneys New York: Rittenhouse Square, 1811 Walnut Street. In 2014, Rittenhouse Square will welcome a full-blown Barneys to its shop-lined streets. The boutique’s future site, which previously played home to Barney’s Co-op, will be rebranded into Barneys New York as part of the company’s nationwide conversion efforts. The crowds of Rittenhouse Square are about to be even more stylish as Barneys brings designers like Rag & Bone, Fendi and Chloé to the table.