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Where to Find The Top Designers and Best Brands in Philadelphia

Philly shops offer fab and familiar brands

Style-seeking shoppers in Philadelphia don’t have to look far for fabulous and familiar brands.

In Center City, some of the big-designer-centric clothing shops that pepper Walnut Street include Barneys Co-op, Nicole Miller, Cole Haan, Juicy Couture, Urban Outfitters, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Coach, Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Guess and Free People. Outside of town, the upscale King of Prussia Mall fills in every big-name blank, from the hallowed racks of Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to the mass appeal of American Eagle and Abercrombie & Fitch.

In between, urban neighborhoods and leafy suburbs harbor destination-worthy boutiques featuring the wearable works of some of the world’s most coveted indie designers. And shoppers who really want to get a gander at the future of fashion have merely to make a trip to the Center City Macy’s, where a one-year-old fashion incubator is cultivating a crop of on-point garments by emergent designers.

Here is a list of top boutiques, the indie designers they carry and where to find them in Center City Philadelphia and beyond.

Old City

Charlie’s Jeans (Also in Rittenhouse Square): 237 Market Street, (215) 923-9681, charliesjeans.net. An award-winning favorite for men and women, Charlie’s is quite large with a huge selection but still has that charming boutique-feel with service that makes devout customers out of their clientele.
Brands they carry: Bailey44, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Michael Stars, Sebastian McCall, Splendid

Sugarcube: 124 N. 3rd Street, (215) 238-0825, sugarcube.us. Considered to be an independent fashion destination, Sugarcube has an awesome collection of vintage, vintage-inspired and modern designer attire for men and women.
Brands they carry: A.P.C., Big Star, Bluejuice, BREN, Covet, Demylee, Goddis, Krisa, Lanston, Left on Houston, Lifetime Collective, Seduce

Third Street Habit: 153 N. 3rd Street, (215) 925-5455, thirdstreethabit.com. Acclaimed by Lucky Magazine, Travel + Leisure, CNN, People Magazine and The New York Times, Third Street Habit is a long-enduring women’s clothing and accessory boutique possessing all of the designer cred you can find in Old City.
Brands they carry: AG Jeans, Burning Torch, BY ZOE, Current/Elliot, Isabel Marant, J Brand, James Perse, MOTHER, Splendid

Vagabond: 37 N. 3rd Street, (267) 671-0737, vagabondboutique.com. Your bank account might not end up liking Vagabond as much as you do, but not because of the prices (they’re actually pretty reasonable) but because you’ll always find something at this obsession-inducing designer boutique.
Brands they carry: A Detacher, Ace & Jig, Black Crane, Court Jeans, Creatures of Comfort, Dolce Vita, Dora Landa, Global Mamas, Laugh Cry Repeat, Rachel Comey, Sam & Lavi, Something Else, Stellapop

Rittenhouse Square

Boyds: 1818 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-9000, boydsphila.com. Voted by CBS Philly as one of the top menswear stores in the city, Boyds designer store has four levels of men’s as well as women’s wear featuring contemporary and designer styles.
Brands they carry: Bailey44, Citizens of Humanity, Current/Elliot, Edun, Improvd, J Brand, Vince

Charlie’s Jeans (also in Old City): 1735 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-2495, charliesjeans.net. An award-winning favorite for men and women, Charlie’s is quite large with a huge selection but still has that charming boutique-feel with service that makes devout customers out of their clientele.
Brands they carry: Bailey44, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Michael Stars, Sebastian McCall, Splendid

Joan Shepp: 1616 Walnut Street, (215) 735-2666, joanshepp.com. Joan Shepp has been dressing Philadelphians in their finest since 1971 and continues to bring an eclectic mix of rare luxury designs to the table while still offering friendly, familiar service.
Brands they carry: Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Costume National, Marni, Opening Ceremony, Rick Owens, Y-3 Women

Kiki Hughes: 259 S. 21st Street, (215) 546-1534, kikihughes.com. With gorgeous selections of hard-to-find and original pieces curated by the beloved Kiki herself, patrons often make this darling boutique a one-stop shop for unique designer women’s fashion finds.
Brands they carry: Babette

Kimberly Boutique: 123 S. 16th Street, (215) 564-1066, kimberlyboutique.com. The two Kimberlys who run Kimberly Boutique posses exactly the kind of genuine enthusiasm and appreciation for the brand names as you should expect in a designer carrier.
Brands they carry: alice + olivia, Amy Matto, Design House History, Eva Franco, Fifteen Twenty, Lewis Cho, Yoana Baraschi

Knit Wit (also in Main Line): 1729 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-4760, knitwitonline.com. 40 years later and Knit Wit is still turning heads with the unique selection of designer duds that just slightly push the trending limits.
Brands they carry: A.L.C., Alexander Wang, Haute Hippie, J Brand, James Perse, Levis Made & Crafted, Paul Smith, Phillip Lim, Repeat Cashmere, Vince

Sophy Curson: 19th & Sansom Streets, (215) 567-4662, sophycurson.com. An official outfitter of Princess Grace’s wedding guests back in the 1950′s, Sophy Curson embodies all that is Philadelphia elegance and sophistication in luxury design.
Brands they carry: Alex Teih, Antonio Marras, Blumarine, Design Stockholm, Kevan Hall, Krizia, Sofie D’Hoore, Tom and Linda Platt

Suzanne Roberts: 1121 Walnut Street, (215) 829-8830, shopsuzanneroberts.com. The modern, elegant, simple-chic woman need not look further than Suzanna Roberts, a boutique that’s consistently on all of Philadelphia’s hot lists.
Brands they carry: Aimee G, Babette, Crea Concept, Eileen Fisher, LUNN by Lilth, OSKA, Porto, Ronen Chen, Sarah Pacini, White + Warren

Northern Liberties

Arcadia Boutique (also in Rittenhouse Square): 819 N. 2nd Street, (215) 667-8099, arcadiaboutique.com. Former New York stylist Linda LaRosa’s Shop Sixty-Five was noted by Lucky Magazine for being one of the best shops in the country, and with the lovely mix of trendy designer dresses, jeans and more, this spacious boutique definitely lives up to that title.
Brands they carry: Ace & Jig, Ark & Co., BB Dakota, Curator, Dear Creatures, Dolce Vita, Dusen Dusen, Greylin, Hyden Yoo, James Jeans, Lauren Moffatt, Mary Meyer, Micaela Greg, Nicholas K, Porto, Prairie Underground, TBA (To Be Adorned)

Bucks County

Shop Sixty-Five: 53 W. State Street, Doylestown, (215) 348-8250, shopsixtyfive.com. Former New York stylist Linda LaRosa’s Shop Sixty-Five was noted by Lucky Magazine for being one of the best shops in the country, and with the lovely mix of trendy designer dresses, jeans and more, this spacious boutique definitely lives up to that title.
Brands they carry: AG Jeans, Burning Torch, Citizens of Humanity, Current/Elliot, Diane von Furstenberg, Duffy, Halston Heritage, James Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Krisa, Lanston, Milly, Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Welfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

Love Illuminati: 23 S. State Street, Newtown, (267) 364-5477, blog.loveilluminati.com. Affordable, unique and hip fashions in clothing, accessories and more, Love Illuminati can’t be missed.
Brands they carry: Brixton

Main Line

Christa’s 511 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 687-8825, christasclassics.net. Christa’s offers a nice range of casual to dramatic styles of quality, designer clothing for her.
Brands they carry: Trina Turk

Elizabeth Maar (also in Chester County): 20 Station Road, Haverford, (610) 649-7677. Elizabeth Maar provides casual sophistication for teens girls as well as the mature women in this adorable Haverford boutique.
Brands they carry: alice + olivia, Autumn Cashmere, Drew, Elizabeth and James, Fifteen Twenty, Halston Heritage, Haute Hippie, Repeat Cashmere, Second Denim, Co., Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Vince, White + Warren, Zoe Couture

Knit Wit (also in Rittenhouse Square): 905 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (484) 592-0576, knitwitonline.com. 40 years later and Knit Wit is still turning heads with the unique selection of designer duds that just slightly push the trending limits.

Per Lei: 2 E. State Street, Media, (610) 566-1254, perleiboutique.com. With its Buy Now, Wear Now, Pay Later program, Per Lei makes high fashion affordable.
Brands they carry: alice + olivia, DVF, James Perse, Mark & James by Badgley Mischka, Theory, Tibi, Trina Turk, Yoana Baraschi

Skirt: 931 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (610) 520-0222, shop-skirt.com. Get a taste of NYC fashion right in Bryn Mawr thanks to Maureen Doron, owner of Skirt, who does the downtown digging and brings the best in couture home for you.
Brands they carry: AG Jeans, Autumn Cashmere, Diane von Furstenberg, Milly, Theory, Tibi

Montgomery County

Claire Dickson 545 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, (610) 825-8668, clairedicksonboutique.com. Claire Dickson has been outfitting the ladies of Montco for over 30 years, and her years of experience with high-end fashion show with every article of hand-chosen clothing she sells.
Brands they carry: Autumn Cashmere, Desigual, Diane von Furstenberg, Second Denim Co., Theory, Trina Turk, White + Warren

First Impressions: 470 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, (610) 828-6775. Make the best First Impressions with their designer duds for women and girls.
Brands they carry: Burning Torch, Cut25, Elizabeth and James, Haute Hippie, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Koral, Laugh Cry Repeat, Michael Stars, Minnie Rose, Robert Rodriquez,

Chester County

Elizabeth Maar (also in Main Line): 3515 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 325-4204. Elizabeth Maar provides casual sophistication for teens girls as well as the mature women in this adorable Haverford boutique.
Brands they carry: alice + olivia, Autumn Cashmere, Drew, Fifteen Twenty, Halston Heritage, Haute Hippie, Repeat Cashmere, Second Denim Co., Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Vince, White + Warren, Zoe Couture

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