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Welcome to Racked Philly's first annual Racked Awards, our celebration of the best and brightest of Philly retail—the local labels, designers, and indie boutiques that made getting dressed the best part of waking up over the past 12 months.
The prize for winning a Racked Award? This golden turban. Image credit: Daniel Krieger
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to unveil the winners of the 2013 Racked Awards for Philadelphia. Our champions across eight categories represent the best and brightest in local retail and shopping. Because they work hard and they're good at what they do, we hereby celebrate them as true style superheroes, even if none of them would be caught dead in a red nylon cape.
Before we list the names, though, let's go over the rules and logistics. For three of the below categories, we asked readers to choose between a pre-determined list of nominees. For the remaining five, we made the decision ourselves after much deliberation. Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for their coveted prize: a turquoise mannequin head bearing the official golden turban of the Racked Awards. And now, without further ado, the winners in Philly.
RACKED AWARDS, VOTER EDITION
So Hot Right Now
Awarded to the retail entity that has generated the most buzz over the past twelve months.
Nominees: Smak Parlour's Fashion Truck, The Geisha House, Jinxed, Aoki, Ps and Qs, Kembrel, Ritual Ritual
Winner: The Geisha House
Nominees: Ubiq, Art in the Age, Metro Men's Clothing, Totem Brand, Ps and Qs, Suitsupply, Barneys Co-op, Sugarcube, Tag Denim, Boyds, Briar Vintage,
Most Exciting Rittenhouse Row Addition:
Nominees: Ulta, Camper, Madewell, Stuart Weitzman, Allen Edmonds,
RACKED AWARDS, EDITOR EDITION
Nominees: Art Star Craft Bazaar, Clover Market, 30th Street Market, Bang!Boom!Craft!, Go West! Craft Fest, Punk Rock Flea Market, Brooklyn Flea Philly, Crafty Balboa
Winner: Clover Market
Coolest Philly Artisan
Nominees: Awesome Dudes Printing, Norman Porter, Girls Can Tell, Giant Dwarf, Fabric Horse, Forage, Decades Hat Company, Commonwealth Proper, ReLoad
Winner: Giant Dwarf
Nominees: Philly AIDS Thrift, Briar Vintage, Sazz Vintage, Retrospect, Malena's Vintage, Decades Vintage, Philadelphia Vintage and Consignment Shoppe, Wilbur Vintage, Wistaria, Vintage, 1600 Below Vintage
Winner: Briar Vintage
Coolest Indie Jeweler
Nominees: Bathtub Jungle, Old Blood, BloodMilk, Concrete Polish, Bario Neal, Egan Day, Sultana Maria Jewelry, Adorn
Winner: Concrete Polish
Best Indie Gift Shop
Nominees: The Little Apple, Occasionette, Never Too Spoiled, Scarlett Alley, Stadler-kahn, Hello World, VIX Emporium, Nice Things Handmade, Omoi Zakka Shop, Swag, Art Star
Winner: Omoi Zakka Shop
· Racked Awards 2013 [Racked Philly]
· Racked Awards 2012: The Gala Celebration [Racked NY]