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The 38 Essential Philly Shopping Experiences, Fall 2013

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Now that it's officially fall, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of Philadelphia's most essential stores. It's impossible to sum up Philly's shopping scene, but this is our rough guide—a north-to-south round-up of the places worth browsing, whether you're a tourist or a Philadelphia lifer.

Here's a summary of the most news-worthy retail developments that took place over the past three months: Joan Shepp moved to Chestnut, Madewell announced its Walnut Street opening date, Stuart Weitzman debuted on Rittenhouse Row, and news broke that additional Nordstrom Rack, Terrain, and Anthropologie stores will be opening in the area. Exciting developments, indeed, but the Racked 38 only includes stores open longer than six months — which brings us to our update: Today, we're removing Franklin Square, Menagerie, and Loehmann's (no hard feelings) to make room for Plage Tahiti, Tselaine, and The Geisha House. Our map is in no particular ranked order; rather, we're taking a look from north to south.

Got other suggestions? State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline.



04/02/13: Added Omoi Zakka Shop, Jinxed, and Material Culture
07/09/13: Removed Antiquarian's Delight; Added I. Goldberg Army & Navy
10/03/13: Removed Franklin Square, Menagerie, Loehmann's, and Concrete Polish; Added Plage Tahiti, Eaves, Tselaine, and The Geisha House

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King of Prussia Mall

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Whether or not you're a fan of the mall "scene," you can't ignore the presence of our beloved KOP. The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall is home to over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and a collection of luxury retailers.
Susan Ahn's sunny boutique is a Main Liner's destination for the coveted labels A.L.C., Mother Denim, Isabel Marant, Lem Lem, and Rag & Bone.

Trove General Store

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Whether you're a true outdoorsman or just want to look like one, Trove General is a one-stop-shop for labels like Pendleton, Filson, Woolrich, Levis, and Blundstone. The Main Line store also carries housewares and apothecary.

Material Culture

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East Falls' best kept secret, Material Culture is 60,000 square feet of unique furnishings from the world over.

Jinxed Clothing

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Located in The Piazza, Jinxed is an under-the-radar shop for vintage housewares and furniture.

Arcadia Boutique

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Arcadia takes the reins as one of the city’s best places to shop under-the-radar designers. A section for curated vintage and menswear (Alternative Apparel, Penguin) rounds out the NoLibs boutique.

Duke & Winston Showroom

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Seun Olubodun's line of men's casual tees and hoodies is inspired by his beloved English bulldog, Duke.

Scarlett Alley

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In need of a wedding gift or a housewarming present? This longstanding boutique is a go-to for tasteful housewares plus jewelry and accessories from local and global labels.

The Geisha House

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The winner of our 2013 So Hot Right Now Racked Award, this relatively new addition to Old City's North Third Street houses women's apparel and accessories from labels you probably haven't heard of yet.

Third Street Habit

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The most sought-after trends and designers are represented at this trendy Old City boutique. Shoppers can count on Third Street Habit to carry contemporary ready-to-wear from labels like Rag & Bone and Rodebjer, but it’s the boutique’s exclusive selection of apparel from Isabel Marant’s Etoile line that really puts this shop on the map.

Lost + Found

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We love Lost + Found for its wallet-friendly finds. Its racks are packed with affordably-priced sundresses in the summer, and discounts are deepened with regular sales.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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The only store in Philly with its own in-house line of liqueurs, woodsy-vibed Art in the Age supplies both genders with clothing and accessories from a mix of indie and American labels like Penfield, Steven Alan, and Woolrich.

Sazz Vintage Clothing

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The sister store to Briar Vintage, Sazz is known for its selection of womens 1950s-1960 dresses, blouses, and skirts; select vintage 1970s-80s tshirts; mens western shirts; jackets; cowboy boots; and seasonal apparel.

Briar Vintage

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This men's-only vintage boutique outfits the modern-day gentleman in apparel, accessories, and oddities dated from the 1800s to the 1960s. Look for antique cufflinks and '50s-era letterman sweaters.

Adresse

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Not only does this swanky Old City boutique stock the latest looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Lela Rose, and Peter Som, it’s the only shop in the Philadelphia area to house apparel by The Row.

Vagabond

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This Old City boutique displays a well-edited selection of vintage alongside women’s duds from the coolest emerging designers. Think shoes from Rachel Comey and Swedish Hasbeens, jewelry from Philly’s own Bario Neal, plus apparel from a mix of local and national labels.

Smak Parlour

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With a bubblegum pink exterior fit for a modern day Barbie, Smak Parlour satiates the shopping itch with frilly frocks, embellished cardigans, and more from lesser-known names like Many Belles Down and Ark & Co. The boutique also attracts attention for its house-label, rockabilly-meets-pin-up style clothing line. (Image credit: B. Krist for GPTMC)

Joan Shepp

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Joan Shepp is a Rittenhouse Row staple, a must-see shop for designer labels like Marni, Givenchy, Opening Ceremony, and Comme des Garcons.
An old-school department store in an era where there aren't many of those left, Boyd's carries the highest of the high-end. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere makes it worth a visit even if you're not going to walk out with a brand-new pair of Manolo slingbacks.

Mitchell & Ness

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In its nearly 110-year history, Mitchel & Ness has provided on-field uniforms for the Eagles and the Phillies, not to mention the Philadelphia Athletics. Now, the store carries new and vintage-style team jerseys, hats, and tees. Looking for an authentic 1960s satin baseball jacket? You're in the right place.

Knit Wit

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Knit Wit's new Chestnut Street digs house designer buys from labels like Paul Smith, Helmut Lang, and J Brand.

I. Goldberg Army & Navy

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This corner mainstay houses three floors of outdoor and athletic apparel, plus camping accessories, backpacks, and workwear. The basement level is a bargain lover's paradise—especially if he or she is a fan of buffalo plaid.

Open House

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Located in Midtown Village, Open House stocks everything from housewares and kitchen items to candles and personal accessories.
It's nearly impossible to walk out of Verde empty-handed. If the selection of sparkly Marlyn Schiff jewelry and Tulle jackets don't get you, the sweet smell of Marcie Blaine chocolates (made in-house) will.

duross & langel

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Steve Duross and James Langel specializes in natural, hand-made soaps, candles, and bath products, using locally grown ingredients whenever possible. It's like farm-to-table for your face.
Style and sustainability go hand in hand at SA VA as the eco-conscious boutique uses fair-trade, eco-friendly materials to create its eponymous line of women’s apparel. garments sold at SA VA are made in the boutique's adjacent garment center. (Image credit: R Kennedy for GPTMC)

Plage Tahiti

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The younger, funkier counterpart to Chestnut Street's Knit Wit, Ann Gitter's Plage Tahiti delivers American and European labels to the fashion-savvy.

Tselaine

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This unpretentious Rittenhouse Square boutique houses jewelry, handbags, scarves, and cufflinks from the coolest indie designers and up-and-comers.

Anthropologie

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It's hard to resist this Anthropologie's four-level location on Walnut Street. Head to the bottom floor to check out the latest markdowns.

UBIQ Walnut Street

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Ubiq has been selling streetwear for over a decade now, so it's safe to assume they know their stuff. Go for brands like Adidas, Stussy, and Vans, all of whom have collaborated with the store on special projects.

Omoi Zakka Shop

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Japanese pop culture is front-and-center at this Pine Street shop, where you can find everything from bento boxes and stationery to jewelry and toys.

Crash Bang Boom

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Crash Bang Boom is South Street's resource for dog collars and Manic Panic. Born out of iconic punk shop Zipperhead, the store has been keeping Philadelphians in leather and studs in one form or another since 1980.

Retrospect

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Hipsters flock to South Street vintage outpost Retrospect for the large selection of men's and women's apparel and accessories. Head to the rear of the shop for housewares and furniture.

Eyes Gallery

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Owners Julie and Isaiah Zagar opened this gallery in 1968 after three years in the Peace Corps in Peru, and ever since, they've been selling Latin American crafts and jewelry. Even if you don't know Isaiah Zagar's name, you'll recognize his work instantly; he's the man responsible for South Street's mosaics, as well as the tilework that covers the interior of the store.

Bario-Neal

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Handcrafted in its in-store studio, Bario-Neal jewelry uses reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones, and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices.

Bus Stop

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Store owner Elena Brennan fills her under-the-radar footwear boutique with funky men’s and women’s shoes from designer names like Irregular Choice, United Nude, and Jeffrey Campbell.

Metro Men's Clothing

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Newly relocated to a bigger, badder spot on East Passyunk Avenue, Metro Men's Clothing keeps its customers looking natty with selections from Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, and Penguin.

Occasionette

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Every inch of Sara Selepouchin's EPA gift boutique, Occasionette, oozes charm, from the stationery, art prints, and gift wrap to the store owner's own line of Girls Can Tell wares.

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King of Prussia Mall

Whether or not you're a fan of the mall "scene," you can't ignore the presence of our beloved KOP. The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall is home to over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and a collection of luxury retailers.

EAVES

Susan Ahn's sunny boutique is a Main Liner's destination for the coveted labels A.L.C., Mother Denim, Isabel Marant, Lem Lem, and Rag & Bone.

Trove General Store

Whether you're a true outdoorsman or just want to look like one, Trove General is a one-stop-shop for labels like Pendleton, Filson, Woolrich, Levis, and Blundstone. The Main Line store also carries housewares and apothecary.

Material Culture

East Falls' best kept secret, Material Culture is 60,000 square feet of unique furnishings from the world over.