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The 38 Essential Philly Shopping Experiences, Summer 2013

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Once again, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of Philadelphia's most essential stores. It's impossible to sum up the city's shopping scene, but this is our rough guide—a round-up of the places worth browsing, whether you're a tourist or a Philadelphia lifer. Since the Philly retail scene is ever-changing, today we're revisiting the list and adding I. Goldberg Army & Navy. Antiquarian's Delight is out, as the store is reportedly closing. Our list is in no particular order.

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04/02/13: Added Omoi Zakka Shop, Jinxed, and Material Culture
07/09/13: Removed Antiquarian's Delight; Added I. Goldberg Army & Navy

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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.

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.

Franklin Square

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This Old City boutique-meets-design studio houses affordably-priced women's apparel from emerging designers, plus jewelry that's handmade by the store's owner, Liz Burt.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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)

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.

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.

Adresse

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Not only does this swanky Rittenhouse Square 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.

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.
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.

Loehmann's

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Worth the trek into New Jersey, Loehmann's is almost like a hidden secret. Expect huge markdowns on designer and contemporary labels; its clearance sales can't be beat.

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.

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.

Concrete Polish

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Handmade by designer Angela Monaco, jewelry from Concrete Polish features unexpected designs inspired by nature and wildlife.

Egan Day

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Egan Day features minimal, artistic, and nature-based pieces by a carefully selected group of designers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Metro Men's Clothing

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Philadelphia is not exactly swarming with menswear options for more dapper gentleman, but Metro Men's Clothing keeps its customers looking natty with selections from Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, and Penguin.
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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Open House

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Located in Midtown Village, Open House stocks everything from housewares and kitchen items to candles and personal accessories.

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.

Jinxed Clothing

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

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.

Menagerie

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One of the Main Line's best jewelry boutiques.

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.

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Arcadia Boutique

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.

Third Street Habit

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.

Franklin Square