50 Best Fashion Stores in America
We shopped the country for the best stores right now. Program your GPSthese gems are worth planning your next vacation around.
By Jessica Strul
Photo Credit: Karin Catt
AMERICAN HAUTE SPOTS
1. Bill Hallman
784 North Highland Avenue
The Draw: If you want a keepsake that isnt emblazoned with peaches, this is the place to get it. Owner Bill Hallman stocks his shelves with vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces from local designers at a mix of price points so that new labels (think: less expensive) can mingle with the more established ones.
3500 Peachtree Road Northeast
The Draw: Pairing luxe labels with superb service (theyll organize your closet and send clothes to your home!) is what this multidesigner specialty shop by Jeffrey Kalinsky is all about.
3. Kick Pleat
918 West 12th Street
The Draw: Get a taste of Austins art scene while you shop. Owner Wendi Koletar teams up with local artists to display their masterpieces above those of Apiece Apart, Rachel Comey, and Mociun. Get on the stores e-mail list to nab an invite.
4. Gallery D
436 West 2nd Street
The Draw: Sisters Emily and Julia Keast bring Made in Heaven jeans and Antik Batik to Austin fashionistas in this light and airy shop that opened last March.
5. Gretta Luxe
10 Huntington Avenue
The Draw: Celeb stylist, TV personality, and all-around powerhouse Gretta Monahan built this two-store mini chain. High-end collections from Michael Kors and Chloé may set you back a bit, but the full service and knowledgeable staffers are free of charge.
6. Crush Boutique
131 Charles Street, Boston, MA
The Draw: If you cant get out of work before this store closes, give owners Rebecca Penner and Laura Macris a call. Theyll extend their hours so you can snag a dress for your date. Schedule a three-hour private shopping party (with complimentary wine and cheese) for you and your friends to peruse items by brands like Dolce Vita and Rory Beca at every price point.
7. The Velvet Fly
424 Hanover Street, Boston, MA
The Draw: This cozy boutique mixes one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that date as far back as the 30s with new retroinspired items from designers like Kensie, Tulle, and Hypeall for less than $300.
8. Hampden Clothing
357 King Street
The Draw: No creature comfort is overlooked in this boutique. While youre trying on Alexander Wang and Vena Cava, your guy can plop down on the sofa in front of the flat-screen TV and enjoy a complimentary beer. At the Greenville location, the bedroom-size dressing rooms even come with a mini fridge!
212 West Chicago Avenue
The Draw: This boutiques minimalistic decor (there isnt even a sign outside) reflects the clean lines of the clothes it carries. Among one of the first stores ever to feature Martin Margiela and Marni, Blake loves discovering and developing major players in fashionmaking for buys that last a lifetime.
873 North Rush Street
The Draw: Ikram Goldman, the owner of this chic shop (and fashion adviser to Michelle Obama), has an eye for picking unique pieces by coveted designers. This is the only store in the state to carry the lines of Jason Wu, Thakoon, and Isabel Toledo, making it a natural destination. Prices are steep, but clothes practically come with a head-turning guarantee.
11. Handle with Care
1706 North Wells Street
The Draw: This Old Town staple, which turns 28 this year, is divided into two rooms: One carries fun, of-the-moment clothes, accessories, and gifts, all for less than $250; on the other side, youll find more timeless pieces by designers like the chic Trina Turk.
12. Le Dress
1741 West Division Street
The Draw: If youre in the market for the perfect dress, this shop was made for you: Its packed to the rafters with frocks from more than 50 designers at prices ranging from $50 to $500. A Lemergency Kit, stocked with a mini nail file, safety pins, doublestick tape, and mints, comes with every buy.
844 North High Street
The Draw: L .A. fashion-industry transplant Jin H. Fillinger brings her stylish sensibility to the artsy Short North area with this shop thats outfitted with vintage fixtures and antique ottomans. Expect to find international lines you dont see every day in the States, like Willow, Losselliani, and De Couture.
2418 Victory Park Lane
The Draw: Call it the Valley of the Dolls (get the acronym?) of Texas. This shop is the only store in Dallas that carries the hard-to-find Isabel Marant line, in addition to other coveted labels, like Vanessa Bruno.
15. Aloha Rag
1221 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 115
The Draw: Dont let the touristy name fool you. Unless you consider a Givenchy handbag a souvenir, you wont find any tropical memorabilia here. High-end pieces by designers like M/Marani, which you cant get anywhere else in the U.S., are a nice alternative to typical island wear.
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