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August 18, 2009

50 Best Fashion Stores in America

where to shop

Photo Credit: Karin Catt

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16. Heist
1104 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA
(310) 450-6531
The Draw: Proprietress Nilou Ghodsi left her investment career to open this edgy shop. Basics from Humanoid attract A-listers like Julia Roberts and Naomi Watts. But every shopper is important. No matter how small your purchase, you’ll receive a handwritten thank you from Ghodsi. Bonus: Reuse the “Repeat Offender” bags offered in-store and earn dollars toward future must-haves.

17. Confederacy
4661 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 913-3040
The Draw: Co-owners Danny Masterson and Ilaria Urbinati believe in service. Vintagelooking phone booths serve as dressing rooms where you can call a sales clerk to request size swaps—as if the shop’s hip indie labels (including an exclusive line designed by The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.) weren't enough to get us there in the first place.

18. TenOverSix
7427 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 330-9355
The Draw: Designer Kristen Lee knows that wearing an outfit without accessories is like eating a cake without icing— why bother? When she opened this boutique with partners in August 2008, she decided to make jewelry, bags, shoes, hats, belts, lingerie, and sunglasses the main attraction. White walls display the everchanging array of unique finds from about 70 different emerging and independent designers, like Zanzan and Wundervoll.

19. American Apparel Factory Store
747 Warehouse Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 488-0226 x1459
The Draw: Tees to live in are 30 to 50 percent less here. Colors and products are tested at this shop, so you’ll find items that may never enter the mainstream market or just haven’t hit the regular outposts yet. Sign up online for a factory tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at how everything is made.

20. Scout
1646 North Cherokee Avenue
Hollywood, CA
(323) 658-8684
The Draw: The new digs of this California mainstay offers the Scout line that owner Joey Grana designs, in addition to vintage clothes and accessories. While the Scout Collection is sold elsewhere, you’ll find pieces here that aren’t anywhere else. Try on the garb—which rarely exceeds $300—behind the dressing rooms’ antique doors.

21. American Rag
150 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 935-3154
The Draw: In what was once a car showroom, you’ll now find a Denim Bar, almost the size of an arena football field that includes everything from Prps to J Brand. Countless racks of vintage clothing, separated by period, style, and color, attract Olsenesque girls, and the endless shoe selection carries Frye, Keds, and Delman. Plus, the overall price range satisfies all budgets. 20% off at all locations


22. Mango
1961 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA
(703) 506-2646
The Draw: Shop here for the same collection you’d find in the original Barcelona location of this global chain. Expect clothes in a vibrant palette at prices that will leave you with some spare change to put toward your travel fund.


23. The Webster
1220 Collins Avenue
Miami, FL
(305) 674-7899
The Draw: An Art Deco building designed by Henry Hohauser is home to this boutique. Shoppers love that its three French founders are committed to making the best looks from the Paris runways available in the States—for the right price.

24. Green Gras
54 Southwest 10th Street
Miami, FL
(305) 373-7423
The Draw: Claudia and Carlos Sanz, the cutting-edge husbandand- wife team behind this store, don’t just feature clothes from local and international designers in their eclectic store. They also exhibit paintings on the shop’s whitewashed walls and host art parties, with booze and a velvet rope.

25. Alchemist
438 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL
(305) 531-4653
The Draw: Make your way through the parade of tan beachgoers on trendy Lincoln Road to discover a shop where the minimalistic decor lets clothes by Rick Owens and jewelry by Delfina Delettrez shine. (Alchemist is the only place in Miami where you can find either of these designers.)

26. Fly Boutique
650 Lincoln Road
Miami, FL
(305) 604-8508
The Draw: The warm hues and kitschy charm may lure you in, but the vintage finds at every price point from designers like Pucci and Chanel, as well as its own line of bikinis—for less than $200—will keep you coming back to see what the latest pieces can add to your closet.

27. Miss Sixty
845 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL
(305) 538-3547
The Draw: As if the brand’s signature edgy yet feminine styles weren’t enough to get us to this shop (we love the way they reinvented the leather jacket for fall), here’s one more reason: It’s one of two spots in the U.S. where the sought-after Killah line, inspired by Japanese streetwear, is sold.


28. Posh
1801 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN
(615) 383-9840
The Draw: Enter this new location of the decade-old boutique and you’ll discover G-Star shoes, Nudie Jeans, and other brands rarely seen in the South. Swing by to catch a fashion show for independent designers, like Prophetik, or you might see a style expert, like J Brand’s denim guru Oscar Adames, who made a special visit to fit customers. There’s also a music bar where shoppers can listen to and buy tunes by underground artists.

29. Venus and Mars
2009 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN
(615) 915-4846
The Draw: Karen Elson, model and wife of The White Stripes’ Jack White, opened this vintage garment shop last year with stylist Amy Patterson. Located in a quaint house with retro paint-by-numbers artwork on the walls, the store features vintage Chloé and Christian Dior, in addition to more casual dresses starting at $20.


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