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August 18, 2009

50 Best Fashion Stores in America

where to shop

Photo Credit: Karin Catt

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30. Eryn Brinié
501 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 308-6134
The Draw: The first U.S. outpost of South Korea’s popular line boasts feminine, French-inspired pieces with a downtown, deconstructed edge. Prices rarely reach $300. Be sure to hit up their complimentary personal-shopping service when you visit.

31. Kirna Zabête
96 Greene Street
New York, NY
(212) 941-9656
The Draw: Wish you could handpick your clothes from the runway? You can at this shop whose owners have brought top picks from the catwalk to shoppers over the last decade. Score the latest from Balenciaga and Rick Owens while you snack on the candy (gummy sharks, anyone?) that’s always on hand.

32. Maryam Nassir Zadeh
123 Norfolk Street
New York, NY
(212) 673-6405
The Draw: An extension of the love affair between designer Maryam and her fiancé, Uday Kak, this shop is a fusion of new-world treasures, like Jane D’Arensbourg’s glass necklaces, and old-world finds, like handmade throw pillows by A Détacher.

33. Début
298 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
(212) 343-2717
The Draw: Want to discover the next Marc Jacobs? This boutique showcases talented, emerging designers set to take the world by storm in a gallery-like setting adored by style seekers.

34. Century 21
22 Cortlandt Street
New York, NY
(212) 227-9092
The Draw: Fight the crowds at this discount designer mecca and you could score a Calvin Klein dress for far less than its retail price. Be sure to hit up the shoe department—there are 100,000 pairs for the trying on! You’ll also find clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and lingerie from your favorite designers marked down 35 to 65 percent.

35. Opening Ceremo ny
35 Howard Street
New York, NY
(212) 219-2688
The Draw: Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and Karen O are fans of this popular bicoastal boutique (there’s also an L.A. outpost). The store-showroom-gallery combo is like the fashion Olympics, bringing together top talent from all over the world. Let the games begin!

36. Topshop
478 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 966-9555
The Draw: When this U.K. retailer opened its doors in the U.S. for the first time, pandemonium ensued in the form of neverending lines. The rush has simmered a bit now, but the finds remain. Snag fashion-forward items designed by trendmakers like Kate Moss. And don’t miss the drool-worthy shoes!

37. Uniqlo
546 Broadway
New York, NY
(917) 237-8811
The Draw: This flagship store is the Japan-based brand’s only U.S. outpost. The global chain has made a name for itself by selling easy-towear, nicely priced staples and must-have luxe items, like cashmere sweaters in more colors than you’ll see in a bag of Skittles.

38. Pas de Deux
328 East 11th Street
New York, NY
The Draw: This boutique’s chandelier-lit racks feature pieces by forward-thinking designers like Phillip Lim. The owners believe the labels they carry will grow with them, so you can always revisit the same lines. Check out Fenwick by Engineered Garments— exclusive here in the U.S.

39. Ina
21 Prince Street
New York, NY
(212) 334-9048
The Draw: Find designer items in mint condition at this upscale consignment shop. The pieces that fill all five Manhattan locations are by the designers who make headlines at Fashion Week. Look out for Patricia Field, famous for styling the ladies of Sex and the City. She shops and drops off items to be resold here.

40. Inven.tory
237 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
(212) 226-5292
The Draw: If overstock.com were to apply its famous cost-cutting principles to create a boutique featuring the latest designers, the result would be this store. You’ll get your hands on Cheap Monday and other hot finds for 60 to 80 percent less than the retail price, in a cool yet comfy setting.

41. Jessie James
95 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 217-9944
The Draw: Find the Lorick label you’ve drooled over on Gossip Girl here (the clothes are portrayed as Eleanor Waldorf’s designs). Your guy will love the free beer (there’s champagne, too), and the gratis personal-shopping service will solve any “What do I wear this with?” dilemma.


42. Reward
55 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 773-8675
The Draw: Owner Shari Roulin, a former buyer for Urban Outfitters who’s got her finger on the pulse of what shoppers want, has made this boutique the first in the U.S. to sell Gemma Degara from Barcelona and Émilie Casiez from Paris.


43. Moulé
1225 Northwest Everett Street
Portland, OR
(503) 227-8530
The Draw: Nestled in Portland’s Pearl District, this offshoot of a Canadian original mixes quiet luxury with eclectic housewares. Don’t expect anything over-thetop trendy. Instead, think interesting fabrics in impeccable cuts to build a wardrobe around.

44. Seaplane
2266 Northwest Lovejoy Street
Portland, OR
(503) 234-2409
The Draw: Leanne Marshall, the winner of season five of Project Runway, got her start at this shop that promotes and cultivates young talent. Today you’ll find sewing machines humming away among a mix of about 30 different, mainly local, designers’ offerings.

45. Sloan
738 Northwest 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR
(503) 222-6666
The Draw: Want a trained eye to find you items that cost much less than designer duds but look just as great? Well, San Francisco native Karalee Sloan Whitehouse does just that in this store she and her husband, David, opened three years ago.


46. Coplon’s
6235 River Road
Richmond, VA
(804) 288-3699
The Draw: This ultraluxe designer haven is bigger than a boutique, but don’t call it a department store. Owners Hank and Bruce Greenberg present a world-class mix of brands with a hometown feel. Southern belles often turn to them for an entire season’s wardrobe, and out-of-towners rave that in two hours here they can accomplish what would’ve taken two weeks of boutique-hopping in New York.

47. Need Supply Co.
3010 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA
(804) 767-1825
The Draw: Zip yourself into unique denim brands, like A.P.C. and Current/Elliott, at this beloved store, which opened its doors 13 years ago. Each member of the jeanious-certified staff (there’s actually a test!) has tried on every variation in the store, so they’re ready to guide you to your perfect pair. There are also interesting pieces from local designers like Garnett Jewelry.


48. Frock Shop
6500 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA
(206) 297-1638
The Draw: We challenge you to find something in this shop that’s more than $200—most items don’t even reach the $100 mark. Expect to find owner Suzy Fairchild’s line mingling with lots of vintage-inspired dresses.

49. Totokaelo
913 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA
(206) 623-3582
The Draw: This store’s name means “reaching to the edge of the stars,” which is what boutique owner Jill Wenger does by featuring big-name designers like Yohji Yamamoto alongside up-and-comers. Do yourself a favor: Follow the advice of the 3000 gold sequins spelling out “Try On” above the fitting rooms.

50. Canopy Blue
3121 East Madison Street, Suite 103
Seattle, WA
(206) 323-1115
The Draw: This perennially bright spot is a refuge from gloomy Seattle weather. Even the dressing rooms are outfitted with their own chandelier and a blue, scalloptrimmed curtain. Be sure to check out local designer Juliet Roger’s gemstone jewelry—it’s the only place in town you’ll find it.

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