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Jan 18 2017

Philadelphia's Shopping Scene Is Proudly Independent

A Guide To Owner-Operated Retailers Throughout The City Of Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, owner-operated shops are a way of life—and have been since the 17th century. Independent storefronts fit naturally into the city’s fabric; their size and spirit thrive amid similarly independent restaurants, bars and cafes in close-knit neighborhoods.

It’s perhaps no surprise that college-filled, athletics-obsessed Philadelphia is the birthplace of iconoclastic retailer Urban Outfitters (and stylish spawn Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain) and throwback pro sports apparel phenom Mitchell & Ness. Also not too surprising: The city’s recent surge of upscale boutiques and haberdasheries that have followed Philly’s surge of stylish residents and visitors. Certainly pleasantly surprising to shoppers: Philadelphia levies no sales tax on apparel or shoes.

Here are some standout, sought-after, Philly-proud indie shops:


  • Bario-Neal – Bella Vista atelier where skilled jewelers and a knowledgeable sales and design crew use ethically-sourced materials and progressive manufacturing processes to create custom and collection-based fine jewelry with an artisan, modern feel. 700 S. 6th Street, (215) 454-2164,
  • Commonwealth Proper – Men find modern suiting and outerwear, both custom and ready-to-wear, as envisioned by former attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder, at this by-appointment-only showroom. 1839 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor, (267) 319-1741,
  • Fason De Viv – Contemporary women’s boutique features local designers and a global feel, plus acoustic performances on First Fridays. 228 Arch Street, (267) 745-8231,
  • Henry A. Davidsen – Absolute custom—no made-to-measure here—is the gentlemanly purpose of this studio for men’s suits, shirts, formalwear, accessories and image makeovers. 1701 Spruce Street, 2nd floor, (215) 253-5905,
  • M Concept Shop – Gallery-like retailer of local design-makers, including Damiano Collection, West Oak Design, and M Concept X by Ethan Nguyen, fosters slow, stylish shopping. 1540 South Street, (215) 839-9154,
  • Moon + Arrow – With tagline “Handmade + Vintage + Apothecary,” Fabric Row’s eco-conscious shop vends brass and copper jewelry, handmade leather bags, organic babywear, terrariums and more. 754 S. 4th Street, (215) 469-1448,
  • NinoBrand – In her by-appointment-only atelier, Bela Shehu designs future classic, monochromatic street-to-opera wear for women. 333 S. 20th Street, (267) 761-9388,
  • Philadelphia Independents – Adorable Old City shop for made-in-Philly totes, ceramics, buttons, cards, T-shirts, accessories and home décor—the next level of souvenir sourcing. 35 N. 3rd Street, (267) 773-7316,

High-End Fashion:

  • Boyd’s – Esteemed circa 1940 clothier carries Alexander McQueen to Ermenegildo Zegna of topline men’s and women’s fashion. Four polished floors display Trussini, Kiton, Paul Smith, Escada, Jil Sander, Brioni and more alongside in-house tailors, custom valet parking and personal shoppers. 1818 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-9000,
  • Erdon – Recherché international designers such as Ivan Grundahl, Closed, Jerome Dreyfuss and Heyne Bogut mix in a spare space that feels right at home amid Old City’s art galleries. 162 N. 3rd Street, (215) 923-0300,
  • Joan Shepp – Philadelphia staple serves as a reckoning force for avant-garde, eminently wearable women’s clothing, accessories and shoes by Maison Margiela, Urban Zen, Vetements, Yohji Yamamoto, Marni, Sonia Rykiel, Ann Demeulemeester and others. 1811 Chestnut Street, (215) 735-2666,
  • Knit Wit – Trend and tradition combine in a stalwart boutique for connoisseurs of Theory, Cinq A Sept, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Raquel Allegra and their contemporaries. (Additional location in Bryn Mawr.) 1729 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-4760,
  • Shop Sixty Five – A Bucks County émigré serves up cosmopolitan denim, knitwear, dresses, bags and jewelry via labels such as Mason by Michelle Mason, Burning Torch, Elizabeth & James, Haute Hippie and more. 128 S. 17th Street, (267) 239-5488,
  • Skirt – Main Line mainstay brought a battalion of personal stylists to Rittenhouse Square to better meet Philly’s demand for Tibi, Missoni, Milly, Splendid, DVF, on-point denim, office and cocktail wear. 212 S. 17th Street, (215) 309-8419,
  • Sophy Curson – Elegant Rittenhouse Square boutique has serviced debutants and doyennes since 1929. Owners are the niece and great-nephew of the shop’s eponymous founder—the inventor of women’s petites. On decorous display: ball gowns to blue jeans. Shoppers here make requests, rather than browse racks. 19th & Sansom Streets, (215) 567-4662,
  • Third Street Habit – Old City forerunner of laid-back haute-ness offers Boho-chic dresses, jumpsuits, separates, shoes, accessories and jeans from the likes of Heidi Merrick, Ulla Johnson, Rodebjer, Mother Denim and more. 153 S. 3rd Street, (215) 925-5455,

Indie Clothiers:

  • Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – Shoppers find heritage-label clothing, but also precision-handmade goods—bar goods, apothecary items, home wares and original art—here. Also doubles as Warby Parker showroom and a tasting room for its owner’s line of artisan spirits (Snap, Root, Rhubarb, Sage). 116 N. 3rd Street, (215) 922-2600,
  • Charlie’s Jeans – At this one-stop shop for designer men’s and women’s denim, the employees are fit experts. Exclusive carrier of owner’s U.S.A.-made Sebastian McCall jeans. 233 Market Street, (215) 923-9681,
  • Lapstone & Hammer – Showpiece gallery shop for sneakerheads and city gents offers Philly-made jeans, leather jackets, hand-destructed T-shirts, limited-edition sneakers—and serious style cred. 1106 Chestnut Street, (215) 592-9166,
  • Metro Men’s – South Philly shop offers menswear by Fred Sherman and Penguin, among others, plus colorful socks and beer koozies. 1600 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 324-5172,
  • Nutz & Boltz – Clients frequent this Gayborhood newcomer for fancy underwear, loungewear, T-shirts, swimsuits and more. 1220 Spruce Street, (267) 639-5958,
  • Ps & Qs – Heritage brands Herschel Supply Co. and Pendleton, on-trend Norse Projects, Penfield and Victory Press—and, more recently, women’s wear. Also on offer: classic Tretorns, rugged candles, kids’ style essentials. 820 South Street, (215) 592-0888,
  • Shibe Vintage – Busy, hip find sells vintage Philly sports-inspired duds and gear for diehards—in a store named after an old Philadelphia stadium, naturally. 137 S. 13th Street,
    (215) 566-2511,
  • Sugarcube – Old City stalwart is known for its thoughtful collection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, especially U.S.A.-sewn denim, American-milled socks, vintage finds and after-dark styles. 124 N. 3rd Street, (215) 238-0825,
  • Totem Brand Co. – Totem stocks outdoorsy, made-in-the-U.S.A. men’s clothing and shoes by Wolverine, Danner, Rogue Territory, Steven Alan, Red Wing, Filson and more. 535 South Street, (215) 440-9922,
  • United By Blue (UBB) – Eco-conscious clothier and coffee house serves as a flagship for sustainable men’s and women’s fashions and accessories. For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. 144 N. 2nd Street, (215) 278-7746,
  • Vagabond – A pioneering Old City women’s boutique, Vagabond draws regulars for its Philly-knit sweaters and on-point, affordable to splurge-worthy clothing by Rachel Comey, Black Crane, Brandy Melville, Ace & Jig, plus shoes, jewelry and gifts. 37 N. 3rd Street, (267) 671-0737,


  • Egan Rittenhouse – This refined offshoot of an esteemed jeweler (see Egan Day in jewelry section) offers good taste for the whole family: classic shaving brushes and bowls, pretty clutches, cool balance bikes for chic city children. Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 433-1632,
  • Occasionette – Etsy darling Sara Villari, creator of Girls Can Tell, runs this Pinterest-worthy emporium of note-perfect crafts and gifts, including hand-drawn silkscreened tea towels and bags, plus loads of cards, wrapping paper, baby presents, costume jewelry and tabletop beauty. 1825 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 465-1704,
  • Omoi Zakka – Shoppers hit this fun, Japan-inspired lifestyle shop for impeccably current planners, soaps and desk supplies. 1608 Pine Street, (215) 545-0963,
  • Open House – Packed with merchandise, this popular Midtown Village shop specializes in casually modern homewares, furnishings, jewelry, baby goods—and great Philly-splashed gifts. 107 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-1415,
  • Portfolio – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ store offers artist- and artisan-made textiles, jewelry and gifts inspired by the museum. 128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600,
  • Rikumo – Kaz and Yuka Morihata’s serene Midtown Village serves as a destination for Japanese craft and design: ceramic matcha bowls, charcoal towels, beech baby toys, gauze bedding, kitchen and office wares, jewelry and more. 1216 Walnut Street, (215) 609-4972,
  • Scarlett Alley – Old City’s pre-occasion destination stocks elegant, approachable tableware, candles, costume jewels, cozy clothing and accessories, personalized gifts, shower gifts and wedding gifts. (215) 592-7898, 241 Race Street,
  • Select Shop 215 – Twice the size of sibling Omoi Zakka (see above), this neat, colorful Old City choice carries thoughtful, useful home goods, including coffee and kitchen wares, stationery, backpacks, wall art, jewelry and more. 41 S. 3rd Street, (215) 454-6910,
  • South Fellini – South Philly newcomer offering Philly themed gear like T-shirts, pins, and accessories that rep city neighborhoods, commemorate bygone landmarks, and play on regional brands. 1507 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 751-3667,
  • Verde – Open House’s younger sister and neighbor carries colorful jewelry and accessories—and site-made Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates. 108 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-8700,

Jewelry Shops:

  • Bella Turka – A rainbow of on-trend and fine pieces from all ends of the earth occupy this colorful store. The Rittenhouse location also carries global home goods and gifts. 113 S. 13th Street, (215) 560-8733; 1700 Sansom Street, (215) 560-8733,
  • Craiger Drake – Second-generation supplier of precious gems and metals opens the showroom by appointment, for collection and custom pieces. 1701 Walnut Street, 5th floor, (215) 253-6507,
  • Egan Day – Kate Egan’s inimitable gallery of ethereal wearable and displayable art is a must-see and must-shop. 260 S. 16th Street, (267) 773-8833,
  • Halloween – In this hidden lair, repurposed altar boxes display pearls, silver, gold—heirlooms and original pieces by bon vivant owner and metalsmith Henri David. An orange business card serves as signage. 1329 Pine Street, (215) 732-7711
  • Jewelers’ Row – Some 300 wholesalers, repair shops and vendors of engagement rings, estate pieces and other glittering investments make up the nation’s oldest diamond district.
    Between 7th & 9th Streets and Walnut & Chestnut Streets
  • Ritual Ritual – A rotating roster of indie artists and six in-house designers furnish and burnish the wares at this glamorously Goth Northern Liberties destination. 819 N. 2nd Street, (267) 606-6082,

Children’s Goods:

  • Born Yesterday – This Rittenhouse Square boutique outfits newborns through tweens in Lili Gaufrette, Deux par Deux, Eliane et Lena, Appaman, Splendid—and sells haute toys, too. 1901 Walnut Street, (215) 568-6556,
  • The Children’s Boutique – Divine layette, knit-to-order rollneck letter sweaters, more upscale togs plus toys and music time aim to please discerning parents and their kiddos. The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, (215) 732-2661,
  • Cloth – Natural parenting store offers supplies for cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding, bathing, playing and dressing. 1605 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-1575,
  • Happily Ever After – Antique Row’s friendly, neighborhood toy and doll store specializes in the classics. 1010 Pine Street, (215) 627-5790,
  • Minnow Lane – Organic and sustainable form the credo of this Fishtown apothecary and boutique of hip clothing and toys. 2029 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-1875,
  • Momo’s Tree House – Old City’s answer to Toys R Us offers smart playthings, from baby’s first sensory toy to big-kid arts and crafts. 205 Arch Street, (267) 457-2803,
  • Tildie’s Toy Box – South Philly newbie opens early on Saturdays for the pre-birthday party rush on smaller-maker goodies: first scooters, soft puppets, smart games and more creative playthings. 1829 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 334-9831,


  • Benjamin Lovell – Two stylish walking shoe shops for a city of walkers offer Fitflops, Birkenstocks, Naot, Mephisto, Arche, Dansko and more comfortably chic choices for men and women. 119 S. 18th Street, (215) 564-4655; 318 South Street, (215) 238-1969,
  • Bus Stop – Brit-born Elena Brennan sources on-point kicks and bags at this Fabric Row shop. She designs some of them, too. 727 S. 4th Street, (215) 627-2357,
  • Head Start Shoes – This shoe haven stops many Rittenhouse passersby who peer through windows at modern marvels of leather, as fashioned for women’s feet. Coveted brands include: Officine Creative, Roberto Del Carlo, Prima Base and more. 126 S. 17th Street, (215) 567-3247,
  • ToBox – Scarpe di Bianco, John Lobb, Rancourt and other elite makers fill Tung To’s homage to men’s footwear. Shines available. 25 S. 19th Street, (215) 644-9435,
  • UBIQ – At this former mansion, sneakerheads line up before limited-edition releases. The shop also stocks men’s jackets, jeans by Yeezy, Converse and Han Kjobenhavn. 1509 Walnut Street, (215) 988-0194,

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On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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