Philadelphia Shopping Guide

Rittenhouse Square

AIA Bookstore and Design Center

We've come to count on the unusual gifts at the shop for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (take-out menu organizers, unusual card games, creative kiddie toys and books). But the range of specific titles is what's most impressive.
117 S. 17th St., 215-569-3188, aiabookstore.com

Products: Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Anthropologie

Fans of the vintage-inspired garments and home accessories at this boutique chain should make a point of visiting its hometown flagship. It has a thrilling amount of merchandise (the most we've seen) on four floors of an 1890s mansion that overlooks the square with an impressive, weekly updated, basement-level sale room.
1801 Walnut St., 215-568-2114, anthropologie.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Bluemercury

Filled with Darphin self-tanner, Tocca candles, and Calypso Christiane Celle perfume, the Rittenhouse branch of this East Coast chainlet looks like a spare photo studio transplanted into a stately townhouse.
1707 Walnut St., 215-569-3100, bluemercury.com

Products: Beauty, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Boyds

For more than 60 years, this fancy department store was known for expert tailoring and quality men's suits. In the past few years, its high-quality rep has expanded to include Center City ladies, who can now find shoes from Jimmy Choo, bags from Kooba, dresses from Milly, and gowns from Vera.
1818 Chestnut St., 215-564-9000, boydsphila.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Department store

Echochic

The big draw at this sleek spot is the cache of hard-to-find indie labels (Daryl K, Arrogant Cat) with a girly rocker vibe. Also find au courant vintage finds and a sprinkling of goods made by the fashionable ladies that mind the register.
1700 Sansom St., 215-569-9555, echochic.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Joan Shepp

For 30-plus years, Joan Shepp has brought avant-garde lines (Rick Owens, Marni) to Philly, and she specifically chooses only the most wearable, timelessly cool silhouettes from each collection. The large spot also features a shoe lounge with finds from Taryn Rose and Balenciaga and a slew of not-to-miss trunk shows.
1616 Walnut St., 215-735-2666, joanshepp.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Kimberly Boutique

This newish shop has quickly gained a loyal following for offering clothes that are hip but won't look dated at the end of the season. Find Fighting Eel tunics, tops from Ingwa Melero, and dresses from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent-and don't leave without picking up the iconic Philly-emblazoned boy tanks.
123 S. 16th St., 215-564-1066, kimberlyboutique.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Knit Wit

This consistently great boutique has 40 years of business under its belt, and it's earned a reputation as the place to go for lines that are unerringly on top of the trends. Current offerings include Nieves Lavi blouson dresses, Schumacher trapeze coats, and casual pieces from Poleci and J Brand.
1718 Walnut St., 215-564-4760, knitwitonline.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Leehe Fai

A faultless hybrid of weekend-ready and office-appropriate clothing is the main reason to swing by here, but don't overlook the small but noteworthy selection of slouchy, unembellished leather bags or the rear racks of stellar eveningwear (often on sale).
133 S. 18th St., 215-564-6111, leehefai.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Lougewear, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Petulia's Folly

Done up with appliquéd Kyrgyzstanian tapestries and an engraved wood entry arch from Zanzibar, Petulia's is famed for home and wardrobe essentials that reflect its global-modern aesthetic, including Moroccan-print Antik Batik tops, Mexican clay cachepots, Italian silverware, and flats from Sigerson Morrison.
1710 Sansom St., 215-569-1344, petuliasfolly.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Decorative/Lighting, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique
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