Atlanta

Beehive Co-op

Forty-eight designers are showcased here, and each one gets a partitioned space—which gives the loft-like shop the feel of an indoor market. The selection ranges from streamlined furniture and retro-designed pillows to table runners, stitched bags, and brightly printed sundresses.


1831A Peachtree Rd., 404-350-3898, beehiveco-op

The Blue Corset Co.

A graphic black-and-white palette, art deco–wallpapered fitting rooms, and baroque chairs lend the mood of a dark, hidden boudoir to this boutique. The emphasis is on high-end lingerie from designers like Marlies Dekkers and Leigh Bantivoglio, all arranged in an agreeably spare fashion.


Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd., Ste. 3024, 404-816-2288

The Clothing Warehouse

Occupying a bright red building smack in the middle of the rough-and-tumble Little Five Points area (home to tattoo parlors and innumerable bars), this easy-to-shop, organized-by-color vintage depot devotes entire walls to specific cuts of collectible Levi's and pleasingly beat-up cowboy boots.


420 Moreland Ave. NE, 404-524-5070

Deka

Even though it's officially about workout wear, this octagon-shaped store, owned by Jim Whitlow, a 15-year veteran of Jeffrey Atlanta (he was actually Jeffrey Kalinsky's first hire, in 1990), stocks pieces that almost work better outside of the gym. Adidas by Stella McCartney track jackets, Rudolf Dassler for Puma polos, and well-cut black pants from Y-3 are bestsellers.


375 Pharr Rd. NE, Ste. 59, 404-869-9600

Dora Rae

Tucked away in an alpine-lodge-themed strip mall, this spot has studded hobos by Rebecca Minkoff, chain necklaces by Dannijo, and a trove of evening bags.


5299 Roswell Rd., Ste. 108, 404-943-1221

Dress Codes

The racks and benches in this pod-like boutique almost seem as if they've been carved out of one piece of molded white plastic. This streamlined, only-the-essentials aesthetic extends to the straightforward merchandise, which includes Earnest Sewn and Deener denim in the darkest washes, and simply cut, extra-soft T-shirts from Woo. There are also journals and photo albums from Seoul (the duo behind the shop taught school there before landing in Atlanta) with trippy cartoon covers.


201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Ste. 117, Decatur, 404-343-2894

Drew Lewis

Every inch here has been carefully considered, from the high-wattage silver wallpaper to the rococo armchairs built into the walls that double as shelves. The owners pay equally close attention to the shop's gamine-inspired goods, from designers like Shipley & Halmos, Alexander Wang, and Vena Cava.


845 Spring St. NW, Unit C, 404-881-5359, drewlewis-atl.com

Jac

There's definitely a little bit of everything at this general-store-like space, all displayed on antique library-card cases and wrought-iron pot racks. Retro dresses by Dear Creatures, Twig cashmere sweaters, and Sunshine & Shadow scarves are among the mix.


245 Highland Ave. NE, Ste. 120, 404-681-4696

Jeffrey Atlanta

Lush lines like Dries Van Noten occupy one half of the store, while a peerless shoe department commandeers the rest. Jeffrey wields enough power to score exclusive designs, including Manolo Blahniks in shades not available anywhere else.


3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. A3, 404-237-9000

K-la

São Paulo–born sisters Keila and Juliana Mesquita stocked K-la with Havaianas flip-flops before they hit the mainstream, and they've been just as prescient with other Brazilian designers, introducing sexy lines like Zoomp, M B Extra, and Iodice to the States. The sisters have also launched their own line of strappy stilettos and affordable separates, all inspired by Brazil.


3400 Around Lenox Dr. NE, Ste. 213, 404-848-1414

Kelly's Closet

In the center of slightly hippieish Candler Park, this neo-romantic emporium outfits its bohemian clientele for special occasions (its adjoining shop specializes in wedding gowns). It's stocked with cool, keep-it-forever partywear, like dresses from Thread Social and sought-after Australian labels like Alannah Hill and Lisa Ho.


1649 McLendon Ave. NE, 404-377-9923, kellyscloset.net

The Lucky Exchange

You have to be ready to dig at this thrift-store duo, but those who do will be handsomely rewarded. We turned up a trove of '70s-ish cotton shirtdresses and gowns festooned with oversize floral prints—almost all of which were priced under $30.


212 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, 404-817-7715; 749 Moreland Ave. SE, Ste. 103A, 404-622-4848, luckyexchange.com

Pieces

Interior decorator Lee Kleinhelter's shop, which takes a deep bow to all things Palm Springs, is arranged into living-room-like, color-coordinated vignettes. She has a knack for refurbishing vintage furniture (there are sleek chests, keyhole side chairs, and simple benches) and then finding sophisticated accessories to fill out the space, like Hervé Gambs candles, Hable Construction totes, and throw pillows in intricate ikats.


3234A Roswell Rd. NW, 404-869-2476

Providence

Determined to create props for her windows, Claudia Thompson painted some plastic animals cherry red and arranged them around her home-furnishings store. They're typical of the shop's entire aesthetic, which is a blend of antiques—small marble busts, sconces, stone-flecked chandeliers—and irreverent pieces, like a handful of side tables that Thompson washed with acid green paint.


1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404-872-7551

Sabot

Hitting a range of prices, this minimalist West Buckhead Village shop's selection (handpicked by the owners, a mother-daughter team) includes only a few iterations from each designer. That means each shoe feels like it's special and specific: Fancy Belle by Sigerson Morrison flats sit on the burnished concrete floor next to woven sandals by Coclico.


45 Irby Ave. NW, 404-816-0077, sabotshoes.com

Standard

Stop here for chicly sporty lines like G-Star, WESC, and Alex & Chloe, along with limited-edition designer sneakers.


Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. 4026, 404-846-8535, standardatl.com

Star Provisions

Arranged in staggeringly tall vignettes (lifeboat buoys, birdcages, and trees swaddled in cotton are all part of the displays), everything is gorgeous and unique at this market-style food emporium. Porcelain plates painted with birds of Britain, quilts pieced together from saris, and matchboxes blazoned with images of shellfish are among the eclectic mix.


1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, 404-365-0410

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

The city's oldest vintage resource primarily features pre-'70s eras, so there are a few things that feel more costumey than everyday (poodle skirts, for one). But there's also a wealth of timeless '60s shifts and stunning evening gowns, all sorted by style, size (with actual measurements), and color, which makes the circular racks a pleasure to shop.


1160 Euclid Ave. NE, 404-688-4929, stefansvintageclothing.com

T.

A longtime Lucky favorite, this suburban outlier consistently beats more well-trafficked, centrally located spots in scooping up lines not found elsewhere, including picks from designers like Inhabit and Geren Ford.


9700 Medlock Bridge Rd., Duluth, 678-957-1292, tclothing.com

Seed Factory

This massive emporium devotes a quarter of its 4,000-square-foot space to a sleek reading room, where owner Rachel Baba hosts book clubs, sing-alongs 
and storytelling events. (Which also means it's a great source for books!)


1170 Howell Mill Rd., 404-355-2043

Plush Boutique

Whether you visit the elegant bricks-and-mortar shop in Kirkwood Station or its extensive online complement, Plush is a reliable resource for showstopping dresses, like rainbow minis from Hello Eliza and evening selections from Vitamin C.

 

1963 HOSEA L. WILLIAMS DR., STE. R104, 404-671-8362, PLUSHBOUTIQUE.NET