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Inside Chestnut Street's Knit Wit
Inside Chestnut Street's Knit Wit

Plan a Long Weekend to Scope Out These 10 Philly Boutiques

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Inside Chestnut Street's Knit Wit

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A stone's throw from the Big Apple, Philly has a blossoming shopping scene not unlike that of Boston. Of course, its indie boutiques have a totally different flavor and certainly entice tourists in the City of Brotherly Love. Plus, the area is home to the East Coast's largest mall—don't act like your not impressed. Next business trip or long weekend jaunt, make sure you include some retail therapy along with the Liberty Bell and restaurant hopping. Here are ten recommended stores from Racked Philly editor Julie Davis.


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1. King of Prussia Mall

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160 N Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-5794
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The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall measures in at 2.4 million square feet and is home to over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's—pretty much every label and brand under the sun.

2. Boyds

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1818 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 564-9000
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An old-school department store in an era where there aren't many of those left, Boyd's carries the highest of the high-end. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere makes it worth a visit even if you're not going to walk out with a brand-new pair of Manolo slingbacks.

3. Knit Wit

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1729 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-4760
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Bringing designer labels to Philadelphia for half a decade, Knit Wit houses a mix of European and American designers. Think Paul Smith, A.L.C., Alexander Wang, and Helmut Lang in a non-pretentious atmosphere.

4. SA VA

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1700 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 587-0004
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Style and sustainability go hand in hand at SA VA as the eco-conscious boutique uses fair-trade, eco-friendly materials to create its eponymous line of women’s apparel. Garments sold at SA VA are made in the boutique's adjacent garment center. (Image credit: GPTMC)

5. Arcadia

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819 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 667-8099
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Arcadia takes the reins as one of the city’s best places to shop under-the-radar designers and eco-friendly fashions. Expect men's and women's apparel from the likes of Dusen Dusen, Greylin, Mary Meyer, BB Dakota, DV by Dolce Vita, Alternative Apparel, and Penguin.

6. Adresse

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45 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 985-3161
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Not only does this swanky Old City boutique stock the latest looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Lela Rose, and Peter Som, it’s the only shop in the Philadelphia area to house apparel by The Row, Belstaff, and Wes Gordon.

7. Open House

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107 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-1415
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Located in Midtown Village, Open House stocks everything from brightly patterned and embroidered home decor items to candles and glittery personal accessories.

8. Omoi Zakka Shop

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1608 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-0963
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Get a taste of Japanese pop culture at Omoi, a boutique specializing in stationery, accessories, and gifts from Japan and all over the world.

9. Third Street Habit

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153 N. 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5455
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Shoppers can count on Third Street Habit to carry contemporary ready-to-wear from labels like Rag & Bone and Rodebjer, but it’s the boutique’s exclusive selection of apparel from Isabel Marant’s Etoile line that really puts this shop on the map.

10. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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The only store in Philly with its own in-house line of liqueurs, woodsy-vibed Art in the Age supplies both genders with clothing and accessories from a mix of indie and American labels like Penfield, Steven Alan, and Woolrich.

1. King of Prussia Mall

160 N Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
The largest shopping mall on the East Coast, the King of Prussia Mall measures in at 2.4 million square feet and is home to over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's—pretty much every label and brand under the sun.
160 N Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406

2. Boyds

1818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
An old-school department store in an era where there aren't many of those left, Boyd's carries the highest of the high-end. It's not cheap, but the atmosphere makes it worth a visit even if you're not going to walk out with a brand-new pair of Manolo slingbacks.
1818 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

3. Knit Wit

1729 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bringing designer labels to Philadelphia for half a decade, Knit Wit houses a mix of European and American designers. Think Paul Smith, A.L.C., Alexander Wang, and Helmut Lang in a non-pretentious atmosphere.
1729 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. SA VA

1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Style and sustainability go hand in hand at SA VA as the eco-conscious boutique uses fair-trade, eco-friendly materials to create its eponymous line of women’s apparel. Garments sold at SA VA are made in the boutique's adjacent garment center. (Image credit: GPTMC)
1700 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Arcadia

819 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Arcadia takes the reins as one of the city’s best places to shop under-the-radar designers and eco-friendly fashions. Expect men's and women's apparel from the likes of Dusen Dusen, Greylin, Mary Meyer, BB Dakota, DV by Dolce Vita, Alternative Apparel, and Penguin.
819 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

6. Adresse

45 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Not only does this swanky Old City boutique stock the latest looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Lela Rose, and Peter Som, it’s the only shop in the Philadelphia area to house apparel by The Row, Belstaff, and Wes Gordon.
45 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. Open House

107 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Located in Midtown Village, Open House stocks everything from brightly patterned and embroidered home decor items to candles and glittery personal accessories.
107 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Omoi Zakka Shop

1608 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Get a taste of Japanese pop culture at Omoi, a boutique specializing in stationery, accessories, and gifts from Japan and all over the world.
1608 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Third Street Habit

153 N. 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Shoppers can count on Third Street Habit to carry contemporary ready-to-wear from labels like Rag & Bone and Rodebjer, but it’s the boutique’s exclusive selection of apparel from Isabel Marant’s Etoile line that really puts this shop on the map.
153 N. 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The only store in Philly with its own in-house line of liqueurs, woodsy-vibed Art in the Age supplies both genders with clothing and accessories from a mix of indie and American labels like Penfield, Steven Alan, and Woolrich.
116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106