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As vacation season approaches, we'll be rolling out guides to the best shopping in ten Racked cities. Up next: Racked Philly's can't-miss stores.

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It's known as the birthplace of democracy, but Philadelphia's cobblestone streets will lead you to more than just the Liberty Bell. The indie boutique scene here is as strong as it is diverse, manned by a proud bunch of innovative self-starters who'd surely receive Benjamin Franklin's wax stamp of approval.

Whether your tastes skew toward heritage brands and vintage or you prefer your clothes straight off the runway, these 10 must-see Philly stores have what you're shopping for.


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1. Aoki Boutique

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115 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-2024
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At this Rittenhouse Square shop, turquoise blue walls envelope women's apparel, accessories, and jewelry from a range of emerging, under-the-radar designers. This is the kind of place where you can shop the season's latest trends for yourself, then pick up a housewarming gift for your BFF on your way out.

2. 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, Woolrich--even Warby Parker. Frequent First Friday events transform the space into a community hub complete with appearances and workshops with local artists and makers. [Image credit: Chaucee Stillman for AITA]

3. 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, Boyds 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.
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4. Bus Stop Boutique

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727 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2357
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London-born store owner Elena Brennan fills her famed footwear boutique with funky men’s and women’s shoes from designer names like Irregular Choice, United Nude, and Jeffrey Campbell. In fact, this Fabric Row shop was named the best boutique in the country by Footwear Plus magazine.
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5. Joan Shepp

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1811 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-2666
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If you're a celeb filming in Philly, this is the designer boutique you're most likely to shop between takes. A staple of Philly's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood since 1999, Joan Shepp keeps the city outfitted in Dries van Noten, Jil Sanders, Rick Owens, and Junya Watanabe.
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6. Knit Wit

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1729 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-4760
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One of Philly's oldest women's specialty boutiques, 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. Bonus: You'll find swimwear and basic tees from the likes of Michael Stars here, too.

7. Omoi Zakka Shop

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1608 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-0963
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Specializing in stationery, desk accessories, and gifts sourced from Japan and all over the world, Omoi is where Philly shops for the person who has everything.
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8. Sugarcube®

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124 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-0825
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American designers, some local, are highlighted at this " dynamic industrial lodge" in Old City. On the designer roster here? A.P.C., For Love & Lemons, Levi's Made & Crafted™, and Steven Alan, plus a curated selection of vintage.
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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, Maison Scotch, and Mother Denim, but it’s the boutique’s exclusive selection of apparel from Isabel Marant’s Etoile line that really puts this shop on the map. Jewelry from Chan Luu and Pamela Love is just the icing on the cake.
[Image credit: Third Street Habit]

10. UBIQ

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1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 988-0194
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In the sneaker game for almost a decade, limited-edition collabs have earned Ubiq a cult-like following. Go for brands like Adidas, Stussy, and Vans, all of whom have collaborated with the store on special projects.
[Image credit: Ubiq]

1. Aoki Boutique

115 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
At this Rittenhouse Square shop, turquoise blue walls envelope women's apparel, accessories, and jewelry from a range of emerging, under-the-radar designers. This is the kind of place where you can shop the season's latest trends for yourself, then pick up a housewarming gift for your BFF on your way out.
115 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. 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, Woolrich--even Warby Parker. Frequent First Friday events transform the space into a community hub complete with appearances and workshops with local artists and makers. [Image credit: Chaucee Stillman for AITA]
116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Boyds

1818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
An old-school department store in an era where there aren't many of those left, Boyds 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.
[Image credit: Boyds]
1818 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

4. Bus Stop Boutique

727 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
London-born store owner Elena Brennan fills her famed footwear boutique with funky men’s and women’s shoes from designer names like Irregular Choice, United Nude, and Jeffrey Campbell. In fact, this Fabric Row shop was named the best boutique in the country by Footwear Plus magazine.
[Image credit: Bus Stop]
727 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Joan Shepp

1811 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
If you're a celeb filming in Philly, this is the designer boutique you're most likely to shop between takes. A staple of Philly's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood since 1999, Joan Shepp keeps the city outfitted in Dries van Noten, Jil Sanders, Rick Owens, and Junya Watanabe.
[Image credit: Joan Shepp]
1811 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Knit Wit

1729 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
One of Philly's oldest women's specialty boutiques, 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. Bonus: You'll find swimwear and basic tees from the likes of Michael Stars here, too.
1729 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Omoi Zakka Shop

1608 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Specializing in stationery, desk accessories, and gifts sourced from Japan and all over the world, Omoi is where Philly shops for the person who has everything.
[Image credit: Omoi Zakka Shop]
1608 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Sugarcube®

124 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
American designers, some local, are highlighted at this " dynamic industrial lodge" in Old City. On the designer roster here? A.P.C., For Love & Lemons, Levi's Made & Crafted™, and Steven Alan, plus a curated selection of vintage.
[Image credit: Sugarcube]
124 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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, Maison Scotch, and Mother Denim, but it’s the boutique’s exclusive selection of apparel from Isabel Marant’s Etoile line that really puts this shop on the map. Jewelry from Chan Luu and Pamela Love is just the icing on the cake.
[Image credit: Third Street Habit]
153 N. 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. UBIQ

1509 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
In the sneaker game for almost a decade, limited-edition collabs have earned Ubiq a cult-like following. Go for brands like Adidas, Stussy, and Vans, all of whom have collaborated with the store on special projects.
[Image credit: Ubiq]
1509 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102