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Ten Stores to Shop While on a Philadelphia Shopping Trip

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Sandwiched between New York City and D.C., Philadelphia—and its shopping scene—faces some stiff competition. So how does the City of Brotherly Love manage to stand its ground? First, it uppercuts with a lineup of indie boutiques, the likes of which you won't find anywhere else. Then, a right jab delivers a 2.4 million-square-foot mall that boasts more retail space than any other shopping attraction in America.

Maybe not a total KO, but Philly is a definite East Coast heavyweight. Here, Racked Philly Editor Julie Davis shares ten of her region's shopping destinations that put Philadelphia retail on the map.


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King of Prussia Mall

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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.
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.

Knit Wit

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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.
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)

Arcadia

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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.

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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.

Open House

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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.

Omoi Zakka Shop

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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.

Third Street Habit

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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.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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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.

King of Prussia Mall

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.

Boyds

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.

Knit Wit

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.

SA VA

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)

Arcadia

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.

Adresse

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.

Open House

Located in Midtown Village, Open House stocks everything from brightly patterned and embroidered home decor items to candles and glittery personal accessories.

Omoi Zakka Shop

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

Third Street Habit

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.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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.