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From elegant Walnut Street to the maze that is King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia style is mirrored in its treasure trove of independant boutiques and designer stores. Read on for where to find cocktail dresses, sky-high heels and covetable accessories for men and women.
These noteworthy jewelry designers are favorites among Philadelphians.
Find the signature gemstone-adorned Cable bracelet, plus many other eye-catching designs, at David Yurman (King of Prussia Mall). Yurman began his career as a sculptor before turning his attention to jewelry design. Lagos is famous for its beaded detailing, a technique dubbed Caviar. The brand’s only freestanding boutique is located in Center City (1735 Walnut St.). Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan of the bespoke designs, which often feature ornate metalwork, at Paul Morelli (1118 Walnut St.). Classic-with-a-twist custom creations can be found at the Center City studio of Craiger Drake (1616 Walnut St.).
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The carefully edited racks at Adresse (1706 Locust St.) are lined with frocks from Nina Ricci, J. Mendel and Valentino. A few blocks north, Rittenhouse Square mainstay Sophy Curson (122 S. 19th St.) brings European drama to the City of Brotherly Love with looks from Catherine Regehr, Ypsy and Didier Ludot. The label Nicole Miller (The Shops at The Bellevue) is a favorite for its form-fitting cocktail dresses, while cleanly tailored frocks from Main Line designer Frank Agostino (840 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr) are feminine and fashion-forward. Moschino and Carmen Marc Valvo are just some of the private-label collections at Claire Dickson Boutique (545 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill).
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For accessories, we always score big at Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co., part of The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City (1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City). Giftware shoppers will find that new additions, including Paper Source, Lilly Pulitzer and El Quetzal, make Suburban Square (6 Coulter Ave., Ardmore) a dream. Men will gravitate toward the Brooks Brothers, Bose and Apple stores located at The Promenade at Sagemore (500 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ). Eagle Village Shops (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne) has a handful of independent specialty stores with well-edited collections such as Gramercy Boutique, Ellie and Vivi G. Shoes. Finally, the reasons to love The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall are fairly obvious: With Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss nestled so close together, revamping your entire wardrobe couldn’t be easier.
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For the ultimate in eyewear, head to West Coast Optical (834 Chestnut St.). The collection of cuff links at Tiffany & Co. (1414 Walnut St.) ranges from subtle to statement, with designs by Frank Gehry, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso, as well as the luxury jewelry line’s own elegant links. Accents crafted from buttery- soft calfskin are a hallmark of Hermès (King of Prussia Mall)—you’ll swoon for its wallets, agendas, luggage and even iPad covers. Montblanc (King of Prussia Mall) means business with handcrafted fountain pens featuring gold detailing and jewel accents.