Spring is here – even if the weather has yet to catch on – and that means, as much as we all want some fresh air, Patrick Michael craves a walk through some of the Philadelphia’s boutiques and shops.
“These stores are largely owned by individuals who sell things they love, not just items to make a profit — something I can certainly relate to,” Patrick Michael says. “What I enjoy most about these stores is their unpredictability, as I literally never know what treasure I will find!”
Recently, Patrick Michael was shopping on Pine Street when he stumbled upon a table of “rare, amazing” hardware, and he says he was stunned by their ornate beauty. “Immediately, my mind began to race, filled with ideas and inspiration. I decided to buy a few of these pieces, selecting my favorite three…then six…then twelve! I couldn’t help it!”
Now that he’s taken his treasures home, he’s trying to decide how to incorporate these little pieces of porcelain and gold into the next PMA collection, and, he says, “I am having a blast trying different things.”
Here, we’ll highlight five great boutiques and shops throughout Philadelphia. Sure, you may not be searching for inspiration for your next great accessories collection, but we’re sure you’ll find something that strikes your fancy. Just make sure any new purchases go with at least one of your Patrick Michael Accessories!
Found on Fabric Row in Queen’s Village, BUS STOP is one of the city’s few shoe boutiques. London-born Elena Brennan opened the BUS STOP boutique in 2007 because she believes “every woman here deserves to be unique and funky,” according to the BUS STOP website. At the boutique, you can snatch up shoes and other accessories that you’d otherwise have to travel to London, Paris, Milan, Rio or New York to find. You’ll find brands like TOMS, BAGGU and Swedish Hasbeens here. The store was recently mentioned in the New York Times’ travel feature, “36 Hours in Philadelphia.” Owner Elena Brennan was recently featured on Philadelphia magazine’s fashion and shopping blog, Shoppist, looking chic and sharing just a couple of her style secrets.
727 S. 4th St Philadelphia PA 19147 | 215.627.2357
This 1,300-square-foot boutique is owned by Andrea Chila, formerly of the public relations department at major labels Diane Von Furstenberg and BCBG Max Azria. “I want to mix it up, though. . . . We want to draw everyone to shop here,” Chila told the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Elizabeth Wellington in advance of the store’s grand reopening in 2008. And everyone is sure to find something at the boutique, which is the only Philadelphia-area retailer carrying Joseph Ribkoff. They also stock one-of-a-kind jewelry by Yoli Rapp, undergarments by SPANX and jeans by Miraclebody.
715 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215.922.3526
Evantine Designs is an award-winning event production company, and they operate a retail shop located inside The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominiums. In the boutique, they “stock fresh flowers and fine gifts from around the world offering you the opportunity to feel just as chic and comfortable at home as you would when attending one of our fabulous events,” according to the Evantine Designs website.
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215.790.2576
Selling women’s clothing from European and American designers for nearly 50 years, Knit Wit is truly a Philadelphia institution. At Knit Wit, a boutique owned by husband and wife duo Stephen and Ann Gitter, you’ll find clothes by designers including 3.1 Philip Lim, Adidas by Stella McCartney, A.L.C., Alexander Wang and Racquel Allegra. Many of the clothes you’ll find in the store come in smart neutrals that provide the perfect canvas for a brightly colored Patrick Michael handbag! (There are two other locations: Bryn Mawr, PA and Margate, NJ).
128 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215.564.4760
This Old City-based boutique speaks to a quiet bohemian sensibility, serving up new clothes and vintage offerings (they’ve definitely carried vintage Coach handbags in the past). Go to Vagabond for pleated sundresses, tie-dye and cropped t-shirts, and linen/cotton blend lounge pants by designers such as Delphine, Mary Meyer, STARK, Uzi, and Objects Without Meaning.
37 N. Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 267.671.0737
Whether or not you’re from Philadelphia, we want to know: What are your favorite stores? Are you into vintage?