Have a hankering to update your wardrobe this season? Whether you need a wedding dress or a pair of perfectly distressed jeans, Phoenix has a fashionable resource for this, that, and most everything in between. Here are the seven best locally owned boutiques this city has to offer.
Frances For some, good fashion sense comes naturally. For others, it all boils down to knowing where to shop. For both, in Phoenix, the destination is almost always Frances.
The local boutique, located off Central, is the go-to spot for creative gift-givers and trendy shoppers, offering an ever-changing selection of local, handmade, and bigger brand-name fashions. Whether you're shopping for your girlfriend, best man, baby, or home, you can see all around that Frances owner Georganne Bryant prides herself on carefully selected whimsical styles and subtle standout pieces.
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From delicate statement accessories and hand-printed greeting cards to vintage-inspired fashions and Anthropologie-esque home accents, Frances' collection of highly coveted indie retail is as enviable as its pre-Pinterest displays. Lucky for you, Frances is not stingy with its style and offers seasonal DIY workshops throughout the year to help you re-create the stores' handcrafted cuteness at home. Read more.
Bonafide Goods From Greg Eveloff, the dapper gent behind super-sophisticated gentleman's apparel shop The Clotherie, comes Bonafide Goods.
The city's self-proclaimed first-ever micro-haberdashery is less intimidating than it sounds. It's small and carries covetable men's clothing that beautifully blends dandyism with ruggedness. (And, yeah, you'll find a few bow ties.) With an eye toward upscale Americana casual, the shop specializes in such well-made, timeless pieces as shirts, jackets, and ties by Billy Reid, large-face Tsovet Watches, and San Francisco-made Tellason Jeans. Whether your wardrobe needs an Esquire-approved makeover or you want to invest in a few quality pieces, Bonafide has your back. Read more.
GROWop GROWop is a group effort. The RoRo-adjacent shop's owners, Josh Hahn and Kenny Barrett, work with local designers and makers to stock the plaid-painted bungalow storefront. That means it's a great place to discover up-and-coming Phoenix-area creatives alongside Hahn and Barrett's handpicked vintage pieces, like plaid button-ups, kitschy home décor, and patterned skirts. The pair also works with national brands like Pendleton's The Portland Collection to keep ultra-fresh finds in stock. Between the vintage goodies, local wares, and über-new clothing, there's always something worth toting home. Read more.
Cleo & Clementine Monique Sandoval's the designer behind Melrose Curve boutique Cleo & Clementine. She and former business partner Jennifer Wood assembled the alliterative monikers as the name of the store, where shoppers will discover indie bridal wares and assorted fashionable finds. After having run Etsy storefront Ouma, and gaining popularity in the online realm, she launched the shop. The brick-and-mortar Melrose outpost hosts wedding dresses, party frocks, bridesmaids' get-ups, retro-style rompers, dainty and daring accessories, and handmade headpieces. It's a must-see for ladies readying to walk down the aisle and gals on the hunt for unique pieces. Read more.
MADE art boutique How many shops have been on Roosevelt Street for so many years you've lost count? We can think of only one. We love MADE for so many reasons, we lose track of those, too. Owner Cindy Dach showcases local artists and craftspeople and supplements her inventory with smart books. She hosts workshops and themed exhibitions. Her shop has become the focal point of a neighborhood she and her husband, Greg Esser, pioneered (and we are using that word in all seriousness) and continue to nurture. We love that these days, we don't just go to MADE to shop. No, we make a day of it -- getting our hair cut a street over, window shopping the vintage stores up and down Sixth Street, grabbing a pastry at one of the coffeehouses, and struggling with too many restaurant choices when it's time for lunch. And it all began with one little boutique. Thank you, Cindy. Read more.
GreenHaüs Gallery & Boutique GreenHaüs is one of those places on Roosevelt Row that gets a ton of foot traffic during First Friday. We find ourselves ending up in GreenHaüs' boutique as a way to escape the merry-go-round of art exhibits and -- even better -- explore the boutique's cluttered shelves for quirky gifts and maybe something for ourselves, too. If you don't have the dough to drop on a local art piece in the shop's gallery, you still can find something to spend your hard-earned money on, like a Bison Made wallet or iPhone cover, Mitsura-designed watch, or one of the numerous vintage finds throughout the small space. Or you can just have fun picking through the selection of comic books. Either way, you're more than likely to spot something you can't live without or that you have to come back for. Read more.
Hub Clothing Jeans mecca Hub left its outpost on the top floor of Scottsdale Fashion Square for CenPho last year, bringing its trademark cutting edge denim with it. The boutique prides itself on carrying premium brands. You'll find Diesel, Nudie, and APC jeans, desirable baubles by Alexis Bittar, and Toms shoes. Other brands Hub handles (that just so happen to be celeb faves, too) include Nation LTD and Shakuhachi. There you have it: high-end jeans, hip casual clothes, and one more (really good) reason to hang out at the mall.
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