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6 luxury stores in Philly for holiday shopping

6 luxury stores in Philly for holiday shopping

If running all over town to find the perfect gifts is not your favorite way to spend this festive season, consider hitting these luxury shopping destinations guaranteed to offer items your kin will love. From your great aunt to your neighbor’s toddler, you can find fabulous gifts at these local shops. You may even scoop up a few items for yourself to make your holidays a little brighter. 

Boyds Philadelphia

1818 Chestnut St., 215.564.9000,

Any list of luxury retailers in this city would be incomplete without Boyds. Housed in a grand, five-story limestone building near Rittenhouse Square, walking through these doors is like taking a time machine to a different era. The store opened in 1938 as a “big and tall” retailer for men, but over its 80-year history Boyds grew into the largest luxury retail store in the city. Today, sales people still know clients by name, and 39 full-time tailors and pressers do free alterations and send finished garments down to the sales floors in a dumbwaiter. In addition to its reputation as the ultimate menswear-shopping destination, Boyds has carried a robust selection of women’s designer clothing, shoes and accessories since 1993. They carry a wide selection of brands including Brunello Cucinelli, Eleventy, PT01, MaxMara, Nour Hammour, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Montcler and more.

This year’s hot gift prediction: Suede sneakers from Common Projects will add a sophisticated casual touch fitting for any man on your list, regardless of age or personal style.

Joan Shepp

1811 Chestnut St., 215.735.2666,

The name Joan Shepp has been on the lips—and credit card statements—of Philadelphia’s most fashionable since 1971. With an eclectic mix of well-known and emerging designers, the boutique space feels more like a gallery to the art of style, rather than a store. From the pages of Vogue to Joan Shepp’s walls, you’ll find labels such as Jonathan Simkhai, Stella McCartney, Jil Sander and many more.

This year’s hot gift prediction: Beige is the new black around here, so we predict layering pieces from Rick Owens, such as a leather jacket, track pants and open front wrap cardigan, in the neutral tone will be nestled under the trees of some very lucky ladies.

36 Craven

138 N. 3rd St., 267.603.1736,

In the heart of Old City lies a gem of a shop that houses a curated collection of primitive antiques, contemporary textiles and modern day artwork. 36 Craven calls itself a lifestyle shop, and was named for the only remaining residence of Benjamin Franklin. They collect and offer objects that reflect the past, present and future—most with Philadelphia roots. From contemporary artisan ceramics inspired by early 17th century Korean tea bowls to antique 19th century grain painted blanket chest.

This year’s hot gift prediction: We love—and think you will too—a cheeky, hometown-inspired gift. 36 Craven just launched a limited-edition collection of candles inspired by three of Ben Franklin’s mistresses—Catharine Ray, Wilhelmina Golowkin and Polly Hewson. All are encased in handmade ceramic vessels. Ray’s candle scent reflects new love by featuring deep rose and lavender with a touch of bergamot. Hewson was dedicated to Franklin for his entire life, and to reflect her role for the Founding Father, her candle is a comforting blend of cedar and jasmine. Countess Golowkin sparked an international love affair, and her scent combines the warmth of amber with the excitement of all-spice.


1735 Walnut St., 215.567.0770,

Among the myriad posh places to shop on Rittenhouse Row, the Lagos flagship is a standout. Steven Lagos, the master jeweler who founded the brand, is a prolific designer of very modern, high-quality pieces. Based in Philadelphia but carried in stores around the world, this fine jewelry brand offers unique pieces that blend practicality with luxury, such as their fine jewelry bracelets for Apple watches, which are crafted of sterling silver, 18K gold and diamond pave.

This year’s hot gift prediction: The Heart of Philadelphia necklace is the perfect gift of proud Philadelphians. This 34-inch ball chain necklace has a sterling silver heart pendant that showcases architectural landmarks and cultural icons from Philadelphia including City Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Independence Hall. 

Aesop Walnut Street

1528 Walnut St., 267.455.0676,

Gifts that pamper are always welcome. Aesop, a Melbourne-based beauty brand, is known for impeccable design and efficacy—qualities mirrored by the retailer’s interior design, which provides a calming respite from hurried holiday shopping in cluttered stores. Aesop sources ingredients from suppliers across the globe, then uses contemporary technology as well as long-established scientific practices to create crave-worthy skin, hair and body products as well as fragrances. The Parsley Seed Facial cleanser has achieved cult status and the Purifying Facial Exfoliate paste is know for its deep clean.

This year’s hot gift prediction: As winter can brutal on hands, we predict the Resurrection Duet with aromatic hand wash and hand balm to cleanse, nourish and soften skin will be a hit.

Born Yesterday Kids

1901 Walnut St., 215.568.6556,

If you need a gift for your favorite little ones, but don’t have the time to make it down to Walnut Street to shop? Not only does Born Yesterday Kids offers clothing, accessories and toys by some of today’s top children’s designers and brands, they offer personal shopping as well!

This year’s hot gift prediction: If you are looking to light up little faces with a toy, the Playforever "Bruno" Roadster toy car is a perennial hit and the personalized wooden name train is as adorable as it is fun. To gift some local attire, Born Yesterday Kids carries a unique selection of Philly-centric T-shirts and onesies.