For the Clas­sic Dresser

Where Philadelphia - - Where Now Philadelphia - BY JES­SICA GREEN

BOYDS

This lo­cal Philadel­phia depart­ment store has the feel of a large chain like Macy’s or Nord­strom, with high­end cloth­ing and tai­lors on hand to per­fect any gar­ment you may find while shop­ping. Go here for men’s for­mal­wear, women’s con­tem­po­rary clothes and their big & tall sec­tion on the fourth floor. 1818 Ch­est­nut St., 215.564.9000; boyd­sphila.com

TUXE BODYWEAR

The ul­ti­mate spot for pro­fes­sional body­suits that tuck per­fectly into pencil skirts for a great—and com­fort­able—work­day out­fit. Plus, a va­ri­ety of col­ors and styles keep shop­pers com­ing back for all their week­day needs. 1424 Wal­nut St., 215.545.4763, tuxe­body­wear.com any lover of all things old-fash­ioned will ap­pre­ci­ate the 1881 Gothic Re­vival church the shop re­sides in, plus the fur­ni­ture and dé­cor (all vin­tage!) are for sale. 2129 Ch­est­nut St., 215.587.2129, starsand­stripesltd.com

VAGABOND

Most peo­ple come here for the large se­lec­tion of lesser­known (yet awe­some) de­sign­ers and wide as­sort­ment of jew­elry and ac­ces­sories you won’t find any­where else. But what many may not re­al­ize is the shop also has a great col­lec­tion of vin­tage cloth­ing— don’t miss it. 37 N. Third St., 267.671.0737, vagabond­bou­tique.com

TOBOX

Ev­ery­thing you need to make that tai­lored suit look even more spe­cial. Find belts, pocket squares and shoes in ad­di­tion to lug­gage and bags that will make you look like the most fash­ion­able per­son in the air­port (and beyond). Plus, they just moved to a big­ger shop in Cen­ter City. 1822 Ch­est­nut St., 215.644.9435, to­boxshoes.com West, Aldo and J.Crew, plus a full food court (with great, non-food­court-like op­tions like sushi bur­ri­tos) for that much needed post-shop­ping fuel. 1625 Ch­est­nut St., 215.851.9055, shop­satlib­erty.com

MARYANNE S. RIT­TER JEWEL­ERS

All fash­ion­able peo­ple have one thing in com­mon: they know how to ac­ces­sorize. At Maryanne S. Rit­ter, they are known for not only cre­at­ing one-of-a-kind, cus­tom pieces but also for re­fur­bish­ing old jew­elry into new and unique pieces you’ll want to show off for years to come. Along with his mother Su­san, David Schwartz runs the day-to-day at So­phy Cur­son, a shop orig­i­nally opened by his great aunt So­phy that has been a Philadel­phia sta­ple since 1929. We chat with David to find out how they do it—and how they’ve done it for so long. So­phy Cur­son has been a fashion sta­ple for decades. How have you seen the re­tail scene in Philly change in re­cent years? The resur­gence of peo­ple mov­ing back to the city has brought so many new faces to the neigh­bor­hood. We find that in or­der to stand out you have to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent from the norm; peo­ple want to find clothes they haven’t seen else­where. What is your fa­vorite part about run­ning the day-to- day at So­phy Cur­son? In­ter­ac­tion with the clients. It is al­ways so much fun to see the ex­pres­sion on a clients face when the try some­thing out of their com­fort zone and they re­al­ize “oh yes, I can wear this and I al­ways thought I couldn’t.” Why do you think So­phy Cur­son has found such long-term suc­cess in Philly? We love clothes and I think it shows. When we are at fashion shows, [I get things] for the shop even if I don’t have a spe­cific client in mind. I think if I love it, I will find a woman that will love it as well. It’s that ex­cite­ment about fashion that has kept us go­ing for 87 years. 19th & San­som streets, 215.567.4662, www.so­phy­cur­son.com To read the full in­ter­view, visit where­trav­eler.com/philadel­phia.

Joan Shepp ToBox Maryanne S. Rit­ter Tuxe

David Schwartz (right) with his mother, Su­san

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