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Chestnut Street: Philly’s New Fashion Row

As fall temperatures set in, new stores and new styles are popping up just in time for new wardrobe additions. Whether shopping in Old City or on Rittenhouse Row, there is no denying that Philadelphia is a fashion hub.

Old City shoppers should visit United By Blue’s new clothier and coffee shop at 144 N. 2nd St. The eco-friendly retailer removes one pound of trash from waterways for every clothing or accessory item purchased. Don’t feeling like shopping today? Let the clothes act as a backdrop while you sip on a cappuccino.

For South Street shoppers, there’s Green Street Consignment at 700 South St. The store carries “current brands from Gap to Gucci” while looking out for customers to ensure they get great deals. Shop both men’s and women’s styles at this store.

Rittenhouse Row shoppers should stop by Smak Parlour’s new pop-up store on 19th Street. The store has a main location at 219 Market St., but they have popped up temporarily in the old Skin Palette spot! Ladies, look for hot pink displays and glittering accessories.

Stuart Weitzman, who was in town Oct. 2, just opened his first Philadelphia store at 1717 Walnut St. Shop gorgeous shoes and handbags while enjoying their signature ribbon store interior.

The Shops at Liberty Place recently added Joan Shepp to their store directory. Shepp carries high-end brands like Balenciaga and Maison Martin Margiela while mixing in local talent such as 611 dress shirts.

Independent stores have done remarkably well on Chestnut Street. Ann Gitter, co-owner and head buyer for Knit Wit and Plage Tahiti, said, “It is great news that the independents are moving to Chestnut Street. We will end up with two thriving streets, Chestnut and Walnut.”

Another independent store in the Rittenhouse Row area is Kembrel. Shop here for both men’s and women’s fashions. There are many made-in-America brands at this boutique that are stylish and reasonably priced.

While great shopping exists all over the city, there has been particular growth in new stores on Chestnut Street. HughE Dillon, founder of, commented that “Chestnut Street goes from affordable to what you hope to afford. You can go from H&M to Boyd’s all in a few blocks’ distance. Chestnut Street is becoming the new fashion row.”