The Best Local Boutiques Across America for the 2021 Holiday Season

It’s officially the holiday season, and that means that it’s officially time for holiday shopping. When giving gifts, we want the gifts to be personal, memorable, and cherished. Sure, you can go to the big box and department stores to buy gifts. Or you can put a little more thought and effort into your purchases and show your friends and family that you really care. The perfect option is to head to your city’s hidden gem boutiques and get gifts that you won’t see everyone else posting and posing with on Instagram.

From New York to Miami, Los Angeles to Seattle, and all points in between, Fashion Reverie has combed the corners of the country to find the best boutiques for fashionable gifts that are sure to be a hit. This curated list of small stores will not only help you find the best presents, but you will also be doing your part is supporting small and local businesses. Shopping local os the gift that keeps on giving.

New York: Extra Butter 

Extra Butter is the playground for the young and fashionable in New York City. The store sells over one hundred brands from apparel and footwear to books and home furnishings. But their main draw isn’t the number of brands they sell, but the highly selective assortment of products they sell. From unique Nike sneakers to rare Sergio Tacchini clothes to their own branded merch, Extra Butter will have your style as smooth as, well, butter. Extra butter, in fact.

Washington, DC: Bishop Boutique 

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Bishop Boutique is a quaint haven in the neighborhood just outside of bustling Washington, .C. With a vibrant selection of clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry, and accessories, there is a plethora of options to keep you styling and profiling year round. There’s a special section for holiday shopping on their website, so if you need help or inspiration pulling together a holiday look, head on over and look no further.

Atlanta: T. Boutique

Tucked away north of Atlanta in Alpharetta/Johns Creek, T. Boutique is the fashion road trip you didn’t know you needed. Calm, relaxing, and with an attentive staff that does custom alterations, T. Boutique sells items from some of the most trendy and popular brands like Max Mara and Rag & Bone and new favorites like Sablyn and L’Agence.

Guys, you won’t be left out. There are a number of designers, like Frame and PRPS, for you, too. And if anyone can’t make it to the store, they ship worldwide, including complimentary ground shipping.

Miami: MRKT 

Cool, trendy, urban—words that seem outdated for MRKT, a menswear store in the Miami Design District. More appropriate words would be current, yet forward, or urban, yet high-end. This is where a guy comes to shop if he wants to look like he stepped off the set of the newest music video. Selling clothes from brands such as Gallery Dept., Casablanca, and Raf Simons, the shelves rival the closets of any of your favorite musicians. The price points are not for the weak (a pair of socks can cost $79), but these threads are for the sartorial strong. There’s no balling on a budget here, but can you really put a price on premium drip?

Dallas: Market Highland Park Village 

Not to be confused with MRKT in Miami, MARKET in Dallas’s Highland Park Village is an experiential shopping destination, housing a curated selection of compelling and sought-after designers with a large focus on new and emerging talent. The store is so invested in newer brands that it features two pop-up spaces. In addition to featured brands like Marni, Jonathan Simkhai, and Proenza White Label, you can find items from Cult Gaia and Sig Ward Jewelry adoring the shelves, as well as their latest pop-ups with Ganni and the Last Line.

Los Angeles: What Goes Around Comes Around 

What Goes Around Comes Around is a famously popular store with locations in Beverly Hills and in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, with an additional pop-up location in Manhattan. The stores scream opulence from the brass-trimmed doors to the plentiful chandeliers to its almost endless racks and display cases of the most desired global brands. The Beverly Hills flagship even boasts departments dedicated to sourcing and reselling the rarest pieces from Chanel and Hermès. If you are looking to style your own “Sex and the City” moment, you may find it here.

Seattle: Pipe and Row

Fashion is not all about big names and labels. Sometimes, you simply want clothes that look good, are well made, and can adapt with you as you style changes over the years. For that, head to Pipe and Row in Seattle. Pipe and Row state that they are not your average staple. Pipe and Row is a Seattle-based store front and online shop. They offer a diverse stock of effortless, inspirational. and wearable pieces that are sure to become your new favorite staple. Curated with a selection of local artist, international designers and everything in between—P&R celebrates and empowers individual style.

All images are courtesy of the respective boutiques or stores

Chicago: Ikram 

Chicago’s Ikram is an exclusive women’s fashion boutique, art gallery, and farm-to-table restaurant all rolled into one. This boutique has been designed to showcase the best in women’s fashion, accessories, and gift items. The carefully curated interior is an ideal backdrop for a unique mix of designers hand-picked from across the globe. You can choose from Alexandre Vauthier and Nina Ricci to Erickson Beamon, and Duro Olowu, as well as Balenciaga and Fendi. In Ikram, there is no shortage of good taste and fashionable options.

—Carl Ayers

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