Boutique Browsing: A Guide to Winter Shopping in St. Louis
Survive winter in style by shopping at these local boutiques, ranging from high-end women’s clothing resale, to modern eyewear, to the latest in interior design.
The Eye Bar
This unique luxury eyewear retailer is a destination point in St. Louis for the best in independent luxury eyewear. You’ll find exclusive pieces from hand-picked designers, crafted into the perfect fit for you with the store’s state-of-the-art eye exam equipment. Do you struggle with headaches or color blindness? The Eye Bar carries neurolenses for headache relief, and EnChroma, which can combat symptoms of color blindness. You’ll also find same-day glasses for shoppers in a hurry, personalized eyewear-sizing technology and delicious libations to enjoy while a trained optician shows you the latest in eyewear fashion.
The Golden Fig
Located in the Midtown design district, the Golden Fig is a sustainable women’s clothing boutique offering high-end designer brands at minimal costs. Owner Sarah-Marie Land, an artist and a photographer, curates a plethora of new inventory from a variety of brands, such as Free People, J Brand, Karl Lagerfeld, Paige, Stuart Weitzman, Rebecca Minkoff and more. The Golden Fig also carries unique, difficult-to-find European brands like Claudie Pierlot, Jonak and The Kooples. Clients can also collaborate with Land for a private party or pop-up event—whatever your sartorial soul desires.
Kind Soap Company
After having no luck in finding products to help her son’s eczema, founder Jean Scholtes took matters into her own hands and began creating her own. Using only natural ingredients (and none of the irritating ingredients in most personal care products), her son’s eczema cleared up. This was the catalyst for her new passion in life, and how KIND soap company was born. The KIND mission is to be the trusted source for bath and beauty products, and to not only be kind to your skin, but to the earth and to others.
Having quickly solidified itself as one of St. Louis’ premier vintage retailers, May’s Place in Lindenwood Park was recently featured on Vogue.com as a destination spot for “swoon-worthy wardrobe staples.” Perfect for the eco-conscious fashionista, this family-owned boutique offers a curated selection of top vintage finds for men and women. You’ll find unique, quality vintage pieces that complement any modern wardrobe—maybe a sand-colored suede jacket with fringe trim, or a ‘70s crocheted vest. Shoppers can also sort through a standout array of accessories, including jewelry made from precious stones to bags, sunglasses, hats and more.
Run by Anna Weiss, MoModerne in Webster Groves has a showroom that’s constantly rotating a variety of midcentury modern furnishings, lighting, accessories, decor and more, alongside weekly estate sales. With a rich understanding of design, artistry and history, Weiss has developed a knack for curating an enviable selection of pieces that make shopping for your home easy and even fun. No more rummaging through piles of clutter at disorganized estate sales. At MoModerne, you’ll find a relaxing and streamlined experience that’ll be reflected in the atmosphere of your home.
Nestled in the heart of St. Louis’ eclectic Central West End, Q Boutique—the award-winning gift shop of the World Chess Hall of Fame—has become a holiday shopping destination not to be missed. Though the online store focuses on chess apparel, autographed collectibles and tournament gear, the brick-and-mortar location is stocked with a curated selection of all-occasion offerings—including unique jewelry, clever kids’ games, custom accessories, quirky greeting cards, books for all ages and a variety of locally made goods—juxtaposed with the region’s best selection of decorative and playable chess sets.
The Sign of the Arrow
A visit to this St. Louis nonprofit retail destination will solve your quest to find the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Sign of the Arrow offers the best in needlepoint and specialty gifts, where you’ll find a beautiful selection of needlepoint belts, canvasses, kits, threads and more, with an emphasis on perfect needlepoint belt finishings. Founded in 1966 by the St. Louis Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, the nonprofit donates all proceeds to local charities, amounting to over $3.7 million to over 180 different charities since its inception.
From creating high-end styles found nowhere else to offering a range of prices that fit everyone’s budget, Z Gallerie proves that amazing style is a luxury everyone can afford. As design pros and room-makeover artists, Z Gallerie creates sophisticated furniture, art, and decor for every home, always with a flair for the unforgettable and unique. Z Gallerie is located on the ground level of the St. Louis Galleria mall, closest to the Clayton Road entrance. Convenient access is also at the entrance adjacent to Dillard’s and directly next to Texas de Brazil, facing Brentwood Boulevard.
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