Fresh Finds

Five stylish lines hit the St. Louis market with a bang.

 

IF SHOPPING IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PASTIMES, the new additions that have made it onto the shelves of some of STL’s top local boutiques will be sure to inspire you to map out your next quest accordingly. From handbags to sneakers, five St. Louis shopping destinations have brought in exclusive collections of must-have brands—making the local shopping scene that much sweeter.

Axara From Paris with love, Axara has hit the shelves of posh Ladue boutique Mister Guy Women’s Store with just the type of savoir faire the savvy St. Louisan is lusting for. Specializing in chic and effortless pieces from France, Axara outfits stylish women across the globe with day dresses, evening wear and separates that exude an air of confidence and vitality. “The line gives a sophisticated nod to trends, without being overbearing,” says Sarah Rhim of Mister Guy. The best part? The newly added Axara pieces match the universal quality of Mister Guy Women’s overall garment selection, adding an alluring and feminine edge to a comprehensive collection of womenswear. Ladue, 314.991.5262.

GABS Handbags Webster Groves boutique The Clover adds a dash of Italian charm to its already extensive collection of fashionable duds and accessories with the addition of GABS Handbags. Hand-picked by owners Jen Rieger and Chris Rubin de la Borbolla, GABS blew away the pair, providing both quality and freshness at a price point that fit well within the expertly curated selection of boutique brand merchandise. Exclusive to both St. Louis and the Midwest, GABS bags are made of luxurious Italian leather and are crafted to transform, boasting features that allow the wearer to seamlessly configure the bag to be worn several unique ways with just the pull of a zipper. Webster Groves, 314.467.0436.

Gourmet Footwear This is not your average sneaker. Known for sleek styles and impeccable quality, the brand produces a fresh collection of footwear that fashionable males and sneakerheads alike are snatching up like hotcakes—and the streetwear experts at SwedLife have taken notice. Already running one of the top local spots to find menswear brands that are exclusive to St. Louis, owners Seth Feldman and Lucas Oliveri were eager to offer their customers an expanded selection of footwear that fits in with their passion for kicks. This season’s selection features the newest installment of Gourmet’s collaboration with San Francisco-based brand Black Scale, boasting luxe details like imported snakeskin and full-grain leather on compression-molded foam soles. The Loop, 314.932.5102.

RVN One to watch in St. Louis and beyond, high-end knitwear line RVN provides comfortable, figure-flattering apparel that packs a punch. Available at 10denza, RVN is a design venture led by Ted Kim, who has nearly two decades of experience stemming from the creative studios of top designers, including Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Anne Klein. A combination of unbeatable experience and a loyal celebrity following has allowed RVN to captivate customers across the globe. “We were very impressed with the slim silhouettes, graphic patterns and the fit,” says 10denza owner Chris Lanter. “Combined with the sophistication, eye-popping colors and comfort, RVN is a perfect addition to any woman’s wardrobe.” Central West End, 314.361.1010.

24 HRS Bringing a revamp of fashion-forward, punk-inspired culture to the streets of St. Louis, Blue Bird the Boutique offers up a hefty selection of gear by 24 HRS, a Los Angeles-based brand with serious sass. From twin sets and jumpers, to vinyl bombers and mini dresses, 24 HRS fills a gap in the regional market, targeting edgy girls dying to make a statement. “It has been, by far, the most well-received line we have gotten in the store,” says Blue Bird owner Anna Friss. “I think our customers appreciate that next level of style and are happy and eager to see product that is out of the mainstream.” The Loop, 877.369.9348.

 

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RVN photo courtesy of 10denza.

 

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