Isn’t it nice when you want to do some shopping in a new city and instead of spending days trying to find places that fit your vibe you can pull up a list curated from a trusted expert. I do! My time is important. Shopping guides are the best!! So I asked my friend Whitley Adkins Hamlin, who is one of the most in-demand wardrobe stylists and personal shoppers here in Charlotte, to help me compile a list of must-shop storefronts. Whitley has amassed experience in editorial and television styling as well as brand collaborations. So the boutiques on this list were chosen not only for their gorgeous, unique product assortments but also the actual shopping experience that she’s had. We also included a list of lunch & dinner spots in case you get famished from shopping.
Please keep in mind that some of the boutiques’ websites listed below may not be as put-together as their brick-and-mortar locations and probably won’t list their total product offerings. I linked their websites so you can quickly find their addresses to plot out your shopping strategy.
Charlotte Shopping Guide Curated by Whitley Adkins Hamlin (peppered with a couple of my favorite places)
Capitol (Think Isabel Marant, Acne, Christopher Kane, Jason Wu). Just visiting this space is an experience. It features a 750 sq foot courtyard with vegetal wall by famed French botanist Patrick Blanc.
Summer Bird (for couture consignment)
ChezElle (Top pick for accessories. Think fun and casual like Finders Keepers, Ripley Rader, The Odells)
JT Posh (for on trend consignment)
Denim House (for edgy street style and everyday wearable pieces)
Sloan (Whitley’s other top pick for accessories. Huge shoe selection.)
Poole Shop (Offers a variety of unique and socially responsible designers. Located above Capitol.)
Coral (Chelsea’s pick. Think Rachel Comey, Marissa Webb, House of Holland)
Belk Southpark (Free People Section)
Cusp (upstairs at Neiman Marcus)
KK Bloom (Think BB Dakota, Wildfox Couture, Greylin)
Taylor, Richards & Conger (A gentlemen’s store with a European edge.)
Abbeydale (Sophisticated, custom suiting. Think modernism with a dash of nostalgia. Great website too.)
Tabor (New, on-trend. Shown in 1st photo.)
The Sporting Gent (A gentleman’s clothier and outfitter displaying a great selection of outdoor and casual brands).
SILVERFLY (Think Vince, Scotch & Soda, Ben Sherman)
Revolve (Upscale men’s consignment)
Fairclough & Co. (The epitome of “Southern Gentleman”)
John Dabbs, LTD (For the quintessential southern elegant gift)
Paper Skyscraper (Chelsea’s pick: prepare to spend hours perusing a fantastic assortment of books, cards, candles and tasteful, Charlotte themed art)
The Boulevard at South End (Accessories and really unique gift ideas from local artisans. Love their hand-poured candles, home decor and jewelry)
Reid’s Fine Foods (a beautiful selection of gourmet finds for gifting)
Black Hawk Hardware (this is like a neighborhood hardware store with style! You can find anything here. Fun shopping experience).
Slate Interiors (daily-changing collection of original art, furniture and lighting)
Earl’s Grocery (local gourmet)
And when you get hungry…
Lunch and Dinner Spots
The King’s Kitchen (Chelsea’s Pick)
300 East (Chelsea’s Pick)
I thought this guide would be a nice addition to the #DesignCharlotte campaign created by Marriott to highlight all of the amazing things Charlotte, NC has to offer (I am collaborating on this project with them). To learn more about it and for a chance to win a trip anywhere in the country, click here for details. When shopping, make sure to photo your finds for Instagram and use hashtag #DesignCharlotte. Are there any boutiques I need to add to the list? Let me know. xx Chelsea
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of #DesignCharlotte. The opinions and text are all mine.