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Edmonton's Best Independent Boutiques

by Janis Galloway

We partnered with Janis Galloway of Dress Me Dearly to round up all the local boutiques that should make up your must-shop checklist for your next trip to Edmonton. Janis is a stylist, writer and collaborator extraordinaire in Edmonton. She's been the unofficial cheerleader for all of our city's up-and-coming and established fashion designers, business owners and the local fashion community. Check out her website and keep up to date with her on social media for the latest coming out of Edmonton's fashion scene. Here they are, in no particular order:

Gravity Pope
10442 82 Avenue | | Ladies & Gents
This Whyte Avenue legend is Edmonton’s most beloved shoe store. It’s been a famous high-end footwear staple since 1990 thanks to an unrivaled selection of unique designer brands. A pair of pointed toe T&F Slack loafers recently made their way into this fan’s closet, and now I’m crushing on silver loafers from YMC, and suede, cobalt blue pumps from Gravity Pope’s own in-house line.

Shades of Grey
10116 124 Street | | Ladies
A well-tailored selection of classic womens wear including brands J Brand and Greylin make up the mix of feminine offerings at Shades of Grey. This family business is your hookup for updating your wardrobe with must-have seasonal basics from the perfect chambray button-up to the most flattering pair of printed trousers.

Poppy Barley Showroom
Southgate Centre, Unit 714, 5015 111 Street NW | | Ladies & Gents
The much-buzzed-about fashion tech startup, Poppy Barley, is a must-visit. They’re revolutionizing the footwear industry, going where no company has gone before – offering the old art of bespoke fashion through the click of a mouse. Poppy Barley allows you to design your own made-to-measure shoes for the perfect fit. For those who want to shop Poppy Barley’s luxurious collections in-person and get measured, drop into their stunning showroom.

The Bamboo Ballroom
8239 104 Street | | Ladies
Bamboo Ballroom is my go-to boutique for edgy basics and summer party dresses, and it’s also Alberta’s most supportive retailer of local designers. Amongst its racks you’ll find Edmonton-based labels such as Suka Clothing and Hunt Amor jewelry with big brands Pink Martini, Gentle Fawn and Wildfox. Friendly, trendy staff are always willing to help coordinate an outfit, or share their current store favourites.

Oak + Fort
Southgate Centre | | Ladies & Gents
This is where Edmonton’s fashion savvy shop for hip, easy to wear, over-sized tunics, sleek maxi dresses and by-the-minute-on-trend, affordable jewelry. Oak + Fort has become well known as the destination for basic, monochromatic, draped silhouettes that can be worn day or night. In search of the perfect little black dress? This is your spot.

The Helm Clothing
10125 104 Street | | Gents
This newish upscale menswear boutique carries the absolute best in well-tailored and modern suits, ties, outerwear, shoes and accessories. The focus is on high quality and classic styles – you won’t find a better made-to-measure suit in the city along with expert styling advice and customer service from a respected and reputable staff.