You can snag a seat along the runway at Fashion Week or simply dive into the chic shopping in the Garment District.
Style has come home to roost in St. Louis. Downtown is experiencing a major revitalization, powered by a brigade of young artists
and designers who are giving the area a new lease on life, much like that vintage Chanel handbag you found in your grandmother’s
attic. Spend a few days in the fashionable Garment District and see for yourself: arch designer Eero Saarinen definitely wasn’t the last person to add a little flair to the Gateway City.
On the banks of the Mississippi near Laclede’s Landing, two new hotels―Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and HoteLumière―anchor this month’s Fashion Week. On Washington Avenue (the central artery of the Garment District), where buildings wear names such as Bee Hat, International Shoe, and Knickerbocker, independent boutiques showcase buzz-worthy local designers. Once-abandoned clothing factories are now filled with an influx of restaurants, lofts, and the requisite retro-chic bowling alley with martini bar―Flamingo Bowl.
With so much packed into this compact area (about 37 blocks), the Garment District invites you to roam for a weekend or longer.
The Time Boutique pays tribute to modern classics―this is the place to snag that perfect little black dress―and a full-service,
in-store salon. Book a wardrobe consultation with owner Jennifer Gray to pull together your fashion foundation and learn how
to edit your closet to best showcase your body type. Think of it as your own personal What Not to Wear.
Make sure you stop by the Charm jewelry boutique on 11th Street, where works by local artists are sold. The stand-out collections include Heather Robinson’s vintage reimagined Love Bird line for modern romantics.
Style isn’t just what you wear. Shops such as UMA urban materials + accessories cater to the fashionista at home with ultra-mod
accessories, including Tyvek accordion room dividers, Chilewich place mats, and bold Tepper Jackson luggage tags. Carefully
selected wares by artisans from France, Italy, and Mexico take pride of place at Salt of the Earth. Owner Michael Lynch regularly
makes trips to buy directly from the artists and relates fascinating stories about the pieces on display. Look for multicolored
striped trays by renowned glass artist Orfeo Quagliata from Mexico City.
St. Louis Fashion Week
You don’t have to dream about runways at New York’s Bryant Park to get your fashion fix. March 23-29 national and local designers preview the newest fall and winter looks. And you don’t need credentials from Vogue to get a ticket―it’s open to the public at Lumière Place Casino & Hotels. Visit www.saintlouisfashionweek.com.
Schedule an appointment with an up-and-coming local designer for a one-of-a-kind look.