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5 Spots To Shop Streetwear In STL
Whether it’s Karl Lagerfeld’s use of sneakers and dresses during Chanel’s spring 2014 couture show or Moschino’s graphic take on Mickey D’s during Milan Fashion Week, it’s clear that streetwear is becoming a fashion staple. As we prep our wardrobes for spring, we’ve scouted some of St. Louis’ top destinations serving up the season’s most wanted streetwear looks.
Housed next to Ben and Jerry’s on the Delmar Loop, Swedlife features some of the haute-est streetwear threads in town. The laid-back duo, Seth Feldman and Lucas Olivieri, are the masterminds behind the shop that’s no bigger than a studio apartment. But don’t let the small space fool you. The shop has a niche reach, becoming a favorite among skateboarders and cool kids looking to get their hands on exclusive brands. A quick step inside and you’ll see just why Swedlife has become a major player in streetwear in St. Louis, carrying brands such as Huf, Diamond Supply Co., Dope Couture and more. 6338 Delmar Boulevard, The Loop, 314-932-5102
If you’re walking briskly down Washington Avenue, you just might miss this gem. However, its underground appeal is what makes it most attractive, as shoppers get their hands on exclusive gear only sold in small quantities. It is no secret DNAstl has an eye for unique apparel. People can’t wait to get their hands on the trendy items the store carries, such as Stussy tees and exclusive Jordan sneakers. What closes the deal, however, are the sleek red shopping bags bearing the store’s name which guarantees you’ve made the right purchase. 1308A Washington Avenue, Downtown St. Louis, 314-825-5757
Blue Bird Apparel
Let the windows do the talking for this eye-catching brand. A quick walk by Blue Bird Apparel is a fashion show in itself. The windows immediately grab your attention with graphic leggings, Native American headdresses, dream catchers and more. Anna Friss, the designer behind Blue Bird Apparel, is certainly presenting herself as a force to be reckoned with. Although the store houses several brands, it’s the Blue Bird label itself that’s a must-shop among ladies wanting to embrace their inner street chic. 6635 Delmar Boulevard, The Loop, 877-369-9348
What used to be the frosted windows of R’Sole sneaker shop has since transformed into The Vault. Undergoing new management in August, the store is for guys looking to get their feet into something out of the ordinary. The store features some of the most eclectic goods around town, from neon green to camouflage sneakers, to those with wings or metallic gold detailing. Let’s just say there’s a shoe for every outfit inside this sneaker heaven. 6662 Delmar Boulevard, The Loop, 314-721-7653
This eclectic shop draws you in with its distinct vibe before you even get a glimpse of what’s on the racks. Hip-hop music subtly bumps from the speakers while pieces from local St. Louis artists, such as Bad Andy, Killer Napkins and Justin Tolentino, cover the walls. Once your attention turns to the racks in CLR-MNSTR, you’ll want to adorn yourself in the outlandish graphic tees by brands such as Slum Milk and Vacay. As an added perk, the store makes sure to keep its items affordable, ranging from $26 to $70. 1300 Washington Avenue, Downtown St. Louis, 314-241-1930