MARCH 29 – APRIL 1, 2017
Kansas City Fashion week took place March 29-April 1st, 2017. BoutiqueNAV took to the road to support our designer friends and to check out other emerging, talented designers featured each night. During our whirlwind few days we visited some amazing local boutiques in the area and met new friends along the way. We came back to the Lou excited for our next trip there (possibly this fall for the next KCFW). There’s so much more to see! Check out a few of these great places on your visit to KC!
World’s Window was the very first shop we visited upon our arrival. A local friend directed us to Brookside, located just minutes from downtown, KC. The shops and restaurants in Brookside all have a uniform red and blue awning. Charming! The shop has been locally owned for 39 years and began as a world artifact shop. It has transitioned into a lovely boutique while retaining some of it’s original flair. Step within and you’ll find an eclectic mix of religious artwork, jewelry, accessories, gifts and gorgeous apparel. We particularly love that they carry generous sized clothing!
Next door to World’s Windows is Shop Beautiful and it truly is! Lovely items to behold! Take a look!
Just a couple of steps down from Shop Beautiful is A Store Named Stuff. We literally could have spent all day there! We met one of the owners, Sloane Simmons, (her sister, Casey, is co-owner). Sloane gave us these great shopping bags that say “Pursue Good Stuff” which is pretty much what we do all of the time. We had the best time! There really is good stuff in that store like hilarious gifts, home decor and fabulous jewelry. A must visit!
Walk a little further down the sidewalk and you’ll come to The (New) Dime Store. It’s chock full of fun. You’ll take a walk down memory lane with some of the offerings they have like candy from days gone by (they have those sugar cigarettes – remember those?) They even have whole craft room in the back! You’ll want to spend a lot of time here!
We had a blast in this little shop with the fun name. We also made some new friends while we played dress up. They showed us local love by giving us a few other good places to visit in KC! We’ll definitely be back and hope they come see us in the Lou! We have a few great places in mind that we’d like to show them!
Day 2 we ventured to the Plaza area where there are a still a few locally owned shops. Standard Style is one such boutique along with their brother store, Baldwin, located down the street. Both stores are owned by the Baldwin family. The stores specialize in jeans because they have their own brand with great styles called Baldwin Denim. Standard Style has a spacious, airy feel which perfectly showcases beautiful items from labels such as See by Chloe, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone, Theory, Helmut Lang and Tibi. There are a range of price points from other brands however and the store is simply beautiful!
Baldwin is just down the block from Standard Style. The store is unisex so some things crossover between the two shops but this has a more casual vibe. It’s a smaller store and emphasizes men’s wear and denim.
Move over Rolex – there’s a new luxury brand to “watch” out for! Niall is punctual, Niall is stylish and Niall is locally made in KC. We came upon this little shop going to lunch and GG did a double take because she has a special place in her heart for that name. So we walked in to find out the scoop and, lo and behold, it’s a locally made watch brand! We love that! Come to find out, the owner is not named Niall but he is a very distant relative of King Niall of Ireland.
We were so excited to visit the Kansas City location of Connections To Success! We work with the St. Louis location and feature them on our on our site (Fashion for a Cause). We can’t say enough good things about the great works this organization does and of the people who tirelessly give of themselves every day to make local lives better. We loved meeting all the KC staff – they are fun! Of course we had to shop the Moxi truck because they have wonderful pieces for a steal, and when you buy them, you just feel good about it because all your purchases go to help this organization! Guilt free shopping! Check out what we found!
AM headed out on her own the next day and discovered a wonderful Ukrainian Art Gallery and Boutique in Parksville, MO just minutes outside of KC. Check out her finds below!
AM visited this chic store in Zona Rosa, MO just 20 mins from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Runway Seven is locally owned but has 17 stores in 7 states! AM had so much fun with Lenna at Runway Seven!!!! Check it out!!!
711 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
AM visited Danielle at We are sincerely yours. She has a collection of cool vintage and local designs giving the store a unique flair! Danielle is so inspiring and pro local! Her shop is such a gem and just minutes away from downtown KC!
When in KC, make sure to visit Bob Jones Shoes. It’s a 57 year old local business with more shoes (for men and women) than anyplace you will have seen before!!! There are fabulous shoes from Fly London to Italian made luxuries….plus beautiful handbags and whimsical socks! It’s truly Shoe Heaven and you’ll need shoes to go with the great outfits you found while shopping local in KC!
AM’s last stop was CW Boutique, located in the heart of beautiful, historic Parkville, Missouri not far from downtown KC. She had tons of fun playing dress up here! It’s always a bonus when you get to try on shoes with your outfit and CW carries an assortment of cute shoes!
You may have deduced that KC is a fabulous place to visit and easy to get to from the Lou. If you get a chance to go during KCFW you’ll see what an amazing job they do putting together this week long event. We had such a terrific time and hope to visit these local shops again this fall as well as discover some new ones!