Find “The Look” at KC’s new boutiques and famous labels

The people of Kansas City have long been proud of their hometown girl, Kate Spade, who wowed the fashion runways of New York with her classy line of handbags, shoes and other necessities of a fashionable life. Now that Kate has opened her first store on the Country Club Plaza (321 Nichols Road), even more of her Kansas City admirers are sporting those sassy shoulder bags, jewelry and other creative accent pieces.

Kate Spade has good neighbors on the Plaza. Around the corner is Michael Kors (4747 Broadway), another leading New York fashion designer that is contributing to Kansas Citians’ good looks on the streets. Sleek and sophisticated, Michael Kors sportswear is recognized around the world. This location is the only one between Denver and Indianapolis.

H&M (440 W. 47th Street) provides just the right look for babies to teens, as well as the adults in their lives. David Beckham lends his name to labels found here, along with other brands highly ranked for sustainability. Other socially conscious efforts include the Fashion Against Aids collection. Cheers!

For a fashionable home setting, Soft Surroundings (405 Nichols Road) has joined Kansas City from its headquarters across the state in St. Louis. From pillows to rugs to linens, your home will thank you for bringing something to soften the walls, the floors, the windows and beyond. A nice collection of pet beds, a velvet dog collar and a bag of bones are some treats that might be appreciated at home as well.

Speaking of soft things, take a look in the mirror. The Art of Shaving (327 W. 47th St.), an upscale outlet for men’s grooming needs, is all about making skin, hair and hands as smooth as it was the day you were born. Travel items, shaving accessories, lotions and potions create a spa-like result at home each morning.

Shopping in Kansas City 

The Plaza has always been home to some of the region’s most exciting retail opportunities, and you could indeed spend an entire weekend in these 15 blocks. But, head into the suburbs for some equally rewarding retail destinations. If there’s a doll collector in your family—and no, not necessarily a little girl—American Girl has opened its 11th retail outlet at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. The bright fuchsia walls are the calling card for some of the best-known names in dolls, along with matching accessories for their human counterparts.

You’ll also find three levels of Nordstrom at Oak Park Mall, including the department store’s acclaimed espresso bar and café. Try the Roma Tomato Basil Soup – it was created in Kansas City for all Nordstrom locations.

One final shopping destination that sent Kansas City’s fashionistas into a buzz was the opening of Von Maur at 135th and Metcalf. This castle-like setting carries all of the high end brands not found elsewhere in the city, but at prices that reflect Midwestern lifestyles.

For the largest selection of outlet stores in the Midwest, simply head west of downtown to Legends Outlets. There are more than 90 stores and restaurants here, but 33 are considered outlets for the big names like Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Levi and J. Crew. You’ll also find a number of specialty and local stores with big names, like Beauty Brands and Helzberg Diamonds. Those are Kansas City originals.

These are all just the tip of the iceberg in big name shopping. Get out there and don’t stop until you look like a million bucks!


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