[Fashion & Styling] The A - Z of Best Boutiques Series: Elizabeth Charles

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boutique owner Elizabeth Charles in her San Francisco location

the third store opened in Newport Beach, April 2012

New York outpost closed after 11 years in November, 2013

new arrivals!  Veronica Beard Pre-Fall 2014
new arrivals!  O'2nd Pre-Fall 2014
sale!  Vanessa Bruno tote | Mother Of Pearl scarf

It's been a while since my last boutique spotlight.  Today's alphabet would've been D, for Dressed in Santa Barbara. However, it looks like this great shop may be closing.  So let's move on to letter E-- Elizabeth Charles is a high-end multilabel boutique that carries an unparalleled selection of coveted and hard to find women's clothing and accessory designers from around the world. The ever-evolving mix of unique merchandise, originality and highly personalized service are all attributions to the boutique's loyal following.  

A native Australian who now resides in San Francisco, Elizabeth opened her first store in the Meatpacking District, NY in 2002.  Initially, only stocking labels exclusively from Australia and New Zealand.  5 years later, she opened her second outpost in Pacific Heights, San Francisco with the same buying philosophy, but she expanded to include labels from other countries.  That was a strategic move to diversify the product assortment, as well as, to be able to carry competitive designers with higher yield in the midst of a recession. In 2012, her third boutique debuted in Newport Beach with confidence, taking over the old A’maree’s location--A beautiful, and built out space that did amazing business for them. The surrounding businesses all attracted the same clientele.  Unfortunately, and surprisingly, even with that built-in existing client base was not enough to ride out the slow to recover economy.  Both the NY and Newport Beach locations are now shuttered...     

Crushed?  Of course!  Despair?  No need as Elizabeth Charles SF and their e-commerce site ships globally. Hand-picked with Elizabeth's keen eye, you can shop brands like Carven, Cushnie Et Ochs, Fabiana Filippi, Frame Denim, Jerome Dreyfuss, M. Patmos, MSGM, O'2ND, Vanessa Bruno, Veronica Beard, and MANY more!  A discerning clientele includes: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kate Hudson, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lauren Santo Domingo, Marisa Tomei, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Lopez, Helena Christensen, and Karolina Kurkova.  This group of Hollywood darlings, socialites, and models will see to it that business is usual at Elizabeth Charles.

Elizabeth Charles | 2056 Fillmore Street, San Francisco |  415.440.2100 | elizabeth-charles.com

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