The New Year signifies a time of reinvention for many of us, and sprucing up the wardrobe is a fun part of it. Whether you’re looking to make some drastic changes, or you're already a fashionista, you need to check out these amazing Tampa Bay designers and boutiques! It’s easy to go snatch up goodies from those popular chain stores, but the style savvy always make sure to stand out from the crowd, and what better and easier way to accomplish that than to dress up your wardrobe with these unique, local designers in our community?A. Haley Boutique
If you’re looking for legitimate designer brand clothing and accessories at a reduced cost, then this is the boutique you need to head over to! A. Haley Boutique carries previously owned designer products, that are all carefully inspected, cleaned, sanitized, and steamed before going out on the racks.
On a budget but want some unique, edgy finds? Anarchist Closet will be a haven for you! Locally owned, this little thrift shop has created a cool, relaxed vibe and offers tons of alternative clothing accessories for any of the “black sheep” out there.
Dark Cycle Clothing
It all started as a hobby when husband and wife team, Adam and Coryn, started designing and making screen printed shirts as young teenagers in love. Now their hobby has grown into a company that supplies over 100 vendors worldwide. They have tons of quirky, fun designs available for their hand screen printed clothing, and even offer customization specific to your liking.
This little boutique nestled in South Tampa specializes in women’s jewelry and accessories—a treasure chest for those quality statement pieces you may be looking for. The general style of the store is classic with a bit of a trendy twist. Local and independent but popular at large—accessories from the store have been featured in Seventeen, InStyle, Glamour, and Women’s Health.
This Tampa based designer's motto is “reuse. recyle. renew” and every single piece she designs is one of a kind, made from high end 100% recycled or vintage materials. Kimberly has been featured in Mercedes Benz Fall 2008 Fashion Week, on TLC’s reality series “Bikini or Bust”, Vogue, and Maxim. She currently designs three different lines: k.hendrix, which is contemporary and ready to wear; Kimberly Hendrix, her runway line which consists of luxury women’s fashion; and Bella K by k.hendrix, which is a luxury children’s collection.
A truly unique clothing store; each piece of their Black Label line is handcrafted in the US with recycled clothing sourced nationwide. The process for creating each garment is time consuming, but it leaves no fabric behind and the result is a beautiful creation from what would have previously gone to waste. This means that all garments from the store’s exclusive Black Label line are one of kind! They also buy, sell, and trade clothing.
Sandra Hagen is a local Tampa designer with a fresh modern look on vintage. She experiments with many different textures, prints, styles--definitely worth a look if you want to stand out and make an impression. Sandra has said before, that to her, fashion is empowering. Her drive as well as creativity shows in that she’s been featured in Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Christian Fashion Week, Museum of Fine Arts St.Petersburg, Trend LA Magazine, and Fox13News, just to name a few.
Urban Body Clothing
An exquisite retailer with select fashion for both men and women; owner Scott Moore stocks the shop with high end, quality clothing at reasonable prices. Although the store carries high end, trendy clothing, the atmosphere and general vibe from the staff has been described as down-to-earth, warm, and personal—just what you’d want and expect from a locally owned boutique.
Prom is coming up in the spring, and if you want something that exudes femininity, sophistication, and confidence, go to Xiaolin! These hand crafted gowns and dresses are perfect for all special events. Julie Chew designs true couture gowns and has received rave reviews along with being featured in Christian Fashion Week 2013—all at the young age of 18. In an interview with TBT Julie describes her style and design aesthetic, “I like to present women and girls with clothes that are feminine that also honors their bodies. I like to make clothing that I think looks beautiful but I try to stay away from things that are obviously revealing.”
To browse through some more great shops in the Tampa area, take a look at our full list available!