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Where to Shop in Kansas City

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For those outside the Midwest, Kansas City has a pretty indistinguishable reputation; in most people's minds, it's a flyover state, if it's anything at all. But the rest of the country would be wise to pay attention, because Kansas City has some serious style.

The City of Fountains is made up of distinct districts that reach from the River Market (located on the Missouri River) to the Country Club Plaza, an outdoor shopping space with architecture modeled after Seville, Spain; there's also the more industrial West and East Bottoms. Each neighborhood has its own character reflected in the eclectic mix of boutiques, shops, and general stores scattered throughout.

Here, we've put together a guide that shows off the best stores "Paris of the Plains" has to offer, from homegrown denim brands to vintage emporiums and design stores. Put it to use next time you decide to stay over, instead of just flying over.

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Baldwin KC

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When it comes to Kansas City and its fashion scene, hands-down the first name that comes to mind is Baldwin. The 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee has put itself (and, by extension, Kansas City) on the map as a major player in the fashion world. Head to Baldwin KC on the Country Club Plaza, one of the brand’s original locations, for shelves filled with stacks of selvedge denim and the line’s iconic vintage-inspired “KC” baseball hats (but don't sleep on the line's men's and women's ready-to-wear).
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Standard Style

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A few blocks down on the Country Club Plaza, you'll find Standard Style, a boutique that the founders of Baldwin — husband-and-wife team Matt and Emily — are also behind. The monochromatic space is well-stocked with brands like WANT Les Essentials, T by Alexander Wang, and ALC. Visit the in-store beauty bar for skincare essentials from Aesop, RMS Beauty, and Native Atlas.
Photo: Standard Style

Birdies

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Contemporary artist Peregrine Honig curates Birdies, a lingerie and swimwear shop that feels like stepping into a close friend’s boudoir. Bras and panties are displayed in a salvaged case originally used to sell wholesale candy in a five-and-dime store, and it's stocked with global brands like Maison Lejaby and Simon Perele, as well as Peregrine's own genderless line, All is Fair in Love and Wear. All is Fair was created to fill a need for inclusive intimates, making Birdie’s a progressive space for everyone’s most private needs.
Photo: Birdies Panties

Sex + Ice Cream

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At 18, Nicole Leth took inspiration from a breakup and turned it into the brand Sex & Ice Cream. Her pastel-painted shop and line of enamel pins, patches, clothing, and underwear is a candy-colored celebration of body positivity and self-empowerment. T-shirts with Leth’s drawings of BeyoncéDrake, and Rihanna are some of her best-sellers, but the shop also carries other like-minded lines.
Photo: Sex & Ice Cream

Peggy Noland

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Installation artist Peggy Noland’s namesake store is more of an experience than a shop, allowing you to enter the world that she has created. Inside, rows of enormous disembodied fingers with pink and red manicured nails act as both an art display and decoration. Racks are filled with Noland’s puffy paint-centric clothing that are designed and handmade by Noland herself, so no two pieces are exactly alike.
Photo: Peggy Noland

Urban Provisions General Store

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Tucked away in the industrialized East Bottoms neighborhood, this modern-day general store is focused less on necessities and more on supporting local and American artisans. You’ll find leather goods by EB Leatherworks, Kansas City-centric accessories, jewelry, and assorted home goods like candles, glassware, and ceramics that you won't find anywhere else.
Photo: Urban Provisions

Boomerang

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Established in 1989, Boomerang is one of Kansas City’s original vintage stores. What's old becomes new again at the aptly named shop, which stocks clothing from the 1940s through the '80s and home furnishings from the 1940s through the '60s. Half the fun is the hunt; peruse candy-colored wigs, cowboy boots in almost every color, and all kinds of clothing from bygone eras.
Photo: Boomerang

Hammerpress Design Studio

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This design outpost is located in the Crossroads Arts District, which is home to more than 50 art galleries. Hammerpress specializes in letterpress-printed cards, stationery, and art, but the warm-toned, wood-accented shop also sells home accessories like Kaweco pens, Sydney Hale candles, and recycled Mexican barware. If you're after more design and gifts, Ampersand Design Studio is worth checking out as well.
Photo: Hammerpress Studio

Sandlot Goods

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The Sandlot Goods space does double-duty: The brand's leather goods, apparel, and accessories are handcrafted in the back of the store and sold up front. A clear garage door provides a peek into the store from the sidewalk, giving view to shelves lined with bags, wallets, belts, and accessories. Sandlot’s wares are designed with utility in mind and are recognizable for their minimalism, as well as the brand's signature three-stitch marking on every product.
Photo: Sandlot Goods

Coveted Home

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Founded by an interior designer, furniture and home accessories shop Coveted Home feels both classic and on-trend at once. With everything from locally made goods like pottery from Convivial Production to items sourced in flea markets from around the globe, you’ll find pieces for every room of the house, plus gifts like candles, books, and bags.
Photo: Coveted Home

Finefolk

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Fashion is an art form at Finefolk, and the pieces on sale here are displayed accordingly. The gallery-like shop stocks items from Kansas City designers like Sierra Winter Jewelry alongside clothing from labels like Frame Denim, Rachel Comey, and A Détacher — all names you won't find anywhere else in KC.
Photo: Finefolk

Baldwin KC

Photo: Baldwin
When it comes to Kansas City and its fashion scene, hands-down the first name that comes to mind is Baldwin. The 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee has put itself (and, by extension, Kansas City) on the map as a major player in the fashion world. Head to Baldwin KC on the Country Club Plaza, one of the brand’s original locations, for shelves filled with stacks of selvedge denim and the line’s iconic vintage-inspired “KC” baseball hats (but don't sleep on the line's men's and women's ready-to-wear).
Photo: Baldwin

Standard Style

Photo: Standard Style
A few blocks down on the Country Club Plaza, you'll find Standard Style, a boutique that the founders of Baldwin — husband-and-wife team Matt and Emily — are also behind. The monochromatic space is well-stocked with brands like WANT Les Essentials, T by Alexander Wang, and ALC. Visit the in-store beauty bar for skincare essentials from Aesop, RMS Beauty, and Native Atlas.
Photo: Standard Style

Birdies

Photo: Birdies Panties
Contemporary artist Peregrine Honig curates Birdies, a lingerie and swimwear shop that feels like stepping into a close friend’s boudoir. Bras and panties are displayed in a salvaged case originally used to sell wholesale candy in a five-and-dime store, and it's stocked with global brands like Maison Lejaby and Simon Perele, as well as Peregrine's own genderless line, All is Fair in Love and Wear. All is Fair was created to fill a need for inclusive intimates, making Birdie’s a progressive space for everyone’s most private needs.
Photo: Birdies Panties

Sex + Ice Cream

Photo: Sex & Ice Cream
At 18, Nicole Leth took inspiration from a breakup and turned it into the brand Sex & Ice Cream. Her pastel-painted shop and line of enamel pins, patches, clothing, and underwear is a candy-colored celebration of body positivity and self-empowerment. T-shirts with Leth’s drawings of BeyoncéDrake, and Rihanna are some of her best-sellers, but the shop also carries other like-minded lines.
Photo: Sex & Ice Cream

Peggy Noland

Photo: Peggy Noland
Installation artist Peggy Noland’s namesake store is more of an experience than a shop, allowing you to enter the world that she has created. Inside, rows of enormous disembodied fingers with pink and red manicured nails act as both an art display and decoration. Racks are filled with Noland’s puffy paint-centric clothing that are designed and handmade by Noland herself, so no two pieces are exactly alike.
Photo: Peggy Noland

Urban Provisions General Store

Photo: Urban Provisions
Tucked away in the industrialized East Bottoms neighborhood, this modern-day general store is focused less on necessities and more on supporting local and American artisans. You’ll find leather goods by EB Leatherworks, Kansas City-centric accessories, jewelry, and assorted home goods like candles, glassware, and ceramics that you won't find anywhere else.
Photo: Urban Provisions

Boomerang

Photo: Boomerang
Established in 1989, Boomerang is one of Kansas City’s original vintage stores. What's old becomes new again at the aptly named shop, which stocks clothing from the 1940s through the '80s and home furnishings from the 1940s through the '60s. Half the fun is the hunt; peruse candy-colored wigs, cowboy boots in almost every color, and all kinds of clothing from bygone eras.
Photo: Boomerang

Hammerpress Design Studio

Photo: Hammerpress Studio
This design outpost is located in the Crossroads Arts District, which is home to more than 50 art galleries. Hammerpress specializes in letterpress-printed cards, stationery, and art, but the warm-toned, wood-accented shop also sells home accessories like Kaweco pens, Sydney Hale candles, and recycled Mexican barware. If you're after more design and gifts, Ampersand Design Studio is worth checking out as well.
Photo: Hammerpress Studio

Sandlot Goods

Photo: Sandlot Goods
The Sandlot Goods space does double-duty: The brand's leather goods, apparel, and accessories are handcrafted in the back of the store and sold up front. A clear garage door provides a peek into the store from the sidewalk, giving view to shelves lined with bags, wallets, belts, and accessories. Sandlot’s wares are designed with utility in mind and are recognizable for their minimalism, as well as the brand's signature three-stitch marking on every product.
Photo: Sandlot Goods

Coveted Home

Photo: Coveted Home
Founded by an interior designer, furniture and home accessories shop Coveted Home feels both classic and on-trend at once. With everything from locally made goods like pottery from Convivial Production to items sourced in flea markets from around the globe, you’ll find pieces for every room of the house, plus gifts like candles, books, and bags.
Photo: Coveted Home

Finefolk

Photo: Finefolk
Fashion is an art form at Finefolk, and the pieces on sale here are displayed accordingly. The gallery-like shop stocks items from Kansas City designers like Sierra Winter Jewelry alongside clothing from labels like Frame Denim, Rachel Comey, and A Détacher — all names you won't find anywhere else in KC.
Photo: Finefolk