If you get chest pains just thinking about massive retail developments, Buckhead also has some of the city’s finest boutiques tucked away in smaller shopping centers.
At Morgan Kylee, owner Morgan Henzlik introduces emerging and obscure labels like Flynn, Jonathan Simkhai, Novis, and Laveer. She also has a slew of accessories from locals, including KZ Noel jewelry. If you’re looking for basics—Equipment silk tops or Vince sweaters—head over to W. Port, full of approachable styles and its own selection of locally designed items, such as accessories from wanderlust-inspired Maridadi Trading.
If you’re more country club than fashion week, step next door into the London Trading Company, where it’s all waxed Barbour jackets, cartridge cuff links, and pewter quail-shaped tabletop items. It, too, carries local and regional goods, like Gogo Ferguson’s Georgia coast–inspired jewelry, preppy needlepoint belts, and Charleston-made turkey feather bow ties.
One mile north on Roswell Road is the best strip mall shopping around, with the side-by-side Erika Reade and B.D. Jeffries. Both are family-owned, upscale spots for home items, accessories, and gifts. B.D. Jeffries started with alligator and croc goods and now offers all kinds of safari-lifestyle pieces: serving spoons made of horn, leather Dopp kits, tie-dyed scarves, and a selection of coffee table books on fashion and exotic travel. Erika Reade has a more delicate Parisian vibe with luscious linens, crystal knickknackery, bright pieces by Athens potter Rebecca Wood, and imported soaps. Consider it your hostess gift stop—the place you’d go when a neighbor is having you down to her seaside cottage.
This article originally appeared in our September 2014 issue.