On Cloud Nine

Sneak a peek at some of the hottest new stores in town

With so many trendy shops opening this year, it would take this entire magazine to cover them all. Here are nine of the most talked about, in three price ranges:


Mustang Xchange. Buy, sell or trade clothing at Mustang Xchange, featuring pre-owned men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, accessories and even a few Fendi handbags. Most pieces range from vintage to funky. While the store is about the size of Carrie Bradshaw’s penthouse closet and packed with loads of merchandise, sorting through it to save big bucks is worth the effort. 4800 S. Maryland Parkway, 834-6435.

Best Kept Secret Boutique. Soon to be the ultimate favorite of every fashionista with tight purse strings, Best Kept Secret offers chic style in the $30 range. This boutique, run by a young Las Vegas entrepreneur, carries women’s apparel, shoes and accessories that are sophisticated and versatile enough for both the office and a night on the town. 1930 Village Center Circle, 255-1100.

Charming Charlie. Located in Tivoli Village, Charming Charlie is a glittery store filled with confectionery jewels and tons of women’s accessories and shoes, plus a small selection of apparel in every color from hot pink to demure white, and every print from wild leopard to trendy tribal—all are priced less than $50. Those who are easily distracted by shiny things will find themselves in a state of sensory overload. Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., 233-1192.


Coach Men’s. Not one but two Coach Men’s outlet stores opened earlier this year. Both are at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets—South and North—and feature men’s fine wallets, messenger bags, belts, luggage and other leathery accessories at discount prices. Finally, Las Vegas men have a logo-filled haven to call their own! Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, 875 S. Grand Central Parkway, 385-0602; Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, 7400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 386-2115.

Free People. While this sleek, boho-chic brand has been available at stores such as Urban Outfitters, it is still quite a boon to have the city’s first free-standing Free People open at Fashion Show. Finally the mall has the hippie-chick edge it has been missing all these years. Fashion Show, 868-0421.

Superdry. This men’s and women’s U.K.-designed apparel store is inspired by Japanese-style and American-vintage fashion. Men’s apparel includes formfitting styles with athletic appeal, brilliant patterns and oversize graphics. But the women will love the slim-cut hooded puffy vests with college-girl influence. Superdry is the kind of shop where the geeks go to get chic. Fashion Show, 836-9051.


Stella McCartney. Now that Las Vegas has a Stella McCartney, it’s almost as though the retail atmosphere is complete. Is it because Stella McCartney is one of those high-fashion brands that celebrity magazines mention and every budding designer wants to emulate? Or is it because each Stella McCartney piece is so perfectly executed that any single piece can complete a woman’s wardrobe? With items starting at $1,000, shop for tailored tuxedo jackets and chain-trimmed clutches. Crystals at CityCenter, 798-5102.

Tag Heuer. Not even Manhattan has a Tag Heuer boutique, so opening the only one in North America at Crystals at CityCenter means the watchmaker is serious about Vegas. The store itself is as sleek, slick and eye-catching as the watches, technology, sunglasses and apparel it sells. You read right: technology, sunglasses and apparel. Nab yourself a deluxe black bomber jacket ($785) that’s stylish enough to make any Steve McQueen wannabe green with envy. Crystals at CityCenter, 380-2820.

Pinto Ranch. After spending all day rustling cattle, cowboys and cowgirls like to indulge in the luxe life, too. It’s the only location outside Texas, making the Pinto Ranch Las Vegas just as impressive as having a Tag Heuer boutique. Sharing fancy men’s and women’s Western wear adorned with gorgeous, yet edgy, embroidery and breathtaking turquoise jewelry (check out a handmade necklace from Laurence Dusaulx for $1,880) with the likes of our neon city is pretty darn generous. Fashion Show, 228-3400.