If you live in Philadelphia or just visiting, I would highly recommend a visit to Fabric Row for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s got a cool older world vibe
  2. Wide selection of supplies you may need, such as: fabric, buttons, thread, etc…
  3. Affordable
  4. Knowledgeable staff
  5. Close to other main Philly attractions

At one time Philadelphia was a center of manufacturing for men’s clothes. This gave rise to the Fabric Row area that we know today.

Location Of Fabric Row

Fabric Row is located in the Queen Village area of Philadelphia, but most people will know that it’s just off South Street. Traditionally, it is said to be location on 4th Street between South & Catherine Street.

Philadelphia Street Sign In Fabric Row

What To Expect On Fabric Row

In short, it’s the best place in Philadelphia to get all your supplies for making your own clothes, alterations, or crafts.

If you’re on this site you most likely have some interest in clothing and fashion, and it can always be good to get back to grass roots. Even if that is not making an outfit from scratch, but to at least get some inspiration (or a replacement button!).

You will find around 50 retailers, selling all manner of cloth and accessories. There are also custom tailor shops, and a few cool random bike shops.

Fabric Row Philadelphia facing North

My Favorite Place On Fabric Row

My favorite place is the “Pennsylvania Fabric Outlet” [Please note this location has no closed – Comment added: Jan 2nd 2017]. It has a great selection of fabric, and more importantly for me the best selection of buttons as I always seem to be changing them out on sports coats, etc…

Fabric Store In Philadelphia

Best slection of fabric and buttons for accessories and projects

Cloth for suits & jackets in Philly Fabric Row shop

Attractions Close To Fabric Row

South Street and all is charm is located adjacent to Fabric Row, where one can find all manner of things.  To be fair it’s one of my favorite places to shop in the city, with all its random shops from sneaker stores, to independent vintage retailers….  Also as a bigger guy, their clothes selection seems to run bigger, over the H&M’s of the world.

Jacks Cheesesteak on Soth Street Philly

A good place to grab a solid Philly Cheesesteak

South Street Philadlephia looking due west

South Street Looking West

Also, as Philly is such a small and walkable city, if it’s nice out I would recommend the walk down from Independence Hall area (15-25 mins). This will allow you to soak up some of that old and historic Philadelphia charm.

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Final Review Of Fabric Row

If you have an interest in clothing, fashion, crafts, or just looking for something interesting to do, you could do a lot worse than a trip to Fabric Row.

Let me know your favorite place on Fabric Row, or similar places in other cities to get such selection in the comments below.

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.

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