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text by Fiona Clarke

Above: Stephanie’s located in Old Town Scottsdale, offers a luxury shopping experience.

What began as a small design studio and retail concept in 1999 has evolved into a premier lifestyle boutique. Stephanie’s, on Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale, offers a luxury shopping experience rarely found outside the fashion hubs of Los Angeles and New York.

Recently named as one of “The Most Beautiful Independent Stores in America” by Architectural Digest, Stephanie’s chic vibe is evident from the shop’s sleek physical space to the ultra-cool items available for purchase.

Above, top left: Magda Butrym Canazei Silk-Chiffon Blouse, $1,160. Above, top right: Re/Done Distressed High-Rise Skinny Jean, $285 and Esquivel Gold Metallic Lace-Up Mule. $562. Bottom left: Sally LaPointe Cocktail Dress in Allover Sequins, $2,250. Bottom right: Magda Butrym Silk Queens Blouse, $995, Nili Lotan Leander Jacket, $850, Diane Cotton Vintage Millinery Pin, $148, Magda Butrym Brill Suede Belt, $233 and Re/Done Cropped High-Rise Straight Leg Jean, $320.

Stephanie Inzalaco, the founder and owner of the eponymous boutique, has a gift – a sixth sense so to speak – when it comes to style. With a background in interior design, the store she created is both visually inviting and easily navigable. The floor plan has been well thought-out: it’s open, airy and filled with natural light. Seamlessly linking four distinct rooms, on display are daywear, denim, beauty products, footwear, tabletop books, jewelry, evening wear, lingerie and décor accessories. 

The merchandise is displayed in unexpected ways, which heightens the shopping experience. The ping pong table is totally covered with gotta-have tomes on fashion, photography, travel and design, a mountain of Golden Goose sneakers is piled high on the floor and a chaise, behind a chain-linked curtain, is seductively draped with dreamy lingerie. New items arrive several times each week and the displays are moved often, making frequent visits a must. 

Above: The back room at Stephanie’s showcases lingerie, tabletop books and fragrant candles.

Using her keen eye for fashion, Inzalaco takes frequent buying trips to New York, Los Angeles and Paris searching for exclusive designer labels. The current lineup of apparel includes Ellery, Ashish, CO, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, 6397, Philanthropy, Magda Butrym, La Prestic Ouiston, Self Portrait, Preen, RtA, Sally LaPointe, Fleur du Mal, Nº21, Zimmerman, Sandy Liang, Yosuzi, Jejia and Raquel Allegra among others. 

Footwear by Tabitha Simmons and Gianvito Rossi as well as fashion, art and décor-themed books from publishers such as Taschen, Assouline and Rizzoli fill the shop. Beauty products including Voyage et Cie candles, Patchology facial masks and Gamine scents share a place with denim by RE/DONE, Moussy and R13. Alongside Krewe sunglasses and Meredith Young Fine Jewelry, shoppers can peruse SLIP pillowcases and marble bookends by Kelly Wearstler.

Above, top left: One of the many tabletop books. Above, top right: Voyage et Cie candles. Bottom left: Re/Done High-Rise ankle Crop Jeans, $320 and Tabitha Simmons Oona Leopard Pumps, $895. Bottom right:  Nº 21 Sequined Maglia Cardigan, $1,088.   

When asked her motivation for opening Stephanie’s, Inzalaco explains that there wasn’t a place in the Valley to go for advanced, contemporary women’s clothing. So, she found herself doing most of her shopping out of town. 

In filling that void, Inzalaco has gathered an impressive grouping of unique, top-quality, fashion-forward apparel. The garments are best described as cutting-edge without being too trendy, feminine without being too sweet and versatile for whatever the occasion. 

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