Settled at the edge of Logan’s Broad Street shopping district, Tillman’s Boutique has impeccably dressed the community from head to toe since 1997. Noted for its unique collection of hats, Tillman’s has served as a gem to locals in the neighborhood.
Floid Tillman, a retiree of the Philadelphia Police Department, and his wife Martha, first opened their boutique for churchgoers who wanted custom-made hats and tailoring.
Once business began to pick up the Tillman’s opened a second shop that offered women’s dresses and men’s accessories. Their most recent addition is a thrift shop that offers affordable apparel and accessories for men and women in the community. “You can find blouses and pants for $1 to $2,” said Tillman.
The boutique’s specialty hats are adorned with colorful embellishments, feathers, brooches, sequence and beading. These unique hats have served as the store’s most popular product and are drawing in customers from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware. “The key to any success in business is advertising,” said Floid Tillman, who has advertised the boutique on local radio stations and television networks.
Each hat sold in Tillman’s is made from scratch, structured and hand-stitched by Martha Tillman, who has been immersed in the design and tailoring industry since she was 18 years old.
The hats are custom-made from the frame that supports its structure to the detailed sequences and designs that cover the crown.
“We have the lowest prices for a boutique in the city,” Tillman said. “One reason being because we manufacture our own products.” This factor has allowed the Tillman’s to cut out the middleman and ultimately save their consumers. “A custom-made hat that would normally sell for $400, we sell for $199.”
Tillman’s boutique has served as a treasure to high school students who wanted to achieve a special look for prom, brides who sought to tailor their wedding gowns and churchgoers who looked to find the perfect hat to dress up for their Sunday best.
For the future the Tillman’s hope to expand their business and add a fourth store set to cater exclusively to menswear. “Being a boutique, there is no competition,” Tillman said. “We are one of a kind.”