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Shopping Trip: Hudson

I stopped off at Hudson yesterday to pick up a Lynzarium (that’d be a terrarium by local lovely Lyndsay Maver) for a magazine holiday gift guide. Unbelievably, it was the first time I had been into the new space. (Hudson moved around the corner last year into the former photo studio space most recently occupied by clothing boutique Looc.) Owner/designer Jill Goldberg happened to be there, so we had a nice visit catching up on things. And, in the interest of efficiency and multi-tasking, I took lots of Instagram shots for a blog post. If you’re in Boston, Hudson’s got many wonderful gifts, plus plenty of wonderful furniture and home accessories. Definitely stop in.
































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Shopping Trip: Lekker

Yesterday I headed over to Boston’s South End to meet Seema Krish at her studio (and then The Buttery for a carrot cupcake—the best, best, best carrot cupcakes). Then I popped an extra quarter into the meter (yeah, I drove; lame) and ducked into  Lekker, one of Boston’s best design shops. Lines include David Trubridge, Eleanor Pritchard, Marie’s Corner, Blomus, Menu, Oak Pure, John Derian Furniture, Mud Australia, MEPRA, and tons more. I had a nice chat with Natalie, who owns the shop, and took plenty of photos. I will certainly post a peek at what’s Seema’s been up to (her newest collection debuts in April), but in the meantime, here’s what’s in store at Lekker.








Lekker Home Boston Design Boutique

Lekker Home Boston Design Boutique








Lekker Home Boston Design Boutique






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Site Spotlight: 20 Picks from Twelve Chairs

Twelve Chairs, a superb  home decor shop in Boston’s artsy Fort Point neighborhood has just launched online shopping. I blogged about the brick & mortar two years ago; today I offer up 20 picks from the website. (If anyone wants to send a gift, I like #3.)




S H O P P I N G 

1 Pharmacy Cabinet, $1,875.

2 Plimpton Lamp, $490

3 Ships Pillow Cover, $68

4 Straw Basket with Lid, $78

5 French Pear Soy Candle, $30

6 Pink Union Jack Throw, $300

7 Wooden Pie Server, $20

8 The Perfectly Imperfect Home, $30

9 Whale Bin, $56

10 Champagne Sheepskin Rug, $98

11 Blossom Chandelier, $2,550

12 Gold Glow Bowl, $68

13 Ikat Bee Bowl, $220

14 Glass Jug Lamp, $425

15 Chalk Piggy Bank, $85

16 Cardboard Deer Head, $14

17 Boston Neighborhoods Print, $30

18 Wood + Leather Counter Stool, $475

19 Pollen Medium Box, $14

20 Love Bird Figurine, $45

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Shopping Trip: Good Boutique

Good is the best boutique in Boston for jewelry and gifts. It is absolutely the most beautiful and well-curated; owner Paul Niski has impeccable—impeccable—taste. Some of my own favorites come from there (and Barneys, and The Tiny Jewel Box in D.C., and, ok, Tiffany’s too.)  When my best college friend, Jessica Biales, showed me her jewelry, I knew it belonged at Good. I stopped in yesterday to see it in situ, and also to check out the new store (they moved across the street, to a larger space this fall). I hope you love Jessica’s work; I suspect you will love most everything here. (And sorry, I didn’t actually take as many photos of other jewelry as I would have liked. Next time!)

 J e s s i c a  B i a l e s 

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Shop Alert: J. Crew Mens Shop Opens in Copley; Women’s Expands

The J.Crew Mens Shop opened at Copley Place in Boston this week. This is the company’s first dedicated all mens store outside New York City. The original J. Crew store across the way is now entirely devoted to women. A definite improvement, but first, a look at the new Mens Shop.

Looks a lot like Brooks Brothers to me, from the dark paneling to the scripty gold logo. Hmm. Guess the women’s collection is not the only aspect going all fancy.  (You DID notice the $600 items in the fall catalog, didn’t you?)

Same clothing that was across the way last week, and I suppose the cabinetry isn’t dissimilar, but the vibe feels stuffier.

Table of ties. Could do without the tartan.

Chambray and gingham hankies.

Love the hunk of slag glass.

Retro fans and other objects behind the register.

Heading across the way to the original space . . .

The women’s store is now wide open.

A shoe department was added in the back. Love the picture wall.

And more jewelry cases are scattered around the store.

No complaints here.

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Event Alert: Fashion’s Night Out Is Tomorrow

Some of the stores participating in Boston’s Fashion’s Night Out.

In case you haven’t heard, Anna Wintour has made it her personal mission to revive the consumer culture. Fashion’s Night Out, a massive city-wide shopping block party in Manhattan, was such a hit last year that it spread across the country and overseas, becoming quite the extravaganza.

Limited edition clothing, flea markets at indie boutiques manned by the likes of Alexander Wang and the Rodarte sisters, Rag & Bone vs. Shipley & Halmos over ping pong at Barneys Coop,  boutique BBQs, etc. etc. But that’all in NYC. So sad.

Boston is easing in on the action, though slowly and quietly. Runway regulars Cynthia Rowley and Diane von Furstenberg are hosting events at their Newbury Street shops, and Saks and Neiman’s are hosting events here too, along with Kenneth Cole and Ann Taylor.  Let’s see if we can’t get this  party started.

Cynthia Rowley164 Newbury Street

Diane von Furstenberg73 Newbury Street

Ted Baker London •  201 Newbury Street

True Religion Jeans •  119 Newbury Street

Saks Fifth Avenue •  800 Boylston Street

Kenneth ColeCopley Place

Neiman Marcus •  5 Copley Place & The Natick Collection

Ann Taylor •  18 Newbury Street & The Shops at the Prudential

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Boston Shop Alert: Converse, Pinkberry, Ibex and J.Crew Men

Back in town for a day before heading off to NYC for a The Feast/Shop fest.  After a mani/pedi at Miniluxe I hit Madewell (got a super cute print dress, studded belt and army green jacket), then Saks for a return, and over to J.Crew (MUST try the toothpick pant – v. comfy). Here’s the new openings I spotted along the way.

Converse opening this fall on last block of Newbury next to Patagonia.

G2O Spa+Salon moving from last block 2nd floor space to fancier spot at 278 Newbury.

Pinkberry to open at 286 Newbury. Mmm.

Ibex (outdoor clothing) joins Newbury, in the former Framery space on the corner of Hereford.

The guys get their own. As reported by WWD this spring, J.Crew Men’s is opening in Boston, across the way from J.Crew in Copley Place. This will be the first men’s-specific store outside NYC. Now if they’d consider a Crew Cuts in the same location, I’d be all set.

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Event Alert: Erin Gates Shopping Party at Cynthia Rowley

164 Newbury Street, Boston

Boston interior designer, stylist, and blogger Erin Gates of Elements of Style is hosting a shopping party next week at Cynthia Rowley on Newbury Street. Unfortunately I’ll be out of town (well, not so unfortunate, I’ll be in NYC) but if you’re interested in attending, let Erin know. You’ll get 20 percent off your purchases that evening. There are some great fall looks.

I’m especially loving the  prints and fringe.


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Storefronts: French Brands To Hit Boston

When a friend saw the teaser on my last post about French brands eying Boston for boutiques, her hopes soared. “Isabel Marant?!” Sorry, no such luck.  But French companies known abroad for attainable luxury are slowly infiltrating U.S. cities.

This includes Comptoir de Cotonniers, a line of basics, which is planning to open a shop here in the next six months, as well as Maje and Sandro both of which are planning on a Boston presence by the end of next year, WWD reports.


Comptoir des Cottoniers, NYC Maje, Paris




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Storefronts: New Shops On Newbury Street

Sashaying (ok, not really) around town (well, around the Back Bay) to a crazy number of appointments last week in preparation of my summer migration to Cape Cod on Friday, I pretty much went the length of Newbury. Other than getting some much needed exercise, I was able to scout the latest developments on the storefront

As promised in April, Diane von Furstenberg has arrived – almost. The sign says they’re opening this summer. DVF chose a parlour level space on the second block of Newbury, between Berkeley & Clarendon. It’s above Skin Health Spa, next to BCBG and Max Mara, a few doors away from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Cannot wait to shop for new wrap dresses!

A block down, on the second floor of the old Waterworks boutique, massage master Michael Moore is opening an outpost of Moore Massage. I’ll see you there for sure. He’s a-mazing, and a nice guy too.

Sweet Cupcakes has picked a perfect spot – above Bostone Pizza – for its third location. I prefer Party Favors squishy, and sickly sugary treats, but Sweet’s little gems are really pretty and the shop’s ambiance lovely (designed by the very talented Annsley McAleer).

Rescue, a buy-sell-trade boutique that originally opened in Allston has recently moved to Newbury Street. (They must have been doing well.) I didn’t have time to stop in but it looks promising.

Finally, two (TWO!) “urban” pet shops are opening right on Newbury. Really? How long do you think they’ll last? That’s in addition to Pawsh on Gloucester. Now, if Polka Dog moved to this side of town, that’d be another story. We shall see. — Just in – my publicist friend says the Fish & Bone owner also owns Fetch in Portland, Maine, so she might have an edge.

There are two French clothing companies on expansion rampages coming to town, but more on that tomorrow!

Diane von Furstenberg | |  Moore Massage73 Newbury Street 103 Newbury Street

Sweet Cupcakes
225 Newbury Street

Rescue244 Newbury Street

Fish & Bone | | Audrey’s Supplies & Services217  Newbury Street                                        Newbury Street (bet. F&G?)


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