Boston Storefront Update: Alex and Ani Jewelry, Jack Wills, Michael Kors. . .

Quick post this morning because I’m in NYC… Here’s the new crop of stores spotted around Newbuy/Copley Place.

Alex and Ani: Boutique-y jewelry — bangles, hoop earrings, pendant necklaces — at prices mostly under $200. Definite cute addition to Newbury in the store formerly occupied by Simon Pearce. JUST IN : The Alex and Ani publicist tells me the shop will open October 17th.   Also, Simon Pearce has not shut down . . . they’re opening a larger store in the old Waterworks space just a hop, skip, and a jump way. Thanks Wendy for the info!

Jack Wills: The British answer to Abercrombie.

Jack Wills Jeep, making its way down the street. Yes, the steering wheel is on the other side.

Oh, sorry for getting the cars wrong… was sorta using Jeep as a generic term. In any case, a user has pointed out:

“Jack Wills is not using a Jeep, its a Land Rover Defender 90. Why would a brit use an american made jeep for a marketing vehicle. Land Rovers are the UK staple car.”

After closing up their space on the fancier end of Newbury Street early last year, Rockport returns in more modest digs.

Michael Kors is moving into Copley Place next to Jimmy Choo, because you can never have too many luxe retailers in one place. Now, if they’d only up the wattage of the bulbs in there.

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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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Shop Alert: Shoo Woo Opens In Copley

Boston’s Copley Place has a new shoe shop, shoeWoo. It’s a chain (this seems to be the company’s sixth outpost) that carries affordable lines that include Nine West, Joan & David, AK Anne Klein, and Rachel Roy. While the interior looks like a sumptuous shoe salon, the merch seems more fitting to the not quite as fancy Shops at the Prudential. Though, I suppose it’s not all Jimmy Choo, Tiffany, and Louis Vuitton at Copley Place; that’s where I shop J. Crew. I haven’t actually checked out shoeWood yet, but next time I need a mall fix I’ll definitely wander in.