Joelle Jean-Fontaine
Daniel Irvin

Clothing Designer

Joelle Jean-Fontaine

The granddaughter of a seamstress and a leather worker, designer Joelle Jean-Fontaine draws upon her Haitian heritage as inspiration for her Kréyol clothing line.

  • Children’s Clothing

    Tiny Hanger

    With her 9-year-old daughter (a stuffed-animal expert) weighing in on merchandise, Tiny Hanger owner Lucia Berman-Rossi has the inside scoop on kids’ cravings.

    200 Linden St., Wellesley (781-235-0005); 314 Harvard St., Brookline (617-487-5501);
  • Converse’s custom options

    Creative Outlet

    Converse’s custom options

    Converse’s waterfront flagship kicks customization up a notch.

    160 N. Washington St., Boston (617-248-9530)
  • Handbag Guru

    Adriano Tabulina at Neiman Marcus

    Never heard of a handbag savant?

    Copley Place, 5 Copley Place, Boston (617-536-3660)
  • M. Flynn

    Jewelry Boutique

    M. Flynn

    Impeccable taste runs in the family for sisters Megan and Moria Flynn, whose airy jewel box of a boutique stocks styles every woman should have in her arsenal

    40 Waltham St., Boston (617-292-0079)
  • Sophie Hughes

    Jewelry Designer

    Sophie Hughes

    Sophie Hughes’ South End shop Ore has made a big impact on the local jewelry scene while earning national kudos in Glamour, the Zoe Report and Harper’s Bazaar.

    80 Dartmouth St., Boston (617-247-7426)  
  • Craft & Caro
    Nicole Popma

    Men’s Accessories

    Craft & Caro

    “No cutting corners, no compromises.” 

    169 Norfolk Ave., Boston (617-580-8525)  
  • Men’s Clothing

    Sault New England

    Philip Saul’s South End shop belongs on every sharp-dressed gent’s radar.

    577 Tremont St., Boston (857-239-9434)
  • Men’s Suits


    Dressing to the nines is easy with custom clothier 9tailors.

    132 Lincoln St., Boston (617-286-6135)
  • Crane & Lion
    Sadie Dayton Photography

    New Addition

    Crane & Lion

    Named after yoga’s powerhouse Crane position and tension-busting Lion breathing exercise, this local activewear line has taken over Boston’s athleisure scene, opening three shops in the past six months and doing brisk business online.

    460 Harrison Ave., Boston (617-982-7145); additional locations in Beacon Hill and Nantucket;
  • Best Dressed
    Holly Rike

    Party Dresses

    Best Dressed

    No need to fear repeat outfits on Instagram, even with all those wedding invites stacking up.

    197 Eighth St., Suite 750, Boston (617-337-5853)
  • Reason to Geek Out

    Nervous System

    Even next to designs from legends like Alexander McQueen and Issey Miyake, Nervous System’s Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg made an impression with their commission for the MFA’s spring #techstyle exhibit.

  • Kelly Dempsey
    Greg Endries

    Rising Star

    Kelly Dempsey

    Bay State native Kelly Dempsey won the most consecutive challenges in Project Runway history, and her personality is just as winning

  • Secret

    Creative Consignor’s closet cleanse service

    No more lugging around bags of clothes in the hopes they might be accepted at a consignment shop.

    119 Braintree St., Suite 519, Boston (617-208-8603)
  • Shoe Guru

    Lauren Leja at Barneys

    Barneys New York saleswoman Lauren Leja is a below-the-ankles pro.

    Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston (617-385-3300)
  • M.Gemi



    We can’t help but feel serious amore for M.Gemi, the brainchild of Rue La La mastermind Ben Fischman. 

  • Sneakers


    This speakeasy-style sneaker shop has become a counterculture hub for the streetwear set since
    it first opened its doors (err, Snapple machine) 10 years ago.

    6 Clearway St., Boston.
  • Style Icon

    Bobby Garnett

    Boston lost its most stylish son in May with the passing of Bobby Garnett, who scoured thrift stores and flea markets for treasures to fill his Strutters shops

  • Trend

    The Canadian Invasion

    While many Americans have been threatening to move to Canada after the election, Canadian brands have been crossing the border to set up shop in Boston. 

  • Women’s Accessories

    December Thieves

    December Thieves’ South End and Beacon Hill shops may be tiny, but they house everything you need to adorn yourself (and your home too). 

    524 Harrison Ave., Boston (617-375-7879); 88 Charles St., Boston (617-982-6802);
  • Women’s Clothing


    Stocked with cool-girl labels like Sea NY, NSF, Ulla Johnson and A.P.C., Dress keeps the city’s fashion fans looking their best.

    70 Charles St., Boston (617-248-9910)

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