Crush Boutique
Photo Credit: Katie Noble

Party Dresses

Crush Boutique

Your RSVP is in, so a trip to Crush for the perfect party dress is in order…

264 Newbury St., Boston (617-424-0010); 131 Charles St., Boston (617-720-0010);
  • December Thieves
    Photo Credit: Aley Lewis


    December Thieves

    Lana Barakat grew up in Jordan and lived in London and Mexico City before putting down roots in Boston, and her shop’s stock is just as well-traveled…


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

    Bringing Up Baby

    Parents may be sleep deprived and subsist largely on a diet of sticky Cheerios, but at least their little bundles of joy can look like a million bucks…

    663 E. Broadway, Boston (617-765-8208) 
  • Consignment

    The Closet

    If your shopping list includes Chanel bags, Prada frocks and Balenciaga sandals, but your budget hasn’t yet caught up, the Closet is your happy hunting ground…

    175 Newbury St., Boston (617-536-1919)
  • Covet + Lou’s Complimentary House Calls
    Photo Credit: Adam DeTour

    Fashion Secret

    Covet + Lou’s Complimentary House Calls

    Shopping can be therapeutic. Bad lighting, long lines and parking wars? Not so much…

  • Handbags


    Wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who said, “I can resist anything except temptation … and handbags”?…

    Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston (617-385-3300)
  • William Carlton Workshop
    Photo Credit: Katie Noble

    Hidden Gem

    William Carlton Workshop

    On a quiet street off the North End’s main artery sits a new hat shop and haberdashery with a very old soul…

    148A Salem St., Boston.
  • Folklorica
    Photo Credit: Aley Lewis



    The pressing question for anyone who enters Folklorica is where to look first. The store is a richly colored jewelry box, full of go-big-or-go-home necklaces, pavé rings and face-framing earrings…

    61 Union St., Newton (617-630-1815)
  • Jewelry—Fine

    Shreve, Crump & Low

    In the market for a 49-carat diamond necklace?…

    39 Newbury St., Boston (617-267-9100); additional locations in Chestnut Hill and Greenwich, Connecticut;
  • Twentieth Century Limited


    Twentieth Century Limited

    A few steps below street level in Beacon Hill lies a rhinestone wonderland that would make Liberace blush…

    73 Charles St., Boston (617-742-1031)
  • Local Designer—Clothing

    Michael De Paulo

    One look at designer Michael De Paulo’s sumptuous gowns and recently added ready-to-wear line, and it’s not hard to believe that the talented designer was originally trained as an architect…

  • Hannah Blount

    Local Designer—Jewelry

    Hannah Blount

    Jeweler Hannah Blount first won the hearts—and fingers, wrists and ears—of fans with signature styles no doubt inspired by her Nantucket childhood and fisherman father…

    450 Harrison Ave., Studio 323, Boston (508-221-2635, by appointment)
  • Mr. Sid
    Photo Credit: Adam Detour

    Men’s Clothing—High-End

    Mr. Sid

    The window displays at Mr. Sid would have Simon Doonan himself pulling out his pocket square to mop sweat from his brow…

    1211 Centre St., Newton (617-969-4540)
  • Uniform

    Men’s Clothing—Moderate


    Aside from its name, there’s nothing about Uniform that suggests monotony…

    511 Tremont St., Boston (617-247-2360)
  • Blank Label

    Men’s Suits

    Blank Label

    A great tailor is hard to come by; one who combines traditional skills with a modern sensibility is rarer still…

    36 Bromfield St., Boston (781-236-3559)
  • NIC + ZOE’s Brick and Mortar

    New Addition

    NIC + ZOE’s Brick and Mortar

    Natick-based women’s line NIC + ZOE is carried at retail giants across the country (like Nordstrom and…

    Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston (857-263-7777)
  • Shoes

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    Ladies and gents agree that when it comes to kicks, Saks steps up to the plate…

    The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston (617-262-8500)
  • Sneakers

    New Balance Factory Store

    One of the perks of living within running distance of New Balance’s expanding Brighton headquarters?…

    173 Market St., Boston (617-779-7429) 
  • Wearable Tech


    Wearable Tech

    Silicon Valley can keep its clunky wristwear and creepy glasses; Boston has a bevy of fashion brands churning out their own high-tech wearables…

  • The Third Piece
    Photo Credit: Stephanie Larsen


    The Third Piece

    Close pals and knit-wits Carina Donoso and Kristen Lambert are reimagining knitted accessories in a youthful way with the Third Piece, a business that employs…

  • Women’s Clothing—High-End


    Home to exclusive brands that you won’t find in department stores, Serenella can be credited with introducing designers like Emilio Pucci, Romeo Gigli and Sophie Theallet to Boston…

    134 Newbury St., Boston (617-262-5568)
  • Women’s Clothing—Moderate


    In its decade in Boston, Dress has migrated from Back Bay to Beacon Hill, where it now calls Charles Street home…

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

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