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Style on the Street / Neighborhood Watch

Where to shop in Boston now

From Back Bay to Southie to Braintree, new stores worth a visit.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff


  • You’ll find an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories handcrafted by emerging designers in places from Barcelona to Bali at December Thieves. An Art Deco-style jewelry line made of wood, Spanish silver and leather wrap bracelets for men and women, and shop owner Lana Barakat’s own Lazuli Jewelry are standouts, as are the edgy handmade leather handbags and brightly hued wallets. The more time you spend, the more unexpected items you’ll uncover — hand-painted bicycle helmets, brightly colored shoelaces, and steampunk-themed playing cards. In fact, you may just walk away with a hooded linen harem pant jumpsuit or a pile of pocket squares made of Japanese Boro fabric.

  • > December Thieves 524 Harrison Avenue, Boston, 617-375-7879,

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff


  • L.K. Bennett got lucky when Prince William fell in love. But beyond the Duchess of Cambridge’s signature “Sledge” nude pumps (a top seller, thanks to Kate), look for metallic flats, wedges with woven details, and strappy sandals with ruffles at the UK export. The dresses, many fitted and knee-length, are easy to imagine becoming wardrobe staples. Graphic florals, mixed prints, as well as bursts of orange, cobalt, and fuchsia keep the collection fresh and the wearer event-ready. Round out the look with a tote or handbag in coral or cobalt.

  • > L.K. Bennett Copley Place, 857-317-8090,

  • City dwellers who love to commune with nature — or those looking to manage New England’s four seasons in style — should get to know Swedish outfitter Fjallraven, which brings a city-friendly edge to its outdoors-ready clothing and packs. Look for jackets, pants, vests, and layering pieces in rich greens and grays and pops of deep red and ink blue. The classic Kanken backpack and the Numbers bags could sit alongside your L.L.Bean tote, so could the specialty items such as axes and wood-framed sunglasses. Everything comes with a lifetime guarantee in the United States.

  • > Fjallraven 304 Newbury Street, 857-225-5683,


  • This fast-fashion retailer (think Zara or Forever 21) serves up the latest trends at affordable prices, offering everything from basic leggings and camisoles to party dresses in bold colors and prints; dresses and jeans are no more than $40, while tops are priced no higher than $30. Oh, and Fashion to Figure sells only sizes 12-26. Building a fashionable brand that happens to reach plus-sized shoppers is just what the great-grandsons of Lane Bryant’s founder wanted when they opened their shop, which now has 19 locations, all on the East Coast. Dresses and accessories especially are worth a look.

  • > Fashion to Figure South Shore Plaza, 781-206-3100, and Square One Mall, 857-277-7722,


  • The “luxe” at Southie’s Dew Luxe is in the new and lightly worn consigned designer shoes and handbags. There’s a wall of high-end heels as you walk in — Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford, Valentino, Isabel Marant. The Louis Vuitton backpack, a bright orange patent leather Diane von Furstenberg tote, and a classic quilted Chanel purse in silver are sure to catch many eyes. That is if you aren’t distracted first by the never-worn navy Chanel jacket, leather Hermes cuff, or baby Gucci loafers. Also look out for the sleek whistle necklaces and Christian Lacroix stationery.

  • > Dew Luxe 36 A Street, 617-315-7531

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