Stylish Bostonians

// 2015 Most Stylish Bostonians

From fashionistas to legal scholars, these tastemakers reveal how they set the city’s trends.

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Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice in the New Repertory Theatre production of “Oleanna.”

In New Rep’s ‘Oleanna,’ a power play in academia

David Mamet’s play focuses on a showdown between a female undergraduate and a male professor.

Steve Clemens works on a batch of beer in his home basement brewing room in Lodi, Wisconsin.


Living room, dining room, kitchen ... brew room?

A dedicated brewing space makes it easier for friends to join you in preparing or sampling the beer.

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Eldest sibling wonders how to share the wealth

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

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Mom wants adult son to step up at home

My 30-year-old son returned to live at home from several states away. Initially I thought he would be living at home for two or three weeks, but we have now hit 12 weeks.

Brooklyn Brewery will serve beer in a converted mansion.

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A bit of Brooklyn (Brewery) comes to Boston

Beer tasting rooms, lots of food, live music -- all at the Boston Center for the Arts this October.

Of Mercer places a premium on women’s empowerment and confidence.


Marriage of ‘fun clothes’ and work clothes

Of Mercer places a premium on women’s empowerment and confidence.

Khaki Chidya print crepe cowl tunic with roll-up sleeves, $245 online at

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Doing well by doing (and looking) good

Top Indian designer teams up with local foundation.

Ask Amy

I don’t want a puppy, but my husband and kids do. What do I do?

I do not want this responsibility and the burden of taking care of a dog. My husband says he plans to get one, regardless of what I say.

Chris Schlesinger will serve up the paella.

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Automatic, for the paella

Chris Schlesinger and Jamie Bissonnette compete in what is sure to be a delicious cook-off at The Automatic in Cambridge.

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I spy with my little eye

Maybe I’m just paranoid, but it feels as if sneakiness is in the air — though maybe that’s just the scent of hard drives burning at Russian consulates.

Meghan Hughes’s latest line, called Wild Child, honors Punky Brewster and Pippi Longstocking.


Fashion for mere (playful) mortals

Meghan Hughes brings fashion down to earth with lines that let people focus on attitude and style, instead of mimicking models.

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Make your house beautiful

A new book by the editor of America’s favorite interiors magazine offers tips.


Buying from a creator instead of conglomerate

In this era of Amazon drones and next-day shipping, Bollman hopes to create a throwback shopping experience.


When do clothes become wearable art?

A group of fashion experts will explain at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester on Sept. 7.

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All dolled up, thanks to PaperMade’s ‘Paper Fashion’

Punch out, fold up, and be fabulous with paper versions of your favorite fashion icons.

Ask Amy

Threatened basketball coach leaves kids in the gym

Advice for the real world

A drawing of a doctor’s dispensary from 1700s Boston.

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Explore the history of health in Boston

What better way to recover from beach season than a walking tour on “Poxes and Prescriptions”?


The military chic of aviators

Randolph Engineering has provided shades for the US Air Force since 1982, and now they offer their specs to the civilian market.

On-trend home merchandise from Homesense.

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The max for the minimum still holds strong

Many retailers are struggling, but off-price behemoth TJX is looking to expand.

The refurbishing of the Hawthorne Inn in Concord brought together plush furnishings and Harlequin wallpaper with some sleek touches.

Historic inn gets back to its origins, with a modern splash

The house was originally part of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s estate. Emerson later sold it to Bronson Alcott. Later, Nathaniel Hawthorne acquired it.

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Nap conjures sweet dreams

The Provincetown shop features nostalgic handmade quilts with a modern flair.

The Captain’s Daughters


Patch NYC pops up in P-town

Don Carney and John Ross have taken their wares on vacation.

A new iteration of Jimmy Choo has opened at Copley Place.


So what’s new at Copley Place?

The 33-year-old retail megaplex in the Back Bay is getting a makeover, with a slew of new luxury flagships.

In Webster, Laureen Clauson got her she shed after watching an HGTV show and thinking, “I’d love one of those.”

A place of her own? Enter the ‘she shed’

Women desperate to be off duty — if only for 30 minutes — are fleeing their homes for backyard “she sheds.”

Insider: Cool, retro-looking kitchen time

The retro-looking timer from the German company Zassenhaus has a magnetic back that attaches to the fridge or stove.

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Folklore forever

A peasant blouse of the highest order


Tips for the hair-crisis season

Boston hair stylist Megan Graham says for many mid-summer is a hard time for hair.


Local eco-friendly designers to strut their stuff at GreenFest

Designers will participate in an EcoFashion Show at Metro Main Stage at City Hall Plaza on Aug. 12.

Paul Bettany (center, as Ted Kaczynski) and Jeremy Bobb (right) in the Discovery Channel eight-episode series “Manhunt: Unabomber.”

TV Critic’s Corner

Discovery Channel awaits rediscovery

With the promising “Manhunt: Unabomber” premiering Tuesday, the network that brings you naked people bickering in the jungle takes a more serious turn.

The perfect basket to take to the market

Unlike shopping bags, where melons have a way of moving on top of ripe tomatoes and berries, basket contents stay put.

The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party, now in its fifth year, draws thousands of vintage aficionados in period garb.

Get your Gatsby on

The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party takes place at Ipswich’s Castle Hill on the Crane Estate on Aug. 5 and 6

An illustration by Susanna Chapman for “The Girl Who Ran.”


Picture book exhibit engages patrons with interactive opening reception

A reception for “Forever Young: Picture Book Art Exhibition” will involve patrons of all ages at The Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown tomorrow.

Jesse Edsell-Vetter (left) explains a role playing exercise to Leneva Penton (right) of Urban Edge and Chanelia Dorest of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership.

Learning to help those who hoard — without shame or judgment

At a three-day workshop, human service professionals learned how to support and help those in their communities who struggle with hoarding.

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Apps, devices turn their attention to visually impaired

From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things, a technological revolution is underway for the visually impaired.

American Rhino apparel


How a Kenyan safari gave birth to a clothing line — and a cause

Chris Welles never expected to get into the fashion game but his life changed in 2007 after a summer safari to Kenya.

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So we think they can dance

Fancy footwork comes to the Outer Cape, seeking audiences of all ages.

The Avoquado will you get you to the guacamole stage sooner

Like a Swiss army knife but with fewer moving parts, the Avoquado has a blunt wide knife at one end to cut the avocado and separate the halves. The handle is a scoop.

‘War for Planet of the Apes’ bests ‘Spider-Man’ at box office

Director Matt Reeves’s ‘‘War for the Planet of the Apes’’ pulled away thanks to strong reviews for the third installment of the rebooted ‘‘Apes’’ franchise.

Stephanie Blythe and Thomas J. Mayer performing with Andris Nelsons (right) and the BSO.

Music Review

At Tanglewood, BSO wades into the watery depths of Wagner’s ‘Ring’

Andris Nelsons and the orchestra did not disappoint. This was a cogent, organically paced performance that held a large Shed audience firmly in its grasp, hour after hour.

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Couple rented house to friends, now aren’t sure how to get them out

My husband and I rented our house to friends approximately two years ago, for substantially below-market rent. Shortly after they moved in, property values started going up and we hinted that we would like to sell the property when they vacated it.

Sara Campbell is sad but excited about the move.


Sara Campbell to move headquarters

The brand will still retain 20 shops throughout New England and Florida and host a moving sale at her old digs from July 20 through July 23.

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Dorchester Brewing has anniversary party on tap

Beer, bacon, and even a possible appearance by Keytar Bear conspire to create an enchanting Saturday, July 22, when Dorchester Brewing Company hosts its one-year anniversary.

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Newcomer’s negligee appalls club members

Advice for the Real World

Shot glasses made of Himalayan salt

Imagine being able to give tequila an all-natural salt boost without the usual salty mess.

Connor Bradley jumped through a hoop on City Hall Plaza during a lunch break.

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Boston has tried everything to make City Hall Plaza more fun. So why not vast quantities of pizza?

Boston has tried just about everything to improve City Hall Plaza, so how about a thorough slathering in cheese and sauce?