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Watch Out Intermix, Scoop NYC Is Scouting Boston

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In an exclusive interview with WWD, Scoop NYC president and CEO Susan Davidson said that the company is aggressively moving forward with a number of new store openings in various cities, including Boston. Apparently the company is “close to signing a lease” on Newbury Street.

Very interesting. And about time really. One can’t help but wonder how this will affect sales at Intermix, the only real multi-brand boutique competition (not counting Saks) on the shopping thoroughfare. Though, with its recent amping up of looks and labels, local love The Tannery will go head-to-head with the New York City import. There will likely be some overlap with Dress too, but Jane and Martha keep a much lower profile.

Anyone want to venture a guess as to its targeted location? There are plenty of empty spots. I see it doing something slightly spiffy, between Berkeley and Dartmouth, though it could easily go with a lower rent in a decent space between Fairfield and Gloucester. I suppose it could also join the ranks of Madewell and 344 on the last block of Newbury, though the prices are slightly upscale for that end of the street.

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Ugg Australia to Open on Newbury Street

Ugg Australia, Newbury Street, Boston

Was up on the start of Newbury this morning to have tea with local designer Hadley Pollet (more on her new collection to come) at L’Aroma, and noticed that Ugg Australia is coming to town. The boutique is next to DVF; I think it’s the old Brite Smile or Boston MedSpa storefront.

No signage on when it will open yet. Seems they were in town over the holidays back in December, though perhaps that was to sign with hometown poster boy Tom Brady. Makes sense they would open up shop. The company has freestanding stores in eight other major U.S. cities, including Honolulu. Seriously. Bostonians need these toasty, so comfortable they feel like slippers, (even if not at all fashionable anymore) boots more.

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It’s Looc’s Last Day; Audra Slashes Prices 60 Percent

Audra Boyle in front of Looc, May 24, 2011

I was running errands for the Boston Globe today in the South End, so of course I popped into Looc. It’s the boutique’s last day in business. I remember meeting Audra and her then partner Shawna almost four years ago, to interview them about their new store (“Je T’aime Paris,” Daily Candy). In a former photography studio, with flea market sourced decor, and a roster of labels mostly unknown to Boston, Looc perfected the sophisticated but easy-to-wear aesthetic of Nantucket by way of St. Tropez.

Today, many well wishers from the neighborhood stopped in to say goodbye. Luckily, Audra was there too (sans bébé). She says she’s not quite sure what’s next, but with her impeccable taste and creativity, we’re certain to be hearing about another venture.

There are still a few pieces left in store, including looks by Rag & Bone, What Comes Around Goes Around, Ulla Jackson, Isabel Marant and under-the-radar jewelry designers.



Bye bye Looc. It’s been cool. ; )


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Kate Middleton Meets Michelle Obama in Reiss; Newbury Sells Out

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The Obamas touched down in London last night, Michelle Obama in cobalt blue Preen. (A nod to Kate?) This morning, the President and his wife met Kate and Will. Per usual, the Duchess looked fantastic. She chose the neutral Shola Bandage Dress from Reiss ($340). Don’t bother calling the Reiss boutique on Newbury; they sold out this morning. Sizes 4 and 6 were still available on the U.S. website. (Warning: The site keeps crashing.)

If you’re determined to track one down @REISS tweets: If you would like to locate the Shola dress in-store, you can contact our Customer Service team! UK: 0845 604 7457 US: 1-877-509-9578.

As for Mrs. Obama, she’s wearing a girlish yet matronly sleeveless, full-skirted Barbara Tfank Resort 2011 dress with box pleats in a powder blue floral silk, paired with a tiny bubble gum pink jacket. The pricey designer pieces are on the web. Barneys New York sells Barbara Tfank online, though not this exact dress. There is however a similar strapless design in a pale green silk jacquard print for $2,250.

Reiss, 132 Newbury Street, Back Bay, Boston

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Jack Wills Sample Sale at Harvard’s Bee Club

The folks at Racked National got some intel on the first Jack Wills sample sale stateside. (I’ve tried to contact the company’s PR in London, to no avail; should probably stop by the store and beg.)

A full range of Jack Wills merchandise on sale for 50% off.

Friday, May 13 • Noon to 7 p.m.
The Bee Club, Harvard University, 45 Dunster Street, Cambridge

S H O P   J A C K   W I L L S

Walburn Bucket Hat, $24
Lilyhurst Dress, $169
Broadhall Playsuit, $69
Ladies Glenthorne Brogue, $249
Mens’ Eccleshill Boating Blazer, $398
Newmarket Striped Henley, $69
Flackwell Bag, $69
Cauldrey Jersey Trunks, $29

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Passport Checks Out of Harvard Square, Holds Big Sale

Passport, Harvard Square

If you haven’t heard yet, Passport boutique owner Jessica Good has decided to close up her shop, located in Harvard Square. On Monday she tweeted from @Passportboutiqu:

“After 3 wonderful years in Harvard Square we are closing our doors at the end of May. We will miss all our customers & friends of the store.”

In an email she told me that she decided the store was simply too big, and since her lease is up at the end of the month, she opted not to renew. She’s contemplating a smaller space, possibly this winter. And, she’s having another baby this summer, so she will keep plenty busy.

No exact closing date yet, but the doors will shut by Memorial Day at the latest. In the meantime, everything in the store is 25% off (full price and markdown items).  She says:

“We still have a lot of inventory in the store so I’d love to get the word out to people.  The designers include MZ Wallace, Vince, Rachel Pally, and Three Dots to name a few, as well as luggage, bags, and travel accessories – lots of great items.”

Passport, 43 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617.576.0900

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Cibeline Trunk Show + Fashion Show at The Liberty Hotel

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The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Beacon Hill

TRUNK SHOW

Cibeline will be offering pieces from previous seasons, including dresses, jackets, pants, and skirts for $100 and tops for $20-$60, in all sizes XS to XL.

RSVP: info@cibelinesariano.com • 617.742.0244

Thursday, May 12 • Noon – 9 p.m.
The Liberty Hotel • Ebersol Presidential Suite • 16th floor

FASHION SHOW

‘Fashionably Late: Modern Motown’
At 10 p.m.

As part of The Liberty Hotel’s Fashionably Late series
Sounds by Michael SAVANT
Complimentary admission
RSVP for guest list and table reservations fashion@libertyhotel.com

Thursday, May 12 • 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, 617.224.4000

S H O P   C I B E L I N E

Top: Pieces from Cibeline’s St. James collection
Bottom: Two print dresses from Spring 2011

These and other sparing looks available at Cibeline on Charles Street, between Revere and Pinckney.

Cibeline, 120 Charles Street, Beacon Hill

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