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Jonathan Adler Opens in Chestnut Hill

I drove out to Chestnut Hill (for the second time that day) to attend the opening party of Jonathan Adler at The Street Chestnut Hill. I’d met Jonathan (who was charming) at the Newbury store opening. This time I wanted to meet his publicist extraordinaire Ryan Dziadul, who always right on top of my requests. (You may have read about Ryan Dziadul in the New Yorker last year.)

Unlike the Newbury Street opening, which was relatively sedate, Chestnut Hill was mobbed. I caught up with tons of friends—interior designer Jill Litner Kaplan, ceramicist Jill Rosenwald, Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates and her handsome husband, Daniela Corte creative director & realtor Ricardo Rodriguez and his very cute husband Michael Kelley, Langford & Lewis home accessories curator Emily Webster, The Urban Grape proprietor Hadley Douglas, the lovelier by the minute anchorwoman Sara Underwood, Sweet Cupcakes proprietor Courtney Forester, publicist (and BFF) Wendy Pierce, style journalist Jill Radsken, and big name party planner Bryan Rafanelli. Seriously, talk about getting it done in a night.

The Jonathan Adler Chestnut Hill store is bold and beautiful, with room vignettes and shelves of Jonathan Adler gifts and goodies, including his new men’s and women’s fashion accessories. Here are some shots, if you haven’t already seen them on the StyleCarrot Instagram feed.

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Backgammon anyone?

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Bow ties with one print on the front, another on the reverse.

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Clutches and pouches.

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Totally love this eye pattern needlepoint pillow.

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Another inspirational (aspirational) room.

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Jonathan schmoozing with staff.

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Heart needlepoint and classic vases.
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Nautical themed fashion accessories.

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Rex Ray artwork.

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Detail of another Rex Ray piece.

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Armchair with rope detailing.
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Plenty of presents.

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Hey, we’re cute together!

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Sneak Peek: BHLDN Bridal Boutique

Anthropologie’s bridal concept BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) opens today as a permanent store-in-store, BHLDN at Anthropologie, Chestnut Hill. (It’s in the shopping plaza across Route 9 from the Chestnut Hill Mall. The center is very nondescript from the front, with little signage leading you in through a narrow turn, but once you get in, you’ll see the new Wegmans and Soul Cycle too. And, if you’ve abandoned Lululemon, there’s also an Athleta, right next to Anthropologie.)

I drove over yesterday to meet Director of Marketing & Communications, Callie Canfield Worthington, (thank you Ashley Fossile for setting it up), who gave me a preview of the new space.  The company is on a tear, opening BHLDN shop-in-shops in NYC, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and other cities; 10 in all. The price points are excellent and in addition to bridal gowns (none of them Disney poufy), there are bridesmaid dresses, and even a couple that would work for the mother-of-the-bride. In addition, there is crystal jewelry, exquisite rhinestone belts (major trend), and  (subtly) princess-worthy hairpieces.

The fabrications of the dresses are lovely, with  satisfyingly tactile pleats, sequins, petals, tulle, and crystals.  There are a range of styles, all within the Anthropologie aesthetic. They’re sourced from various labels (with most of the styles being exclusive to Anthropologie), including Badgley Mischka, Theia Bridal, Catherine Deane, Rachel Gilbert, Sue Wong, and more. My favorite is the Snowflake gown by Amanda Garrett.

Of course, I snapped plenty of Instagrams. Here are some closeup highlights of the vintage-inspired wedding dresses at BHLDN.

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Shop vintage-inspired wedding dresses at BHLDN >

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MiniLuxe to Open in Coolidge Corner, With a Schmear

Miniluxe, Newton Center

Morning drop-off is about to get better. Following the coffee klatch at Zaftig’s and prior to the marketing at Trader Joe’s, you will soon be able to get a mani/pedi at a brand new MiniLuxe, at 481 Harvard Street in Brookline. It’s the company’s first franchise location (they currently run nail salons in Newton Center, Back Bay, and Lexington), and we assume the same high standards will apply. Cleanliness is key here, along with high style in the modernist sense of the word. An open date has yet to be announced but ground breaking has officially begun. I wonder how far out they’re booking appointments…

 

Zaftig’s, 335 Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

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Michael Kors Doubles Up in Boston, Kiehl’s Too

Michael Kors at Copley Place, Boston

Although Michael Kors‘ first Boston boutique opened just months ago at Copley Place, the company has clearly decided they love it here. Another boutique is slated to open in August at The Mall at Chestnut Hill, a 15 minute drive from the downtown location. According to the press release, the store will offer a full range of accessories and shoes from the Michael Kors, KORS Michael Kors, and MICHAEL Michael Kors collections, as well as a selection of ready to wear pieces, fragrance, watches, and eyewear.

Kiehl’s, 112 Newbury Street, Boston

Apothecary brand Kiehl’s, which has been on Newbury Street for years, is also taking a space there. Good to know I can stock up on my must-have lip balm and grapefruit body wash in the ‘burbs too. (Though, um, don’t they sell the line at Barneys? There’s a mini branch in this mall, actually.)

Soma Intimates, The Mall at Chestnut Hill

The upscale mall, which is rarely fully rented (but has an Apple store and the area’s only Sur La Table, and is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, has seen a burst of activity lately. Soma Intimates (a lingerie shop similar to Intimacy in Copley, with a bra-fitter in residence), opened last month, as did a new Ann Taylor concept store.

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Swiss Army Knife Maker Victorinox Copley Bound; Fashion Included

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The Boston store will be modeled on the retail shop in Dusseldorf, which opened in January.

The company that makes the must-have Swiss Army knife, Victorinox, has been busy repositioning itself as a sportswear brand for the last year. And now they’re ready to peddle to Boston. The company has signed a lease for 4,200-square-foot flagship at Copley Plaza slated to open in July, WWD reports.

Led for the last 14 months  by president of global fashion and retail, Joachim Beer, who was the former head of Hugo Boss in the U.S., along with a new design team,  the brand has morphed into a full lifestyle collection, with a focus on technical outerwear.

They’ll also be launching a seven-piece capsule collection in the fall designed by British label Raeburn. Named Remade in Switzerland, there will be only 100 pieces total, and will be produced from military surplus fabric, including old sleeping bags, parachute fabric, and Swiss wool blankets. Expect to see them in the new store come September.

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Coach Men’s Store Now Open at Copley

Coach Men’s, Copley Place

I stopped by the Coach Men’s shop in Copley yesterday. (I was at J.Crew spending a gift card on summer frocks.) It opened last week (Boston is the second city, after NYC, to get one), and the associates were very excited to have a dedicated men’s space. (Previously they had a small area in the main Coach store on the lower level of the mall.) I couldn’t get photographs in the store, but the interior looks quite nice. Not as “done” as the new J. Crew Men’s store, but very well turned out, complete with a curated picture wall behind the sales counter.

As for the products, I love the array of canvas items, which are displayed on the main table in the center of the store. There are plenty of leather man bags too; they’re just rugged enough for your guy.

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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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