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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A Visit to Uncle Pete’s in Beacon Hill Turns Up Aztec-Inspired Beauties

Before I left town last week I stopped into Uncle Pete’s on Charles Street to use the Living Social coupon that was about to expire. I found a number of cute items — Pete clearly has an excellent eye. Here are some of the pieces I liked best:

Vena Cava dresses with Aztec-inspired prints, a trend I’m loving right now.
I really like the silhouette of these – shift-like, but with simple, feminine ruched details, plus a little sleeve.
I  purchased a gray Viva Vena lightweight tee with an Aztec design on the front.

Awesome skinny denim with heft and stretch from Thvm Atelier.

Pete pulled this out from the back room – Shipley & Halmos top with Native American beading detail at the neck.

This bracelet, by RISD-trained designer Andrea Valentini, is meant to resemble some sort of DNA cluster.
The shop also carries some zipper-like jewelry pieces.

Metalwork feathers on a chain from Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield.

And another.

 

Uncle Pete’s, 125 Charles Street, Beacon Hill

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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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Meet Designer Jonathan Saunders at Louis Boston (He’s as Cute as His Clothes)

Jonathan Saunders

U.K. designer Jonathan Saunders, a master of prints and color, will be in town at Louis Boston tomorrow offering a sneak peak and opportunity to pre-purchase pieces from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Pricey, yes, but amazing. Scroll down for images.  The color-blocking for spring is so fresh, and the rich color combos for fall are just as inspired.  Plus,  how cute is he? I’m sorry I’ll be missing both him and the clothes, as I’m off to Cape Cod in the morning.

WHEN: Saturday, June 11 • 3:00–5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Louis Boston • 60 Northern Avenue, Fan Pier, Boston

WHAT: Preview (and purchase!) Jonathan Saunders Fall/Winter 2011 collection.

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Photos: Jonathan Saunders

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Louis Boston

60 Northern Avenue, Fan Pier, Boston

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Sidewalk Sale at Flock, Tomorrow

Flock Sidewalk Sale

WHEN: Saturday, June 11 • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: 274 Shawmut Avenue, South End, Boston

WHAT:  50-70 percent off spring and summer styles.

Pinkberry will be served.

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Swiss Army Knife Maker Victorinox Copley Bound; Fashion Included

Courtesy of Victorinox via WWD
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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Daniela Corte Pop-Up Starts Tomorrow; Preview the Looks

The School of Fashion Design, 136 Newbury Street, Boston

Boston design darling Daniela Corte, who scored a spread in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, will hold a pop-up shop this weekend at The School of Fashion Design on Newbury Street, replete with her signature bodycon styles.

When: Friday, June 10, 10 a.m. – Sunday, June 12, 5 p.m.
Where: The School of Fashion Design, 136 Newbury Street, Boston

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