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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Curious George Will No Longer Be Going to Wordsworth

Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, 1 JFK Street, Harvard Square

Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, the wonderful, red-trimmed children’s book and toy store in Harvard Square is closing, Publishers Weekly reported on Friday. Word in the Square is that the shop will shutter by month’s end. This comes just days after Globe Corner Bookstore announced that it will close its bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Harvard Square too. And old time stationer Bob Slate shut its three shops back in March.

The charming shops will definitely be missed. I enjoyed many fun evenings with the kids at the Border Cafe, Lizzy’s Ice Cream, and Curious George. More recently, Bob Slate was a favorite stop after lunch. When the boys saw the windows of the Church Street location papered over, they were absolutely dismayed.

I won’t digress into discussing the merits and downfalls of paper versus computer screens. I love and support both, with more than my share of expenditures at Apple, book stores, Hearst, and Condé Nast, but alas, the world moves on. Bye bye little monkey.

Now you’ll have to go to Target, or worse, CVS, to buy your pens and paper.

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Sabon Closes; No More Free Soap

Sabon, 129 Newbury Street, Boston

Those of you who have been relying on those colorful slices of free soap that Sabon salespeople incessantly handed out on the street are going to have to find another dealer. This soapy, scrubby spot is closed for business. It’s too bad, though I suppose not surprising. While I like the company’s products, as well as the lovely sink/fountain in the store, I rarely ventured in, instead opting for, well, the free samples that I was handed literally every time I passed.

Is the secret to success no sampling? Lush seems to be persevering, despite the not so pleasant scent that seeps out the store to the sidewalk.

Lush, 166 Newbury Street, Boston

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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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