Forever in blue jeans
Jeans have come a long way from their humble beginnings as "waist overalls" in 1873. In fact, the word jeans wasn't used until the '60s, a decade before Riccardo Dallai opened his clothing store in Boston. Thirty years later, Riccardi's most popular denim labels for men and women, according to son Riccardo Jr., include the Japanese PrPs with intricate textures ($225-$395), Australian Ksubi with an edgy design ($195-$295), and Swedish Nudie organic, unwashed denim ($160-$295) - a far cry from the Levi Strauss days. The store was recently named one of 12 best denim retailers in the country by the Daily News Record (DNR), a venerable trade publication for men's apparel.
Open Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Riccardi, 116 Newbury St., Boston. 617-266-3158. riccardiboston.com