While online shopping can be tempting, plenty of unique shops and pop-ups have opened around Boston ahead of the holiday season.
From statement jewelry to quirky home decor, here are three new brick-and-mortar stores alongside a trio of pop-ups worth checking out.
Thieves Next Door, 51 Charles St.
Lana Barakat has done it again. After months of pushback to its original debut date, her neighboring sister store to the edgy fashion-rooted December Thieves opened in early November. An outlet for independent designers from around the globe, you won’t find any cookie-cutter items here. The aesthetic is airy, with high ceilings, dried florals, white-washed brick, and reclaimed wooden shelves packed with home décor, jewelry, beauty and wellness items, and eclectic adornments. Favorites include Karen Tinney’s fiber and ceramic bowls, modern and sculptural glass pitchers from Sophie Lou Jacobsen, New Mexico’s lavender-infused Los Poblanos apothecary line, chainstitch embroidered works from local designer Amelia Fitch, and an assortment of gift-worthy sweaters and outerwear.
Soigné, 173 Newbury St.
Pronounced swaa–nyei, this chic destination opened Nov. 10 to the delight of Ashley Clark’s atelier followers. The shop is filled with what Clark calls “ready to make a statement” moments: Dazzling headbands, pearl-studded beanies, leather gloves, mask chains, mink ear muffs, and, of course, Derby hats and other stylish headwear. Her Jeweled Not Jaded jewelry line is exceptional, with pearl ear cuffs that climb up lobes, leather and gold “Promote Me” earrings, and pearl barrettes based on her dog’s actual heartbeat. Home accessories are sustainably made from leftover headband materials, and the Fir Tree Finery X Soigné collection includes side tables, pillows, and jewelry boxes to dress up living spaces.
Concepts, 18 Newbury St.
Concepts, the Boston-born streetwear retailer and brand, celebrated its 25th anniversary year with a new global flagship store that opened in late October. Just a few blocks from its pop-up with Adidas on Boylston, the three-story palace is its biggest retail expansion to date and a true showpiece for the brand that was one of the first retailers to merge street, skate, and fashion. Stroll past sneaker walls, Gucci teddy bears, and [email protected] to check everything off your shopping list, from stocking stuffers like socks and sneaker-cleansing wipes to big-budget apparel and kicks from Nike, Vans, Alexander McQueen, Canada Goose, Stüssy, and more.
Montello, 220 Newbury St.
With trendy tees sporting hem options (curved or slit), 100 percent Italian cotton-banded collar button-downs, and thin hooded layering shirts, this new casual-wear line in Boston is poised to dress all the men on your list. Fleece hoodies and sweatshirts boast the logo front and center, and the long-sleeve zipper polo has a sporty, versatile vibe. All items are made in co-founder/owner Elias Richa’s native Lebanon, and prices are $35 for tees to $70 for casual shirts. Opening as a pop-up through Dec. 21, services include personal and gift styling, as well as appointment shopping before and after store hours.
The Current, 100 Seaport Blvd.
The Current is holding court in the Seaport through January 2021. New this year is the country’s first Madison Reed retail-only Mini Bar from the DIY permanent hair color brand. Stroll in for an IRL consultation with a licensed colorist, or take an online color quiz and grab-and-go any purchases at the store. They send you home with everything from glosses and permanent color kits to hair turbans and pro tools to ease your at-home transformation. The cult favorite joins tenants Injeanius, Organic Bath Co., Cupcake Mojo, Harvey Traveler, and Uwila Warrior.
Dove and Donkey, which is stocked with curated objects and textiles for the home, opens at The Current on Nov. 28. Founded by an interior designer, their wares are playful and fresh, such as 100 percent baby alpaca throws, hand-painted shams, and frayed napkins. The shop will also carry Tardy Donkey, an apparel line of small batch basics with unique surprises, such as the vintage French laundry tapes inside their tees and hoodies. Wraps, robes, tees, and sweatshirts pair well with just about anything in the closet.
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