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The ultimate Boston store guide—for style, fashion, souvenirs and more…



Men’s fashion

Bobby from Boston

  • Critics choice

Bobby Garnett's fabulous vintage emporium in the SoWa warehouse gallery complex is well known to Japanese denim aficionados, movie wardrobe professionals and local rockers. The pristine stock spans the 1930s to the '70s and, although women's clothes are sold, the focus

  1. 19 Thayer Street, at Harrison Avenue
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Bodega

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At first glance, it looks like any other convenience store, the window lined with faded bleach bottles and paper towels. Something's odd though—the kid behind the counter is a little too stylish, the water stains on the ceiling are too perfect, the horse race on the

  1. 6 Clearway Street, at Massachusetts Avenue
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Uniform

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A one-stop shop for the fashion-conscious male, with a good selection of smart shirts, casual jackets, shoes and cheeky belt buckles. Uniform also stocks a line of Freitag messenger bags and wallets, made from recycled truck tires, and selected shaving products (from

  1. 511 Tremont Street, at Dwight Street
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Department stores

Neiman Marcus

Situated in the posh Copley Place mall, Neiman Marcus is the place to come for big-name international designer fashion and accessories. Customer service is excellent, and the cosmetics department has a good selection of cult brands such as Darphin and Laura Mercier.

  1. 5 Copley Place, at Dartmouth Street
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Saks Fifth Avenue

Entered from the Pru mall or Ring Road, the formerly staid (and much smaller) branch of the famous New York store recently got a slick revamp. The ground floor designer accessories department is arranged in mini "boutiques," while cosmetics is similarly divided up into individually labeled stands. It's a good place to snap up popular young sportswear labels such as Vince, but service can be patchy.

  1. Prudential Center, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, at Gloucester Street
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Macy’s

Macy's replaced Boston institution Jordan Marsh in 1996 (there's even a plaque outside commemorating the dearly departed store), but in fact it was more of a conversion than a hostile takeover, since Federated Department Stores, Macy's umbrella company, already owned Jordan's. Macy's sells brand-name clothing, cosmetics, housewares, furniture and lingerie, but those expecting the scale or choice of the famous New York store will be disappointed by this more modest Boston outpost.

  1. 450 Washington Street, at Summer Street
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