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Too cool for school

We almost lost our lunch when we saw the $290 price tag on Jil Sander's new Vasari clutch — a simple sack of coated brown paper that looks just like the ones we toted to the cafeteria.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  September 28, 2012
What's in store? A new guide helps indie shoppers find retail Xanadu

What's in store? A new guide helps indie shoppers find retail Xanadu



40 South

We’re always on the hunt for that which seems unfindable — or just plain unlikely: brooches, hats, and handbags from the 1940s, drink trays from the 1950s, sunglasses from the ’60s, thighhigh white boots from the ’70s, and anything fluorescent from the 1980s. We trawl the cluttered Internet aplenty, but sometimes we want to touch and try, too. The question is, where do we go?

Answer: lots of places. The city is well-colonized with little retail joints that specialize in all things quirky, curious, retro, or repurposed. You just have to look a little harder to find them. Until now. As you already know, small business owners are defined by their get-up-and-go energy, uncompromising creativity, and obsessions bordering on the clinical (in a good way). Turns out that collectively they comprise a netw
By Liza Weisstuch  |  September 08, 2008

Hot without help: DIY Crafts


Who knew we were on to something during our seventh-grade obsession with decoupage? A perfect complement to the ever-persistent green movement, crafting and doing-it-yourself have...
By webteam  |  July 28, 2008
Talkin' bout regeneration

Talkin' bout regeneration


Old goods find new life at MagpieThey say one gal’s junk heap is another’s treasure— or something like that. If that’s the case, Magpie (416 Highland...
By Liza Weisstuch  |  July 25, 2008
Good thing, small package

Good thing, small package


We’ve already told you about LUPEC Boston (a/k/a Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). We’re a little infatuated with the cocktailsavvy group of...
By Heather Bouzan  |  May 19, 2008
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She's crafty

What would Grandma say?
Indie music and the internet have fueled an arts-and-crafts renaissance that would puzzle your grandmother
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 10, 2007