Saturday, May 26, 2007
Stop and Shop at Newbury Street
Because my dear Honey knows how much I love shopping and window shopping, he made it a point to take me to Newbury Street while I was in Boston. My friend Ina, who spent half her time shopping in New York when she was studying for her MA there (hahaha just kidding!), also told me Newbury Street is Boston's answer to Rodeo Drive and that it was a must see! So one drizzly day last week, Honey and I bundled up in our rain gear and headed off to Boston's famous shopping district.
At first, I was kind of disoriented. I was expecting a flashy, glitzy kind of place like well, Rodeo Drive! But all I saw were a row of brownstones and I could have sworn I was just in one of Boston's residential zones.
But therein lies Newbury Street's charm. Because tucked in each brownstone or brick building, is a store or two! Look closely!
Yes that's a Marc Jacobs boutique!(Oh by the way! Right beside it, through the door to your right is the Louis Vuitton store)
Now guess what store on the bottom left is?
Yup, that's Dyptique!
According to the Newbury Street website, it initially started as a prime residential area, but "The beginnings of Newbury Street as a retail and tourist destination are a little harder to pin down, although the street has clearly been a mecca for many decades. The street has taken on a life and meaning far beyond its architectural design. Known as the "Rodeo Drive of the East," it serves as Boston's representative of fashion and style, on par with the most exclusive districts of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The street is home to an eclectic mix of independent shops and high-end fashion and dining establishments."
This is clearly where Zegna, Valentino, Chanel, Armani, and Burberry hold fort. Other notables include Ralph Lauren (three stores), BCBG, Calypso by Christianne Celle, Betsey Johnson and Brooks Brothers.
No shopping destination in the US is complete of course without Victoria's Secret
Skincare and make-up fanatics will also find Kiehl's, MAC and shu uemura on this street
For the hip and happening fashionistas, you can stock up on cotton tees from Petit Bateau's own shop and get your fill of designer duds such as Diane von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, Chloe and Rebecca Taylor from Intermix.
Then you can do a high-low mix, by picking up some fun and trendy pieces from H&M and Urban Outfitters
Local institutions like Newbury Comics, and Johnny Cupcakes Clothing, an independent clothing label born and bred in Boston, Massachusetts is on this street too! The latter especially has a cult following among the young crowd with its humorous and colorful graphic tees
Of course, while traversing 2 miles across all the shops, you may always stop for drinks, coffee and meals along the way. You may also drop a visit at any of the salons if you wish (But its always better to set an appointment!). You may even take in some culture since a block on this street is lined with art galleries.
I must say, Newbury Street is one of the more charming shopping destinations I have ever been to! Thanks Honey for bringing me there! I super enjoyed it!
(Photos from my collection, newbury-st.com, johnnycupcakes.com)