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Lux Couture

Sari Brown—who used to work for famed '60s designer Oleg Cassini—launched luxcouture.com in 2006 as an online-only venture exclusively devoted to handbags. A sleek bricks-and-mortar outpost debuted this September in Newton Highlands, an appropriately airy repository for the selection of pearl-dusted Natalia Brilli clutches and black patent leather Pauric Sweeney totes.
21 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, 617-969-5600

Parlor

Though it has a long tradition of stocking indie greats like Nicholas K and Modern Amusement, this source also has fledgling labels, like an area-exclusive on Dustin Trust, a former designer at St. John, who recently moved to Boston to create his own collection of exquisitely constructed pieces.
1248 Washington St., South End, 617-521-9005

Shreve Crump & Low

This jeweler—America's oldest—got its start in 1796, in a workshop across from Paul Revere's home. Now in an impressively appointed flagship, it sells a wide range of jewelry, from multicarat diamond earrings to stunning watches, along with home goods like delicately painted china.
440 Boylston St., Back Bay, 617-267-9100

Stel's

Tucked away down a flight of stairs in a reworked 1900s horse stable, this unfussy four-year-old shop looks more like a chill basement hangout than a store. Guided by three retail veterans—Tina Burgos and Dave Nauyokas are Louis Boston alums, while Jon Callahan worked for Ermenegildo Zegna—the selection focuses on one-of-a-kind-feeling pieces. Ribbon-festooned Lizzie Fortunato necklaces, woven L.D. Tuttle flats, and smock tops from A.P.C. are all winning options.
334 Newbury St., Back Bay, 617-262-3348, stelsinc.com

Turtle

One of the first Boston-based stores to embrace nascent lines, Storey Hauck's below-ground haunt has the city's deepest array of newcomers. There are C. Lin's carefully tailored blouses along with silk dresses from Argentinean-born Daniela Corte, who is perhaps the city's most well-known fashion import.
619 Tremont St., South End, 617-266-2610

Twentieth Century Ltd.

Thousands and thousands of costume-jewelry pieces populate the cabinets at this subterranean Charles Street space. Collectible Chanel earrings and Miriam Haskell pins are here, but the real draws are the neatly labeled trays of coral necklaces, engraved lockets, and pearl studs. Don't miss the bins of $10 steals.
73 Charles St., Beacon Hill, 617-742-1031
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