A new wave of jeans counters is offering a huge selection of up-and-coming lines - in addition to our favorite, we'll-never-take-these-off standbys.
Men's boutique Odin burst onto the shopping scene in 2004, transforming the closets of legions of NYC guys overnight. Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi have a real vision for what's cool, and it's equal parts laid-back and tailored. When they turned their attention to women last September, they created a boudoir-like Alice in Wonderland space, where cubbies hold Loeffler Randall heels and stunning silk shifts from Wayne. Bonus: Den, two doors down, is an outlet for both stores.
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The Chestnut Hill mall is home to a just-opened Cusp (the wildly popular offshoot of Neiman Marcus), the best area Barneys New York, and the largest location of Stil, a local chainlet. Owner Betty Riaz hunts through Scandinavia to fill her racks, loading up on established names like Camilla Staerk, as well as nascent talents such as Heartmade and Rützou. It's all mixed in with separates from a handful of other, more familiar-to-the-States lines, like Ports 1961 and Maloles. 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-527-7845; plus other locations
In sunny San Diego, this cozy resource stocks a mix of elegant staples and breezy-chic pieces.
The airy San Francisco outpost of the much-loved New York store specializes in labels from Australia and New Zealand.
Charming, quintessentially feminine staples are the specialty at this cozy Boston shop.
This spot is like a hip bespoke tailor: Pick a vintage pattern and fabric for the garment you want, then wait a week for the final products. The best part: Prices start at $40.
This brilliant spot offers a tightly edited selection of emerging labels alongside timeless staples in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
This store introduces suburban shoppers to labels usually found in big-city boutiques. Look for Buddhist Punk, Mint, and Tomorrow's Chase—we love its tee featuring a scribbled likeness of a sand castle ($62). 1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-944-4874