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Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the 2013 Racked Awards Winners

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The past few weeks we've been preparing and deliberating for the 2013 Racked Awards to honor the best and brightest in local retail across eight categories. Consider these winners the region's style pioneers—whatever they are excelling at, you should pay notice.

Before we list the names, though, let's go over the rules and logistics. For three of the below categories, we asked readers to choose between a pre-determined list of nominees. For the remaining five, we made the decision ourselves. Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Winners should watch the mail for their coveted prize, the official golden turban of the Racked Awards. And now, without further ado, the winners in Boston.


So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Dress, Flock, Olives & Grace, Viola Lovely, Vira
Winner: Olives & Grace

Best New Store
Nominees: Caramelo Clothing Co., Follain, The Frye Company, Nordstrom Rack, Restoration Hardware, Alexis Bittar, John Varvatos, Steven Alan, The Vans DQM General, Warby Parker
Winner: Warby Parker

Best Menswear
Nominees: Ball and Buck, Blank Label, Bodega, Ministry of Supply, Sault
Winner: Ministry of Supply


Best Local Beauty Company
Nominees: Be Styled, Bona Clara, First Aid Beauty, Living Proof, MiniLuxe
Winner: Living Proof

Best Local E-Commerce
Nominees: Bow & Drape, Concepts, The Grommet, PLNDR, Rue La La
Winner: The Grommet

Best Rising Designer
Nominees: Luke Aaron, David Chum of Selahdor, Jackie Fraser-Swan of Emerson, Gregory Paul, Thom Solo
Winner: Jackie Fraser-Swan, Emerson

Best Indie Decor Store
Nominees: Good, Hudson, Michelle Willey, Patch NYC, Twelve Chairs
Winner: Twelve Chairs

Best Vintage Shopping
Nominees: Artifaktori, Bobby From Boston, The Closet, Oona's Experienced Clothing, SoWa Vintage Market
Winner: Bobby From Boston