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While the Back Bay boasts world class shopping, we also love to poke around our city's distinct neighborhoods for stores with flavor and finesse. We've asked some local gurus to offer hidden gems so you can try out boutiques beyond the usual suspects. Make room in your retail repertoire for these beloved spots.
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If you don't know Lisa Pierpont, chances are someone you know has crossed paths with her. As the founder and editor-in-chief of Boldfacers.com, Lisa is all about uncovering Boston's most interesting people to profile on her site. She's the woman behind the organization's annual Stylemakers pop-up shop and is quite the expert on Boston shopping, counting titles like Boston Common and The Boston Globe on her list of contributing work. We had a feeling that Lisa would have a major style tip to share, and she sure did deliver. Here's who she goes to for her tailoring needs.
My style secret weapon comes in the form of Robin Chalfin, a tailor who does house calls. She is a former seamstress for the Boston Ballet (think sewing tutus on the sidelines of The Nutcracker after a wardrobe malfunction), but now spends most of her time on movie sets when films are shot in Boston. (She sewed up several of the yellow dresses Cameron Diaz wore throughout the movie "Night and Day" with Tom Cruise.) Anyway, when she's not leading the Hollywood life, she makes herself available for on-site tailoring appointments at a client's home. If it's a real emergency, she'll bring her traveling sewing machine and mend-hem-cinch pieces on the spot. Over the years, she's reworked jumpsuits (my obsession), shortened DVF wraps, funked-up fur vests, and is not above sewing on a button. The best news? She's wildly reasonable.