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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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Matthew Simko is Boston's expert on big guy fashion, working as a contributing editor at Chubstr.com while participating in the city-wide Twitter conversation on clothing, travel, and urban life under the handle @SoTacky33. Here are the three words he uses to describe one of his favorite boutiques, Ball and Buck.
Rugged. Masculine. Refined. Those are the words I use to describe Ball and Buck on the corner of Dartmouth and Newbury Streets in the Back Bay. Think of the best hunting or ski lodge you ever been to, fill it with 100% American-made apparel and accessories and that is Ball and Buck.
Founder Mark Bollman has a mission to make and carry clothing that represents you, what you stand for, and your personality right here in America. Walking into the store you immediately feel comfortable, kind of like you're just one of the guys, just there to hang out, and maybe grab a hair cut or beard trim in their in house barber shop. You can feel the passion in the space, and for me, that's what it's all about.
The clothes are perfectly New England. Oxford shirts dot the tables, hand crafted leather boots line the walls, and camouflage print is sprinkled throughout the garments and store. They're my go to for picking up quick gifts and for last minute purchases before I head to the Cape or mountains for the weekend. There's nothing else like it in Boston; drink it in while you're there.
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