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We're dedicating this week to the kind of fantastical shopping that most of us only get to experience in dreams. Taking a page from casino parlance, we'll be talking a lot about "whales," those big spenders who feel perfectly comfortable dropping tens of thousands of dollars every night on roulette, or, in our case, on Cartier, caviar facials, and Chanel. Welcome to Whale Week 2013.


Yellow diamond ring, $33,750, and sapphire diamond ring, $48,500, via E.B. Horn

Not sure where to unload your money? Though most of us don't typically face this predicament without hitting the lottery or inventing the new Apple, we are now presenting Boston's high rollers with a roster of can't-miss luxury stores.

Whether this endless shopping spree is fantasy or reality, these eighteen destinations (in no particular order) should satisfy your craving for cashmere, leather, and precious stones. Not surprisingly, they are mostly huddled around the Back Bay, where traffic doesn't help the chauffer very much but we're sure he is used to it. Takeaways from this list: the upper crust has a thing for expensive jewels and deluxe lingerie. Makes good fodder for a romantic evening at the Liberty's Presidential suite, no? Time to shop 'til you drop!

Shopping elsewhere? Check out our guides to the best luxury stores in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.


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1. E.B. Horn Jewelers

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429 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 542-3902
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This renowned jewelry store in the heart of Downtown Crossing was established in 1839. Each staff member has over 25 years of experience, walking customers through the diamond process (here's a primer). Watch fans will be pleased by the estate selection featuring Rolex, Cartier, Ebel, and more. The establishment also appraises, replaces, and buys jewelry.

2. Louis

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60 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 262-6100
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As far as the ultimate Boston shopping experience goes, Louis is it. This Racked 38 member has upped the cool factor of the waterfront district and closets of fashion lovers worldwide. Emerging, cutting edge designers take center stage here alongside runway favorites and quirky home goods.

3. La Perla

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250 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
It's fair to assume that one can only start investing in underwear after the rest of a closet has been swagged-out, right? That being said, we'd love to see the wardrobes of the women spending over $100 on a pair of panties (nevermind several hundreds on bras).

4. Hermes

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320 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-8707
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Hermes is one of those great international unifiers of all things luxury: heritage, quality, exclusivity. And with such a global tourist and resident base, Boston's shop must be doling out plenty of Birkins, scarves, and bracelets.

5. Chanel

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5 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 2117
(617) 859-0055
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Like Hermes, Chanel is a universal obsession. Coco's legacy marks the epitome of glamour, and the Newbury boutique offers an opportunity to buy into it through tweed, quilting, and diamonds. Recently, this particular boutique has made waves with news of its future relocation to the No. 6 Newbury luxury apartment development.

6. L'elite bridal salon

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14 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-1010
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A quarter million dollar wedding needs a gown to match, and L'elite knows how to hook it up (plus your bridesmaids, too). This is the spot for haute couture and custom design if the selection of Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, and Marchesa doesn't catch your attention.

7. Dorfman Jewelers

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23 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2022
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Internationally known, Dorfman is a dying breed of family-owned haute joaillerie experts. In addition to its own collections, it stocks Van Cleef & Arpels gems, Patek Phillippe watches, and exclusive handcrafted silver gifts from Tuscan artisans.

8. Alan Bilzerian

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34 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-1001
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This family-owned shop (and Racked 38 member) is a bazaar of maverick luxury designers including Isabel Marant, Yohji Yamamoto, and Ann Demeulemeester as well as renowned fashion houses like Lanvin. Celebrities often frequent the establishment, and many ultra fashion fans contend this is excellence in service and selection.

9. Cartier

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40 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-3300
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Do we really need to discuss Cartier? The French jeweler and watchmaker extraordinaire is mandatory for any and every luxury list. File this under "duh!" and please bring us with you on that shopping spree.

10. Shreve, Crump & Low

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39 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-9100
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Shreve, Crump, & Low gets the bragging rights of being America's oldest jeweler (founded in 1796 when our nation was a mere baby). The Davis Cup in tennis was created by them on commission and the Kennedys were part of its A-list Brahmin clientele. Needless to say, its latest three-level Newbury flagship is pretty swell.

11. Loro Piana

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43 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-4999
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Introducing...the country's 3rd most expensive store! Come here for yummy Italian cashmere to suit the whole family. The heritage brand also produces textiles for interiors.

12. Alton Lane

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91 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(646) 896-1212
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This premium men's outfitter touts custom-designed suits which are built from the ground up, starting with a 3-D body scan to capture sizing dimensions. Pricing extends up to $4,000, which may be a small price to pay for the perfect suit.

13. Riccardi

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116 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-3158
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Stop by Racked 38 member Riccardi for Givenchy, Balmain, Comme de Garcons, Nicholas Kirkwood and a slew of other European high fashion headliners.

14. Agent Provocateur

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123 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-0229
Alongside its buddy La Perla, Agent Provocateur proves that there is nothing more luxurious than high fashion nobody can see. Save the wears coming out of this lingerie leader for the bedroom.

15. Serenella Boston

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134 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-5568
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Serenella corners a niche for off-the-runway and hard to find European designers in a boutique setting, including apparel from Altuzarra and Rochas, fantastical jewelry from Delfina Delettrez, and gowns from Prabal Gurung.

16. The Tannery

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711 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-5500
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Curated by The Tannery—the luxury focused store within the bigger Tannery flagship—dishes up a variety of each season's trendiest goods for men and women. Included in that bunch is a ton of Margiela, Chloe, and Moncler.

17. Barneys New York

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100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 385-3300
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Offering the New York shopping experience in our own backyard, Barneys (another Racked 38 member) remains arguably the creme de la creme of its department store category and the first place to go for off-the-runway fashion and prestige beauty.

18. Copley Place

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2 Copley Place
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-6600
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You won't usually find the upper echelons of fashion at mall stores, with the exception of this luxury emporium in the heart of downtown. What major designer doesn't have a boutique here? Maybe this spot is a bit obvious, but it pretty much rounds off the list.

1. E.B. Horn Jewelers

429 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
This renowned jewelry store in the heart of Downtown Crossing was established in 1839. Each staff member has over 25 years of experience, walking customers through the diamond process (here's a primer). Watch fans will be pleased by the estate selection featuring Rolex, Cartier, Ebel, and more. The establishment also appraises, replaces, and buys jewelry.
429 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108

2. Louis

60 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02110
As far as the ultimate Boston shopping experience goes, Louis is it. This Racked 38 member has upped the cool factor of the waterfront district and closets of fashion lovers worldwide. Emerging, cutting edge designers take center stage here alongside runway favorites and quirky home goods.
60 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02110

3. La Perla

250 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
It's fair to assume that one can only start investing in underwear after the rest of a closet has been swagged-out, right? That being said, we'd love to see the wardrobes of the women spending over $100 on a pair of panties (nevermind several hundreds on bras).
250 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

4. Hermes

320 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Hermes is one of those great international unifiers of all things luxury: heritage, quality, exclusivity. And with such a global tourist and resident base, Boston's shop must be doling out plenty of Birkins, scarves, and bracelets.
320 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

5. Chanel

5 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 2117
Like Hermes, Chanel is a universal obsession. Coco's legacy marks the epitome of glamour, and the Newbury boutique offers an opportunity to buy into it through tweed, quilting, and diamonds. Recently, this particular boutique has made waves with news of its future relocation to the No. 6 Newbury luxury apartment development.
5 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 2117

6. L'elite bridal salon

14 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
A quarter million dollar wedding needs a gown to match, and L'elite knows how to hook it up (plus your bridesmaids, too). This is the spot for haute couture and custom design if the selection of Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, and Marchesa doesn't catch your attention.
14 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

7. Dorfman Jewelers

23 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Internationally known, Dorfman is a dying breed of family-owned haute joaillerie experts. In addition to its own collections, it stocks Van Cleef & Arpels gems, Patek Phillippe watches, and exclusive handcrafted silver gifts from Tuscan artisans.
23 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

8. Alan Bilzerian

34 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
This family-owned shop (and Racked 38 member) is a bazaar of maverick luxury designers including Isabel Marant, Yohji Yamamoto, and Ann Demeulemeester as well as renowned fashion houses like Lanvin. Celebrities often frequent the establishment, and many ultra fashion fans contend this is excellence in service and selection.
34 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

9. Cartier

40 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Do we really need to discuss Cartier? The French jeweler and watchmaker extraordinaire is mandatory for any and every luxury list. File this under "duh!" and please bring us with you on that shopping spree.
40 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

10. Shreve, Crump & Low

39 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Shreve, Crump, & Low gets the bragging rights of being America's oldest jeweler (founded in 1796 when our nation was a mere baby). The Davis Cup in tennis was created by them on commission and the Kennedys were part of its A-list Brahmin clientele. Needless to say, its latest three-level Newbury flagship is pretty swell.
39 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

11. Loro Piana

43 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Introducing...the country's 3rd most expensive store! Come here for yummy Italian cashmere to suit the whole family. The heritage brand also produces textiles for interiors.
43 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

12. Alton Lane

91 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
This premium men's outfitter touts custom-designed suits which are built from the ground up, starting with a 3-D body scan to capture sizing dimensions. Pricing extends up to $4,000, which may be a small price to pay for the perfect suit.
91 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

13. Riccardi

116 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
Stop by Racked 38 member Riccardi for Givenchy, Balmain, Comme de Garcons, Nicholas Kirkwood and a slew of other European high fashion headliners.
116 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

14. Agent Provocateur

123 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Alongside its buddy La Perla, Agent Provocateur proves that there is nothing more luxurious than high fashion nobody can see. Save the wears coming out of this lingerie leader for the bedroom.
123 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

15. Serenella Boston

134 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Serenella corners a niche for off-the-runway and hard to find European designers in a boutique setting, including apparel from Altuzarra and Rochas, fantastical jewelry from Delfina Delettrez, and gowns from Prabal Gurung.
134 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

16. The Tannery

711 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Curated by The Tannery—the luxury focused store within the bigger Tannery flagship—dishes up a variety of each season's trendiest goods for men and women. Included in that bunch is a ton of Margiela, Chloe, and Moncler.
711 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

17. Barneys New York

100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Offering the New York shopping experience in our own backyard, Barneys (another Racked 38 member) remains arguably the creme de la creme of its department store category and the first place to go for off-the-runway fashion and prestige beauty.
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

18. Copley Place

2 Copley Place, Boston, MA 02116
You won't usually find the upper echelons of fashion at mall stores, with the exception of this luxury emporium in the heart of downtown. What major designer doesn't have a boutique here? Maybe this spot is a bit obvious, but it pretty much rounds off the list.
2 Copley Place
Boston, MA 02116