31 October 2009

STORES I LOVE: North River Outfitters, Boston

This is probably one of my favorite places to go shopping in my home city, Boston. First of all, it is nestled in the cutest, most historic part of the city, Beacon Hill. It is near lots of great places to go for lunch after you shop 'till you drop- pizzeria Figs being my absolute favorite- and is steps from Boston Common where you can go and sun yourself after picking up the latest in preppy apparel.

North River Outfitters is everything a boutique should be. The retail space itself is neither too big nor too small, but is extremely well stocked with everything from Lilly Pulitzer dresses to a host men's accessories, my personal favorite being the Belted Cow belt which reads "5 O'Clock Somewhere" spelt out in nautical flags. NRO calls itself a "Classic Clothier to Ladies and Gentleman," and it is just that. I walked in off the street and felt like a classic gentleman! The salespeople were impeccably dressed and were some of the warmest and most helpful I have ever encountered.

Any sort of preppy haberdashery can be found here, at a very attractive range of price points (and if you go in late summer, you're sure to find some great sale items!) They literally have everything a prepster could ever want here... iconic Barbour jackets, socks and ties in every color/pattern you would ever need to match your bowtie collection, Vineyard Vines blazers and dress shirts , Dale of Norway sweaters to stave off the cold when you're sailing your America's Cup boat around Nantucket, and even more hardcore outwear from brands like Patagonia, Atlantis Weathergear, Mammut and Cloudveil.

I totally love this store; it represents everything that classic Boston was, is, and is going to be. Don't forget to stop by North River Outfitters next time you're in Boston!

North River Outfitters is located in Boston at 126 Charles Street, corner of Revere. (617)742-0089. And, of course, they are also located in Martha's Vineyard on Dock and Mayhew in Edgardtown. (508)627-7789.

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