Every woman loves a good pair of shoes. But right that behind comes the love of a good purse. And when it comes to purses, Boston shops are overflowing with choices. Whether you’re looking for something fun or functional, trendy or classic, designer or discount, purse shopping can be a little overwhelming. Cut your shopping time in half by trying some of these tried-and-true Boston purse stores when you’re out looking for the right accessory for your outfit.
If you love art, fashion and having something one of a kind, you are going to love Kent Stetson. This local Providence designer has blurred the line between fashion and fine art to create an amazing line of handbags. From their unusual silhouettes to the addition of Kent’s own abstract artwork in the prints, these are truly creative pieces that you will want to build your wardrobe around. These purses are hand sewn by the designer himself. Kent Stetson does many events throughout the Boston area and some of his bags can be found at specialty retailers throughout New England. A full list of where you can find Kent Stetson and his fabulous bags can be found on his website.
175 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114
Tango is Boston boutique shopping at its best. From its wide selection of beautiful clothes to, of course, its fun array of purses and handbags it’s a great place to build an outfit or just to find a few special pieces to spice up your current wardrobe. While it’s not the place to go if you’re counting your pennies, if you have the chance to splurge and really want something not everyone else in Boston will be carrying on their arm, Tango is a great place to shop. Don’t be put off by the store’s small stature. There’s a lot of great accessories inside.
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279 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
While the amazing selection at Lunarik is reason enough to shop here, nothing beats the staff. The warm, friendly atmosphere makes for one of the most pleasant shopping experiences imaginable. And it also helps the staff to narrow down the enormous selection of local and brand name bags into ones that actually fit your needs. Along with handbags, you’ll find a nice variety of other accessories including jewelry, scarves and the like.
101 Endicott St.
Boston, MA 02113
Clutch is a little boutique with a great deal of choices. This little gem of a store is jam packed with clothing, belts, jewelry and, of course, purses. But best of all is its designer resale room in the back. This is purse heaven if you have high-end tastes and a low-end budget. Each and every handbag is carefully selected, there’s no junky garage sale finds here. You’ll be amazed that these are used purses at all. If you never thought you’d buy secondhand, Clutch’s resale room might just change your mind.
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Bobbles & Lace
251 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
If you loved Bobbles & Lace when it was in the North End, you’ll find there’s even more to love now that it’s made the move to Newbury Street. If you’ve never shopped at this boutique before, get ready to find a new place where you’ll love to shop. Bobbles & Lace has clothing and jewelry as well as handbags. The purses range from jeweled clutches, reminiscent of much pricier ones by Alexander McQueen, to surprisingly expensive-looking handbags. Why surprising? Because the prices are so darn affordable. Bobbles & Lace proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to be on trend and look great.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.