Tiffany & Co. launches a new boutique on Newbury Street, a look at Bloomingdale's latest initiative, and more fashion news.
Tiffany & Co. Lands on Newbury Street
Who needs Fifth Avenue? Tiffany & Co. has opened a new 1,800-square-foot boutique in the former Chanel store on Newbury Street, overlooking the Public Gardens. “We are excited to be on such a prestigious and historic street,” says Vice President Tom O’Rourke. The new boutique features three jewelry salons outfitted with walnut paneling, rich Tiffany blue velvet, Art Deco detailing, and marble floors. Many of the brand’s gorgeous collections are on hand, including glittering pieces by Jean Schlumberger, sculpted jewelry by Elsa Peretti, and the unmistakable designs of Paloma Picasso. Clients can also shop the new Tiffany T collection by Francesca Amfitheatrof, the company’s design director, with timeless pieces such as bangles, rings, and necklaces that span generations with a modern-chic look, like this 18k rose-gold and sterling silver bar hinged cuff ($3,500). The opening also marks Tiffany’s 30th anniversary in Boston. Could be time for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Boston remake. 5 Newbury St., 617-217-5778
Daniel Bass Launches a (Very Special) New
Timing is everything, especially for jewelry designer Daniel Bass. One of his signature necklaces, bearing the eight-pointed Persian star in diamonds and platinum, ended up onstage during a Wyclef Jean concert. The singer loved the piece so much that Bass (also an actor and film producer) donated it to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Shortly after, a close friend asked Bass to design a dog tag necklace, and a brand was born, complete with celebrity clients like Will.I.Am and Christina Milian. Says Bass about his necklace design, “It brings out the rock star in you when you wear it.” Royal Jewelers, 58 Main St., Andover, 978-475- 3330
A Look at Bloomingdale’s New Initiative
This spring, Bloomingdale’s is joining forces with fashion’s hottest designers for an ambitious retail initiative. Called 100% Bloomingdale’s, the program offers exclusive women’s and men’s apparel, accessories— like this Coach for 100% Bloomingdale’s shoulder bag ($395)—beauty items, and home décor. Boston’s stylish set can scoop up limited-edition pieces such as the Charity by Design charm bracelet by Rhode Island–based designer Carolyn Rafaelian, founder of the Alex and Ani jewelry brand. Twenty percent of proceeds from sales of the bracelet are donated to the Child Mind Institute. 225 Boylston St., 617-630-6000
The Re-Invention of the Necktie
Boston-born designer Brelyn Spindel reinvents the necktie in black and brown leather (and other colors as well) with The Beso Collection, featuring handmade lambskin ties with hand-stitched details and sterling silver accents.