Alyssa Giacobbe

Genies Are Standing By

My first job out of college, I worked as the assistant to the editor in chief of a glossy fashion magazine. She was not the Prada-wearing devilish kind: Elaina loved literature and animals. In her soft Scottish lilt she’d politely…

Kennel Couture

When fur alone can’t keep out the late-winter chill, clothes hounds will appreciate these cozy cover-ups. International Jet-Setter Bella Lucca Von Trapp coat, $78, Cause to Paws. Sophisticate Rani Arabella cashmere trench, $188, and Gooby boots, $80, ’sPoochies. Lone Ranger…

The Lap of Luxury

Cambridge’s new PetsHotel is the cat’s meow. Dogs like it, too. In case we haven’t met, I have a cat named Joanie. Unlike dogs, which sound majorly needy, cats don’t need to be bathed—or boarded. Whenever I travel, Joanie makes…

Superior Court

You’re not in college anymore, pal. This March, watch the Madness from a grownup perch. 1. BeoVision 7 entertainment system, $14,000, Bang & Olufsen. 2. BeoLab 8000 loudspeakers, $4,800, Bang & Olufsen. 3. Gaetano Pesce Up 5 chair, $3,875, Montage….

Going Public

Pino Maffeo’s new steakhouse appeals to stylish carnivores. No one seems sure whether the name of the place is Boston Public or Boston Public Meat—not even the staff. That’s not the only mystery surrounding chef Pino Maffeo’s relaunched Restaurant L…

Fall Fashion: Business Models

How do stores choose what to carry for a new season? What determines whether a certain piece makes the cut? To hear Boston’s forward-thinking retailers tell it, the decision is a complex—and incredibly personal—mix of economics, store philosophy, and gut…