Where to Shop for Summer Styles
For Travel Bags
With wanderlust running high this time of year, you’re going to need a bag to stash your stuff. Led by designer Alice Saunders, Somerville-based Forestbound sells an array of locally made canvas totes and carryalls, each handcrafted with vintage textiles.
Must-Buy: “Wander” canvas utility bag with split-leather handles, $99.
115 Newbury St., Boston, 857-250-2916, fahertybrand.com.
Just in time for steamy afternoons spent poolside or on the beach, swimwear company Faherty brings its unique line of trunks, bikinis, and one-pieces to Newbury Street. The New York–based retailer, which opened its Boston outpost in late March, stocks printed suits that come in a range of styles and are even eco-friendly—the company’s signature fabric, a polyester blend, is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Must-Buy: “Santorini” one-piece swimsuit, $168.
121 High St., Boston, 617-338-7200, lunetteoptic.com.
Covering up those baby blues on sunny days is more than just a fashion statement: It’s a necessity. Luckily, Lunette carries frames from a number of popular designers (think: Oliver Peoples and Ray-Ban), making it easy to find a pair that complements your style. The opticians at the Financial District shop can outfit your new frames with prescription lenses, too.
Must-Buy: Dita “Spacecraft” titanium sunglasses, $525.
For Skin Care
53 Dartmouth St., Boston, 857-284-7078; 65 Charles St., Boston, 857-233-5211; shopfollain.com.
Nothing puts a damper on summer fun like a red-hot burn on vitamin-D-starved skin. Head to Follain’s Boston skin-care boutiques for a variety of seasonal must-haves, from SPF-loaded creams and moisturizers to after-sun body mists made with soothing aloe vera and lavender. Need another reason to shop? Sourced from more than 70 brands, Follain’s rigorously tested products are all paraben- and toxin-free.
Must-Buy: Eir “Surf Mud Pro” zinc stick with SPF 50, $30.
Adios, Bean boots: sandal season is (finally) upon us. Specializing in handcrafted Italian shoes, Boston-based footwear website M.Gemi has all the slip-ons, mules, and trendy block-heeled numbers your closet needs—without the exorbitant price tag. The company plans to open its first brick-and-mortar location in the Pru this summer, letting you try before you buy.
Must-Buy: “Sereno” denim sandals, $228.