HubThreads: Celebrating Boston Street Style

Meet Courtney.

Photo by Diana Levine

Critics say this city has no style. We’re here to prove them wrong. Welcome to HubThreads, where we chat with the most stylish people we find out and about in Boston. Think you or someone you know has the best street style? Let us know.


You just moved here a couple of years ago? Yes, I moved here from Washington, D.C. about four years ago to go to grad school at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

What do you do now? I’m a Senior Urban Planner at the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

Do you have any style icons? Iris Apfel, she’s so fabulous! More than her particular fashion taste, I aspire to embody her boldness.

How would you describe your personal style? I love bold colors. My closet is mostly stripes and solids so that I can wear bright things without being afraid of clashing. I’ve recently ventured into patterns and graphics. It’s fun. When I do wear black, I’ll also wear bright lipstick or jewelry for a bit of pop.

Are there any places you love to shop in Boston? I don’t do a lot of shopping in Boston. I like to host clothing swaps. It’s both social and economical!

Tell me something else about yourself! I co-chaired the inaugural Black in Design Conference and am on the advisory board. Mark your calendar for the next biennial October 2019! #BlackinDesign. My new pet project, The Stoop, will be a community oriented space designed to foster relationships between social justice-minded native Bostonians and newcomers. If you want to be a part of the movement connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter @courtneydsharpe!