Monday, April 4, 2011

The Sartorialist in Boston and Philadelphia

I think it’s time to add a few cities to my “rotation” and will be traveling to Boston and Philadelphia in the coming weeks.

I’m not very familiar with either city and wanted to ask your input on where to go to find great style, architecture, etc. I’m looking for neighborhoods, places, streets…the more specific you are, the better.

If something comes to mind, please email [email protected] I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say.

Also – thanks to everyone who responded to my tweet earlier this morning. It’s been a lot of fun checking out the suggestions that have been coming in.


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  1. Emily

    April 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    When will you come to Chicago?

  2. Esha

    April 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    style-wise, i think the best boston neighborhoods are the south end and back bay in boston and central square in cambridge!

  3. t mercer

    April 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I don't know Philly, but two places in Boston I would suggest are Newbury Street and Harvard Yard (school in session). Two opposite ends of the spectrum.

  4. Sarah

    April 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I can't believe you'll be in Boston! This is great news. I hope you enjoy.

  5. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    In Boston, the North End has got all kinds of great little nooks for architecture, in addition to lots of well-dressed older Italians.

    Boston is so tiny that you could really walk a majority of it (say, the area from the South End, through the North End) and see a fair amount of the city and its people.

  6. melissa f.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    please come to providence!

    check out this RISD style blogger:

  7. Caroline

    April 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I would check out the South End of Boston if you want to find style.

  8. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Around Berklee school of music you see the most creativity. There is also this woman, who always dresses in red and seems to frequent the Barnes and Nobles in the prudential.

  9. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hi there- I'm actually from Boston and I'm so sorry that I won't be there when you are, as I'm a big fan and longtime reader! The typical fashionista places in Boston are downtown-Newbury Street and such. But if you have the time, venturing out into some of the city's other neighborhoods is well worth the effort. Jamaica Plain has a really eclectic feel, and my favorite coffee shop, called City Feed and Supply. My favorite restaurant in the city is a great Jewish deli in Brookline called Zaftigs. Hope you enjoy!

  10. Emma Rose

    April 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Come to Portland next! It's a city with truly unique and delectable style.

  11. Sara

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Philadelphia- Go to South Street and the Magic Gardens. Also, Rittenhouse Square, and University City

  12. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    South Philly, near the Italian Market. There is an eclectic mix of people in this area, and you might happen upon something unique.

  13. UESman

    April 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Sart! Please do a piece on the West Philly area…but do be very careful….don't know much else about the place, except that it has crushing poverty, and crime. It would be interesting to see how people persevere in that environment through their sartorial choices.

  14. camille

    April 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Sweet, you're coming to philly, i live right in new jersey. I'd recommend south street, it's the only place I know, but it's always fun

  15. indie.electronic.alternative.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    if you come to Philadelphia you MUST check out my neighborhood: Northern Liberties. The place to go would be The Piazza at Schmidt's. Read about it here:
    The entire neighborhood has been under redevelopment for the past 5 years and 2nd St. will be the best place for your to check out. Other landmarks: Standard Tap, PYT, Dos Segundos, Liberties Walk. I live in the neighborhood so contact me on my blog for more information!

  16. Love LuLu

    April 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    The Garment District
    200 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    great little shop and fun part of town.

  17. Lindsey Love

    April 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    URBN Inc (umbrella over urban outfitters, anthropologie, and free people) is located in the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The Yard is open during the day and you can get a bite to eat at the cafeteria in building 543. best people watching in Philly hands down.

    Northern Liberties is another area with many outdoor spaces so lots of folks are out and about. Very family-friendly neighborhood with stylish moms and equally stylish babies :)

    Enjoy your stay!

  18. JenLynn

    April 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Rittenhouse Square is good for philly. Walnut and Chestnut streets are sometimes hit or miss despite being the 'shopping streets'.

  19. Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

    April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I'm so excited my city will be featured :)

  20. JJ

    April 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    In Boston, I definitely recommend the North End. My Dad is from there and I've always loved visiting his mother there because it is almost like stepping back in time 30 or 40 years ago. There are a lot of elegant people.

  21. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Princeton, NJ- short train ride from New York!

  22. Brian's World

    April 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    both are great cities – though collegial in style – but I, personally think BOS is great!!

  23. AW

    April 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    do you think you'll ever make it out to DC?

  24. Annette

    April 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Definitely Newbury St! Also, Back Bay and the South End, both conveniently in walking distance of each other.

    I hope I spot you while you're here, I'm such a huge fan!

  25. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    @ UESman-
    If you don't know anything about a place, perhaps you would be well advised to not make sweeping generalizations about it. My mother grew up in West Philadelphia and I would visit my grandmother there every weekend until she passed. I never once felt threatened.
    As a Philadelphian I ask you to please stick to what you know. Keep your judgements on the Upper East Side. Thanks.

  26. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I'm responding to the comment i quoted below and this?? I live in West Philly. It's just like any other inner city area. It has hipster neighborhoods (40-43 and Baltimore) it has black neighborhoods 43rd streets and beyond. Like any urban neighborhood, you dont want to be out at night walking around with a nice big camera, but it's as safe as any city to walk around West philly in the day. My friends and I from Penn who tutor at schools in the area do it all the time.

    I think you will find a lot of good people to shoot in Rittenhouse square and University City. Penn's campus will probably have more of the architecture and people you are looking for than Drexel's (although drexel does have a good fashion degree proram)

    " Sart! Please do a piece on the West Philly area…but do be very careful….don't know much else about the place, except that it has crushing poverty, and crime. It would be interesting to see how people persevere in that environment through their sartorial choices. "

  27. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    You'll find the best places to eat and people watch in Rittenhouse, Old City, and on South Street/in the surrounding South Philly neighborhood.

  28. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    In Boston, I'd suggest the Public Garden.

  29. Ahn

    April 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    come to seattle!

  30. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    In Philly, I would check out areas around the Academy of Music (great gas lit lamps) on 1420 Locust and also general theatre district. City Hall is one of the largest all masonry buildings and is a MUST SEE (Broad and Market). For funky neighborhoods, check out Manayunk. I totally agree with Sara about South Street, Rittenhouse (19th and Walnut) and University City (see Irvine auditorium on 34th and Spruce)…don't know Magic Gardens.

  31. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Boston is full of cyclists! Two of my friends who live there both cycle and rock climb! Being outdoors is important to most Boston-ites. Although a bustling city, it draws a lot of nature lovers. My girlfriend is working on the Heiffer project maybe an hour out of the city. It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL! (as is she). It's also an amazing cause! If you look into it you should check out the farm. I know that a bunch of bay goats were just born!


  32. Iris

    April 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Center City where the best of the best come out to show their most prized pieces whether electric or relaxed. I can not wait.

  33. Taylor

    April 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I am located close by the Philly Area. Must sees: Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, Manayunk, Walnut Street.

    Maybe I'll see you there!

  34. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Bobby From Boston on Thayer St. South End
    Salmugundi hat store in Jamaica Plain (J.P.)

  35. Mariel Ryan DeLacy

    April 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm


  36. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Boston???? Philadelphia??? Really??

  37. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I believe various polls have cited Philly as being the least attractive American city, in terms of its people, but I'd have to disagree! I think being so close to ny forces people to make comparisons between the two cities when it's not really comparable, just different. On that note, I would recommend the Rittenhouse area and Old City if you are looking for more high-end fashion, and Fishtown/Northern Liberties and Manayunk for a more eclectic variety. Personally I hate South Street as it is mostly tourists from Jersey (no offense).

  38. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    A few Boston locations: Downtown Crossing,Chinatown, ICA, Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, Berklee College of Music, Public Garden, Marlborough Street, Trinity Church, Charles Street, MFA

  39. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    You should definitely check out North End of Boston, over by the Berklee area and last but not least Harvard Square!

  40. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    My favorite area in Boston is in Back Bay – there is a little square on the corner of Tremont and Claredon with darling cafes and gardens, an art gallery and a few theaters – the surrounding area is really great architecturally as well. My favorite single piece of architecture is the Joseph Moakley Court House along the Harbor in the South End. Also somebody mentioned the Garment District and while I would recommend going there – don't miss the surrounding MIT area – tons of young people, students and professionals as well as sculpture and architecture that shouldn't be missed. My favorite building is Gehry's Strata Center on Vassar Street, always bustling. Also the square across from the Boston Public Library in Back Bay sometimes has a market in the afternoon on Fridays.

  41. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    In Boston, Beacon Hill is a great area for walking and dining, and photographing! the architecture is really pretty and the food is great there too. you can basically walk though beacon hill into the boston common and go into newbury street, lots of people and sights to see.
    hope you have a wonderful time in a wonderful city!

    also as they mentioned above, harvard square is great!

  42. Elisa

    April 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I recommend SoWa in Boston (South of Washington, a newly developed gallery/loft district near the South End), Fort Point Channel, and the Berklee area (Mass Ave and Boylston). Also worth checking out but with a potentially lower signal to noise ratio: the Common, Central/Harvard Squares in Cambridge, Newbury Street.

  43. Olive

    April 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    In Boston, try Downtown Crossing. You get everyone, from business men, families, students, tourists. Someone already said it, but make sure you check out the Garment District. And even though its a generic toursit-y spot, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market is worth a wander. Good food and generally good street performers.

  44. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    The Northern Liberties will yield you young, bold styles and lots of personality. The old money aesthetic is best showcased in Rittenhouse and Washington Square Parks where sophisticated older women wear their lipstick and pearls just like their mothers before them. Don't miss Chinatown for the mix of medical students and edgy ethnic ensembles. Visit South Philly for the blue collar classics that this city has been built on.

  45. Sandy Leonard Snaps

    April 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    As others have said, South End, Newbury Street…and what a funky suggestion Central Square Cambridge is. On Newbury, you'll find upscale stylish shoppers, many from elsewhere, and lots of people trying to look as if they're from New York. Ditto the Public Garden. The South End neighborhoods (along Tremont, near Dartmouth Street and environs), you'll see more relaxed Boston style. Central Square, all bets are off. Vintage meets GAP meets thrift shop. Can't wait to see what you find. If you need restaurant suggestions, just let me know. I love your blog and look forward to it regularly.

  46. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    check ut the rocket cat café in philly (2001 Frankford Ave). great style and atmosphere!
    have fun!

  47. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Anywhere from broad street to Rittenhouse park on Walnut street. Old City and Northern Liberties (around the piazza) in the evening as well. Main St. Manayunk also.

  48. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    When you're in Boston, I'd definitely recommend heading out to Harvard Square.
    I'm in love with this Harvard street style blog:

  49. WW_GD_AC

    April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Come to Providence! If you walk along college hill you'll get a nice mix of Brown's Ivy Leaguers and RISD's art students. I'm certain you wouldn't regret it.

  50. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I second coming to the MIT area! We have a lot of very interesting buildings on campus (Simmons, Kresge Auditorium, the MIT Chapel, and Stata, the Media Lab, etc. to name a few).

  51. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Rather than repeating some good recommendations for Philadelphia from previous commenters, one place you should not miss is Chestnut Hill (and Germantown/Mt. Airy). Although it is seems like a suburb, it is actually within the Philadelphia city limits. Many of the houses and other buildings are built out of a type of schist that is particular to the area. Many of the old houses are really spectacular.

  52. Erin

    April 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    For more upscale fashion, you'll want to head around the Newbury St./Boylston St. area, for more inventive, hipster style I'd suggest the Allston area.

    Aesthetically speaking, I personally love the North End, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston. It's full of narrow, windy streets and old brownstones. Being the Italian neighborhood, I think it's some of the best Italian food you can find in the states.

    I'd also advise Central Square and Harvard Square in Cambridge. Be sure to let us know when you're coming!

  53. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    In Philly: 3rd St. in Old City is lined with fabulous independent clothing boutiques (Check out Vagabond, Franklin Square and Third Street Habit), art galleries, and vintage and designed furniture stores.

    Northern Liberties is full of interesting looking people, thrift shops, boutiques and delicious food. Honey's Sit & Eat is a great Jewish/Southern Comfort brunch place to check out or go to One Shot for their amazing espresso drinks in a beautiful setting- both spots have a uniquely "Philly" aesthetic.

    West Philly, especially off of Baltimore Ave. has a super alternative vibe. Activists, college kids, grad students, and various people living various alternative lifestyles to be found here. The architecture is beautiful around there and is quite unique for a city neighborhood. Also a vibrant Ethiopian immigrant community here.

    Rittenhouse is, as others said, more traditionally "stylish." Joan Schepp and Knit Wit are great boutiques to check out there. Walnut St houses Anthropologie, H&M, BCBG etc.

    If you are looking for a true Philly experience- visit any of the independently owned businesses- its what we do best and we do it well. Store owners put a lot of care into how they present their businesses and it shows.

    Finally- food in Philadelphia is incredible. Check out Amada or Tinto for dinner. We Philadelphians are very proud of our boy Jose Garces- he knows what he's doing in the kitchen!

    Have a great time!

  54. Hanna

    April 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I've lived in and around Boston for my entire life, and I love all of it! Beacon Hill, The Common, and Newbury Street are absolutely beautiful. Cambridge, especially Harvard Square, is exciting as well, with a younger, more alternative, college-y crowd, and both are fantastic. You MUST eat in the North End.

  55. Petey

    April 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I lived in the North End for 11 years, so I definitely recommend it as a "real" neighborhood, as opposed to an overly gentrified neighborhood. Haven't been there in a while, but Beacon Hill is worth a stroll. And be sure to head out to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. The building itself is incredible, she had a marvelous collection and her own story is pretty fashionable! (Ie: Walking a lion on a leash; patron to some of the great artists of the late 1890's). Check out the courtyard and be sure to stay for lunch or tea.

  56. Alisha Rajpal

    April 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Cambridge has some very interesting buildings, also newbury street is great.
    if you are adding cities to your list please consider Mumbai, India. I promise you wont be dissapointed.

  57. Jessie

    April 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    i'm excited. haven't seen any photographs from there and i'm excited to see what the styles are like there.

  58. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    The ICA, or Institute of Contemporary Art is one of Boston's hidden gems, overhanging Boston Harbor. Go for fantastic art(as well as unbelievably beautiful sunset views). I would also try the Beacon Hill area for a classic collegiate style with an eccentric twist here and there :) As an avid reader, I would thoroughly recommend a short drive down to Hingham, MA, for an adorable seaside town with gorgeous views of the ocean

  59. alisha

    April 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Since you are considering adding cities to your list, I would like to suggest Mumbai,India.
    It is by far one of the most diverse cities, especially where fashion is concerned and I promise you wont be disappointed.
    If you ever consider going there email me, I can tell you about the interesting neighborhoods to go to, it is after all my hometown.

  60. Punky

    April 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    You have to check out The Closet on Newbury st. It's the oldest designer consignment shop in Boston and the staff and customers are all super stylish.

  61. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    hi! i agree with one of the posts above regarding your boston visit. that is, newbury street and harvard square should definitely be on your list, but an unexpected and i predict fruitful choice is jamaica plain on centre street near city feed and supply. good luck!

  62. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    you should come to providence!
    I don't know how much you are interested in young style, but two great schools – RISD and Brown University are here and both have amazing fashion sense. more than any other schools in america I've visited.

  63. kellib.

    April 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Come over to Cambridge! You'll find some quirky, cool styles on this side of the river + the architecture at Harvard is beautiful!

  64. Vanessa @ Project Zen

    April 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I would be very interested to see who you can find in Philadelphia! The contrast can be interesting.

    Although the neighborhoods in Center City and the towns are so close together, it can feel like another world. I'd recommend Reading Terminal Market, University City (some of the college students in this area can be among the most stylish especially at Drexel and UPenn.), Rittenhouse Row and if you're up for a short drive or train ride… the Main Line (basically anything along Lancaster Avenue) to capture a very preppy, classic sense of style.

    I can't wait to see this!!!!

    - Vanessa from PA ♥

  65. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    A short bus ride away will also take you to the King of Prussia Mall in Philadelphia. Yes, malls usually are hit or miss but my friends and I grew up going here and one of our favorite things to do is to style-watch

    Very big mall… tons of labels… bring your walking shoes!

  66. M. Flynn

    April 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Come to the South End in Boston. SOWA- Artist buildings, off Waltham and Thayer Street. Really great but hidden places like Patch, Looc, M. Flynn, Bobbie's from Boston, Marie Galvin.

  67. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Philadelphia- go to Rittenhouse Square or South Street.

  68. M

    April 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I feel like you're being led slightly astray as far as the Philadelphia suggestions.

    No way to South St (all tourists, except 4th st where there are some great tattoo parlors), meh to University City (why would you come here and just go look at what the non-local college kids are wearing?) and OK to Rittenhouse Sq. which can be great for people watching.

    Cheers to Nolibs, Honey's Sit n Eat, Rocketcat Cafe, and West Philly proper. Fishtown/Kensington is an up and coming neighborhood with a lot of old-school locals and young artists. Try Johnny Brenda's, the Barbery, Memphis taproom, Fathom or Kraftwork in that area.

    Another of my favorite hangs is the Sidecar on Christian St.

    Check out the Philly fashion blog Broad and Market for more ideas :)

  69. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Rittenhouse Square and University City in Philly to see the younger stuff, no doubt!

  70. M

    April 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Oh, and no one is mentioning Temple University, up in N. Philly and out of bounds for most people who won't leave Center City.

    More local kids end up at Temple than out-of-towners, and you can find some eclectic styles.

  71. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Agree with all the above for Philly, Broad, Market, Walnut, Old City, Rittenhouse, Northern Liberties, University City are all great places to go….also since it's getting nice out you may have luck in Logan's Circle (people tend to sit around the fountain) and maybe in front of the art museum? Luckily it's a pretty walkable city, so you can very easily cover a lot of territory! Can't wait to see your findings!

  72. the_d

    April 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    old city in philly

  73. Maggie F. Keenan

    April 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Orig from Philly. Rittenhouse Sq (16th/Walnut) for architecture, Independence Hall/Delany St. area-history. South Philly-food/Itl market. South Street-nightlife. Penns Landing area. Fabulous shopping Walnut St. Enjoy!

  74. Samantha Burgoon

    April 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    So happy you're coming to Boston! Contrary to what many other people have said, I wouldn't bother with Newbury st. It's a giant outdoor mall, basically. Definitely check out the huntington avenue/museum of fine arts/massachusetts college of art area, the students at MassArt and the museum school are some of the most stylish bostonians.

  75. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Boston. I am flattered. South End, North End (Hanover and Salem run parallel and define most of the busy parts with wonderful side streets from there, Back Bay, Beacon Street, Marlborough, Commonwealth, Newbury – lower Newbury a great hang out spot for youngsters – uppper has Chanel and the Taj – and Boylston run parallel from Arlington St to Mass Ave. the Public Garden and Common are at the Arlington Street end and lead to Downtown Crossing then the Financial District towards thge water, Beacon Hill is askance, Harvard Square is central Cambridge, Central Square is grittier and just as wonderful, Allston is outside the city proper and home to rockers and students. They are all great ideas. looking forward to your posts.

  76. dasha

    April 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm


  77. Hilary Hughes

    April 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    i would definitely hit central square, though try to get there at dusk or in the early evening — the intersection of mass ave and brookline st, where the middle east is located, is a hub (or, arguably, THE hub) for local musicians. the murals in that neighborhood are also fantastic.

  78. onlyonemartha

    April 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Philly is a wonderful city with very much it's own vibe. As a philly native I would advise you to stay away from the South Street area. It's the place you bring visitors who you aren't really friends with. For the best of town I would suggest rittenhouse square where you'll get everything from old money glamour to diy crust punks. West Philly is definitely worth a look, the 50s and up of market street are a different world. For the best sense of a neighborhood head south of washington and below broad. There are some real characters. It's worth the trip alone for the old signage and cars parked in the center of the street.

  79. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I grew up in Boston, Architecture is beautiful, North End, and Back Bay. Your best bet for Fashion would be Newbury Street and all around the Back Bay. Stay away from Southie, I think the recent movies that have made big names in Hollywood give a good depiction of what you will find style-wise in those areas. I hope you aren't frightened by the Birkenstocks with socks look, it's still quite prevalent, and drab.

  80. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    If you're in Boston, you will find very creative dressers around New England Conservatory for Music. I guarantee there will be at least a few photo-worthy people chilling around the school or at the cafe which is very close- ERC Espresso Royal Cafe :) Enjoy!, Sonia Mantell (freshman cellist at NEC)

  81. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    If you come to philly, dont make it just about the city, I suggest going around to some of the colleges because there are so many around this area and each one seems to have a different aesthetic.

  82. Miss Outlier

    April 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    How exciting that you will be in Boston! I'm an MIT student. MIT has great architecture, but not so great on fashion… unless you'd like to see kids who just don't care about mainstream culture (multi-colored hair, no shoes, capes are fairly common). I'd recommend Harvard Square for young people's fashion, Newbury Street for well-dressed professional women, and North/South End for cultured, tailored older folks.

    Quirky choices are found around Berklee College of Music, not far from Newbury Street/Back Bay. My favorite people watching spot is the Hynes Convention Center bus/subway stop, which is a hub of activity on weekend nights (right by Back Bay/Newbury, across the river from MIT and down the street from BU)

    I don't know why someone suggested Central Square.. that's mostly homeless area…

  83. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Boston is my home! Harvard Square (or anywhere in Cambridge) would be great.. it has a very Berkeley, California feel to it with some very unique individuals. Newbury Street is the hub for real designer fashion, though its a bit touristy.. the North End would be lovely as well for some of the shots you've been showing of older people. Its a very old-world Italian area.

  84. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    For Philadelphia, definitely Rittenhouse Square. And if you're up for traveling a bit outside the city, Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy have great architecture. There are some amazing historic houses. You may want to check out South Street in Philly as well.

    If you're traveling to Boston you should DEFINITELY make a trip to Providence! RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and Brown is teeming with students dressed in quite an array of styles. Possibly every style imaginable is present there.

  85. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I'm from SF, live in Manhattan and spent 4 years in college in Boston and unfortunately there is an absence of style in Boston. It's pretty much the earthiness of Northern CA but with less effort put into it.

    There is a huge "Euro" student population. Find the night club they hang in now and you may find some style.

    Good Luck!

  86. Suzy Wu

    April 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Boston: anywhere along the Charles River, especially around the MIT bridge. BEAUTIFUL. I fall in LOVE with it every time I pass by. Lots of students, runners…etc You should do some tourist things i.e. the duck tour ;)

  87. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm


    The North End is fantastic (old Italian area, with lots of great family run restaurants)… along with the Back Bay. Along Commonwealth Ave. you have incredible brownstones and Boston University (an eclectic crowd) which is near the Charles River. Zaftigs in Brookline is great (as mentioned by someone earlier). Enjoy your trip!

  88. Marisa Keris

    April 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    This one is time sensitive!

    The Barnes Foundation, outside Philly is so unique and relocating! Currently housed in the collector's home, the eccentricity of the original concept (1,500 18th and 19th ce. artworks in someone's house) will not be the same when it is moved to a larger museum in July.

    What better describes style than a collection of objects in a home. So much is discovered about a person, simply by crossing the threshold into their world.

  89. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    In order: Harvard Square, Louis of Boston staff, Beacon Hill, ICA.

  90. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I'm so glad to see someone is finally focusing on Philadelphia.

    I suggest looking at Old City, Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square…specifically Rittenhouse Square Park along Walnut St.(I love to sit and people watch on a nice day), Northern Liberties, South Philadelphia around the Italian Market, and West Philadelphia around Baltimore or 40th.

    As a resident of Philly, I've found that you can't really pinpoint specific areas. We've got random gems all around the city–not just in specific areas.

  91. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Come to Chicago.

  92. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    north end in boston and possibly jamaica plains…

  93. cullen

    April 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    In Philly, for the love of god AVOID SOUTH STREET AT ALL COSTS. Go to the Italian Market (9th between Christian and Washington, Old city (Market and 3rd area) and West Philly (east of university city, 40th and baltimore area)

  94. Caiti

    April 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    In addition to what everyone has been saying about Boston, I would recommend walking a bit around Brookline (just outside Boston, about a 5-10 minute T ride or decent walk)- either Coolidge Corner or Brookline Village- to catch some of the awesome older Jewish grandmother style that's happening. Have fun!

  95. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Back Bay/Harvard Square/Central Square/the North End (for Boston)

    When you're done with Boston and Philly, head on over to San Francisco!

  96. Sophia

    April 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Welcome to boston! Some suggestions for Boston (from a 10+ year resident):

    #1 South End (specifically Harrison Ave + Thayer St. near all the art galleries / SOWA. Very warehouse/industrial feel and lots of art types.)

    #2 You'll hear Newbury St over and over again. I feel it's too contrived and too trendy. Not a good spot at all style-wise.

    #3 Cambridge (Central T stop and Harvard campus–you'll see everything from hipsters to Ivy-Leaguers.

    #4 One reader mentioned a lady who frequents Barnes & Noble who wears head-to-toe red. I often see her on E. Newton St. She's truly amazing. All red, every day. Without fail.

    Best of luck!

  97. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Don't know Boston, but South Street and Rittenhouse Square are definitely where to go in Philly! If you are felling daring, try a Pat's/Gino's cheesesteak in South Philly!!!

  98. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    For Philly: Chestnut St., Rittenhouse Square, West Philly (Near UPenn)

  99. Parul

    April 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    please go to the college campuses!

  100. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    You must go to Drink…most amazing bar in Boston for cocktails. They also have a homemade pretzel on the menu that will blow. your. mind. Whenever I head to Boston from NYC to visit friends, it's our first stop.

  101. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    come to buenos aires!

  102. thisisforyou

    April 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Northern Liberties/Fishtown and the URBN campus at the Navy Yard are where you will find the most stylish Philadelphians.
    Stay far away from South Street.
    I can’t wait to see what you capture!

  103. Nesie

    April 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Visit the college campuses! You will be able to find great fashion there. Especially Boston University! Just walk down Commonwealth Avenue.

  104. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    In Boston, I would recommend Beacon Street in Brookline, Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Proper or Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. Too bad I don't still live in Boston…

  105. Zoe G.

    April 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Philly resident here. You must check out Main Street Manayunk, great boutiques. Same goes for Rittenhouse Square (while there try out Contennential Bar Midtown for cocktails).
    Food-wise, check out University City, way underappreciated. Particularly The Restaurant School on 42nd and Walnut, good food for very cheap. And now is the perfect time to go (September and February are when the Freshman start, by now they've learned the ropes). Try the bread in their pastry shop. And if they have pickle bread- get some! Amaaazing for grilled cheese sandwiches.
    Another great place is Capogiro's gelato. There's one on 40th and Walnut and another around 23rd and Sansom, I think. They are incredible!

  106. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    oh harvard square FOR SURE!!! :)

  107. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    For Philly, Rittenhouse Square is one of the richest parts of the city, and it is probably the closest portion to Center City where the shops will be. If you are looking for people who will be dressed alternatively, definitely go to Northern Liberties and hang out in the Piazza.

  108. alexa

    April 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    wow its exciting that you will be in Boston! Stylewise, Newbury St, Beacon Hill, is more designer oriented style. Not very good street fashion like what you usually post. Harvard Square or any square in Cambridge, is more creative, vintage style. The North End and South Boston/back bay is great as well. I cant wait to hear your thoughts!

  109. Nadia

    April 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    you should come to detroit. there's a fashion flavor here you won't find elsewhere.

  110. Wills Connell

    April 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    As a student from Boston, I definitely recommend you check out Harvard Square when you make your way to Boston. It represents a wide range of styles and rare and interesting spectacles. Also, while making your way to Harvard Square you absolutely have to stop into Andover Shop and J. Press. Run by friendly older gentlemen, who absolutely live and breathe the fashion they purvey.

  111. Nikolai Cherny

    April 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Dear Sartorialist… Why don't you make your way to the west coast of the states, Seattle, Portland, LA?

  112. Briahna

    April 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Come to Harvard Square! I fantasize about you catching me as I walk past Memorial Hall and the School of Design on my way to class!

  113. ruth

    April 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    i was wondering when you would finally come to boston!!!
    1. northend (i love the archtecture there and you will definatly find great style)
    2. newburry street (however you might find clothes that are more 'in' then unique)
    3. Cambridge (the hub of city life and where i choose to go when going in town)
    4. the common
    5. the charles

  114. ruth

    April 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    make sure to stop by at flat black.. they make great coffee specifically the one in the financial district. Boston is surprisingly small so if you let yourself just walk around you will come across some really neat alley ways and will mot likely find yourself back where you started

  115. Julia Pierce

    April 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Philly! – definitely URBN Inc. at the navy yard – interned with Anthropologie for 4 months and was always fascinated by the different styles. It's cool to see how each store's style (anthro, urban, free people…) is reflected in the way the different employees dressed. Rittenhouse square is great for people watching, especially the restaurant Parc – if the weather is nice people should be eating outside, and the interior decor is beautiful, the waiters are quite nice looking too. URBN, the Rittenhouse area, and Old City are great for architecture.

  116. jakubowski

    April 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Try the Food Co-op in Chestnut Hill, (19118), occasionally surprised by the chic patrons who are a mix of ages and backgounds, also Cake a lunch
    spot pretty sure I saw a Birkin in there the last
    week-day I was there.,_Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania

  117. ruth

    April 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    i was wondering when you would finally make it to my town (boston) go to the northend…… they have some great architecture (what your looking for in clothes as well) then you should make your way to newburry street of course (but you may foind more of the clothes that are 'in' then definite unique styles) you should go to cambridge. Just walk around town… its surprisingly small becasue i have often just walked with my friends and have found myself back where i began when i though i was going the opposite direction. Don't forget to stop by the common and the charles

  118. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Franklin Fountain in Philly is a delicious homemade ice cream place with an old time-y feel. if the customers aren't well dressed the servers' outfits along with the decor are worth it!

  119. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Davis Square or Union Sqaure in Somerville. Newbury street is awful. Flour bakery in the South End. Pod, Cuttys and Cafe Fixe in Brookline.

  120. Lydia

    April 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I have thought for a while that you should visit Oxford in the UK. It is home to so many well dressed women and smartly dressed men. Also, there is a shop I imagine you would love called Ede and Ravenscroft.
    I appreciate that it's ages away and that you're a busy man but the UK is such a stylish and eclectic place and you definitely do not shoot here enough!
    Just some advice from a fan. :)

  121. Danielle

    April 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Architecture wise, Boston is amazing. For contemporary fare head to MIT's campus to check out the work of Gerhy and IM Pei. Also, they have a center court in one of their buildings where the floor is a Cy Twombly design. The general feel of MIT is breathtaking, and it is awe-inspiring to consider the work being done there. In the spring the center mall that leads down Commonwealth to the Commons is beautiful. The South End gives off the appearance of walking around London, the food is also amazing there!

    For fashion…let's see. For your usual New England Preppy style I would go to Charles Street and Harvard Square, anything fashion forward would most likely be on Newbury Street. If you want to take snapshots of quirky yet inspiring ensembles I would head to Allston, Central Square, and China Town (the former Combat Zone).

    Oh! You must go to Bodega. It's around the corner from a 7-11 on Massachusetts Ave. going towards the Christian Science center. It looks like an actual bodega and when you go inside it actually is a bodega. You must step in front of the soda machine, when you do it will slide open revealing a staircase. Inside is a very high end sneaker/urban wear store. The experience is just fabulous!

    Boston is one of my favorite cities. Between the museums, restaurants, shops, and history, there is always something new to discover. I only wish I could join you.

  122. Kathryn

    April 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    There is a wonderful jewelry store in Philly called Bario-Neal. Don't know the exact neighborhood but it's run by two beautiful young women jewelers who make lovely elegant, unusual pieces. Certainly worth a visit!

  123. Cristina

    April 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I would wander into the Harvard architecture school, everyone looks wonderfully unshowered but eminently fashionable. Not to mention cool looking models and lighting displays everywhere. Cambridge was full of a LOT of good looking people, I was quite surprised.

  124. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Why don't you come to the west coast? Seattle please!

  125. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    For Boston, you must go to Newbury St. Also, try the ICA, MFA, and the North End. Try to make it to Providence also and go to RISD. There's lot's of interesting street style within these places.

    So happy you are coming to Boston!!

  126. Kianna

    April 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    For Philadelphia:

    As the previous posters said South Street is a tourist trap.

    For higher end fashion types the Washington Square area and Society Hill are good places. They have fairly interesting homes in that area too, there are beautiful tiny blocks that look as if they're untouched by time. Blocks such as Waverly Street, Cypress, Clinton and Delancey.

    For the so called hipster or eclectic types the Baltimore Ave area in West Philly is your best bet especially Clark Park during their flea markets. The Passyunk Ave area in South Philly is an interesting up and coming part of town.
    You will hear a lot about Northern Liberties, but it's not a great place for fashion, they do have modern architecture.

    * A really great place for architecture is the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Fairmount park also has hidden treasures, during the spring the cherry blossoms are breathtaking. The homes in that area are quite beautiful even though they have not been maintained throughout the years.

  127. elizabeth

    April 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    aside from the obvious (ie newbury, boylston, north end, etc), everywhere from 77 mass ave (MIT) to harvard square (in between is central square) actually has some nice fashion. smart and stylish. nice cup of tea.

  128. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Boston is a beautiful city! Like others said, Newbury street is very hip and trendy. You won't see much eccentric style. I would suggest the cambridge area, and Harvard's campus. Lots of interesting people and opportunities to people-watch!

  129. loboloves

    April 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Definitely be wary of Newbury, people call it the Rodeo of Boston for a reason– lots of poorly dressed tourists.
    (Trust me, Im from Beverly Hills and go to school in Boston)

    However, people have made some great suggestions including Jamaica Plain, Cambridge and the South End.

    I will add some of the most beautiful architecture in Boston is indoors… pubs, restaurants, old hotels and churches. If you go around tea time to an old hotel im sure you'll find some exquisitely dressed older women in a setting that evokes the great old American glamour hidden around Boston

  130. Angie Muresan

    April 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I think you should check Portland, Oregon out. There's a reason why so many finalists from Project Runway hail from there.

  131. mjcromp

    April 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Come to Montreal! That would be so great!

  132. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    For interesting buildings in Philly look at the cool Furness Library on Penn Campus also the Archeology museum there. Eat at the White Dog Cafe. Also go to boat house row and the Art Museum area. Skip South Street. If you get out of the city, go to the Mercer Tile museum in Bucks County- it is in a very unusual building made of concrete and tiles from all ages and places, including some in babylonic cuniform.

  133. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Im a recent Philly transplant from CA and i would say hands down, you need to check out Magic Gardens.

  134. Jessica

    April 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    It depends what you are looking for in Boston. If you want to see something like 5th avenue in NYC or M street in Georgetown, DC then you should go to Newbury street where you'll see many high-end representations of style.

    If you want more of a Brooklyn feel go to Allston and Brighton, where there are many second hand consignment stores such as Buffalo Exchange where kids are more eclectic and hipster.

    If you want to look for the european flavor you will find that in the north end, especially in the local coffee shops. The market there also draws a large crowd.

    If you want to see a lot of rich women wearing tons of crazy fur coats go to Brookline especially Coolidge Corner on the weekends. There is a large russian population there with many slavic styles and languages roaming the streets.

    Harvard is great if you want to see what you'd see at Columbia, Georgetown… many college students wearing hoodies and carrying longchamp bags. Emerson and Berklee have a much larger artistic student population that dress more "against the grain".

    I apologize that this comment has become more of an essay on Boston neighborhoods then an actual "comment". Hope that it is helpful.

    Side note: Since you are into photographs you should check out the Richard Avedon Fashion Photography exhibit at the MOFA in Boston.

  135. lc123

    April 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you for coming to Boston! The fashonistas are not as dense as in New York City, but there are definitely niches of creativity. I second the recommendation of Cnetral Sq in Cambridge, and MIT for the architecture (if not the fashion, albeit there is a bit of nerd chic in that domain). If you have free time MIT has a great little museum as well. My favorites there are the holograms.

  136. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Definitely check out University City in Philadelphia!

  137. Christine

    April 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Glad to hear you're coming to Philly! Listen to all who said do not go to South Street–unless you are west of 18th. Also listen to the wise, kind soul who said you should go to Capogiro–best gelato anywhere.

  138. Melissa

    April 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    For Philadelphia:

    Rittenhouse Square Park is great for people watching.

    Also check out Northern Liberties for a young, eclectic vibe.

    University City for student style. University of Penn and Drexel are there.

  139. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I'm from the Boston Area and would definitely say check out the college campuses, there are so many in Boston (Boston College, BU, Emerson, Harvard, MIT, Simmons, etc). Additionally, the South End and Back Bay are very young "hip" areas and of course on Newbury Street you will find a lot of International visitors the more wealthy Bostonians. It's a great city!!

  140. scott

    April 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    come to tufts

  141. Anais

    April 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Don't miss the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

  142. j

    April 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Come to Mexico!!!

  143. Roxana @MakeupFanatic

    April 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Skip Newbury Street and head over to the Allston/Brighton area for a wide variety of personalities. Commonwealth Avenue, Harvard Ave, and Brighton Ave are great places to start.
    Harvard Square is incredibly beautiful, quaint, and has such a wonderful vibe to it.
    And as mostly everyone has mentioned, the North End is lovely. Head to Neptune Oyster for a delicious meal, then walk over to the State House (beautiful) and Downtown Crossing (wide variety of people) then over to the Commons and Gardens, which is a nice place to sit and people watch.
    From there you can head over to Newbury Street where you can eat at Stephanie's on Newbury or Sonsie (always buzzing with people), or walk over to Boylston St where you can find L'Espalier, Ser de la Terre, Towne, and other great places to eat.
    Walk down Boylston and you'll hit Massachusetts Ave, take a left and you'll be in the Berklee College area and you can also see the Christian Science Center.
    If you walk further on Mass Ave you hit Huntington which has Symphony Hall (GORGEOUS), and walk down Huntingon and you'll hit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Northeastern University. Lots of great architecture in this area.
    Kenmore Square is another area with nice buildings and it houses a lot of BU buildings and students. Eastern Standard is a nice place in Kenmore Square to get drinks, and next to is the Island Creek Oyster Bar where you can get delicious oysters and other yummy eats. Both of their interiors are pretty cool, in my opinion. If you're in the Kemore Square area and you walk on Commonwealth Avenue toward the Back Bay there are LOTS of beautiful houses, you can also walk along the Charles River and marvel at the beautiful brownstones there.
    I really could go on and on.


  144. mikr

    April 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Philadelphia: Midtown Village (13th & Sansom) home to Barbuzzo – wonderful mediterranean food. The rabbit warren streets, specifically Quince and Irving between 11th and 12th and Locust and Spruce – takes you right back to the 18th Century for a dose of our particular brand of history. Logan Circle and the Swann Fountain… by Alexander Stirling Calder (father of the midcentury sculptor), it's sublime.

  145. Petite Josette

    April 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Scott
    check out Design*Sponge for their city guides. It's more design oriented but you can get ideas for where to eat and stuff to see…

    happy travel!

  146. giustina diana

    April 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    When you come to Boston, don't overlook Centre St. in Jamaica Plain (it's off the Orange Line). There's a lot of shops, restaurants and it's always full of interesting characters. I'd also recommend going to the Brigham Circle area on Huntington Ave. (off of the Green Line) — it is surrounded by all of the art schools and always busy with young students. Inman Square in Somerville, Central Square in Cambridge…. All good locations!
    Of course, it is always a sight to walk around the South End, especially on the first Friday of the month because that is when most gallery openings and open studios take place. Newbury Street in Back Bay is another obvious go-to spot.

    When you're here, be sure to stop by the Museum of Fine Arts. I work there and we have a wonderful exhibit on African dress and textiles opening on April 13.

    Bon chance!

  147. Mommy of Fiona et Thalia

    April 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    wish u could come to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia someday!

  148. Alyssa

    April 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Forgot to add – Northern Liberties and Fishtown in Philadelphia – young and inspiring style!

  149. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    when are you coming to montreal???

  150. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I suggest in Philadelphia Northern Liberties, Rittenhouse Square, Olde City and in around the Temple University campus in North Philadelphia. Another great old building is the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The Academy has a world class art school and the greatest surviving example of Victorian Gothic in the US.

  151. T

    April 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    i'd like to make the kind suggestion for Denver at some point ~ some tight style finds it way for a fairly small city experience

  152. Ada

    April 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Welcome in advance! You should put Harvard Square. I agree with Cristina about the architecture school. Design students always look snazzy :)

  153. Amy

    April 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Thrilled you'll be in Boston!

    Architecturally Speaking:
    Do not miss the Boston Public Library. I live around the corner but only just recently discovered it. There's a gorgeous courtyard in the middle that is so peaceful and serene, you forget your in the middle of a bustling city. Just outside in Copley Square is a beautiful old church situated immediately next to a modern, glass office building. I've always loved the contrast between the two. The Christian Science Center is a stunning building with an infinity pool and fountain on its grounds.

    For the Views:
    Cross the Seaport Blvd bridge and take a left down the foot path for a breathtaking view of Boston – especially as the sun sets. On the other side, Memorial Drive in Cambridge (over the Mass Ave Bridge) has an incredible skyline view.

    People & Places:
    To echo some other suggestions, Newbury Street, South End (especially Tremont/Union Park/Shawmut,) SoWa, Boston Common/Public Garden, North End, and Downtown Crossing. The Financial District all but shuts down on the weekend, so you probably won't see many passers by.

    I think you'll be surprised by how walkable a city Boston is. You can cover end to end in about 2 hours at a normal walking pace. I'm happy to offer any other recommendations & sincerely hope we bump into each other :)

  154. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Harvard Yard and Harvard Square are both filled with stylish students and visitors. Plus there will be gorgeous red brick backdrops!

  155. Andrea0290

    April 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Newbury Street

    Huntington and Mass Ave near Berklee and Northeastern University – a lot of international students

    Harvard Square !!!

  156. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    OMGG im so excited!! cant wait ! def newbury st and huntington ave!

  157. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    newbury st, near northeastern university and mass ave.. alot of fashion! hope to see u!

  158. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Philadelphia is a neighborhood city.

    Go to 50th and Baltimore Ave in W. Philly
    gorgeous old Victorian architecture, trolley tracks, porches, gospel music in the park, food co-op, hippies, artists, gentrifiers, african immigrants, murals, bikes, community accupuncture

    South Philly Italian Market Christian and 9th
    and further south along Passyunk Ave near 12th street.

    Northern Liberties/ Kensington/Fishtown, Lofts, Artists, feels a little like a smaller Brooklyn warehouse district. Neighborhoods in rapid transition.

    I also really like the cute little colonial houses, window boxes and occasional byob restaurant of Queen's Village. Catherine, Fitzwater, Bainbridge east of 6th street

  159. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Go to the waterfront in Boston! Louis is down there which is the best retail store in Boston and so is the ICA… Make sure you go to Sam's for lunch in Louis…Both beautiful buildings filled with interesting people and amazing views!

  160. theTrendyDwarf

    April 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    For Boston, I would strongly suggest Newbury Street, Copley District, Harvard Square, and the store LouisBoston. I can't wait until you visit Boston because you seriously will not regret it. Bryanboy visited Boston and enjoyed his stay here in this wonderful city. I hope it's the same with you when you come visit.
    Check out my trendy blog!

  161. Josh

    April 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    West Philadelphia is not nearly as dangerous or as destitute as some folks seem to think. There's great food (I recommend Bobby Flay's burger joint "Bobby's Burger Palace"), fantastic schools (Drexel and UPenn), and plenty of vibrant people.

    I also recommend the Reading Terminal Market. It's right in Center City and in addition to being an intense melting pot of styles of food, it is also a crossroads for a lot of different kinds of people who want a tasty lunch. Same with the Italian Market!

  162. Aisling

    April 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Rittenhouse & Northern Liberties for Philly!

  163. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Rittenhouse Square and Main st. Manayunk in Philly for sure!!

  164. Amanda Courtney

    April 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

    In Boston Jamaica Plain and the area around Boston Garden/ the MOMA and the MOCA on a nice day

  165. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

    The first Friday of every month brings wonderful art and people out onto the streets of Old City, Philadelphia. Some of my favorite people watching…

  166. gourmette

    April 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Thrilled to hear that you will be visiting my hometown, Philadelphia, and looking forward to your photographs from the City of Brotherly Love!

  167. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Linden Street, Allston

  168. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 1:00 am


    You must go to Good! 88 Charles Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Goods from John Derian, necklaces, scarves, leather goods, knick knacks, jewelry, etc. Beautiful homes and beautiful shops around the shop as well.

  169. Tanisha

    April 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

    And u most definitely need to come to Houston! jussayin

  170. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Come to Montreal…its interesting cause its an interesting cross between america and Europe…see for yourself…
    Also check out my friend's website:

  171. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 2:19 am

  172. Bronwyn

    April 5, 2011 at 3:06 am

    In Boston, I'd check out what's going on over at Berklee on Mass Ave and probably Central Square in Cambridge – all the Harvard students kind of mesh together after a while.
    JP (Jamaica Plain) is a pretty good place to go, too!
    As for architecture, the Isabella is my favourite museum…

  173. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 3:25 am

    In Philadelphia the Art Museum is a must and even more so the little known and often overlooked Rodin Museum that is nearby. Rittenhouse Square, City Hall, Penn's Landing, South Street…there are many wonderful places to discover in Philly. I look forward to seeing images from my old home town! (Don't forget the Liberty Bell!)

  174. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 3:28 am

    if you're up to exploring the Main Line ( scene for Katharine Hepburn's Philadelphia story) take the r5 train from philadelphia. architecturally beautiful historic homes.
    in philly- south street, rittenhouse square, the italian market, old city, manyunk, are all worth exploring

  175. The Frontier

    April 5, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Come to the urban Inc building in the navy yard. Loads of Great outfits going and the area is lovely.

    I work for the free people there, if you want to come along I can give you my contact.


  176. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 5:11 am


    Kenmore Square and the Symphony Area
    The Mass Ave Area of Back Bay.
    Newbury Street is definitely thriving with tourists and some fashionistas.
    Berklee College of Music may have some fashionable kids enrolled.
    Harvard Square.
    Do not forget the Beacon Hill area and Faneuil Hall.

  177. Moria BM

    April 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I wish you would come to Israel too. We have great style and architecture with an intresting mix of old & new.

  178. Cynthia

    April 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Two Philly ideas for you. First, Philly is a major medical town. If you go to the area surrounding Jefferson hospital you can get some really great street style with the muc of stylish people walking about in their white coats. Plus the architecture is beautiful. Its the area on Walnut between 9th and 10th. Also extending to Chestnut street.
    Theres a plaza on campus where everyone flocks in the nice weather.
    Also putting in a vote for Passayunk avenue in South Philly. Great mix of hipsters and true South Philly residents.

  179. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Here is link to Magic Gardens. Amazing mosaics! Also, new garden restaurant by Aimee Olexy opening–Talula's Garden-Washington Square area-sister to Talula's Table from Kennett Square-article in Nytimes Sun Mag a few years back. Sure to be beautiful setting and people. Can't miss with Barnes Foundation-beautiful art soon to be dismantled and moved.

  180. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Austin Texas would love to have you!

  181. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 8:06 am

    northern liberties & old city in philly! must stop by topstitch on 3rd street.

  182. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 8:09 am

    First comment on the board is about Chicago, same question. Any chance that you'll come to Chicago? It feels like Southern CA in the summer and you see a lot of character on the street. Good luck with everything!


    April 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

    !!!!!!COME TO MONTREAL!!!!!!!!!
    one of the most stylish cities out there!!!

  184. Rebecca

    April 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    LOVE that you are coming to Boston! Lots of students, creative people, and geeks…you'll get some great shots! I'd start out in the South End, as everyone has been saying…walk down Tremont Street and Washington Street…eat at Myers and Chang on Washington Street; the waitstaff alone should provide good fodder for your blog.

    Then, head to Harvard Square, and just walk! Students everywhere. Grab at coffee at Algiers Coffee House.

    If you have time, check out Fort Point/the Waterfront. The upscale shop Louis Boston has a gorgeous, modern new waterfront location, and the Institute of Contemporary Art has a fantastic space on the water as well. Eat at Sportello and drink at Drink.

    Welcome to Boston!

  185. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

    NewBerry Street would definitely be hte best place to visit in BOSTON!!!

  186. penny

    April 5, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Two more Boston ideas:

    If you're walking around the Back Bay/Newbury Street area, you should definitely pop your head in the Boston Public Library McKim Building at Copley Square. The entry hall, courtyard, Sargent stairway….

    Also not to be missed, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, at the Fenway, breathtaking.

  187. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Two people have mentioned it, but if you go to Boston the one place you should not miss is Bobby from Boston on Thayer street in the South End. DO NOT MISS this place has an amazing collection of vintage menswear, and is the most elegant interesting store I've ever seen in the US. Walking in can often feel like literally going back in time.

  188. tbd

    April 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

    You should book a travel to Portugal and see Porto and Lisbon :)
    Great work!

  189. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Don't know nothing about Boston or Philadelphia but I could certainly tell you were to find me and all of my well dressed good looking friends in Chicago! Think about it:)

  190. Denise Fike

    April 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Alas, Style in Philadelphia is hard to come by.
    I am a fashion artist,,
    and have taught at the universities in Philadelphia, so I know of what I speak. Plenty of lovely architecture, gardens and great food. Try Dandelion 17th near Walnut.
    The best fashion shop in town is JOAN SHEPP @ 16th and Walnut.
    And for the very best in fashion Chic art, please visit my studio at 734 Pine. 267-968-1849.
    It would be great to meet you.

  191. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I drove to Philly ( from Southampton NY ) specifically to see the Barnes Foundation collection of fabulous early 20th century paintings housed in a purpose built museum. The surrounding neighborhood quite beautiful. If you go to the Barnes you need to reserve in advance. It is extraordinary and I will guess as a visually oriented person you will want to take in these great artists. For me, the Matisse mural alone is worth the trip. Enjoy!

  192. Jackie

    April 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

    come to cambridge! harvard square…there are lots of stylish students !!

  193. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 9:36 am

    First Friday in Old City is a great suggestion that someone else already posted. Also, Fishtown/Northern Liberties.
    I hope you enjoy yourself. Ben Franklin Parkway will have beautiful architectural photo ops, as will City Hall.

  194. erino

    April 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

    You can always find a wide range of style at Eastern Standard Kitchen in Kenmore. Plus Fenway is around the corner, so the sox fans are out in their sports gear.
    I also think the people Davis Sq in Somerville have a very eclectic style – mixing hipster and vintage in truly interesting ways.

  195. pattaya.h

    April 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

    in addition to going to the typical fashionable places in boston, i'd suggest going to allston/brighton for a more diverse and unique crowd (hipsters, hobos, etc). packard's corner, harvard ave, brighton ave, commonwealth ave, just go through boston university and you'll find it. just pretty much anything around there. there's a pretty great thrift store called urban renewals right on brighton ave that always has random kids looking for great finds

    a friend of a friend drew this lovely depiction of allston

    also jamaica plain. it's very different from the rest of boston. i don't really know the area, but the whitehaus family record always has cool things and hip kids coming in and out to play shows.

  196. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Beacon Hill area and Marlborough street in Back Bay are two of the most traditional "Boston-looking" streets with the brownstones and quaint feeling everywher. Also a lot of traditional new england dressing with some eccentric thrown in.

  197. Eden White

    April 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Coolidge Corner Theatre in (surprise surprise) Coolidge Corner. It's a really old, very special movie theatre that has a lot of character and some great movies playing! Stop by BU while your there!

  198. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

    In Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square and Northern Liberties.

  199. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I agree with the statements regarding the Northern Liberties. The scene in the neighborhood is an eclectic mix of artists, fashionistas, moms, babies, singles–all kinds of people. I work at a restaurant on Liberty Walk and am always scoping out the looks walking around–especially as the weather breaks! Stop in to El Camino Real for a margarita. It is an ideal local for people watching!

  200. Mandy

    April 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Northern Liberties and Rittenhouse Square are a must PLUS head over towards Naval Square… Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Free People are headquartered there so you are sure to find plenty of quirky-chic fashion folks to shoot. Reading Terminal Market for a great mix of people (and grab yourself a delicious snack).
    So excited to visit my hometown through your lens!

  201. Juliana

    April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    For Philly, I would recommend the area affectionately known as the gayborhood for a wide range and oft-eclectic mixing. It's right near Rittenhouse, to the East of Broad street in the Walnut-Spruce area (whereas Rittenhouse is to the West) so you could go straight from there to the pure class of Rittenhouse Park.

    We hope to see you around!

  202. these are days

    April 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

    It's so exciting that you're coming to Philly. Walnut Street is a big shopping street, and I always see well-dressed people there. Also, Rittenhouse Square.

  203. Bryun

    April 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I def recommend Northern Liberties and walking through the main thoroughfare there on 2nd street (around 2nd street & Poplar. You will find an eclectic mix of people here. I guess you could call it Philly's Williamsburg. The Piazza at Schmidts is really cool. There is also a house on Poplar Street that was recently recognized by Architectural Record.

    You will find interesting people in Old City. Lots of galleries on Arch Street (3rd and Arch is a reference point).

    Rittenhouse is nice as well.
    Check out restaurants Parc and Rouge on a nice day for some al fresco dining.

    I like Fairmount because of the old prison. It's a classic old school prison, now open for tours, and it has a very powerful and ominous presence…pretty cool. Check out Fairmount Ave between 25th and 21st streets. The Art Museum (which currently has an exhibit on men's tailoring) is iconic and gorgeous of course and that is right next to that neighborhood. The Rodin Museum is close by and I love the dome in the Franklin Institute (the dome at the Ritz is also very nice).

    I will plug my alma mater, UPenn. It is a beautiful campus. Check out the Fine Arts Library off Locust Walk.

    Don't know Boston as well, but stop by Bodega and just walk up to the vending machine in the back. I like Cambridge for the professor types you see in their stereotypical ivy wear. MIT has some really interesting buildings as well.

  204. Olivia

    April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Check out Quincy market in Boston – it is ideal for people watching, whilst feasting on some great food from around the world (if you can choose from the vast selection!) Keep up the great work. x

  205. Erin

    April 5, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Try to visit Philadelphia on a Saturday around 12 noon so you can check out the farmers' market in Clark Park – 43rd & Baltimore Ave in West Philly. All the young hipster/alternative/activist style you could possibly want, and excellent Amish pastries to boot.

  206. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I'm so excited your making your way to Boston……you mentioned a little over a year ago that you might stop here on your book tour. I rushed out and bought the book, which I love but a signed copy would have been better ;)

  207. Hilary Grace

    April 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Boston: Newbury Street and Harvard Square for sure. I think you'll really enjoy it! (I may be biased, as it's my hometown.) As for Philly I'm pretty sure South Philly is where it's at. So excited for your finds!!

  208. Hilary Grace

    April 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Oh and Davis Square in Somerville, as well!

  209. Laura

    April 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Do NOT listen to anyone who says South Street for Philly! It is the city's equivalent to the Jersey Shore Boardwalk. There are a few good places there, but a lot of the stores are reminiscent of those heat-press t-shirt places. Northern Liberties is the place to go.

    I also noticed a few people suggested Temple University… I would love for you to visit us, but I'm not sure you would like it here! Most students are the jeans and hoodies type. Though if you come on a warm and sunny day, you might find some stylish students lounging by the bell tower.

  210. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

    A commenter from Philadelphia mentioned Independence Hall and "Delaney" Street. It's actually Delancey, and it's worth seeing. As you'll see on the map, it doesn't go straight through the way the larger streets do. It runs between Spruce and Pine; in the Society Hill area (not far from Independence Hall) it goes from Front to 4th, then 5th to 8th. On the west side, it starts at 17th and runs to around 24th. (It's just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square; I agree with everyone about that.) Beautiful, beautiful street and houses.

    And yes, do avoid South Street. Really.

  211. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Boston is amazing, fashionable, understated, and architecture and food are phenomenal!

  212. Her

    April 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Philadelphia has a truly great mix of people from all over the world. It's beautiful to see how much everyone brings to the table. It can be difficult to pinpoint a place that has style that could define or should represent the city.

    I have lived left of center in West Philly for about 6 years. Go out on a nice day and I promise everyone from everywhere will be at the park. No matter what neighborhoods you choose, find the closest park. We dress to impress on a sunny day.

  213. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

    In Boston, The Regal Beagle in Brookline for great food. Brookline is a small semi-suburban neighborhood, a Park Slope type, easy to get to on the T Green Line. Get off at Coolidge Corner and its just down Harvard Street. The chef won an episode of Chopped which is pretty neat, and the place is really small with a cool interior. Two words…textured walls. Bon apetit :)

  214. Michele (aka Gidget)

    April 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I am always hoping you will include more 'regular' subjects in your posts instead of only uber wealthy fashion industry types. There are PLENTY of hip po folk out there, too, Scott. Share the love.

  215. Lulu's Feather

    April 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I live in Boston – think it's great you are coming, but hope you aren't disappointed in personal styles. Newbury St. tends to be trendy without being truly inspired.
    As others have suggested, South End, Harvard Square might be good. And for representation of older, more classic styles, some of the areas of North End will be wonderful.
    Architecture – Back Bay, South End, Harvard University. Someone mentioned the Mapparium – great idea.
    Wish I could see you in action!

  216. Angela

    April 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Any plans to come out West? Denver is a cow town at heart, but we have some great style here too!

  217. JG

    April 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Seeing as you are always in Italia, you must visit Bottega Fiorentina on Newbury St (Where you can also find the default to shopping Street in Boston). Bottega is very unassuming, Authentically Italian, and made with whole fresh ingredients, having spent a great deal of time studying in Rome, I felt like I was back in Italy for a minute.

    The Northend is the default Italian spot, but Bottega will not disappoint.

  218. Marianna

    April 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    SOOOO excited to see you're coming to Philly!!! I think University City is the place to go to see what young adults are wearing. University of Penn's central area is called Locust Walk and it's between 34th and 40th and Locust. Also, Drexel has some pretty well-dressed fashion majors (one of the top fashion schools in the country!), once you sift through all the frat boy engineers. Also, Rittenhouse Square (19th and walnut) is a classic spot and a high traffic area.

  219. La Celato Bella

    April 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    For Boston:
    Back Bay area (Newbury Street) is likely going to be the most fashion-saturated area. Also, right next to Newbury St. across the bridge is Cambridge, which would also be worth visiting (Main Street or Broadway and thereabouts). Newbury Street tends to attract an older audience while Cambridge tends to attract younger students and the like. Enjoy.

  220. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    mount auburn cemetery and lunch at Sofra

  221. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Mt Auburn cemetery
    and lunch at Sofra
    Edward Gorey exhibit at The Boston Athenaeum get a tour of the Athenaeum

  222. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    MIT museum

  223. Gabriella

    April 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Boston is lovely!
    I agree with what everyone has said so far about the South End: fashionable, older crowd and great restaurants.
    Harvard Square is bustling and always charming.
    The Fenway area around the Museum of Fine Arts always has some interestingly dressed patrons as well.

  224. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I won't rehash any of the Philly comments. I'm a local and your readers seem to be steering you in the right direction. The looks you'll find will range according to neighborhood, so visit a few and you'll be able to see all kinds of stuff.

    I just can't figure out for the life of me why some people are telling you to check out South Street. Why? No local would ever recommend that. It used to be something edgy. Now it's watered down and a hang out for suburbanites who come into town for a night.

    I also second dinner at Amada. Amazing!

  225. jessica

    April 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I think you may be disappointed when visiting Boston. I lived there for many years and found that it is a city that loves fashion and it's labels but does not have a lot of sophisticated and independent style.

  226. chipper

    April 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    south end and the back bay are great suggestions for boston — but if you are looking for quirky, head to davis square in somerville, centre street in jamaica plain, or central square.

  227. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    please please post a list of the best places you find in both of these cities so that we can all enjoy as well. thanks.

  228. bbricen

    April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    South End, South End, South End. There are fashionable people to be found all over Boston, but a few times a day, I see Sartorialist worthy people in the South End. And the architecture is beautiful.

  229. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I shall make my case again for visiting Canada. Have no idea why I have never seen any Cdn. photos from u. There are several fashion weeks to view in our fair country. I would suggest, Montreal or Toronto fashion week. Perhaps you have seen those previewed by Jeanne B on FT recently. Pls consider coming to visit.

  230. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Northern Liberties/Fishtown neighborhoods for sure. No Libs especially is very hipster/artsy, but Fishtown is very up and coming and is starting to get taken over by the young and hip. Worth checking out. Both areas have a somewhat run down, industrial feel combined with new boutiques, bars, and galleries.

  231. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    In Boston:

    -Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    -Harvard's Carpenter Center (building from Le Corbusier)

    -North End area

  232. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    In Boston–Davis Square for all the hip Tufts students, Harvard Square, and Back Bay, especially for the architecture. A lot of creative young people live in Allston/Brighton. Southie and Charlestown would probably have some really stylish old men. Really beautiful views down by the waterfront and on the Charles with all the crew teams practicing (love that dirty water.)

  233. EB Blass

    April 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    In Philadelphia, I'd suggest the Rittenhouse and Washington Square West areas as best for people watching. Old City and South Street are good, too.

  234. Sarah

    April 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I second the anon commented who recommended Bobby's of Boston–dreamy men's vintage clothing in a roomy, gorgeously styled store in the SOWA district on the edge of the South End. And Salmagundi is a wonderful little outpost of hats and wonderful accessories in Jamaica Plain, our beloved hippie-hipster neighborhood.

    You should NOT leave Boston, though, without visiting Charlie Davidson at the Andover Shop in Harvard Square. He is the king of old school prep style, and has dressed everyone from John Kerry to Miles Davis–also just a gracious and charming guy.

  235. Ayesha

    April 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Boston's a great city! But – it's populated by college kids (from Northeastern U, Boston U, Emmanuel Coll, Wellesley C, and the list goes on!). So, you'll find that the generic style is made of NorthFace jackets, Uggs or those shiny rainboots everyone seems to be fond of.

  236. Calf Muscles

    April 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    as someone born and raised in PHL i'm interested to see what you find shoot-worthy in my lovely city. for the most part i don't see too many people taking risks fashion-wise. even "edgy" or "alternative" NoLibs isn't much mode than Williamsburg South as far as style goes… Still looking fwd to your postings!

  237. Home Glamour Now

    April 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I love your blog. It is very inspiring, I love the idea about you traveling to other cities in US but I wish we could see through your eyes also other cities in the world than Milano, London or Paris. I am sure it would be amazing to see the fashion through your eyes on the streets of Moscow, Buenos Aires or Amsterdam.

  238. BSullivan

    April 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Anyone who said to go to South Street in Philly has not been either young or to Philly in the last 15 years. South Street is a disaster unless you're off the main drag. Skip South Street entirely between Front and 8th. After that, near Whole Foods (10th) and in Graduate Hospital (20th, give or take), you're OK.

    Beyond that:
    1. University City and slightly beyond Penn for a both ivy league prep and hipster chic.
    2. South Philly–Bella Vista, Passyunk Square and surrounding areas for the hip and the smartly dressed young professionals.
    3. Northern Liberties.
    4. Fishtown (eastern Girard & East Girard).
    5. Rittenhouse Square.

  239. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm


    Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, South End, Back Bay, Allston (Harvard/Brighton Ave).

    See also Cambridge–Harvard, Central, Davis and Porter Squares.

  240. bethany

    April 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You also might want to check out the Philadelphia International Festival of Arts (running April 7th-May 1st). There should be some interesting types around-

    I'd also recommend South Philly purely for what they're doing with Consignment shops.

  241. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    newbury st in boston

  242. Maddie

    April 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Come to the Navy Yard! URBN employees are super stylish. We would love to have you come see our home!!

    Also Rittenhouse Square of course has some good style.

  243. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm


    A new area of town is Midtown Village – check out – it runs along 12th – 15th streets along Spruce, Locust, Walnut, Sansom, Chestnut and Market.

    Just sit at 18th and Walnut, at the entrance to Rittenhouse Square park, you'll get some good ones.

    The Comcast Center is full of sharp dressed men and women and the building itself is amazing… 17th and JFK – Suburban Street Station (gain access through the Comcast Building) is a good train stop to get a few shots.

    Other than that, the other obvious location would be Old City (2nd and Market street).

    Love the site – can't wait to see what locals make the cut!

  244. Henri

    April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm


    Rittenhouse square park:
    Location: 1715 Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Old city

    Go the first friday of every month if you can to old city (all the art galleries open)
    Location: Third and Arch street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

  245. Greta

    April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    One more vote for Centre St in Jamaica Plain! If you sit in the big windows at City Feed (especially on a weekend day) and look out for a bit you're bound to see something good.

  246. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    When you come to Philadelphia, do us all a favor and stay away from South Street. It's a little embarrassing that some people would consider that a stylish.

    Definitely recommend Reading Terminal Market–huge indoor farmers market, with lots and lots of interesting and ethnic food kiosks. Also a really great mesh of people.

    You can sometimes find something unique in Chinatown (around cherry, vine, race streets), and Queen Village around Bainbridge street.

    Please please please don't go to South Street though. Massive tourist trap, and the only people I've seen there are tourists from the suburbs who've come to get cheesesteaks and look at "Magic Gardens".

  247. JORIEN.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm


    Berklee College of Music area
    Beacon Hill

    And MUST visit Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for inspiration.

  248. Semone

    April 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I felt left out for a while! I see a lot of awesome style around center city west! Ritenhouse Square, 17th-21st (Market street, Walnut Street and Chestnutt). You must visit the Art Museum, Kelly Drive and the newly built Comcast center! I can't wait to see the pictures you take!!

  249. Alejandro

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm


  250. Becky

    April 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I think these cities are great but would also suggest Detroit. Sounds crazy, I know, but the eclectic styles look great with the urban decay backdrop.

  251. Maggie

    April 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    To reiterate:

    Philly: Northern Liberties for people-watching; Silk City for brunch specifically.

    For preppies, Boston College does prep like no one else. The first day of spring is a sea of madras. For sure. (Also, make sure to check out J. Press, an EXTRAORDINARY traditional prep-wear boutique, on Mt. Auburn St. in Harvard Square)
    Newbury St. for fashionistas (more high-end towards the Common end, more hipster towards the Mass Ave. end).
    Zaftig's in Brookline for brunch. Cross the street to get drinks at Regal Beagle. And there is an incredible Mexican place on Gloucester between Boylston and Newbury downtown.

  252. mellojawn

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Check out Magazine and for places to go. The absolute best shopping is in Old City (along 3rd Street between Race and Market) and Northern Liberties and Rittenhouse Square will also offer stylish folks and shops.

  253. Antoinette J

    April 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    OLD CITY OLD CITY OLD CITY – it's the place where all the original thinkers either start or end up in Philadelphia. BEST boutiques.

  254. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    It's very hit or miss fashion wise but I'd look into the Allston area.

  255. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    For Philly it's obviously South Street ! with the magic garden. Just rock stores and thrift stores. Old, vintage, punk. Philadelphia's camden market.

  256. Colin

    April 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    If you're coming to Boston, Newbury Street is a definite go-to spot. Also, Boston University has a bunch of international students which brings quite the mix to the campus. Emerson College is also quite a trendy school. Since Boston is full of college students, campuses are your best bet!

  257. Alejandra

    April 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    It is so exciting that you are coming to boston!!! I'm a HUGE fan! Definitely visit Cambridge, Sommerville, and Jamaica Plain. You'll find lots of amazing style. Don't bother with newbury street. It is like an outdoor mall and not very exciting. Check out shawmut street in the south end and the SOWA vintage market on sundays. It's small but very interesting goodies and people. Drink is great for the cocktails, but the staff also has great style. enjoy! can't wait to see the pics!

  258. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    If you can you should make it over to Somerville. Inman, Union and Davis Squares are great because they have a lot of young, artistic and stylish people without the played out hipster vibe that you get from the college scene. Also you'll find the candy colored triple deckers, first generation immigrants and the slightly faded Boston grunge; the Boston that Hollywood knows and loves. Enjoy!

  259. coralie

    April 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    please take the time to check out the franklin on 18th street in philadelphia–grab yourself a prohibition-era cocktail and enjoy the scenery in rittenhouse square.

  260. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I definitely suggest visiting Cambridge if you'll be in Boston; Harvard Square is a very vibrant community with more than just Harvard students and lots of street presence full of energy–much more variety than downtown Boston.

  261. Shakeil

    April 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I think the thing to keep in mind when you visit Philadelphia is that at its heart, Philly is a working class, blue-collar city. It has its affluent parts, but it really is all about hard-working people and their struggles. I suggest you take a trip to West Philly, west of the UPenn and Drexel Campuses. Ride the train, as not only will you see a number of different kinds of people, but there are a series of murals on the sides of homes and buildings that you see as you ride into and out of the city from the west. Also notable are the sheer amount of murals in Philly, its hard to miss them. It is a little disparaging to hear people bashing South st. as it is one of the most historically eclectic, diverse, and cultured parts of the city. Ignore everyone that has written it off as a "tourist trap". Northern Liberties is nice, sure, but its really quite unremarkable. Whats more interesting are the areas around it, as they are some of the most down-trodden parts of the city. Also, you're really not going to see a large variety of people in Northern Liberties or Manayunk. Just predominantly white, young people that fit perfectly into the hipster archetype. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but this really isn't what Philly is all about. Focus on Center City, as this draws people from all parts of the city out, especially at night and when the weather gets nice, South street as it also brings a very diverse and interesting crowd, Rittenhouse Square, West Philly, and South Philly as in south of south street.

  262. The Less-Than Gyllenhaals

    April 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    In Boston, Beacon Hill has beautiful brownstones and tall, narrow streets–especially if you're walking down Charles Street, which is classic Boston and so, so lovely. Jamaica Plain definitely has interesting people and Newbury St is the more classic higher end spot, though not on a weekend, as it's mostly populated by tourists wearing Uggs. Both the South and North End are great for both people and architecture. Guess I'll have to make sure I'm all gussied up for your visit! Have to make sure Boston is well-represented!

  263. Wayne Silverman

    April 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Philly suggestions:
    South Street for the uber-Trendy street style. Rittehouse Square for high fashion (both men & women), West Philly has a different vibe…I'm not sure about that one. Stay out of North Philly…that's a bad 'hood.

  264. ذثذه اع

    April 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, I study in Boston and know several places. there are many boutiques at back bay (like Charles st). also there are several at Newbury st, like "Dress" @221 newbury st… many tiny places. if you are interested in those place,i'm willing to show you around.

  265. Birgit Wurster

    April 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    For Boston neighborhood fashion: the North End (old old school), Harvard Yard (preppy old school, sometimes with an edge), and the South End (eclectic). For Boston architecture: the Boston Athenaeum (old old school)
    and Community Rowing, Inc. boathouse (new school innovation)
    Enjoy the city!

  266. AlexandrA Greenawalt

    April 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    In Boston you should 'do the newb' which means walk the whole Newbury Street from Mass ave (the more rocker end) all the way to Boston common near the Ritz which is more upscale. The south end is also very chic-the marais of boston. I used to live there and there is much style to see.

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  268. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I used to live in Chicago most of my life (I am 24) and then moved to New England four years ago. The fashion sense here is more practical and classic rather than in Chicago where everyone looks the same and people are wearing whats in at the moment and people seem to buy quantity rather than quality.

    As much as I love Chicago for their architecture, museums, etc… there is something about Boston that is just charming. As mentioned there are a lot of creative vintage shops and elegant dressers all around. Why are people mentioning Newbury Street so much? Even though it has a lot of cool shops I feel that its more of an outside mall and there are cooler attractions rather than Newbury St.

  269. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    There is this lovely little greenhouse connected to the back of the stone Victorian house at the corner of Hereford and Commonwealth in Back Bay that I love walking past. And a couple of the bridges over the Charles River have lovely detail.
    I love Boston's architecture, though I've never thought we Bostonians were particularly stylish.
    However, I'm glad you are coming. I will be interested to see the city through your camera!

  270. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Dear Sartorialist, Welcome to Boston! I'd suggest you visit Inman Square in Cambridge (near to central). Fort Point is definitely good: check out the line of people waiting to enter the bar called Drink. You can find fabulous old man fashion in the North End — look for the bocce courts next to the Steriti Ice Rink. Fabulous old lady fashion at the Courtyard Restaurant at the Boston Public Library. Enjoy!

  271. michelle

    April 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    You have to see Rakia Reynolds…she is Philadelphia's Fashion Ambassador and she is the epitome of our city's style scene. You can't come to philly and not meet her…she does so much for our fashion industry.

  272. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I wish people would stop trying to make the "Midtown Village" name stick in Philly. It's the Gayborhood. Love it or leave it.

  273. Sydney

    April 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    In Boston, I would definitely walk down Newbury Street, as well as walking around the general vicinity of Harvard Square. The North End has interesting architecture and culture (largely Italian area) but I wouldn't call it the most interesting part of the city as it relates to fashion.

  274. Anonymous

    April 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    As a fellow street photographer, from Philly, this commenter from Philly said it best : Anonymous Anonymous said … (4:44 PM) :

    The Northern Liberties will yield you young, bold styles and lots of personality. The old money aesthetic is best showcased in Rittenhouse and Washington Square Parks where sophisticated older women wear their lipstick and pearls just like their mothers before them. Don't miss Chinatown for the mix of medical students and edgy ethnic ensembles. Visit South Philly for the blue collar classics that this city has been built on.

  275. dianne

    April 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Yes go to Good ,stylish women for all around the world shop their and also on charles st is 20th centry jewellery ,the best vintage shop in Boston, well besides Bobby,s of Boston in the south end . Only problem ith Boston is most people drive so you don,t get to see their loverly clothes.

  276. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Come to Harvard. Plenty of dapper gents and stylish ladies to go around.

  277. lindylaurel

    April 6, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I am excited to see the fodder from your new streets from here on the West Coast! BTW, I'm sure you know that L.A fashion is more than uggs and hoodies; there are so many subtle styles in each neighborhood. But CA doesn't appear often on the Sartorialist. Even if it's not a serious show town, it has serious style if you look carefully. Give us a chance on your next West Coast rotation!

  278. onningsons

    April 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Do not go near South Street looking for fashion. It's the tackiest tourist attraction in the city. It's akin to a cheap East Coast beach and boardwalk, and few Philly natives who know a damn about the city actually go there.

    The 9th Street Italian Market is in South Philly on S 9th Street encompassing roughly the 700 through 1100th blocks. It's huge, tons of people from all over the city visit it, and it's extremely vibrant and full of character. In particular, stop by 930 S 9th St for some shots of an amazing cheese and food store.

    If you're looking for high fashion, rich people, and the highest BMW and Lexus concentration in Philly, hang around Center City/Rittenhouse/Old City and in particular the clothing shops on Walnut and Chestnut Streets.

  279. beth

    April 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    South End for sure in Boston, but Harvard and Central Square in Cambridge too for a completely different feel. I work at MIT in Cambridge (near Central) and there is definitely some interesting style and architecture on campus there too.

  280. Alexis

    April 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

    If your going to Philly you NEED to check out Pat's Steaks on 9th and Passyunk. It's the original cheese steak!!!! Plus you have to get cheese fries, best in the world

  281. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie/Free People headquarters in the Navy Yard-its own little fashion city, really unique style.

  282. Michael Flores

    April 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I am so excited that you have contemplated, and will possibly be, coming to Philadelphia. In terms of style, Rittenhouse square will give you an interesting mix of luxury and chic. This can be contrasted with the bohemian and hipster style found in Northern Liberties. While on Walnut St. in Philadelphia, be sure to check out Joan Shepp, as she is one of the major stores that have made strides in fashion. From 15th and walnut to 20th and Walnut, you will find the fashion retailers and looks that range from business casual to Paris runway. Though Philadelphia may not be recognized as a fashion forward city, they style is much bigger than I have seen in my travels. There are a lot of tourists that add to the mix as well as art students from University of the Arts and the Arts Institute. Philadelphia will give you a variety of looks that I hope meet your expectations. I will be compiling a more in depth list as the day goes on, but just wanted to leave an introductory comment. I am very excited and cannot wait to see what is created.

  283. Style Maniac

    April 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    You must not miss artist Denise Fike. Not only does she create amazing, lifesize fashion paintings of art students and dominatrixes, but she herself just oozes with style–she walks her Great Dane in heels, hats and vintage sheath dresses uncovered on Etsy.

    She also writes a blog, Fashion Plates & Dirty Dishes.

  284. william

    April 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    In Boston Charles Street. There are tons of cute, eclectic shops lining the street. It takes from Mass General Hospital to the Common along the Charles River.

  285. Xtina

    April 6, 2011 at 10:59 am


    For Fashion:
    Newbury Street/Copley Place: High Fashion, Classic Styles
    Harvard Sq: Hippie, Urban, Eclectic, Preppy Styles
    Jamaica Plain: Urban, Boho Chic Styles

    For Architecture:
    Faneuil Hall/Government Center/State Street
    Downtown Crossing
    Union Square (in the south end)- There are a lot of beautiful "Mid-Victorian Bowlfront" (often mistaken for "Brownstones") homes.
    Beacon Hill (Many of these homes belonged to abolitionists who would help slaves escape, so their homes had many secret/side doors that are still visible today)
    Christian Science Center (it's really beautiful!)

    Backbay Area

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!

  286. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

    So excited to see what you capture and hear what you think of Boston! I hope to see you there this weekend—mid 50's and sunny!

  287. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Go the the new American Wing at the MFA for the Sargents and then walk over to the Isabella Gardener Museum just to see Sargent's Jaleo.

    The new Louis store has an amazing view across the harbor.

    And you won't be sorry, while in Harvard Square, stopping in for coffee and chocolates or a pastry at Burdick's (it's on Brattle St)

  288. Meg

    April 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    If you're coming to Boston, of course you need to check out the touristy Newbury. But if you want real Boston, you need to go to Charles Street/Beacon Hill, Harvard Sq (technically Cambridge), and the South End, especially during the SoWa market times (saturdays, 10 – 4). Walking around on the Boston Common is a good bet too – on a sunny day you'll get Bostonians from every corner. There is also the area around the Institute of Contemporary Art, which is on the water and beautiful itself. Hope you enjoy
    Boston as much as I do!

  289. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Emerson College has the most unique looking students. Right downtown!

  290. Alex Frankel

    April 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    To reiterate what many have said, Northern Liberties in Philadelphia is a great neighborhood to check out. Additionally, Mifflin Street in between 15th and 17th, Rittenhouse Square, and Penn's Campus. Not worth seeing any of the rest of West Philadelphia with the exception of Penn's campus. If you need restaurant/bar recommendations, click through to my page and I'll be happy to provide.

  291. Elena

    April 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    How exciting!! I actually live in Boston at the moment… I would definitely visit Harvard for the vintage architectural feel and great street ambiance! South end and Newbury street are the best for streetstyle, although walking around colleges anywhere in Boston is pretty inspiring. For food try Gaslight and Paramount for great brunches. If you come close to Boston Uniersity on Commonwealth Avenue let me know!

  292. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm


    A few notes on some of the incredible museums: The Rodin Museum is currently under serious construction. The Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion is spectacular and will be moving into center city in the next year or so. I believe this is the last year it will be in operation. Because of the move, a few of the galleries are closed. Not only do you have to call to book in advance, but it would be worth checking to see what galleries are not currently open to the public. There is a Chagall exhibition up at the Museum of Art in the Perelman Building (a beautifully restored deco building that once housed an insurance company).

    In addition to the good suggestions above, I second (third?) taking a walk or bike ride on Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. There are a number of great boutiques and vintage stores in addition to one pretty great restaurant (Fond).

  293. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    i have lived in both of these cities for 4yrs,so i'm really glad you are going to both.
    a special treat for philly is "first Fridays" like it's name suggests it happens every first friday of the month in "old city". On these nights Museums, Galleries, & shops stay open late to host the crowds that flock to Most places are free and some even serve coctails. as well artisans of all types line the streets to perfom and or sell their works of art/jewelry. this night is a real gem.

  294. Sarah

    April 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    For Boston:

    I think someone mentioned SoWa, but it hasn't received the attention it deserves in the comments. It is home to the most 'Sartorialist' vintage store, Bobby from Boston. Ralph Lauren goes there for inspiration, and it is DEFINITELY worth a visit with the owner.

    'Classic' Boston is the North End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill (Especially Louisburg Square) etc. 'Cooler' Boston is Jamaica Plain, Allston/Brighton, Roslindale and Somerville. For the middle of the two, check out Louis Boston's new home on the waterfront next to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

    I would BIKE. Boston is a great biking city, and there are great bike paths throughout the city, especially in Frederick Law Olmestead's Emerald Necklace.

    Ahh I miss Boston so much. Currently studying abroad in the Middle East.

  295. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    For Philly: Rittenhouse park area gets a lot of people traffic, mix of young kids and the older rich people that actually live there.
    Northern Liberties into Old City; check out the boutique Sugarcube, one of the few good shops in that area.
    In Northern Liberties there is a kind of fake american piazza with a giant tv screen people watch sports on and theres tons of different kinds of events there, decent people watching; often nicely dressed men and women.
    University City area in West Philly. Drexel and Penn being around there. Lots of international students and thus one of the more diverse areas of the city.
    Dont go to South Street as was mentioned; its been beat for a long time now. Try South Philly around the Italian Market.
    People might say to go to Fishtown because its one of those 'up and coming' areas but while theres the young folks that might work in your photos there's also hoards of people leaving their homes in pajama pants.
    The Art Museum is also a good spot.
    Philly is a working class city, less ambitious for better and worse than many cities like it. Its not exactly filled with high fashion but plenty of stylish people to be found.
    Or just walk around Center City cause thats where you will find the most people.

  296. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Bodega is one of those unexpected hole in the walls that has only recently come into the hipster spotlight. You must go there and check out the custom nike sneakers and such; the only entrance is a hidden vending machine in a convenience store.

  297. Beezkwee

    April 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I live in philadelphia. I work in fashion. And I must say that you will find the most fashionably dressed people in Old City and (as much as I hate to say it) Rittenhouse Sq area. If you're looking for great architecture, head to Old City without a doubt. There is a street called Elfreth's Alley that is one of the oldest standing residential streets in the entire country. It's absolutely breathtaking. You also have the area between Broad and the 20's which have incredible, quiet side-streets where cars can barely fit. You'll be pleasantly surprised!!

  298. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Definitely come to the University of Pennsylvania. I recently transferred in to the uni, and I can vouch that Penn kids dress quite sharply!

  299. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    In Philly, do not go to south street, it's for the tourists. Try to visit the URBN headquarters in the navy yard.

    RIttenhouse Square has upscale boutiques and classic fashion, but if you want to see the heart of the city, head to passyunk square or northern liberties; both areas that are going through a revitalization.

  300. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    You'd be crazy not to check out Bobby from Boston.

  301. PhilaFille

    April 7, 2011 at 12:50 am

    -South street–somewhat tacky east of 10th, but something you may want to experience to get a feel for an infamous part of the city
    -Old city–where frat boys go to die
    -Washington West/Gayborhood–adorable alternakids
    -Center city/Rittenhouse–mashup. At the "higher" end restaurants & bars you can check out the Philly "socialites" who still think tanning is pretty. But the park is a must-hit and you'll probably see the widest scope of people here.
    -South Philly–another can't miss. Including Grad Hospital, Italian Market, and South Street west of Broad St. IMO, the artsy kids in the Center City South and the uni kids in West Philly have the best, most electic, most truly creative style.
    -West Philly–see above.
    -Northern Liberties–was once cool and now a little too scene and passee. A bit too full of identical, "hipster" (read: plaid) street style, or outer-neighborhood wannabes who want to feel alternative for the night. West and South Philly will always feel more creative and authentic.

  302. MichaelBilyk

    April 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Lots of cool places up and down 2nd and 3rd street in center city along market street (this is where first friday takes places). You can make your way from there society hill (basically the area below market and above south street between 8-2nd), which is quite beautiful, to South Street, which is a cool place to check out. Jim's steaks is there if you want a good philly cheese steak (avoid pat's and geno's, bad steaks but good if you want a spectacle.) From there you can reach the italian market which is centered around 9th and Christian. Around 4 or 5 block down from south street. It is great, check out the Cheese shops especially DiBruno's. I also suggest checking out the Rittenhouse Area around 18th and Walnut extending south. Also West Philly is very unique. It starts out with UPenn in 34-40 block below market and extend outwards down baltimore avenue through a jewish neighborhood 43-47 to a neighborhood that is kind of picking up. around 50. It is a nice area, there is a great coffee shop on 48th and baltimore called the gold standard. Also, some nice things around 50th.

    Fishtown/ Northern Liberties is a real cool place right now in philly. A lot of young people and a lot of bars. Hard to get to though if you don't have a car.

    Another outlying area is main st. in Manayunk, But that is not as hip and young as east falls.

    In summary here is a list:
    2nd and 3rd Street Center city (especially during first friday)
    Old City (above market on 2nd and 3rd)
    Society Hill (Below Market on 2nd and 3rd)
    Historic Philadelphia (8-3rdish)
    South Street between 6th and 2nd
    Italian Market (6th and Christian)
    DiBruno's Brothers and other cheese shops in the Italian Market
    West Philly – University City
    West Philly Baltimore Ave.
    Fishtown/Northern Liberties
    Main St., Manayunk
    East Falls

    There is also Chestnut Hill, which is right next to Mt. Airy (my home) These to areas are really nice and full of trees, there is Germantown avenue in Chestnut hill. Its a nice and beautiful place but you won't find many trendy or stylish people, very residential there.

  303. Linda

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 am

    the sartorialist traveling to boston might just be the single greatest thing i've ever heard. as mentioned before, newbury street has great shopping and captures the spirit of bostonian dressing, with a few eccentricities here and there. hope you're still in boston on the 16th!

  304. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Come to Penn's campus! Lots of trendy young people!

  305. Eighteen

    April 7, 2011 at 3:34 am

    For Philly, spend some time riding the Broad Street Line, or lurking around the City Hall/15th street station. That's where you'll get a good cross-section.

  306. Nicole C.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Philly- Check out if your are there the first friday of the month then check out the art shows on 2nd street called First Friday, in Olde City. U Arts Kids on broad street. Bob and Barbara's and Tritone ( both bars) on 16th and South Street – the non tourist part. Dirty Franks is a great grungy dirty bar with lots of bike messenger type and hipsters. The Cantina on Passayunk. That whole area is pretty good. The Standard Tap in Northern LIberties and for sure West Philly but off the Penn Campus. Clark Park is really great too.

    I lived in Philly for 10 years and now I am in Italy. Just north in Bergamo. You should stop up here on your next trip if you get a chance. Just lovely.

  307. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Please come to Boston College! Classic collegiate

  308. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

    For Philly, I'd check out the people coming and going around the Union League and the Ritz on Broad for high end fashion along with Rittenhouse area.

    The Gayborhood/Midtown Village area is full of great restaurants, shops and great people (13th between Chestnut and Locust).

  309. Leonard

    April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Interestingly, individuals "see" life/art/culture thru their own narrow "lenses." How unfortunate!

    I digress; when visiting Philly "DO" see some parts of vibrant West Philly (30-69th sts.)- along with the Clark Park area (Univ. of Penn/Drexel off of Baltimore Ave.) It will be flux w/ diy, ecclectic boho, groovy 'ethnic' looks, steam punk, and Vintage-Revival revelers (my word!). Did someone say "Left Bank"?

    Sure, there will always be the scrubbed polished looks (my MOM!) of a Rittenhouse Square and tony Manayunk. But feisty Center City rocks too: near/around 10th & Market (near Macy's), 2nd & Mrkt., JFK Blvd. and 15th., Broad & Walnut St., 17th & Chestnut Sts. *and that entire corridor, Chestnut Hill, South Philly/'Italian Market', along w/ South Street.

    Simply, we are a city of heterogenous corridors w/ "encrypted" (my word!) fashion monologues that make a sublime fashion statement: Ne plus
    ultra! *Wink Wink*

  310. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    harvard square, definitely. the area around the barker center rotunda (right outside the yard) and harvard yard are all great places to start.

  311. Aimee

    April 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Crema Cafe in Harvard Square, Cambridge. I am constantly amazed by how beautiful the customers and baristas are! And the lattes are amazing.

  312. Noelle

    April 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Northern Liberties in Philly for sure. I was visiting a friend in Philly back in February and it was by far the coolest neighborhood I'd seen in a while – kind of Williamsburg, BK with a dash of San Francisco flair.

    Also, check out the Somerville/Cambridge line in Boston – lots of young, hip professionals and students.

  313. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Northern Liberties/Fishtown area will give you the most eyecatching mix – 11-13th streets, too.

  314. Anna

    April 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    in philly… definitely rittenhouse…also many art schools in philly so check around broad st. between pine and walnut for some good eclectic fashion. italian market for sure.

  315. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    If you're looking for Boston style as opposed to fashion, visit Davis Square and Union Square in Somerville. There's good people watching in Union Square on Saturday mornings during the Farmer's Market. Harvard Square is just a 20 minute walk from here. Stop in at Dali on Washington/Kirkland Street for a sangria; the owners and staff all have their own unique styles.

  316. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    In Philadelphia you should DEF visit the Navy Yard in South Philly where the Urban Outfitters Campus is (5000 South Broad Street). It's a little oasis of creative, talented and well dressed people. The buildings are converted warehouses and have a great vibe as well. You won't be disappointed! Just tell the naval officer at the gates that you're visiting Urban and they'll let you through.

  317. Anna

    April 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I live in Philadelphia…you'll have to walk for miles and miles to find just a few people with the kind of style that appears on your blog. I hope you prove me wrong.

  318. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm


    Lots of people have said Newbury and Boylston St: worth visiting, I'd say, but still quite slick, and less ecclectic styles.

    Copley Square for architecture, and the North End. Copley Square overlooks the Library on one side, and on the other, a huge glass building, juxtaposed with a gothic church. Plus, there's a market on Copley Sq regularly. The North End is twisty and cool.

    However, I believe you should just have a walk around: get a feel of the city. Boston's small enough to comfortably get lost in.

  319. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    4th Wall Arts Salon in Philadelphia has the most beautiful audience. This month will be at the Museum of American Jewish History on April 23rd.

  320. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    West Philly, 50th and Baltimore. Trust me.

  321. Mike

    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    There's a custom men's shop called Commonwealth Proper in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Craig and Aaron, who run the place, are some of the best-dressed guys you'll see in the city.

  322. Yulia

    April 8, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Great to hear you are coming to Boston! Theatre District (corner of Tremont and Boylston) for some free spirited film production Emerson College teenagers, Public Garden on the way to the beautiful Back Bay area, Public Library and up the Harvard Bridge to Cambridge MIT area (the view is amazing on the way), passing by the Berklee College of Music on your left, up Mass Ave to Harvard and there just along the Charles river. 3-4 hour gorgeous power walk covering the key spots of this great city. Enjoy!

  323. elie

    April 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

    How about making a trip to San Francisco, Portland or Seattle for some amazing street style, fantastic culture and straight up beautiful cities and people? (I would especially recommend the former, my hometown) The West Coast is certainly a different style, perhaps a more creative one.

  324. BlingDuckFashion

    April 8, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Chicago it is!

  325. Emma

    April 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Go to Huntington Ave, any stretch between Longwood Medical and Prudential. This is where MassArt, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute are located. College students have tons of innovative style!

  326. Anonymous

    April 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Yay, Philly!

    Skip South Street, EXCEPT the Magic Gardens. I also definitely reccomend E. Passyunk Ave in South Philly where you get this really amazing mid-gentrification mix of stores targeted to old school Italians in the neighobrhood (there are no less than three stores where you can buy communion dresses) and newcomers. Sweet Jane vintage store has among the best selection and best prices that philly vintage stores have to offer. NoLibs is also cool and Old City has THE BEST boutiques.

    A trip out to the Barnes Foundation would not disappoint.

  327. Alessandra

    April 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

    What wonderful news!

    Philadelphia is gritty, dirty, full of character and absolutely wonderful.

    Be sure to check out Northern Liberties for the best sartorial fashion.

    The Piazza at Schmidt's is in Northern Liberties (at Second and American Streets), and is great during the day. A walk down Second Street toward Spring Garden would be great for style spying too.

    Also worth visiting is the Queen's Village area (below South Street, above Washington Street, and stay between the river and 6th Street) and Old City (Second Street from Arch through Chestnut Street).

    But DEFINITELY go to Northern Liberties (that's where all the best fashion is).

    Much love!

  328. Anonymous

    April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. You'll see a fashionable mix of young and old. For menswear, head over to Commonwealth Proper, which is right off the square. Both are can't miss.

  329. Anonymous

    April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    You need to take a trip out into the western suburbs to go to Suburban Square its the first outdoor shopping mall in America. You don't want to miss it!

  330. Johnny

    April 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    In Cambridge, yes – Harvard and Central Squares, but also Inman Square, smaller, more laid back, but artsy crowd.

  331. jenn

    April 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    1) bodega for hidden entry and sneakers
    2) stel's on newbury street – beautiful clothes, great owners
    3) walk across the charles and have pizza and wine/beer on the docks (although illegal)
    4) miracle of science in cambridge for a drink, and middlesex lounge next door; also DRINK in fort point, flour bakery
    5) ICA, deCordova sculpture park, gropius house, arboretum
    6) restaurants: hungry mother, highland kitchen, oya, anna's taqueria, neighborhood in somerville for brunch, great hole in the wall vietnamese and thai restaurants, and much more
    7) lots of things to discover in all the neighborhoods – jp, cambridge, dorchester, somerville, SOWA.. and on
    8) snap photos at all universities
    could go on..

  332. jenn

    April 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    1) bodega for the hidden entry and sneakers
    2) stel's for the clothes and owners, louis boston is a good one too
    3) walk across the charles and have pizza and wine/beer on the docks (although slightly illegal)
    4) run along the charles
    5) ICA, deCordova sculpture park, gropius house
    6) miracle of science or trina's starlight lounge for drinks in cambridge, DRINK in fort point, flour bakery
    7) for food: hungry mother, oya, highland kitchen, anna's taqueria, hole in the wall vietnamese and thai restaurants, giacomo's, mr bartley's, and so on…
    8) poke around in somerville, jp, cambridge, beacon hill (charles st), dorchester
    9) snap photos at the many universities
    could go on…

  333. Emily

    April 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Northern Liberties and Rittenhouse in Philadelphia are all "hipster" areas. Architecture is fantastic in the Old City section. You should also check out the Society Hill area for the townhouses.

    South street is great for seeing all type of people, not only the hipsters.
    It's so exciting that you're visiting Philly!

  334. Pragmaticmom

    April 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Copley plaza for architecture. See hh Richardson trinity church. Louis Boston is the best retail in Boston now at fan pier. Stop by the ica museum while you are there. Walk newbery street from Arlington down to mass ave in back bay Boston near Copley plaza. Tess and Carlos has gorgeous stuff in newton and cambridge. But the best place for you to shoot is north end for Italian style and back bay/Copley because people dress to be seen and everyone is walking

  335. Pragmaticmom

    April 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Oh yes. South end too which is near Copley plaza. Yes great for brownstone architecture

  336. Sarah

    April 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Go to La Colombe Coffee shop on 19th street between Walnut and Sansom Street in Philly for an eclectic group of people, you are also just around the corner from Rittenhouse Park and Delancey Street (which has some of the most beautiful brownstones and runs the length of the city).

    South Philadelphia's East Passyunk Ave is a mecca for young, creative and fashionable 20 somethings, great food and independent shops. Avoid South Street, it is a tourist trap with little to offer, but check out surrounding neighborhoods of Society Hill, Bella Vista and Hawthrone.

    Fishtown and Kensington are two other neighborhoods to visit as there are great art galleries and collectives, bars and record shopping.

    Old City has great small boutique shopping and restaurants as well as all the historic stops that all first time visitors to Philadelphia visit.

    If the weather is warm you'll find the most people at any of the parks in the city!

  337. ziff

    April 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Try Manayunk home of Venture Scott Brown and Associates Architects.

  338. todd

    April 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    The Barnes Foundation, before it moves, but make a reservation.
    The Duchamp's Etant donnes at the PMA, is not to be missed.

    Louis Kahn's Escherick house in Chestnut Hill. One block away is Robert Venturi's mother's house.
    Two masterpieces of american modern and post-modern residences.

    Day trip to the Wharton Escherick House in Paoli,
    Book a tour, its serious wood/craft perfection (don't let the lame website fool you).

    The PSFS building, now a Loew's Hotel, by Lescaze/Howe. The first International Style skyscraper in the US, complete with Cartier clocks in the hallways.

    Have a cocktail late night in the Ritz Carlton lobby, under the 145 foot dome by McKim Mead & White.

    Village Whiskey for a burger and the shortrib/cheese-drenched duck-fat fries.

    Tinto, authentic Basque pinxtos bar.

    The Franklin Fountain, victorian soda shop done so well, you foregive the fact that its victorian. Have the lavendar soda with coconut ice cream float.

    Try to catch Kurt Vile, lush rock philly native son, now with Matador records.

    Rittenhouse, Italian Market, Olde City, Fishtown (Johnny Brenda's for live music), Northern Liberties

    email me [email protected] for more ideas

  339. Jason

    April 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Society Hill in Philly has some fun "hidden" corridors and side streets. Walking up Pine between 4th and 5th there is a nice little area called Lawrence Ct. with some beautiful homes and kangaroo statues and other little side areas with nice vines on the houses, including one shaped like a menorah (whether that was done on purpose, I don't know). I walk through the neighborhood every day and it is always a beautiful walk. Also on Pine between 3rd and 4th St. there's a small street that leads to a playground, then you can continue on past the playground through to St. Joseph's Way and some blocky I.M Pei-designed apartments. Cut down to 3rd St. and go down Thomas Paine Place (where Common Sense was written) and enjoy the block between Walnut and Chestnut, 2nd and 3rd. Nice cobblestone and you get people coming and going to and from the Ritz theaters. Clinton St. between 9th and 10th also has some nice buildings.

  340. Kristen

    April 9, 2011 at 1:28 am

    As someone who has been "spotted" and knows a lot of well dressed people… Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Italian Market/Pasyunk area in Philly DEFINITELY. A lot of well dressed people on 3rd between Market and Vine in the spring. Also any of the parks in the summer. Fairmount is good too. NO SOUTH STREET.

  341. Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Don't sleep on DC! We have several incredibly stylish neighborhoods – U St, Columbia Heights, Eastern Market, H Street, that all offer a different aesthetic. Definitely worth the trip!

  342. Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

    As many have already mentioned, the North End in Boston is amazing and a place you will definitely find worthy of your time.
    Boston is extremely small, and you will be able to cover a lot of ground on your visit.
    Enjoy Boston!!!

  343. Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    In Boston, in addition to Harvard Yard and Jamaica Plain, check out Davis Square in Somerville, especially Diesel Café, for funky-retro-hipster looks.

    You would definitely get a kick (and several shots) out of the Brown and RISD kids in Providence. It's only an hour away.

    And please, please visit Chicago as soon as you can!

  344. Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    definitely need to check out the characters in Harvard Square …. specifically the "Dread Lady." You can't miss her.

  345. joana_mty

    April 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm


  346. Jocelle

    April 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Los Angeles! Now that summer is around the corner, you'll see more of the color block trends that Angelenos are embracing!

  347. Col

    April 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Philadelphia: northern liberties is definitely a neighborhood you should check out for style. Do not go to south street, that's where people who aren't from Philly tell people to go. Check out Arcadia boutique on 2nd St and Lost and found boutique on 3rd street. For the best sandwich in the city go to Paesano's on corner of Girard and Hancock in northern liberties.

  348. lmsanderswilcox

    April 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    This is so far down you probably won't get it but for Philly–the obvious–The art Museum- The top of City Hall (scariest elevator ride). Independence Hall and surrounding area. There is so much for architecture. For style I am not sure (I am from Portland Oregon and style is so much more personal and vivid there). I would guess Rittenhouse square and South Street–shops are good in Northern liberties.

  349. leibel

    April 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    charles st is beautiful

  350. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 6:43 am

    For Philadelphia:

  351. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    For philly fashion blogging that gives you an idea of the links between sartorial choices and location, see: Broad & Market (

  352. Cami Ryder

    April 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I hope you had a chance to check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Roberto Capucci exhibition! It is stunning.

  353. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Very exciting to hear about your upcoming travels! In Philadelphia you should definately check out Rittenhouse, Old City, and University City. Anything in south Philly is good for there's such an eclectic mix of people. Very art oriented! Center city Philadelphia is actually fairly small so you would be able to get around to a lot of neighborhoods in a single day. I hope you enjoy the city of brotherly love!

  354. agrogan

    April 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I would like to reiterate Harvard square (for creative student styles!) and Newbury street (more classy and trendy).

    Enjoy your trips!


  355. Megan

    April 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    DON'T go to south street in philly. tacky tacky!!! DO go to northern liberties, rittenhouse square, and south philly area- I highly recommend Honey's in Northern Liberties for brunch and Sabrina's in South Philly on Christian Street.
    For dinner go to Modo Mio on Girard Ave in Northern Liberties. Tasty food, byob.
    Also I agree about shopping on 3rd street in old city. THird Street habit, etc are standout independent boutiques.

  356. Anonymous

    April 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    for philly, def check out the south philly/passyunk area. some great independent vintage boutiques and restaurants.

  357. Falcon

    April 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Jealous! I went to school in Boston.

    For high end fashion and the type of look you usually shoot, definitely Newbury Street (close to where Gisele & Tom Brady live).

    Beacon Hill is great for architecture, very European–cobble stone streets, quaint boutiques.. conservative J.Crew-esque fashion though.

    And The North End will give you hipster style, but great for architecture. South End is a bit sparse in general.

    xx Falcon

  358. Sary

    April 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

    There have been a lot of suggestions for south street in Philadelphia, but I really don't think it would be worth your time. Rittenhouse square area (walnut street is where all the major shopping is), old city ( area north of market street only), midtown village, society hill, northern liberties (liberties walk and the piazza at schmidt's) are all great suggestions. I also think south philly would definitely be worth checking out. I would recommend the Italian market and also east passyunk (the main street is passyunk and starts at reed st and goes til it hits broad)

  359. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Here's another vote for you to check out the North End. Avoid Hanover Street (as that is where most of the tourists hang out.) Check out Salem Street, Unity Street, and North Margin for more authentic styles (and my favorite shops and restaurants!)

  360. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Go to graduate hospital—21st/south, 20th/lombard, 23rd/grays ferry…! the new brooklyn…perhaps??

  361. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    For Philadelphia definitly stay away from South Street no one that lives in the city really hangs out there.

    I would suggest Rittenhouse Square, Northern liberties, G-HO, Midtown Village (aka the gayborhood) and almost all of Walnut and Chestnut Street shopping areas.

  362. colkatfashion

    April 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    For Philadelphia:
    Don't go to south street, that's where people who aren't from Philly tell other people to go.
    Style: check out northern Liberties neighborhood
    Check out Arcadia on 2nd street and Lost and Found on 3rd street in Olde city.
    For the best sandwich in the city – go to Paesano's on the corner of Girard and Hancock.

  363. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I think that you would love J Press and Rizzo's (tailor) in Harvard Square Harvard Square also has the best people watching–and it is a large space to explore. There are many parts of the square (towards Boston; towards Porter) and the Harvard campus is huge and full of both the classic (professors in bow ties pushing bikes with baskets!) and the unexpected (French high school students wearing something graffiti fabulous.)

  364. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    "Wicked" excited that you'll be coming to Boston!

    I work at Berklee College of Music and as others have mentioned,it is a great place for unique individuals who can express themselves well–musically and sartorially!

    Also, you have to check out the coolest hat store in Boston/Jamaica Plain–Salmagundi (765 Centre St., Boston). It's magical!


  365. Peacock Feathers

    April 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

    How exciting! I live in Center City Philly and am so excited to know you are coming to town. I'd recommend Rittenhouse, Old City, NoLibs and perhaps South Philly. But a definite NO on South Street – I've lived here for 15 years and love this city, but South St has become utterly depressing in recent years.

  366. starvedplace

    April 12, 2011 at 1:01 am


    As a Boston street style blogger myself, I am always searching for good people-sighting locations. As most have said, Newbury Street can be interesting although it is filled with many many tourists. I find so much innovative style in Central, Inman, & Harvard Squares in Cambridge, and in Davis Square in Somerville. If the SOWA Market is up and running in the South End it's a great place to spot people on Sunday afternoons, otherwise the South End is pretty empty during the weekdays. I hope to run into you, although I may cry with joy and make a fool of myself.

  367. Anthony CASAPULLA

    April 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I am excited to hear you are coming to Boston, for something different with a young crowd I would head to MassArt, Jamaica Plain, and Allston. Also, Newbury street, copley square, and Beacon Hill. Lots of universities in all these areas with hip young students. Suffolk university specifically!

  368. Kristin

    April 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    In philadelphia, there are TONS of neighborhoods w/ eclectic style. Fishtown – bohemian chic, hipster.
    Northern Liberties – all over the style map here…
    Old City – Refined, and fantastic boutiques – check out Topstitch Boutique, 3rd St Habit, Sugarcube and Lost and Found.
    Rittenhouse – can be hit or miss – but a wealthy area with mostly well dressed people sitting in Rittenhouse Square. Lots of shops, etc on Walnut St.

    Philadelphia has a very eclectic mix… You will enjoy!

  369. linda

    April 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    North end a must…Charlston also a must and eat at Olives!Acc

  370. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    For Boston – Charles St., Boston Public Gardens, inside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square (Bates Hall), Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, to name a few places.

    If you get a chance, catch a glimpse of the 1940's vintage PCC trolleys at Ashmont Station in Dorchester.

  371. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    You should go to MIT. Geek fashion :D

  372. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    If you want something a little bit more off-the-beaten-path in Philly then go to the Temple University area (subway stop: Cecil B. Moore) in North Philadelphia. It's a total ghetto surrounding a bustling and up-and-coming university. There's an interesting mix between art school hipsters and working class locals.

  373. Jim

    April 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Check out Uniform on Tremont in the South End and Bodega (most amazing sneakers ever if you can find them) on Clearway St near Berkelee School of Music. SOWA is the place to go. Eat at Oishi, Myers & Chang and Gaslight while you are there if you're looking for style.

  374. Erica

    April 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    In Boston — you want Cambridge. Harvard Square is where the preppy and hipster world collided and wicked cool style came out of it. Davis Square, Somerville — and particularly awesome people who hang around Diesel Cafe — is full of those who are individuals and don't care what anyone else thinks.

    A stylish neighbourhood though, which is kind of a secret, is between Harvard and Union Squares, an under 2-mile stretch along Kirkland/Washington Street. It's almost entirely grad students and young professionals, all of which seem to clean up to just walk the dog.

  375. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Check out The Mutter Museum in Philly, very cool unusual medical oddities in a beautiful building..19 south 22nd st.

    Eat at Vetri, Osteria, Amada, Morimoto, Dandelion or The Reading Terminal. Urban Outfitter's HQ at The Navy Yard is very cool. Check out the flagship store of Anthropologie on Rittenhouse Sq, it's 3 floors of great fashion in a huge stunning mansion.

    Avoid South st & go to Fishtown. The first Friday of every month in Old Cty, & Fishtown is a good scene, visit Johhny Brendas in fishtown.

  376. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

    URBN's campus is the best place to see fashion in Philadelphia. Men, Women, and their dogs, of all ages and the architecture is unbelievable.

  377. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I go to school in Philadelphia. Even Manayunk could be a trendy area to explore. Philadelphia is really up and coming in the fashion world. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! I can't wait to see what's to come!

  378. Anonymous

    April 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Lived everywhere, now live in Philly.
    Only one other person has mentioned the two best blocks in town: 13th b/t Chestnut & Walnut. Crossroads of style, original and creative, all independent shops & great food. Old City's not bad. No Libs / Fishtown = hipster clones, W'burg lite.

  379. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    There are many wonderful things to see in Boston, but really newbury st is not one of them (although its hard to avoid). It feels like the major shopping st in any city. All big chains, very generic. Other suggestions for the college campuses, South End, North End and Jamaica Plain are going to be much more interesting.
    For food, I'd recommend any of Barbara Lynch's resaurants with the Butcher Shop and B&G Osyster as my favorites (right across the street from each other in the south end).

  380. kirsten

    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    first off. COME TO PROVIDENCE AND NEWPORT!! both very interesting places with lots to offer. Newport in the summer brings lots of funky preppy looks and there is a great art scene on broadway. secondly, for boston, definitely check out cambridge and davis square in somerville. if you wanna get real funky…the best is the garment district (a whole floor of people rummaging through clothing…dollar a pound)

  381. Min Kyong

    April 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    come to newburry street! me and my friends are coming on this weekend
    there are lots of fashion people :)

  382. Anonymous

    April 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Yes, Newbury St., Boston Public Gardens, MFA, Copley libray, Isabella Stewart Gardner are great places to discover people as per usual…but venture out to Dorchester or even by Umass Boston…the platform upstairs at JFK/Umass subway stop on the Redline gets so traffic in the morning and afternoon, you get commuters, students (Umass Boston & BC High), all sorts of people from different parts of MA.

    And if you stay on the Ashmont train (Red line), get off at Ashmont Station and get a few shots of the vintage orange trolleys that go to Mattapan and grab a bite at the Ashmont Grille.

    Other places with lots of foot traffic:
    -outside & inside Park Station
    -Tremont St.
    -Charles River
    -Boston Opera House

  383. Cailin

    April 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

    In Boston, I'd agree with a lot of the suggestions here (get the contrast between Harvard/Central squares in Cambridge!), but you should definitely not miss Beacon Hill for that old "minted" Boston look and a lot of history. Check out Boston by Foot's website, they specialize short, informal architectural tours of all neighborhoods, the guides are all very knowledgeable, could point you to some special locations.

  384. dianne

    April 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    If you want to see where Boston and NYC go and try very hard to be rugged ,go to brimfield antiques fair (one of the worlds largest) . You have to go the first day, Tuesday may 10th this year at about 8.30 am . I went last year and something strange happened all the young pretty stylists and window-dressers from NYC turned up all trying to look rugged and different but all ending up looking exactly the same . Plaid woodman shirts ,skinny jeans ,handmade boots and cool hair . With a few beat up canvas and leather bags thrown in . I can,t wait to see what the look for this year is going to be ! Great people watching and good country fair food to boot !

  385. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    In Philly: Rittenhouse Square, and for the younger crowd: 2nd & 3rd Streets in Old City and 2nd & 3rd in the Northern Liberties.

  386. Alison

    April 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Northern Liberties. I'll spot you a cup of afternoon tea at the random tea room.

  387. Alexandra.Sacharuk

    April 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    The shop Bobby from Boston also has a gigantic warehouse in Lynn — it might be worth your while to make an appointment and have a private showing. Bobby's provides a considerable amount of costume assistance for period films that are made in the state.

    The South End has the occasional stylish moment but lately it seems churning an incessant parade of mommies pushing babies yapping dogs about. Yuck!

    Stay away from Newbury Street…. Too many tourists!

    The Boston Public Library is beautiful! They have an amazing reading room.

    Central Square (and Cambridge on the whole) is always very funky and happening. JP (Jamaica Plain) is great too.

    Ditto on Louis Boston and the North End.

    If you feel like taking a short train ride to Gloucester the Beauport museum is MIND BLOWING!

  388. koeppelicious

    April 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I'll comment on restaurants in Boston only, because it seems that you've already gotten a lot of my suggestions for neighborhoods, and we all know food is the most important part of any trip anyway.

    First off, the North End for the best Italian food in America. Any restaurant will do, but make sure to go to Mike's Pastry for a cannoli.
    Head to Picco in the South End for amazing pizza and ice cream.
    Border Cafe in Harvard Square has amazing TexMex and the best guacamole I've ever had.
    Brown Sugar Cafe on Commonwealth Ave has the best Thai food I've ever had.
    Zaftig's in Brookline is my current favorite restaurant. Get the challah french toast. Amazing.

  389. koeppelicious

    April 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I guess I'll add – Boston is a huge college town, and I think the style is a really interesting mix of college experimental and Northeastern classic. I would really recommend checking out some of the schools for the students and professors alike. I'd especially recommend Boston University, Harvard, Emerson, and Northeastern.

  390. Anonymous

    April 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    You have to check out Bodega store, behind Berklee College of Music on clearway st, you won't regret it's a surprising experience. Dont be fooled by the front….

  391. crayonswithwings

    April 24, 2011 at 5:14 am

    hey there. i know this was posted a while ago but if you haven't yet arrived in/gone to philly, might i suggest you hit up a few of the 'burbs? there's a boarding school out near langhorne and newtown and people there come from all over the world, so there's all kinds of fashion during the weekends in town. also, newtown has really historical architechture and it's rather quaint, with just enough modern-ness.

  392. Jessi

    April 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    As a Philly resident I strongly suggest heading over to Clark Park in West Philly. Every Saturday there's a really fun farmers market with a very eclectic mix of fashionable people and fresh produce. There's also a breakfast taco truck and cupcake truck. Both are really tasty but breakfast tacos always sell out so get there early to beat the rush.

  393. alex

    April 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

    may 13th in central square is xmortis, a goth night. you'll see some awesome fashion hanging around in the bars and pizza places beforehand.

  394. alex

    April 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    also for boston, there's a huge burlesque community, and a horror burlesque troupe called the slaughterhouse sweethearts will be roaming around coolidge corner on may 7th…

  395. Anonymous

    April 28, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Hate to keep repeating it, but in Boston, don't miss Bobby from Boston on Thayer Street – it's the most impressively stocked vintage men's I've ever seen, like the original version of what Freeman's and the other classic Americana places are all doing now. In Harvard Square, J. Press and Andover Shop for old-school menswear. And Salmagundi in Jamaica Plain for new-school hipsters obsessed with the perfect hat.

  396. Saoirse

    April 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm


    As many have said before, South Street is a bit of a tourist trap.

    Northern Liberties/Fishtown is a lot of hipsters, there's a lot of gentrification going on there. Johnny Brendas (12th and Frankford) is a great place to be though.

    A few have mentioned Temple University; I highly recommend it. It has a completely different feel from much of the city. It is a small pocket of campus surrounded by a very poor, very proud local area. TU students are more local than not and have a very unique eye-catching style. You will get all ranges of people, from power suits to homeless.

    Another great area as mentioned before is Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut) the people watching on a nice day cannot be beat.

    The Italian Market (9th and Christian) is also striking and draws a large crowd, especially on weekends.

    City Hall (Broad and Market) is a must see, everyone ends up making their way through at some point during the day.

    It's a great city, each neighborhood has its own vibe and there's hidden gems all over the place. You just have to find them!

  397. Amanda

    April 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

    downtown Philadelphia: A Tour-
    In the morning, poke into some of the little boutiques off South Street, especially around Fabric Row.
    Walk north on 3rd St., toward Market Street.
    Beautiful homes- make sure you look up for the ornate iron and stone work.
    Pop into the independent boutiques on North 3rd St.: Sazz Vintage, J. Karma, Vagabond, Topstitch, Sugarcube, Lost & Found, Third St. Habit, Franklin Square.
    Continue on North 3rd. to Northern Liberties and the Piazza. (20 minute walk- maybe cab it?)
    Continue into Fishtown, going down Frankford Ave. Stop at Rocket Cat Cafe for a snack.
    On a Saturday or Monday, head over to the Sazz Vintage Wholesale Warehouse on Coral St. for some vintage shopping.
    Check out the crazy awesome home-done murals in this up and coming but still a little rough neighborhood, grab a coffee at Leotahs at the corner of Coral and York.
    Hop the El train into West Philly for a jaunt.
    Finish your day in Rittenhouse Square, relaxing with a drink and people-watching.

  398. Divya

    April 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Having lived in NY and Philly now, I can say the cities cannot compete and are really different.I love Philadelphia for it is rough around the edges but a gem. Homogeneity among neighborhood does NOT exist. Subjects of fashion are all around in Philadelphia, they just are harder to spot. While Rittenhouse (near the Park) is somewhat similar to the Upper East (and really there is no comparison here since NY has my beating heart) yet I have spent days musing on streets further away, thinking if Scott were here right now he would take a picture of that girl or boy.
    So I recommend and hope you spot these fashionistas on South Street (start from Broad and end near old City) , the twentieths and Pine/Spruce.

    I hope you love this City..and if you are in town let us Phillites know so we can make homage to you and Garance (your blogs save lives everyday especially for those who are in a dead end job and the only thing between them and a slit wrist is the daily posting of people in lovely clothes..I kid ;-))

  399. Anonymous

    May 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Ditto for Northern Liberties. Penn's Landing may also deliver.

  400. Phillips

    May 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    You would probably love this store in the South End called Bobby from Boston, where you will find thoughtfully picked vintage menswear (think 60s tweed, varsity sweaters, even some interesting vintage uniforms)…they also have an on site tailor in case you land a too-big suit jacket you just have to have. While I do reside in and love Boston, we are not the best dressed bunch. Your best bet is probably Beacon Hill or Central/Inman Square if you care for the hipster scene. The North End is the Italian district – I would strongly recommend checking it out and eat at Saus on Union street if you do end up in that neighborhood.

  401. Anonymous

    May 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    beacon hill, harvard square, back bay, definitely the garment district, south end– boston tends to have quite conservative style, which makes those that don't conform pop out more– have fun!

  402. Lisa

    May 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Boston back bay: I hope you catch a snap of the woman in red. I think she lives in the pru, and can be seen around back bay. she's awesome. Keep an eye out for Peter Wolfe too!

  403. Anonymous

    May 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    If you're in Philly on May 22nd, come to the Punk Rock Flea Market on 461 N. 9th Street! It's basically a flea market with really cool music, art, and clothes held in an old warehouse. A ton of people (not just punks!) from all over Philly come, and it's a great time with an eclectiv mix of people!

  404. Anonymous

    May 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    One of the coolest and under-rated neighborhoods in Boston is the Leather District. Old factories and storage buildings turned into restaurants, offices and lofts, combined with a major transportation center and the largest business neighborhood nearby makes for awesome architecture and an eclectic mix of great style.

  405. Anonymous

    June 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Harvard Square itself, especially at night.

  406. Jaclyn

    June 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Yes it's coffeehouse and bike fashion in Philly but if you don't visit with the likes of House of Ra'oof, CMMP, or spaces like PhilaMOCA, than you are missing on a bit of that kinetic creativity… have fun!

  407. caitlin

    August 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    i’ve been looking for boston posts, i hope you are still considering a trip! september and october are actually great months to visit, lots of collegiate/fall looks. come by the south end!

  408. Jaclyn

    September 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Happily reporting a Philly update- the arrival of Briar Vintage in Old City:

  409. Tess

    January 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    still looking forward to seeing you pop around Boston! If you come in the spring/summer, there will be plenty of bicyclists out and about! There’s always a steady supply of cool in Central/Harvard Sqaure and Allston (although very grungey) is super young and exciting…xx

  410. Tours Info

    September 9, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Hola! I’ve been reading your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx!
    Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!


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