Thu-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, 11 am-7pm; Mon-Wed, closed
F, G at Carroll St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Situated on the southern stretch of Court Street, this spacious shop rewards those who reach it. Owner Jessica Dineen, a former travel writer and Emerson College teacher, once ran the airy boutique as an art gallery, but now fills it with her simple, limited-edition womenswear constructed from unexpected, tongue-in-cheek fabrics. Dineen and her small coterie of hyper-local seamstresses, who often work in the back of the shop, create basic A-line sundresses out of subtle blue-hued Western prints and classic cotton shifts crafted from imported Japanese cloth. Woven slip dresses, no-frills sheaths, tunics and skirts and other conventional cuts lack embellishments, allowing the quality of the designs and the surprise of the vintage textiles to stand out. The shop’s children’s neckties, colorful swimsuits and outlandishly printed pajamas also appeal to the stroller-wielding parents who regularly stop in. Cheeky pulp fictions, Pocky candy, and assorted kitsch reflect the shop’s laid-back sense of humor while a projector reeling old flicks enhances the come-one-come-all, community-building vibe.