Sunday, July 14, 2024

Instead of paying extra for overnight holiday shipping from international boutiques, shop for gifts from the comfort of your neighborhood while supporting local businesses. If you’re struggling with figuring out what to get last-minute for the fashion-focused people in your life and where to find it, this guide is for you.


Item one: Oversized scrunchies from Gigi’s General

Made in Somerville by Georgia Dare Kennedy, these ’80s-esque satin hair ties are a modern take on a classic style. Dramatically oversized and brightly colored to stick out of the top of any hairstyle. New Alliance Gallery, 438R Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville.


Item two: Freshwater pearls at Cambridge Artists Cooperative

Pearls are a standout jewelry trend this season. A longtime symbol of elegance and beauty, pearls can be styled lavishly with multiple layered strands, or kept simple with a lone string. Artist Wendy Bergman crafts exquisite jewelry using freshwater pearls, natural ingredients and precious metals. Cambridge Artists Cooperative, 59A Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge.


Item three: Workwear by Homme Repair

2023 saw the rise of workwear as fashion. Brands such as Carhartt and G Star Raw showcase carpenter pants, sturdy jackets with square front pockets and structured button-up work shirts. Homme Repair by Megan Kilcoyne offers customizable handmade workwear pieces and lightly worn secondhand garments. With materials sourced in the United States, Kilcoyne features everything from made-to-order classic designs such as the denim chore coat and small-batch custom work shirts made from deadstock vintage fabrics. Homme also features a vintage section that includes pants, dresses and shirts. Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville,


Item four: Minimalist metal earrings by Shepherd’s Run Jewelry

From studs to dangles of all different metals, Shepherd’s Run Jewelry by Rebecca S. Scott has options for everyone’s taste. Made by hand in Somerville, these minimalist geometric designs are perfect for whatever you qualify as “everyday wear,” whether it be a simple stud or something more elaborate such as the Alex Stud Earring. Joy Street Artists, 86 Joy St., Inner Belt, Somerville.


Item five: Custom convertible tote backpacks from Lexi’s Tree Fort

Functionality meets fashion with customizable tote backpacks made in Somerville by Lexi Havlin. With a selection of fabric options, each bag can be customized to match any wardrobe color scheme. New Alliance Gallery, 438R Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville.