Best of BoCoCa Boutiques

by Heather Liang and Christina Parrella, 11/06/2013

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    Shoppers with a passion for shoes, jewelry and handbags will find numerous options in BoCoCa to satisfy their retail urges. For footwear, check out Smith Street's Soula, an emporium of sandals, sneakers and trendy heels, all curated by Rick Lee, who cut his teeth working at Gap and moved on to stints at Barneys New York and Cole Haan. Lee's store is full of men's and women's footwear—from Adidas to Vintage—alongside purses and other types of bags. The more intimate Refinery will leave you feeling good about supporting a small business, as you walk away with some striking handmade messenger bags, purses and pouches, funky jewelry or Sven clogs. For the best in prints and color, head to Teddy on Court Street, a shop that carries a large assortment of handbags and related ephemera—from clutches and wallets to vegan-friendly selections—as well as clothing, hats, scarves, belts, eyewear and jewelry. For handmade jewelry and some one-of-a-kind gifts, visit Written by Forest, which offers the simple, nature-inspired works of Yayoi Forest and pieces by other indie designers. Similarly high on our list, unpretentious Elleven is filled with antique and fine jewelry and boasts some of the best customer service around. –Heather Liang

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