La Mia Moda, AndoverPhilosophy: To bring customers clothing that is sourced from specialty designers they probably won’t find in larger stores.
Standout Quality: Their level of customer service—they love when customers become friends, which happens often! Shopping should be fun and entertaining and honest, so you never leave second-guessing your purchase.
What’s New: Some of their new lines include Aeron, Khaite, Mari Giudicelli, Smartees, Apiece Apart, and Carven.
Trend: For fall, the 1980s are back big time. Think shoulder pads and oversized sweaters and jackets. Also look for refined Western wear—Millicent Rogers chic! Colors are bright this season, and red patent leather is a favorite.
One Main St., Suite 102, Andover (and a new location in Wellesley!), 978-409-2797, lamiamodaboutique.comFRENCH + ITALIAN, MarbleheadPhilosophy: FRENCH + ITALIAN celebrates the effortless style of the French and the charm of real Italian sprezzatura.What’s New: A host of new labels, including Laurence Bras, Valentino Red, and Sofie D’Hoore.
Standout Quality: The personal touch. FRENCH + ITALIAN prides itself on its personable and knowledgeable customer service, delivered honestly and with humor.
129 Washington St., Marblehead (and in Boston!), 781-639-5129, frenchitalian.com
J.Mode, SalemPhilosophy: J. Mode’s mission is to offer the best kind of shopping experience for women looking for contemporary fashions. The boutique is known for its individuality in fashion collections selected from international fashion shows in New York City.
What’s New: J. Mode has been in Salem for 11½ years, and owner Janet Barsanti’s daughter opened their sister store Curtsy (gifts, accessories, baby items, and more) directly across the street.
Standout Quality: Quality customer service and fine products that are focused on modern design with beautiful fabrics. J. Mode offers complimentary hemming on jeans and a loyalty program for repeat customers.
Trend: Cropped wider-leg pants, high-rise pants, and jeans with shorter tops. Distressed jeans are a staple, as well as unfinished hems on cropped wide-leg and skinny jeans. And flowers, flowers everywhere! Look for plaid pants for fall.
17 Front St., Salem, 978-744-7007, jmodefashions.com