Fall Destination: Johnny Was in BostonOctober 19 2018
There are many beautiful things about being based in Southern California but we definitely miss out on the dramatic and beautiful seasons of our east coast friends. Between the crisp days, explosive colors of fall foliage and multiple reasons to bundle up in coats, New England is fall heaven. So, when we wanted an excuse to try on our latest collection, and also to experience some seasonal chill, we headed to Boston and asked our store manager Jennifer Follett (as well as her sweet team) for their tips on what to do and wear.
The best part about Boston this time of year?
JF: It's hard to beat New England for Halloween. They celebrate the holiday for the entire month! Salem, where the witch trials took place back in 1692-1693, is only 30 minutes outside of Boston so naturally, they go all out. As far as the city, I love to visit L.A. Burdick when it gets cold because they make the best hot chocolate you will ever have, and the most adorable handmade ghosts and holiday-themed treats. A great gift if you’re visiting and want to bring something back home.
What are some other food spots that we shouldn’t miss?
JF: Everyone in the store loves to start with coffee at The Thinking Cup on Newbury Street. Great for breakfast or lunch and excellent people watching. Also, it’s a bit of a tourist trap but it’s fun to have a traditional clam chowder at the Union Oyster House. Plus, they’ve been open since 1826! For a drink or a night-cap, I always tell visitors to go to Top of the Hub in the Prudential Center (which is also where our store is) because it’s on the 52nd floor so you get the most amazing view of our whole skyline.
Where do you go on your day off?
JF: Boston has so much history and it's really what sets us apart from so many other cities. The Gibson House Museum is my favorite. It's just like stepping into a time capsule and you feel completely immersed in the Victorian era. The Harvard Natural History Museum in Cambridge is my Sunday go-to, you can actually touch a meteorite and who doesn’t want that? Finally, I love to take a stroll in the North End and buy a homemade cannoli.
You are the best tour guide! Tell us which Johnny Was pieces you and your staff are wearing in the chill?
JF: All of us and our customers can’t get enough of the Biya sweaters–they pretty much fly out the door this time of year. The new Gena Fur Coat is also a favorite, it feels like you’re wearing a blanket because it’s so soft, but the embroidery elevates it to something a bit dressy. In the store, we are all obsessed with the Zosia and Marcela V-neck thermals since they’re pretty but really easy to layer. Top it all off with the Cammi Embroidered Cape and you are ready for a New England fall!