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Independent Day

The craft revolution came, saw, and conquered. (Duct-tape wallets, homemade candles, macrame koozies: Been there, done that.)

But Oak (short for “one of a kind”), a bright new boutique off Newbury that specializes in handmade goods, isn’t your grandma’s — or even your big sister’s — crafts fair. Keara Sexton, a tenacious 20-year-old whose entrepreneurial spirit sprang into high gear with this venture, sells the work of designers so unbelievably talented, you’ll do a double take when you discover they’re handmade.

We’re talking bold, sexy bikinis. High-waisted denim sailor shorts. Impeccable leather handbags. Shiny earrings. Sumptuous, unisex peacoat-like hoodies. You can even commission a custom Cinderella-style ball gown hand-sewn from vintage T-shirts. (Color us speechless.) Additionally, a spacious lower level beneath the retail shop hosts classes and other events.

Ready to hone your craft?

With Oak’s independent goods, you’ll be barking up the right tree.


Oak, 31 Gloucestor Street, Back Bay (oakboston.com).