Bad news, Boston. We’re at a bit of a deficit for menswear stores in our city. There are loads of things we do have: championships, venture capitalists, hipster coffee shops, however, while there are a few standouts, menswear stores aren't definitely at the top of the list. That’s why when we sartorially inclined dudes see a great shop that caters to men, we get a bit hot and bothered.
Enter Sault New England. This store is paradise for all your preppy, New England-centric needs. The clothes, home goods and general goodies are sourced from lots of semi-local manufacturers and vendors. Think brands like Penfield, J.Press and New England Shirting Co.
However, what you find within the walls of Philip’s little boutique isn’t a mess of different stuff from all over, what makes it beautiful is how carefully curated it all is. Philip is self-described as a “bit of a perfectionist” about the way it’s all laid out, but as customers, we reap the benefits. Hell, even the beautiful terrariums have tiny models of naked people carefully arranged in suspect positions inside of them (don’t ask, just go see for yourself).
In addition to the array of preppy staples, Philip Saul has made an effort to include a few vintage items as well. He’s not on par with our friends over at Bobby’s yet, but the addition adds a unique touch and a bit of intrigue when you make your way into the store.
Truthfully, the best thing about Sault New England is that every time you go in there, it’s always different. I went in two weeks in a row and the shop looked like it had been turned on its head (in a good way). Philip likes to keep it fresh, always changing, and a place where each product has a story to tell. In his own words, he’s tried “to pull items that have that classic New England vibe with an ironic twist of humor.”
He wouldn’t give away too many future plans about up-and-coming brands he plans to bring in, but he did drop hints about a potential collaboration with Grain Surfboards up in Maine. For one, I can’t wait to see what he has in store.
We’ll be featuring a Q&A with Philip himself later this week, so come back and check it out if you have a chance.