Second Time’s a Charm: Octane is Back

A Favorite Find: Fluxus sweater, $80

Octane 2.0, which is really called Original Octane, is open for business on Knox. (And has been since September.) Next time you’re in the area, go in. Let’s shout a big hallelujah that a smart, non bespoke (read: affordable) boutique that caters to men has opened. (Or reopened, whatever.) I’m totally digging the long rack of European-style button-downs for a young, tailored fit by Descendant of Thieves, the cashmere blazers by Scott James, and the wall of jeans featuring handpicked styles from Neuw, rvts, and limited edition Prps. As for the ladies, we’ve got the usual suspects: cocktail dresses, jewelry, scarves, and basics, but I like the selection. A Fluxus sloppy chic sweater, a black and white Fifteen-Twenty silk blouse, and Neuw jeans that wear out black (rather than fade pale) have all been added to my shopping list. Jump to get a feel for the store and find out why you should add it to your next shopping trip.

The ladies’ area includes lots of blouses, dresses for holiday parties, tie-dyed scarves, and jewelry.

Cashmere jackets.

(clockwise from top left) WeWOOD eco-friendly watches, Super sunglasses, scarves and more scarves, and retro-inspired frames for girls

(left) Put-together ensembles men can buy right off the mannequins. (right) Rings for $120 a pop.

(top) Every style of guys’ jean available hangs on this rod. (bottom) The magic Neuw jeans with black interior to make them fade dark rather than light.

The hemming station. Buy a pair of jeans; hem them for only $10.

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