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The Boston Globe reports that Louis Boston, a legendary men's clothing retailer in New England for more than eight decades, bringing high fashion and European designers to Beantown, will close its doors in July. The store currently operates at a Fan Pier location on Northern Avenue, after decades on fashionable Newbury Street.

When Murray Pearlstein, who ran the company for decades, passed away in 2013, he was lauded as being the innovative retail peer of people like Fred Pressman, who founded Barney's, and Cliff Grodd of Paul Stuart.

Pearlstein's daughter, Debi Greenberg, said she was closing the store because while "business is on point at our current location with steady year-over-year growth, but after 25 years of extensive travel to Paris, London and New York five months a year in search of the world’s finest clothing, it is simply time to change direction and turn my attention to projects and passions outside the retail arena."
KC's View:
Louis Boston, of course, is the store where (at its previous Newbury Street location) Spenser brought Paul Giacomin to buy clothes in "Early Autumn."

Who can forget Spenser saying to Paul, "I always have the impulse to whiz in the corner when I come here. But I never do."

If I'm not mistaken, Spenser might've been able to see the old Louis Boston location from his office window. (Now, it is a giant Restoration Hardware, which he'd probably find precious.) As always, it is sad when pieces of our past fade away.