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Harvard Square's Concepts: Fancy Sneakers and Posh Streetwear

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In 1996, Concepts was the rear, basement nook of Harvard Square's Tannery store—a low-ceilinged niche for designer denim, streetwear and an extraordinary array of exclusive and limited edition footwear by Nike and Adidas and other various sneaks of the week.

Now, Concepts is a private entity—a wood-beamed temple to street and skate where you can grab special edition Nike and Converse sneakers plus footwear by PRO-Keds, Adidas, Vans and Y-3. There's a glass case full of Gucci tennis shoes; a rack of Comme des Garçons PLAY basics; Evisu denim; jackets by Moncler; lots of Stussy; special collaboration winter-wear by Canada Goose and Mitchell & Ness—and the list goes on.

Downstairs is a posh lounge featuring groupings of plush leather furniture. The space is most-usually intended for special events—but currently houses a seasonal pop-up snow shop full boards and boots.
· Concepts [Official Site]