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Amazon to Start Collecting Tax; Talking with Alexis Bittar; More

Here's Racked Boston with this week's hot fashion and shopping news.

HUB-WIDE—E-commerce giant Amazon will begin charging the 6.25% sales tax like all other retail venues statewide this Friday, November 1, capping off a controversial debate spanning at least year.

BACK BAY—Last week, Alexis Bittar fans congregated at the jewelry designer's Newbury Street store to fete not only the company's Boston presence but also its fine jewelry launch. We spoke with Bittar about taxidermy, being an 80s club kid, and the Fine collection.

FOXBOROUGH—As part of its WWD CEO Summit, WWD sat down with Patriots owner Robert Kraft to discuss that sporty group of gentleman—including a little anecdote about Belichick's famous hoodie.

BACK BAY—This week we launched Name Calling, where boutique owners around Boston share the story behind their shop's name. First up is Ball and Buck on Newbury.