Monday, March 26, 2007

Shopping Safari: St. Barth's

By Jamee Gregory

Where is the warmest, sunniest, sexiest spot on earth? St. Barth’s, of course. The bluest water, the whitest beaches, views that take your breathe away, from Gustavia’s Harbor filled with boats, to sunsets of shocking beauty, boasting a giant flaming-pink sun that descends slowly into azure sea until it blinks blue and burns out. Topless girls, motorcycles, Latin music, lazy cafes, yachts lined up beside fishing boats and still time to shop, every afternoon, when the shops reopen after a siesta.
Vanita Rosa.
Starting with Gustavia, try Vanita Rosa for something very exciting, a glittery belt, a peek-a-boo blouse, golden sandals, stop for Anthelios 60 sunscreen at Physea, the one place a Euro is a bargain. Don’t miss Mia Zia where colorful embroidered dots and tassels decorate tops, tunics, bags, towels and robes, along with handmade woven chokers, bracelets and chains.
Rockshop Boutique in the Eden Rock, around the corner from their fabulous beach-side restaurant. Sea Memory on Rue des Rois.
Be sure and visit Laurent Effel for the best men’s linen shirts in every color of the rainbow, including stripes and floral prints, with belts of lizard, ostrich and crocodile in red, orange, camel, brown and even pink, just the thing with jeans. 100% Capri has crisply starched shorts, trousers, and jackets in crisp linens in brown, white, and taupe, along with orange corded belts and moccasins for a shot of color.
Mia Zia.
My One and Only offers jeweled mules and encrusted plastic flip-flops in chartreuse and pink inside the Golden Square, or the Carre d'Or. Hermes boutique does quite a business, while Genevieve Letheu tempts with pastel glasses, rose-shaped bowls, colored enamel flatware and candles to brighten your home or yacht. Roberto Cavalli bursts with silver and gold-toned jeans.
Clockwise from top left: Blue Coast- best womens' linen shirts and cover-ups; Betty Boop trendy style; Nikki Beach Boutique where they sell the best music mix along with tee-shirts and accessories; Racks of bikini's at Kiwi: choose your own style: triangles, bandeaus, discs, bows, in solids and prints.
La Route des Boucaniers in Gustavia for ice cream and drinks, dock side in the port.
The original Calypso has expanded into several shops with its gypsy-like garb and racks squeezed full of Chloe. Lolita Jaca does eyelet tops piped in pink, turquoise and brown Moroccan tunics, straw bags just right for the beach. Sindbad and Metis dazzle with jewelry and bags. Try Carat for watches, especially the huge back-faced u-Boat brand with green hands, or stop in Dior for glittery silver blouses.
Clockwise from top left: Bleu Marine; Terra-chic cover-ups and dresses; Walking along Les Nomades; Outside Kiwi, home of the best mens' bathing trunk sin tropical cottons: fish, flowers, stripes; Drustore, souvenir shop.
La Case- the Fashion Souk next to Tamarin restaurant on the way to Saline beach.
Visit the boutique at the Isle de France for tunics covered in sequins, Pucci bikinis with caftans and bags to match, and other beguiling clothes that are modeled during lunch by the beach. Stop next door for an Indian-inspired tee at Taiwana. After dancing on the tables at the Ti St. Barth on Saturday night, check out its boutique for diamante belts and jeweled suspenders... Fashion-Souk at Tamarin lives up to its name, with piles of beaded bags and jeweled bracelets. Guanahani’s boutique has bathing suits galore and a Frederic Fekkai if your hair needs help.
L. to r.: Lunett; Linen shirts in Laurent Effel.
Blanc Bleu, famous for it's sailor style.
After lunch at Nikki Beach, shop Blue Coast for the best women’s’ shirts and cover-ups in coral, turquoise, pink, and lime green, fringed and pocketed, cool and crisp. Next door, Terra has terrific bags from Moyna, covered in shells. Blanc Bleu has preppy sporty sailor clothes, just right for the boat set, while Betty Boop tempts with summery dresses.
Made in St. Barth's.
Walking to Villa Creole, also in St. Jean, will take you to my favorite shop: Kiwi, for the best bathing trunks for men and swimsuits for women in many shapes and styles, from bandeaus to triangles, with rings and ties with cover-ups to match.

Lunett will cover your tired eyes in the latest frames. Made in St. Barth offers colorful tanks and tees, just the thing to remind you of your visit to paradise.
Sunset drinks-view from the deck of the Carl Gustav hotel, perched high above gustavia.