Destination: St. Barth's
Il Était Une Fois
Karine Sachot sells children’s clothing from for infants through fourteen years old in this cottage across from the airport. Sonia Rykiel, Lili Gaufrette, Bonpoint and Bill Tornade and Gallucci shoes are among the brands offered; there’s also an assortment of stuffed animals.
This shop on Shell Beach has beachy clothing for women and children. See For Children.
This lavendar-colored gingerbread-style cottage on the edge of Shell Beach has a wonderful selection of beachy clothes and accessories for men, women and children but Lulu clearly loves adorably dressed children: her selection of cover-ups for little girls is among the best anywhere.
The French clothing company that began as a purveyor of underwear and has expanded with fantastic cotton T-shirts, loungewear and pajamas for women and children, including babies.
Un Dimanche a La Mer
I was tipped off to Dimanche by the owner of Le Sereno, who called the pint-sized boutique his favorite place in the world to shop for his grandchildren. Given this particular person’s extensive travels, I figured I should see what all the fuss was about. Un Dimanche sits inside an unremarkable box of a building set in the middle of a parking lot in St. Jean. Its location is the St. Barth’s equivalent of a strip mall, and there’s nothing aside from a few floaties pinned to the entrance to mark it as a place for children. Inside, however, Dimanche is a wonder-world for kids. The store overflows with European-made toys, from brightly-colored wooden pull toys for babies to beautiful arts and crafts kits for the more advanced set. You won’t see a single plastic bauble or loudly blinking Fisher-Price machine. The store specializes in the classic toys that local French mothers had in their prams as children and that you don’t see enough of in the modern toy meccas of today. I picked up a lovely ink and stamp set with fantastical fairies and flowers that’s been a huge hit in my house, and I will definitely make a return visit next time I’m on the island.
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