Alpark is a two-story temple to glamour that sells evening dresses as well as designer suits, including clothes by Vera Wang and Elie Saab. As insider Mia Matthews says, the store specializes in “exquisite, one-of-a-kind gowns that you know no one else will be wearing.”
For a slice of French fashion, this boutique on Worth Avenue has a distinctly Riviera aesthetic. There are Capri pants that evoke a young Brigitte Bardot and sleek cotton shorts and tops that would like just right on the streets of St. Tropez. The owner imports lots of the latest lines from France and has a loyal following.
This tiny shop tucked in Via Mizner off of Worth Avenue is the sister outpost of Angela Moore in Newport, Rhode Island, and sells the same preppy beach resort classics from brands like Lily Pulitzer and Manuel Canovas. She also has a great assortment of accessories, including jewelry and shoes. Closed Sundays.
The three Orrico sisters, Casey, Kathie and Colleen, have created an empire of preppy dressing in Florida with outposts from Hobe Sound to Naples. This is command central, though, where the pink and green ode to Lilly Pulitzer was established and where you can count on an enormous selection of colorful fashion for the young and casual holidaymaker. In addition to Lilly, the brands carried include Milly, Vineyard Vines, Nanette Lepore, Shoshanna, Tibi and Trina Turk.
Carolyn and Jack Laing, who have shops in Southampton, New York and Locust Valley, create women’s and children’s clothing that suits the country club set. They are best known for their embroidered fabrics; think pants with small lobsters or Scotties on them. They opened this shop in the courtyard across from Renato’s last year and now also sell a selection of Irving and Fine fashions.
Christiane Celle has transformed resort wear for the stylish set from St. Barth’s to the Hamptons with his boutiques of boho chic caftans and sexy sandals. This is one of his biggest emporiums and well worth a visit.
For an instant Palm Beach uniform, this shop sells everything—from the suede loafers and feather-weight jeans to cashmere sweaters and shawls—in the most gorgeous array of Florida appropriate colors.
From a family obsessed with fashion comes one of the newer shops on Worth Avenue, Courage B. opened in the fall of 2009 on Worth Avenue. A brother and sister team, Stephanie and Nicholas Goureau, whose mother has owned boutiques in New York, Greenwich and East Hampton, opened the shop and they pride themselves on selling elegant looks that suit the Palm Beach lifestyle but do not cost a fortune. Cashmere sweaters are priced under $200 and their Hermès-like leather bags are a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Eye of the Needle
A longtime preppy paradise, this shop is still a favorite of the boarding school/country club kid set but it has a slightly edgier aesthetic than it once did. After all, Juicy Couture has become more popular on campus than Brooks Brothers. Probably the best place in town to find a good selection of jeans.
Giorgio's of Palm Beach
This is one of those stores which is best enjoyed by people who don’t have to worry about looking at price tags. After all, alligator-covered trunks require an extravagant lifestyle. You can find loafers, briefcases and purses (from itsy-bitsy to tote size) in various skins, from ostrich and alligator, and a riot of tropical colors as well as pastels. There are also piles of cashmere sweaters and wraps of the finest quality. The main shop is on Worth Avenue but there is also an outpost in the Breakers.
The sexier, trendier Palm Beachers can find Stella McCartney, DVF and Michael Kors in this boutique. Insider Mia Matthews shops here for more cutting-edge designers, and says “you won’t find any pink and green turtles here!”
UPDATE: In late 2008, Hollywould closed its New York City and Palm Beach boutiques.
For her second outpost after the success of her Nolita boutique, designer Holly Dunlap chose Palm Beach. The shop is up a flight of colorful tile stairs and adjacent to Verdura. This season she’ll be selling metallic straw carry-alls and leopard print wedges that are that rare combo of sexy and practical. Closed in summer.
Capri is where this custom sandal company started and Palm Beach is their U.S. base. For those who need custom thongs or wedges made in summer, you can also visit their shop in Southampton.
Lily Holt Dillon began designing shoes in Argentina a number of years ago, and her simple, sexy designs have been so popular that she recently opened a large showroom in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires. She chose to open her first boutique back in Palm Beach, though, where her shoes and jewelry dazzle against bronzed skin without costing a fortune. There’s no better place to pick up a pair of iconic Palm Beach sandals.
Lisa Perry celebrates ‘60s style with A-line Twiggyesque dresses and Pop Art color schemes for fashion and home. She now has a sliver of a shop in Palm Beach, where you can pick up her vinyl LOVE pillows and colorful travel bags along with some of her trademark clothing.
Miss Trish of Capri
UPDATE: Miss Trish of Capri is now closed.
Legend has it that Trish Carroll first started selling her beweled leather sandals out of the back of a van. For years now, though, her little salon up a flight of stairs off Via Encantada has been the only place to find her whimsical shoes. In summer, she displays her colorful, charm-spangled boat shoes and iconic thongs adorned with starfish and jewels. In winter, the bohemian boots in everything from ponyskin to patent leather mix Palm Beach glamour with a whiff of rebellious wild child.
Many Palm Beach residents and regulars rely on Neiman Marcus for one-stop shopping and unparalleled service. If they cannot make it into the store to see the latest collections, they have a selection sent over by car or across the country by FedEx. Some even call from the Bahamas or St. Bart’s for bathing suits to be sent mid-vacation.
This shop on Worth Avenue is a favorite of insider Marjorie Gubelmann for its shell frames, evening bags, mirrors and boxes.
Saks Fifth Avenue
A Worth Avenue institution with great fashion selections for men and women as well as makeup and accessories.
Stubbs & Wootton
The place to buy the velvet slippers that men wear in the evenings here and the espadrilles and wedges that women live in by day. The needlepoint slippers come in dozens of colors but many hostesses like to have theirs customized with monograms.
For style that is much more cutting edge and European than you will see in most area shops, Tomas Maier is the place to browse. The shop carries the playful bags and shoes of Jamin Puech as well as hats by Italian hat maker Grevi and unusual beachwear, jewelry and photography books.
A Palm Beach institution, this trio of shops sells exquisite cashmere sweaters in a seductive array of colors as well as their own private label cashmere blazers, even corduroys. The main store offers clothing for men and women in the luxury casual vein of Loro Piana. Trillion Too features sale items and in Trillon Sartoria, you can order custom pieces that are made to measure by the in-house tailors. It’s no wonder this is a favorite stop for locals like David Gilmour.