9 Must-Shop Stores on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue

 

As far as Tony shopping streets go, it doesn’t get much better than Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue. Not only is it the jewel of Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean and Spanish Revival–style architecture, but it’s also the birthplace of Lilly Pulitzer’s first boutique and home to today’s most fashionable and exclusive brands, not to mention a fine-dining spot or few. Even the shoppers themselves tend to give off a golden, colorful glow.

Here, moms still abide by Pulitzer’s colorful mode of dress, and dads appear to deem lime green cashmere sweaters de rigueur. Fortunately, new brands must embrace the architecture when they move in, which lends character and individuality to their special locale. There’s a comfort in knowing it’s business as usual here—and by that, we mean a shopping destination where brands hold on to a tradition of courtesy and congeniality. 

Ralph Lauren

300 Worth Avenue / 561.651.3900

Ralph Lauren might be said to have invented modern American style. For over 40 years, the brand has embodied luxury. Certain accessories—like the elegantly modern Ricky bag—have become so popular, they’re iconic. This Worth Avenue location boasts a beautiful Beaux-Arts façade and an imported European stone fountain. As with all Ralph Lauren stores, you can find apparel for a glamorous evening on the town or a few classic cotton piqué polos for the tennis club. In Palm Beach, you can never go wrong with a brightly colored cableknit cashmere sweater (or few).

Jennifer Garrigues 

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308 Peruvian Avenue / 561.659.7085

Interior designer Jennifer Garrigues began her career as a fashion model with Christian Dior. It’s no surprise that she has a trained and talented eye for sumptuous things. Known for her creative taste that blends style and comfort, Garrigues offers design services for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. She has designed locally for the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club and in New York for The Carlyle. Her showroom is a treasure trove of unexpected discoveries. From luxurious textiles and pillows to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and decorative objects (which make great hostess gifts), there’s something for every type of living space at Jennifer Garrigues.

J.McLaughlin

225 B Worth Avenue / 561.655.5973

The first J.McLaughlin store, located in an Ivy League–riddled enclave on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was a small place with a welcoming, faded-paint feel. It was preppy. It was rustic. People loved it. Today, with over 100 bricks-and-mortar retail locations in communities across the country—not to mention a flourishing e-commerce business—J.McLaughlin celebrates its continued success as a classic American clothier and one of the country’s last great first-name-basis retailers. Their clothes, as they were from day one, are simple and smart (the J.McLaughlin website describes them as “innovatively nostalgic”). And that means they’re a perfect match for Palm Beach style, down to the brand’s latest introduction: the Madison heel in pink magenta.

Lindroth Design

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312-B South County Road / 561.249.1205

Amanda Lindroth’a earliest memories of her native Florida include its beautiful nature and the glamour of Palm Beach. She has lived in Paris, worked for both Women’s Wear Daily and W, and served Tom Ford in public relations. Today she takes inspiration from the islands (most notably Nassau) and designs interiors that are comfortable and breezy. Her store, here in Palm Beach on South County Road, offers an array of inspired goods (think raffia baskets and island trays) that are right at home in this relaxed yet elegant community. This season’s offerings are nothing short of perfect.

Leta Austin Foster Boutique

64 Via Mizner / 561.655.7367

A leading authority on style and design, Leta Austin Foster opened her boutique in the 1990s to be able to finish her interior design projects. As a result, the boutique specializes in beautiful custom items for the home. Leta loves fine linens and it shows: we always have a hard time narrowing it down here because any selection of hers could truly make a bedroom (in addition to carrying other custom Italian and French linens, this is the Porthault store for Florida and the Southeast). Then there’s the fine china and porcelain, not to mention writing papers, candles, and room sprays. And, of course, Leta is well known for her wonderful selection of children’s clothes—many made exclusively just for this store.

Stubbs & Wootton

340 Worth Ave. / 561.655.6857

Purveyors of the handmade slipper—which can be spotted both day and night, on men and women alike—Stubbs & Wootton is a favorite among locals (or anyone looking for an authentic touch of Palm Beach style). The brand’s iconic designs embody everything you want on this island: fine quality and fashion sense mixed with wit, humor, and flair. Whether in velvet or needlepoint, prepare to turn heads when stepping out in your Stubbs. Stroll into the handsome store at 340 Worth Avenue, and you’ll find a perfect match.

Grace Boutique 

249 Royal Poinciana Way / 561.469.7674

“By God’s Grace” is the saying of mother-daughter team Adele (Dede) and Grace Merck, who opened Grace Boutique in November of 2016. Stepping inside is like stepping into your favorite beach house. Not only will you appreciate the decor, but you’re sure to find a bit of everything, from resort clothes and shoes to accessories and gifts. The boutique showcases several local designers, like jewelry by Allegra Fanjul and resort wear from Amanda Boalt’s Strong Boalt line, and also carries newer brands from around the world. Not only does Grace Boutique offer labels you won’t find elsewhere in Palm Beach, but it appeals to ladies of all ages.

Betteridge

236 Worth Avenue / 561.655.5850

Betteridge is one of America’s most historic fine jewelers. The Betteridge name has been associated with jewelry for centuries: the company’s president, Terry Betteridge, is a fourth-generation jeweler whose roots date back to the 1700s in Birmingham, England, where the name was synonymous with fine jewelry design and silversmithing. Today, the Betteridge boutique in Palm Beach is a joy to visit, offering all types of fine jewelry, by both classic and contemporary designers. Then, of course, there are pearls, pre-owned watches, and the brand’s own Betteridge Collection—in short, something is sure to catch your eye under one of the vitrines. They also offer many on-site services, such as repairs and appraisals. A true treasure trove on Worth Avenue, Betteridge is worth the stop.

Charlotte Kellogg

256 Worth Avenue / 561.820.2407
332 South County Road / 561.820.2402

It’s the reliable destination for tropical colors in linen, silk, and cotton. Tucked away in a corner of the Amore Courtyard, Charlotte Kellogg’s fanciful boutique offers casual clothing designed for the lifestyle of South Florida and other bright-hued resort communities. Her cheerful and breathable designs have been making a colorful splash on the Palm Beach scene since the boutique opened in 1998. Now, the store has become a true Palm Beach tradition for fashionable pieces that will suit every occasion, from sportswear to eveningwear. Stop in either location—on Worth Avenue or South County Road—for one of Kellogg’s iconic shirt dresses, and maybe even a formal jacket for dinner.