A Clutch Legacy

This past weekend, among swaying palm fronds and a stylish set of bold-faced names, fashion designer Ariana Rockefeller unveiled a new handbag capsule inspired by the heritage of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Named “Ariana Rockefeller for Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve,” the collection features two handbags that evoke the vision of her late great-uncle Laurance Rockefeller, who developed the Dorado Beach resort in Puerto Rico in 1958, and the resort’s current vibrancy.

The property, largely recognized as the first eco-luxury resort in the Caribbean, was and is known for effortless elegance and a design that honors the site’s natural beauty. Since its inception, the resort has stood as a tranquil and luxurious retreat for America’s most powerful figures, hosting guests such as President Eisenhower and Henry Kissinger as well as the extended Rockefeller family. Today, in the form of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, this treasured space offers an exclusive escape while continuing the rich tradition of eco-friendly yet luxurious beachside bliss.

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Situated on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate and RockResort of the 1950s, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, recaptures the glamour of this magical era for the modern luxury traveler—who, in today’s world, is also a seasoned “experience collector.” As a pioneer in environmental sustainability and preservation, Rockefeller’s environmental philosophies are still incorporated throughout the property. The resort was created as an open-air enclave infused with references to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture—a true sanctuary designed to cater to the world’s most discerning travelers through a bevy of one-of-a-kind lifestyle activities.

Ms. Rockefeller’s Dorado Beach Collection includes two handbags, a tote and a clutch, priced at $725 and $650 respectively, which are both custom-designed and handmade in Brooklyn. Reflective of Dorado Beach’s unique landscape and minimalist elegance, the “Beach Tack” tote and “Beach Sellier” clutch are designed with Ariana’s signature patterns. The tote is featured in a navy waxed canvas with either metallic gold or metallic navy python trim. The clutch, in beige waxed canvas, is also offered with a metallic gold or metallic navy python trim. In keeping with Ariana’s aesthetic and the Rockefeller tradition of minimal elegance, the bags are understated, durable, and beautifully constructed—the perfect accessory for luxurious travel and resort wear.

“I believe it is something my uncle Laurance’s wife, Mary, and my grandmother, Peggy, would have taken on holiday to Dorado Beach,” Rockefeller says of the collection. “They often traveled together with Laurance and David, my grandfather. I was able to travel with my uncle to some of his other resorts, and I valued my time with him greatly and appreciated his vision. The pieces will honor Laurance’s love of nature and low-key elegance.”

George Sotelo, general manager of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, adds, “We are both excited and honored to enter into this exclusive partnership with Ariana and to add another layer to our ongoing connection to the Rockefeller legacy. This heritage is a true point of pride and distinction for our resort and something which can still be seen and felt across the property.”

The Ariana Rockefeller for Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Partnership Collection will be available at the Michelle Farmer Boutique at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and at arianarockefeller.com. For more about Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, click here.