Shopping That’s Worth It

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Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue makes for an attractive backdrop. It’s the jewel of Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean and Spanish Revival architecture, birthplace of Lilly Pulitzer’s first boutique, home to the most fashionable and exclusive brands. Even the shoppers, both visitors and residents, tend to give off a colorful glow. Here, there are moms who still willingly abide by Lilly Pulitzer’s colorful mode of dress, dads who deem lime green smoking jackets and patrician slippers de rigueur. Fortunately, new brands must embrace the architecture when they move in, which lends character and individuality to their Worth Avenue locations. Older companies must maintain their customs and congeniality, like Kassatly’s, a family business that has been selling linens and lingerie in Palm Beach since 1938.

Worth Avenue is a shopping destination that respects tradition, and there’s a certain charm about that. So this season, when you’re headed south for some shopping and sun, be sure to visit our favorite boutiques and discover the avenue’s beauty for yourself. We promise, it’ll be worth it.

RALPH LAURENRalph Lauren

300 Worth Avenue / 561.651.3900

Ralph Lauren can be credited with inventing modern American style. For over 40 years, the brand has provided quality products that embody elegance (like this stunning look from the Ralph Lauren Resort 2016 collection). Ralph Lauren’s Palm Beach location, situated on Worth Avenue, boasts a Beaux-Arts façade and an imported European stone fountain that embrace the brand’s heritage in Palm Beach. As with all Ralph Lauren boutiques, you can find apparel for a glamorous evening on the town or a few classic cotton piqué polos. Walking inside this beautiful boutique is like walking into a dream.

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Jennifer Garrigues

308 Peruvian Avenue / 561.659.7085

Jennifer Garrigues started as a high-fashion model for Christian Dior, so she has always had an eye for sumptuous design. Known for her creative taste that harmoniously blends style and comfort, Garrigues offers design services for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. She has designed for The Carlyle in New York and for the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. Her showroom is the perfect place to find that item you didn’t know you needed for your home. From luxurious textiles and pillows to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, there’s something for every type of living space.

DSC_8199J.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 close to 100 stores and a flourishing e-commerce business, J.McLaughlin celebrates its continued success as classic American clothiers 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 fit in well with the traditional Palm Beach style. Really, you can’t go wrong here.

IMG_8484Graff Diamonds

221 Worth Avenue / 561.355.9292

It has been said that throughout Graff’s history, the company has handled more diamonds of notable rarity and beauty than any other jeweler. That may be a bold statement, but Graff, with its stunning pieces that continue to inspire and delight, can certainly back it up. Since it was founded in 1960, the high-end jewelry brand has opened showrooms around the world and acquired pieces that would make the most jaded heads turn. Like the Empress Rose—the largest internally flawless light pink diamond in the world. Be sure to stop by Graff Diamond’s Palm Beach boutique to see what gems they have in store this season.

PB_Storefront_AngleBetteridge

236 Worth Avenue / 561.655.5850

Betteridge is one of America’s most historic fine jewelers. In fact, 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. They also offer many on-site services, such as repairs and appraisals. Drop in and check out what Worth Avenue’s treasure trove has in store.

Palm Beach StoreStubbs & Wootton

1 Via Parigi / 561.655.6857

Purveyors of handmade slippers to be worn day into evening (yes, one of their concepts features a right slipper with the sun and a left one with the moon and stars), Stubbs & Wootton is a favorite among both ladies and gentlemen for their iconic designs that exude both style and comfort. Whether in velvet or needlepoint, prepare to turn heads when you step out in your Stubbs. With boutiques in New York and Palm Beach, Stubbs & Wootton has been outfitting the well-heeled since 1993. And just in case you don’t find a style to fit your fancy, the brand also allows you to create your own monogram on your choice of velvet or linen slippers. Prince Albert would be proud!

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424 Palm Street / 561.514.0322

Looking for stunning home accessories? HIVE is your destination. Owner Sara McCann of McCann Design Group has searched out one-of-a-kind items to liven up your living spaces. And, luckily, each piece on HIVE’s showroom floor is available for immediate purchase. Outside, its garden area features charming jardinières, garden accessories, and artfully designed potted plant arrangements—such as orchids, ferns, and succulents. Every item in the showroom has been handpicked by McCann and her team. In keeping with their well-respected professional reputation, HIVE caters to both their customers and members of the design community.

BASSODennis Basso (at Saks Fifth Avenue)

172 Worth Avenue / 561.833.2551

Dennis Basso has long been considered one of America’s premier celebrity designers. His feminine silhouettes and styles are seen on the most fashionable and influential women in the world, no matter their generation. Ever since his entrée into fashion in 1983, Mr. Basso has attracted an enviable following for his bold designs. In 2007, he complemented his furs and outerwear with ready-to-wear pieces on the runways of New York City. Over the years, Basso has created furs for many major celebrities, including Brooke Shields and Nicole Kidman. Today, Dennis Basso furs and ready-to-wear collections can be found at select Saks Fifth Avenue boutiques, including the Palm Beach location.

CHARLOTTE KELLOGGCharlotte Kellogg

256 Worth Avenue / 561.820.2407

332 South County Road / 561.820.2402

It’s the fashion destination for tropical colors in linen, silk, and cotton. Tucked away in a corner of the Amore Courtyard, Charlotte Kellogg 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 for a refreshing take on Palm Beach chic.