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What better place than a French tropical isle to treat yourself to a piece or two of sensual French beachwear and lingerie (guaranteed to add extra va-va-voom to your honeymoon)? Head to the Villa Créole shopping center in St. Jean, just a mile north of Gustavia, to ogle the elegant and sometimes eye-popping sous-vêtements that can make Victoria’s Secret seem like Grandma’s attic. The lineup includes offerings from Chloé, Carine Gilson, Spain’s Andrés Sardá, Italy’s Argentovivo and Ritratti and Romania’s I.D. Sarrieri. Or why not consider one of the sleek one- and two-piece swimsuits and beach wraps to debut on the gorgeous plages of St. Bart’s?
LIGNE ST. BARTH
Manuel Canovas boutique, Rue du Bord de Mer
Route de Saline
Run by an old island family, the Brins, this pair of shops—one in the capital and one up on Anse de Lorient—sell a skin-care and fragrance line for both femmes and hommes that’s got an international following among all the right people. (You’ll also find it at other select island shops.) So what’s the big deal about its various creams, lotions, massage oils, shampoos, sunblocks, cleansers, lip balm, facial masks and scents, including perfume, men’s cologne and six varieties of eau de toilette? The reliance on Caribbean-island botanicals such as roucou (annatto), a natural protectant supplied by an Arawak Indian reservation on Dominica.
MADE IN ST. BARTH
Any number of places sell bath products, resortwear, T-shirts and so on. For a swell selection of all of the above, stop in for a browse at this little one-stop shop in St. Jean’s shopping center. Not only does it carry Ligne St. Barth skin products (see above), it also has sandals, artisanal jewelry, popular "Made in St. Barth" T-shirts, belts, beach hats, island clothing for men and women, colorful print and pastel dresses, and its own line of leather handbags. Think of it as a kind of St. Bart’s greatest shopping hits.
PATI DE SAINT BARTH
Passage de la Crémaillière
It’s true that Parisian Pati Guyot’s two boutiques are one-trick ponies of a sort—basically, all they stock is her line of clothes and sundry accessories emblazoned with what has become the island’s well-known logo, a squarish rendering of the words "St. Barth French West Indies" with an itty-bitty island silhouette in the middle. (There’s also a variation in a more hand-scrawled style.) But the quality is excellent, the look and logo are iconic, and you can actually get a pretty decent range of stuff, from various tops and bottoms (outer and inner) for guys, gals and kids to bags, towels, sarongs, bracelets, dog tags, computer cases, jewelry—there’s even an Anglo-French music mix.