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Even if you’re not staying at the Eden Rock, its woody boutique is definitely a cut above the usual resort sundries shops and well worth a visit for fetching, sometimes sizzling international fashions in resortwear you’re unlikely to track down at home. Examples include snazzy swimsuits from Etro out of Italy and Anika Brazil out of guess where; cool shades from Christian Roth and Britain’s Cutler and Gross; intricate gold and silver earrings and necklaces by Francesca Amfitheatrof; hip handbags by Meli Melo; and lots more from hot brands and designers in Europe and South America.
There’s no shortage on St. Bart’s of clothing boutiques, carrying both imports and locally made threads. But Swedish designer Sabina Clason’s gorgeous handcrafted and hand-dyed clothing—mostly women’s but also some for guys and kids and even a doggie T-shirt—stands out. Her designs in light cottons, linens and silks—some loose and flowing, some form-hugging, some downright sheer—practically define casual yet elegant island living and are extremely popular with both repeat visitors and residents. She also carries some accessories and a selection of cool, earthy jewelry using materials like amber, aquamarine and turquoise.