by katherine vaughn | September 1, 2009 | Style & Beauty
No time to sneak away to West Indies? No problem. You can still look like you’ve had an exotic escape without leaving South Florida. Dana Goldberg, store manager of Calypso St. Barth’s at the Bal Harbour Shops, gives us the scoop on this elegant yet casual, island-inspired boutique.
Life’s a beach: Calypso St. Barth is a brand deeply rooted in the beach lifestyle, and each item in the collection is reflective of this heritage, from the embroidered tunics and silk dresses to the linen daybeds, beaded pillows and traditionally made French fragrances.
Worldly fashions: When the first Calypso St. Barth boutique opened in 1992, it made designs from exciting destinations like Rajasthan, Marrakech and Bali more accessible. Over the past 16 years, the retailer has grown from a small resort-wear line to a global luxury lifestyle brand with a passionate following. The beaded caftans, vibrant tunics and colorful silk dresses have become wardrobe staples for chic women who love and cherish adventure.
Calypso’s clientele: The clients who shop with Calypso St. Barth are very travel-oriented and come to Miami to complete their wardrobe with the staple pieces Calypso is known for. Many of the styles are wonderful transition items that can work in multiple settings. In addition to the regular seasonal clients, we have a very strong relationship with the local community. Calypso’s understated glamour works perfectly for the seaside lifestyle.
Personal approach: The collection available at the Bal Harbour store is exclusively selected to fit the needs of our clients. Additionally, it is only the second location worldwide to house all divisions of the brand: women’s wear, children’s wear, home and beauty. The staff is generous, helpful and strives to develop relationships with customers to make each experience more enjoyable.
Must-have: Any piece from the new Lived In Collection, a series of cotton-and-linen tees and tanks perfect for layering and a staple for everyone’s wardrobe.
Personal style: I would describe my persona style as classic and simple with a detailed twist. Adding accessories such as scarves, statement necklaces and belts is my way of dressing up a classic look. The Calypso St. Barth aesthetic is a great definition of my personal style; everything retains a rumpled elegance that is easy, ageless and has a laid-back sophistication.”
Her top five picks:
1. The Gabrielle Dress, a floor-length pleated silk dress
2. The Stilt Jeans from AG,
3. One of the many paper-thin cashmere sweaters
4. The Dublin Pants from My Pants, a great cargo that can be dressed up or worn casually
5. Circle Blouse from Chan Luu
photograph by peter richardson/ red eye productions