Four years ago, we introduced the “Platinum 100,” a comprehensive listing of Sarasota’s top luxury retailers. Every year, we appraise each store, visiting each one—sometimes several times—to ensure that it continues to meet our criteria for a truly outstanding shopping experience, and we also scout out new boutiques as they open. And every year, in this city known for its luxurious lifestyle, limiting our list to 100 bastions of retail luxury becomes more challenging. Our retailers have responded to a tough economy with courage and creativity. They are flourishing because they have figured out exactly how the Gulf Coast’s most discerning shoppers want to live and dress today, and they’ve fine-tuned their assortments accordingly.
This guide—which includes listings to top auto and yacht dealers and art galleries as well as our 100 retailers—will introduce you to an astonishing array of treasures and surprises. We’ve analyzed product craftsmanship, access to luxury brands, atmosphere and expertise, reviewing fabulous retailers from Anna Maria Island and Englewood to Main Street Sarasota. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or longtime resident, the joys you’ll discover are limited only by your curiosity and fortitude.
The Platinum 100 Fashion
Addison Craig A shoe-obsessed cult following lusts after the constant influx of new designer shoes and accessories at Addison Craig. Score the newest Big Buddha bags, statement flats by Tory Burch and Giuseppe Zanotti’s shoe couture. The impeccably curated line-up draws fans from as far as Florida’s east coast. 28 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3400.
Aqua Beachwear Swim goddesses of every shape and size worship the figure-flattering selection at Aqua, where hot styles by hip fashion brands from Juicy Couture to Miraclesuit hit the racks with speeds that would outpace a summer Olympian. 331 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1025; 5131 Ocean Ave., Siesta Key, (941) 346-0702.
Brooks Brothers Channel your inner F. Scott Fitzgerald at downtown Sarasota’s homage to the glamorous lifestyle of country clubs back in the Gatsby era. Brooks Brothers references its archives for suits, blazers, cashmere sweaters and more, all blending trend-right touches of retro with the comfort of high-tech natural fabrics. 1500 Main St., (941) 316-1502.
Captain’s Landing An idiosyncratic blend of retirees and college students heads to Captain’s Landing for men’s fashion makeovers from resort-chic to neo-preppy. Brothers Trent and Troy Young recently expanded their handsome shrine to nautical island style at a new location brimming with coveted brands like Tori Richard and Kahala. 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-2329.
Designing Women Boutique Sarasota socialites and patrons from as far off as Palm Beach are among this elegant boutique’s frequent shoppers. The clientele donates or consigns brands like Chanel, Adolfo and St. Johns, often after only one or two seasons. Everything sells at 50 percent to 75 percent off original prices, and proceeds go to local charities. 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 366-5293.
Eileen Fisher Sarasota fans of this casual lifestyle brand are celebrating the arrival of an Eileen Fisher Signature collection store on the corner of Lemon and Main. Look for clothes, shoes, bags and more brimming with the clean lines, simple shapes and sensual fabrics that balance function with beauty. 1501 Main St., (941) 365-2435.
Eliett’s On Palm If you notice an international vibe at Eliett Cardamone’s new Palm Avenue boutique, it’s because the unique designer lines Eliett hand-picks are as diverse as she is. A native of Chile who recently moved her nearly 20-year-old eponymous store from Venice, Eliett‘s signature brands are BrazilianRoxx, Pure Vide and Komorov. 45 S. Palm Ave., (941) 953-2999.
Foxy Lady A loyal following loves the eclectic but always glamorous lines that run from the chic to the subversive, but Foxy Lady is also Sarasota’s Holy Grail for designer jeans (Paige, David Kahn, and Miss Me). The total wardrobing extends from day to evening; shoes, sunglasses and kids’ clothes are also must-sees. 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5239; 209 Beach Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-6644.
Gia Ventola A fashion celeb in her own right, Gia Ventola began her meteoric retail career after designing stage costumes for the likes of Britney, Pink and Beyoncé. Her rock-star style is Sarasota-ized with looks ranging from sophisticated to cutting-edge-refined in a 6,000-square-foot boutique where Gia and a fashion-savvy staff dress admirers from head to toe. 610 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 373-1980.
Influence Liz Murray hit the Sarasota fashion scene less than two years ago, but her hip young aesthetic has already garnered a coterie of fans from 20 to 60. A former L.A. celebrity stylist, Liz and her sister, Sam Murray, have filled their shop with brands like Made in Heaven jeans (worn by Kate Bosworth and Katie Holmes) and Winter Kate by Nicole Richie. 474 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 343-2315.
Irene’s Resort Wear Follow the buzz to Irene’s, a little island boutique with big island style (think Manhattan or Miami’s Fisher Isle). Arguably the most competitively priced shop in the region, Irene reaches fans from Fort Myers to Tampa. Don’t miss swoon-worthy dresses from Joseph Ribkoff and Frank Lyman of Montreal, jeans by Tribal and an ever-evolving cache of Brighton and Vera Bradley gear. 5308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, (941) 778-1161.
Jane Boutique Fashion stylist Lissa Murphy is Sarasota’s link to celeb-endorsed emerging L.A. designers (her newest brands are Parker and Farron Elizabeth) and the quintessential California style. Murphy has dressed Hollywood actors for film and TV and has a knack for helping clients find trendy togs that work with every age and body type. 1409 First St., (941) 951-5263.
L. Boutique/L.Kids/L.Spa The addictive allure at this trio of chic boutiques is a unique one-stop shopping experience for head-to-toe fashion and beauty. Cognoscenti head to L. Boutique for casual daywear, glamorous evening dresses, designer shoes, sunglasses and more. Owner LeeAnne Swor delights fashionistas with designer infants’ and children’s clothes at L. Kids, and her luxurious L.Spa offers complete hair salon and spa services. 556 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 906-1350.
La Mariée Haute Couture BridalBridal fashions range from the diaphanous to the deconstructed at La Mariée, where the hot new sculpted dresses from Parisian couture sensation Ugo Zaldi are making waves for beach weddings. For those who tend toward the romantic, check out dreamy couture gowns by Badgley Mischka and Vera Wang. 56 S. Palm Ave., (941) 955-1600.
Leggiadro International With an under-the-radar fan base of socialites from Sarasota to Dubai, designer Ann Ross has perfected the art of blending coastal style, preppy pastels and Hollywood glam. Originally an editor at Glamour magazine, Ross has made her Leggiadro stores famous for superbly fitting capri pants, limited-edition, hand-painted tees and ultra-luxurious fabrics including gossamer-sheer cashmere. 380A St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1500.
Lilly Pulitzer The epitome of clubby resort style, Lilly Pulitzer’s cool classic cotton prints are staples of the Sarasota wardrobe year-round. From vintage patterns to whimsical new designs, the brand is as beloved for its retro capris and shift dresses as it is for hip swimwear and chic yoga fashions. 443A John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3091.
LotusShelves are brimming with life’s little luxuries, from dresses and jeans to fragrances and slinky lingerie, at Lotus, the haunt of style setters who share proprietor Wendy Getchell’s taste and fashion philosophy. Now her cache of Hobo handbags, Goddis knits and Michael Stars tees (a fave of Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston) is also creating a buzz at a second location: Nikki Sedacca’s 530 Burns Gallery. 1451 Main St., (941) 906-7080; 530 Burns Lane, (941) 951-0620.
Oh My Gauze A mecca for devotees of gauzy cotton fabrics as cool as an ocean breeze, Oh My Gauze has upped its fashion IQ with hip new body-revealing styles designed for svelte young clients. Their moms continue to snap up the brand’s fashion staples: free-flowing silhouettes in stunning colors that hide a multitude of figure flaws. 374 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1964.
Reason’s ShoesA magnet for fashionistas who refuse to sacrifice comfort for style, Reason’s has internationally renowned brands like Arche (futuristic) and Thierry Rabotin (refined) in chic designs that belie their cushy comfort. That doesn’t preclude racks of stilettos and glitzy sandals from names like Prada. The men’s department offers a complete range from Italian loafers to boat shoes. 57 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1602.
RHA Boutique Fans flock to Hope Allen’s Southside Village boutique for a spot-on selection of clothes by names like Barbara Lesser, Spanner, Petit Pois and Hardtail. Look for the same colorful Halé Bob tops and dresses worn by Heidi Klum and Eva Longoria, and Tolani artisan-crafted scarves, another celebrity staple that’s become the signature accessory at this tiny neighborhood store brimming with big-city fashion attitude. 1935 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 706-2627.
Sahara A temple of Moroccan design, Sahara boasts a well-edited selection of fashion and home products hand-picked by international travelers Cleon and Arch Dixon, who personally shop the bazaars, villages and showrooms of crafters throughout North Africa for unique fare. Everything from clothes to jewelry and home accessories reflects an upscale tribal aesthetic. 362C John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3335.
Saks Fifth Avenue Saks in Sarasota serves up elegant international and often exclusive brands with the personal service and friendly atmosphere you’d expect from a locally owned boutique. Locals have embraced the store and its ability to keep them on pace with the same fragrances, accessories and fashions found in sister SFA stores in big cities across the country. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 364-5300.
Sea Cup and Up A serene haven focused on comfort and style, this unique shop specializes in C-cup and up bra sizes in undergarments, swimsuits and sleepwear from many of the best American and European designers in the world. The décor plays a big role in the shopping experience, with velvet and lace reminiscent of a retro boudoir. 1810 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 951-2727.
Shore The next best thing to shopping a trendy Pacific coast surf boutique, Shore is where Malibu meets South Beach. With its own exclusive swimwear designs and a carefully curated selection of brands like Roxy, Juicy Couture and Billabong, the shop attracts waves of tourists and locals who want the latest in cutting-edge beach and active sports fashions. 465 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3535.
Soto’s Optical Boutique This second-generation optical boutique appeals to Sarasota’s most discerning shoppers with brands (Moschino, David Eden, Badgley Mischka and Loree Rodkin) several cuts above those at eyewear chains. From hand-tooled wood frames to designs set with precious gems, the fashion is as spot-on as the finishing expertise and service. 1383 Main St., (941) 953-3788.
Stitch Boutique Vinny Sizemore’s recent move and expansion to glam new digs on Main Street allow more space for the cutting-edge men’s and women’s clothes Sarasota’s trendsetters have come to adore. Look for all the jeans brands worn by the red-carpet crowd, hip shirts by European and American designers and sexy Boho maxi dresses by Fluxus. 1463 Main St., (941) 366-7268.
Sunbug Beach beauties fawn over the vast selection of swimsuit power brands at Sunbug, where styles go from barely there bikinis to instantly slimming Miraclesuits. Beach cover-ups, sportswear, dresses, jeans, shoes and handbags complete the total resort lifestyle with breezy clothes perfect for endless Gulf Coast summers. 141 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-7946.
Swim City/Swim Mart Sarasota’s own homegrown chain of Swim City and Swim Mart stores is built on the premise that great fit and high style are not mutually exclusive. Fans love designs from such names as Betsey Johnson, Trina Turk and Gottex, along with a breathtaking selection of body-flattering swimsuit separates. 1960 Stickney Point Road, (941) 922-4545; 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (941) 388-2288; 4220 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 924-8618.
Swimwear Boutique.Com A splash of glamour will be hitting First Street this fall when this chic online retailer opens its first brick-and-mortar store at Whole Foods Market Centre. Fashionistas across the country swoon over the caliber of European-made swim couture, from Masquenada’s bikinis to La Perla’s body-shaping maillots and Crystal Jin’s sexy minimalist aesthetic. Visit swimwearboutique.com for details.
T. Georgiano’s What began as an exclusive showcase for Italian shoes and handbags has morphed into a lifestyle boutique brimming with impulse fashion items as diverse as Samba swimwear, Tracy Negoshian dresses, Gretchen Scott tunics and Oka B. spa sandals. Look for Paul Mayer ballet flats in myriad colors and the shop’s signature Florentine leather accessories. 1409-B First St., (941) 870-3727.
Taffy’s Men’s Apparel After 48 years on St. Armands Circle, Sarasota’s arbiter of country club style has moved to a posh new location just two doors down. Taffy’s gets its game on with golf and tennis clothes that run the gamut from the refined (sweaters by St. Croix) to the outrageous (coral pink blazers and Loudmouth Golf bold patterned pants). 18 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1155.
The Met Sarasota’s answer to Barney’s in New York, this exciting boutique serves up elegant style and exclusive brands in a setting of unrivaled luxury. The carefully edited selection includes upscale men’s and women’s fashion brands from Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Etro to Burberry and Ted Baker. The Met dresses clients from head to toe in sportswear, daywear, evening fashion, shoes, handbags and fine jewelry. There’s also a world-class second-floor spa and salon, and a free-standing Queens’ Wreath Jewels shop. 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1772.
Tommy Bahama For men’s and women’s fashion with a breezy-cool ocean vibe, Sarasota’s Tommy Bahama lifestyle store offers sportswear, sundresses, tropical print shirts and a cache of beach-inspired shoes and accessories. Swimsuits designed so that tops and bottoms are sold separately have become a magnet for women who want to customize sizes to fit their own specific needs. 371 St. Armands Circle, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-2446.
Dream Weaver & Planet A little bit Boho, a tad tribal and full-on fashionista are just a few of the art-to-wear looks at Dream Weaver. Factor in contemporary clothes at Planet, a store-within-a-store featuring designer Lauren Grossman’s brand of casual-chic clothes, and creativity is expressed in everything from evening wear to statement bags. 364 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1974.
Juno & Jove A new flagship location reflects a fine-tuning in Juno & Jove’s assortment, now a bit hipper, younger and more focused on casual fashion brands (Prairie Underground, Eairth, and Koch) as well as comfortable but directional shoes (Caleen Cordero, Coclico). Don’t miss the drool-worthy handbags of real kuba cloth by Global Girls. The mix still remains exclusively the domain of socially responsible and green designers. 1425 First St., Whole Foods Market Centre, (941) 957-0000.
Sarasota Brides & Formalwear Wedding fashions here balance wistful romanticism with youthful sexuality in a comprehensive collection of the newest styles for every member of the bridal party. With silks as sheer as a sigh and décolleté sheaths in structured satin, you’ll find big-event dresses for all occasions, from proms to debutante balls, charity galas and more. 4051 Clark Road, (941) 927-4969.
Sunglass Express Optical If you covet sunglasses that double as face jewelry, don’t miss the extraordinary selection of luxury frames from the top fashion houses in New York, L.A. and abroad. Sunglass Express offers full optical services and couturier brands Kieselstein Cord, Judith Leiber, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel and more. 343 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5115.
The Platinum 100 antiques
The Gallery Scene
Sarasota’s reputation for sophisticated living embraces not only fashion, jewelry and home décor, but fine art as well. We’re blessed with a number of commercial galleries here selling a wide variety of work by local and national artists. And we’re home to several noncommercial galleries, too, including Art Center Sarasota, Selby Gallery on the Ringling College campus, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and, of course, the Ringling Museum of Art, which started our connection with the visual arts in the first place.
The artists’ colony of Towles Court, just west of U.S. 301 between Adams and Morrill streets, is also worth a visit, especially during monthly gallery walks. And the biennial Sarasota Season of Sculpture (starting in November) turns our downtown bayfront into a gallery of large-scale sculpture by artists from around the world. Many of our art galleries are strollably located either downtown or on St. Armands Circle; here are some of the most notable.
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art This long-established gallery presents frequent exhibitions, mostly by mid-career artists, and an array of original paintings, sculptures and mixed media assemblages. 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 366-2454.
Dabbert Gallery Located on historic Palm Avenue, Dabbert presents an eclectic collection of oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawings, bronzes and more. 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 955-1315.
Galleria Silecchia Galleria Silecchia presents national and international sculptors, painters, glass artists and more, with regularly scheduled exhibitions. 20 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 365-7414.
Hodgell Gallery Contemporary art glass by a wide number of artists is the primary focus of this downtown gallery. 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 366-1146.
Kathleen Bernhardt Gallery Located in the Rosemary District, this gallery features both national and international contemporary artists working in various media. 1419 Fifth St., Sarasota. (312) 810-3066.
Stakenborg & Villet Fine Art An arts resource specializing in fine prints, from Renaissance to modern times. 1545 Main St., Sarasota. (941) 487-8001.
State of the Arts Gallery A contemporary fine art gallery presenting works from local and national artists, including owner David Steiner, in regular exhibitions. 1525 State St., Sarasota. (941) 955-2787.
Tony H2O Fine art photographer Tony Ludovico specializes in limited and open edition works featuring the oceans and its underwater inhabitants. 50 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 799-0106.
William Hartman Gallery This Palm Avenue gallery specializes in prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. 48 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 955-4785.
Wyland Galleries of Sarasota Highlighted here: marine and wildlife art by Wyland and other environmental artists, along with Oggetti glass. 314 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands. (941) 388-5331.
Blue Moon Antiques Interior designers and savvy clients stalk this atelier for new shipments of furniture, lighting and mirrors from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Seasoned dealers Garth Curry and Keith Filion unveil newfound treasures weekly from their West Palm Beach outpost, creating a collection of clutter that’s as irresistible as their fine antiques. 134 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 365-0978.
Blue Pineapple Those in the know travel great distances for wonderful buys on Old World paintings, upscale European furniture (both old and new) and small and unusual gift items at Barbara and Peter Matson’s must-see Blue Pineapple. The couple’s frequent buying trips abroad yield everything from jewel-toned Castelnaudary garden pots to Scottish hand-carved sea birds. 445 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, (941) 474-1504.
Burke Antiques Cheryl Burke’s dazzling new shop offers pedigreed Continental and Chinese antiques as well as eye-catching showstoppers from Africa, the U.S., and the far corners of the globe. An interesting counterpoint to her eclectic mélange of antiques (which are sold globally through high-end website 1stdibs.com) is a trove of contemporary paintings. 12 S. Palm Ave., (941) 952-0042.
Coco Palm Gallery History comes to life at Paul Passerat’s ode to time-honored Chinese crafts. His extraordinary collection of Asian antiques includes furniture, paintings, pottery and more. Chinese blue-and-white porcelain and a comprehensive line-up of Buddhas in all materials and sizes are offered at prices far lower than those of comparable quality and pedigree in major cosmopolitan cities. 1255 N. Palm Ave., (941) 955-1122.
Elizabeth Rice, Inc As much curator as proprietor, Elizabeth Rice has amassed a superb collection of wonderfully preserved antique Biedermeier furniture (1815-1848) juxtaposed with world-class contemporary fine art and a superior collection of shell-adorned decorative accessories from period mirrors to candelabras and chandeliers. 1467 Main St., (941) 954-8575.
Jack Vinales Antiques
A Sarasota hallmark, Jack Vinales Antiques attracts serious collectors with hard-to-find Bakelite jewelry, rare Fiestaware and exceptional American and European art pottery. Serendipity rules, and the persistent visitor will be rewarded with discoveries from vintage Haywood Wakefield furniture to mid-century modern chairs by stars like Charles Eames, George Nelson and more. 550 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 957-0002.
Jett Thompson Antiques Every nook and cranny of Thompson’s eponymous shop is brimming with repurposed treasures, antique and new furniture and accessories. Rummage through a stunning mélange of pillows covered with old Suzani wedding fabrics, lamp bases made from found objects, rare Majolica, and a wondrous cache of vintage country Swedish painted chairs, chests and more. 447 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, (941) 460-2777.
Steven Postans Antiques Chockablock full of antique furniture and tall clocks from the 18th and 19th centuries, this 28,000-square-foot treasure house is the secret source of upscale retail antiques dealers in major American cities. British-born Postans hand-picks exquisite English and European armoires, desks, dining tables and chairs during seasonal trips abroad. 7881 15th St. E., Sarasota (941) 755-6063.
Crissy Galleries A brilliantly eclectic mix of decorative arts and crafts, including fine 18th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain, cut glass and silver, is showcased in a luxuriously appointed gallery in Sarasota’s Arts & Antiques Building. Seasoned dealer Bruce Crissy’s “vault collection” salon is resplendent with Tiffany and Handel lamps and prized examples of the finest estate and antique jewelry. 640 S. Washington Blvd., (941) 957-1110.
The Platinum 100 JEWELRY
The Platinum 100 JEWELRY
Bowman Originals Ned Bowman lives, breathes and dreams jewelry, and it shows in the exquisite original designs and old world craftsmanship of the work he creates in his beguiling Sarasota studio. The sun-drenched showroom displays silver and gold works studded with gemstones, all incorporating symbolism and ancient motifs inspired by Bowman’s passion for archaeology, anthropology and mythology. 1400 State St., (941) 316-9594.
Coffrin Jewelers Sarasota’s headquarters for statement jewelry, Coffrin delights with brown, white and yellow diamonds the jeweler fashions into custom necklaces, bracelets and more. Look for meticulously crafted designer-quality pieces, including the newest haute couture fashions, and the hottest new styles in Techno Marine watches. The name-dropping continues with an exquisite Bon-Bon collection of pearls, gold and semi-precious gemstones from Nanis of Italy. 1829 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 366-6871.
Jewelry by Giorgio The tone and look are decidedly European at this luxurious jewelry salon right next door to Morton’s Gourmet Market. The menu features showstopping creations as delicate as gossamer wings, most pieces crafted of white diamonds mounted in intricate gold or platinum settings. Jeweler Giorgio Salameh says everything is made expressly for the store in Valencia, Italy. 1924 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 363-7700.
June Simmons Designs An assured fashion sensibility is at work at this opulent gem box (actually a boutique and studio where designers June Simmons and daughter Liebe Gamble create extraordinary custom jewelry). Their diamond and precious metal designs share space with pieces by artisans coveted by Hollywood trend-setters in looks from contemporary to vintage. 68 S. Palm Ave., (941) 388-4535.
Harry Roa Gallery Though he travels to jewelry fairs across the country garnering awards and a national following for his sculptural jewelry, Sarasota fans have convinced homegrown talent Harry Roa to open a magnificent new gallery on Main Street showcasing his art to wear. Look for diamonds and gemstones set in jewelry crafted with the lost wax process. Every piece is contemporary and one- of-a-kind. 1638 Main St., (941) 266-5146.
Mayors Jewelers A well-edited selection of contemporary European and American jewelry designers from Kuwait to Roberto Coin is rivaled only by a host of superstar luxury timepiece brands, including Cartier and Rolex, at this elegant Southgate Mall boutique. The assortment of fine watches, gifts and surprisingly affordable private label Birks jewelry is as stellar as the staff’s expertise. 119 Southgate Plaza, Sarasota (941) 952-1945.
Nikki Sedacca Nikki Sedacca weaves wires of gold or platinum with hand-picked exotic pearls and precious stones to create her signature blend of gossamer sculpture and adornment. Every piece is a Nikki Sedacca original, many custom-designed. Don’t miss an exceptional rainbow of huge floppy hats, originally brought in for Pique-nique sur la Baie and held over by popular demand. At a second location in Burns Court, Sedacca’s work is showcased along with that of fine artists, potters and jewelry artisans. 49 S. Palm Ave., (941) 957-1957; 530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Lane, (941) 951-0620.
Optional Art South Sea pearls in pastel colors and exquisite Tahitian black pearls are a specialty at Maureen Hoyt’s inviting studio showroom, as are selections from some of the jewelry world’s most exclusive brands. This is Sarasota’s go-to shop for the renowned Vario clasp system by Gellner of Germany, and for Etienne Perret’s zirconia ceramic rings, which Hoyt customizes with diamonds or gemstones. 119 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 955-4400.
Queens’ Wreath Jewels A jewelry celeb in her own right, jeweler Tina Little has exclusive dibs on Michael Beaudry’s spectacular gems and a new collection by Laura Beaudry, both adored by the red-carpet crowd. Queens’ Wreath also is the only source in town for the hot, hot, hot Ivanka Trump collection, with diamonds and gemstones in Ivanka’s updated Deco designs. This elegant shop also features custom designs. 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-1772.
Shrode Jewelers Second-generation master jeweler Karl Shrode Jr. balances jewels of classic refinement with conversation pieces in Sarasota’s quintessential neighborhood jewelry store. In addition to elegant designs in white and fancy colored diamonds and an array of gemstones, this boutique is home to serious collections of Tag Heuer and Rado watches, plus Lladro porcelain, Lalique and Waterford crystal. 1433 Main St., (941) 365-4234.
Tilden Ross Jewelers A stock list that reads like a Who’s Who of international jewelry stars distinguishes this sophisticated jewelry emporium. Gail and Richard Ross are known for a selection that runs from pieces of understated refinement to couture flights of fantasy chosen for craftsmanship, imagination and exceptional beauty. Must-see collections include Charles Krypell, Crivelli, Leslie Green and more. An in-house workshop is noted for updating heirloom pieces and custom designs. 410 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3338.
Diamond Vault Don’t miss the breathtaking new headquarters for Diamond Vault in a stand-alone showcase. Ultra-contemporary trending toward Bauhaus, the new venue includes an elegant boutique and workroom, both expanded to accommodate demand for the custom work incorporating an astonishing assortment of white and colored diamonds. Diamond Vault is known for settings that will make the diamond of your dreams look larger, whiter and will even enhance its sparkle. A small but important selection of pedigreed estate pieces includes Rolex and other status watches. 3979 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 921-4016.
Armel Jewelers A temple to upscale jewelry and gifts, this St. Armands Circle icon is reminiscent of luxury emporiums lining the Caribbean’s duty-free ports. Its exclusive trove of coveted Carl F. Bucherer timepieces, Mikimoto pearls, Hidalgo stackable rings and works of diamonds and semi-precious stones is also found at a satellite store at the South Bay Shopping Center in Osprey. 22 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-3711, and 1276 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, (941) 966-5878.
McCarver and Moser Master jeweler Roland Moser has amassed a comprehensive selection of elegant diamond and gemstone jewels, status timepieces and contemporary fashion favorites like Charriol’s Celtic Noir line. Fine watch aficionados shop this elegant boutique for its exclusive Patek Philippe limited-edition time-pieces, watches from Chopard and Baume & Mercier and impeccably crafted jewelry hand-picked by Roland Moser from a secret cache of European designers. 482 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-3666.
The Platinum 100 Gift/Lifestyle
Envie Big-city aesthetes revel in the sophistication and glamour of proprietor Gerrie Heible’s adornments for the body and the home. The ever-changing oeuvre at Envie now boasts Judith Leiber’s sinfully affordable statement jewelry and an international collection of hostess gifts: designer tabletop, accent furniture, limited-edition pottery, artisan jewelry and more. Browsing is fun and encouraged; the more you look the more you’ll want to own. 1411 First St., (941) 366-7027.
IOPTICS Oozing with old Florida charm, the setting for one of the trendiest eyewear and sunglass boutiques in the region is a Key West-colored cottage in historic Burns Court. IOPTICS is a fashion insider’s source for the eyeglass frames worn by the red-carpet crowd (Friezeframe, Chrome Hearts and Oliver Peoples). Those in the know also shop for clever Alessi kitchen gadgets, hip Kartell chairs and gifts galore. 446 Burns Court, (941) 955-5133 .
Ashley Avery’s Collectables In an age that celebrates minimalist chic, Ashley Avery’s immerses guests in a delightful exuberance of finely crafted collectibles from legendary names. The art of gifting reaches new heights at a stunning new location between Saks and Macy’s with a potpourri that ranges from Limoges porcelain to Vietra dinner ware, Swarovski crystals and jewelry crafted by local artisans. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 366-3444.
Exit-Art A true lifestyle emporium, Exit-Art has everything from whimsical Alessi kitchen gear to skinny jeans and Philippe Starck’s iconic furniture. Look for Me & Ro jewelry worn by celebs, Alexis Bittar bangles and cool Chilewich placemats. 26 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-2827; at the Charthouse, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 387-7395; at the Centre Shops, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-4099.
FantaSea Home Devotees of the coastal design aesthetic will find something to love in every nook and cranny of this much-admired shop brimming with shell-embellished décor and gifts. Designer shell mirrors, picture frames, napkin rings, shell jewelry and wedding tiaras are impeccably crafted; inexpensive shell-inspired gear rounds out the assortment. 378 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3031.
I-Tesori Arguably the most authentically European boutique this side of the Via Veneto, the charming i-tesori recently left Lakewood Ranch for the bustle of First Street. A carefully curated selection of jewelry, fashion accessories, home fragrances, ceramics and decorative glass is hand-picked in crafts centers across Europe, including one-of-a-kind Murano glass jewelry by Dale Levy of Venice. 1405 First St., (941) 907-9296.
M.L. Gosling The look and tone are decidedly elegant at Marilyn Tasken’s Palm Avenue boutique, its airy interior a serene backdrop for functional and decorative works of art. This beautiful gift gallery specializes in glass gifts by annieglass and Edgar Berebi and serving pieces by metal artisan Michael Aram (don’t miss his new Ocean and Gooseberry collections). 43.S. Palm Ave., (941) 366-2500.
Main Street Traders
Main Street Traders is overflowing with gifts and spot-on fashions from Cape Madras tunics to Jack Rogers Navajo-inspired sandals (coveted since Jackie O wore them in the 1960s). Browse a back room filled with cottage furniture; stock up on candles, hip jewelry, fragrances, potions and Dash & Albert rugs and Pine Cone Hill pajamas. 1468 Main St., (941) 373-0475.
Marianne E A former decorator who believes unique accessories define a home, Marianne Eriksson is the proprietor of a whimsical atelier overflowing with one-off creations—most of them hers. Eriksson is the go-to source for top-quality shell-encrusted furniture, mirrors, mantels and more. The shop is brimming with impulse items from antiques to jewelry (which the multi-talented artist also creates by hand). 60 S. Palm Ave., (941) 373-1260.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Take home a memento of Sarasota at its elegant best from a choice of three distinctive Ritz-Carlton shops. The spa offers celeb-endorsed Jane Iredale make-up and renowned Dr. Dennis Gross anti-aging skincare potions. The day-to-night travel fashions at the Signature Shop are irresistibly chic, and clothes and equipment at the world-class Members Golf Shop are a cut above. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, (941) 309-2000.
Sigrid Olsen Art Gallery and ISLA Beach House Part retail shop, part gallery, Sigrid Olsen’s picture-perfect Pineapple Avenue boutique is adorned in original art reminiscent of the bold, colorful prints that catapulted her to fame as a fashion designer. Her signature look is hand-applied to a growing oeuvre of artwork, cards, prints, home furnishings and ceramics. 407 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 312-5826.
The Tabletop Foodies lust after the gourmet gadgets, elegant dinnerware and colorful crystal tantalizingly displayed at this elegant tabletop boutique. From Frank Gehry’s renowned teakettles to chef-quality cutlery and picnic gear, the shop delivers a beyond-borders potpourri of olive oils, condiments and cookware with a decidedly European flavor. 205 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-0319.
the white Egret The design theme is coastal elegance at the White Egret, a sophisticated boutique that raises the bar for beach-inspired decorating. This is a destination store for many classic brands, from Mariposa tableware to Tyler and Root candles. The designer-quality accent pillows, bed and bath linens and amazing custom silk floral arrangements make wonderful gifts for all occasions. Guerilla shoppers won’t want to miss sister stores for apparel (Egret’s Nest next door), and home furnishings (Egret’s Landing on Holmes Beach). 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-3782.
Write-On Sarasota Browsers find this beguiling shop addictively irresistible: The longer they stay, the more they discover. Owner Eileen Hayes perpetuates the bygone luxuries of monogrammed stationery and highly customized big-event invitations. A traditionalist with a modernist bent, she peppers the store with gliding Mont Blanc fountain pens, high-tech Porsche writing instruments, whimsical table fashions and hostess gifts. 1423 First St., (941) 953-2800.
Automobiles & Yachts
BMW of Sarasota ”Ultimate driving machines” are this showroom’s stock in trade, with the complete BMW roster of performance sedans, coupes and convertibles and energy-conserving hybrids. 5151 Clark Road, (941) 923-2700.
Chris-Craft Headquartered in Sarasota, where its pleasure boats are crafted with classic design, impeccable finishing and superb naval engineering, this brand combines technology with style. 8161 15th St. E., (941) 351-4900.
Coast Cadillac Design and performance have catapulted the Cadillac to a top position in the luxury car field, making it the American brand of choice on par with competitors from Germany or Japan. 2200 Bee Ridge Road, (941) 922-1571.
Dew Luxury Motor Cars The celebrities of the British automotive industry—the Bentley favored by Queen Elizabeth and the equally majestic Rolls-Royce—are lavishly displayed in this extraordinary showroom. 3333 Gandy Blvd., Pinellas Park, (727) 822-2019.
Elder Automotive Group of Tampa Bay Look for many of the most luxurious names in automobiles at this high-end dealer, including a comprehensive offering of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Fisker. 320 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa (866) 275-1351.
Lamborghini of Sarasota A flight of fantasy for sports car lovers, Victor Young’s Lamborghini showroom houses coveted models from the iconic Murciélago to new iterations of the Gallardo. 5151 Clark Road, (941) 556-2980.
Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota The newest models in the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Benz line-up are even more stunning in this elegantly appointed Sarasota showroom. 6828 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 923-3444.
Reeves Maserati of Tampa Legendary models from the Gran Cabrio to Gran Turismo are magnets for lovers of Italian design and high-speed performance in this must-see showroom. 11333 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, (813) 933-2811.
Rivolta Yachts Speed and luxury are the hallmarks of the Rivolta Yacht fleet, where its Jet Coupe models and The Rivolta PT Runner are headliners. 1765 Ringling Blvd, Suite 300, (941) 954-0355.
Suncoast Porsche Audi (Suncoast Motor Sports) The epitome of speed and elegance, the offerings here range from a vast selection of Porsche 911 models to a great selection of two-door Audi Cabriolets. 5005 S. Tamiami Trail, (877) 923-1700.
The Platinum 100 HOME
Art to Walk On This shop embodies the elegant universe of Architectural Digest, with antique and vintage rugs carefully acquired over time. Oriental carpet expert Eileen Hampshire offers pedigreed Tibetan, Turkish and Ushak rugs from her collection, along with exclusive custom contemporary designs. 16 & 17 S. Palm Ave., (941) 951-5454.
Black Bird Home Gallery Wayne Rollins’ Black Bird Home Gallery personifies his coastal style, a California resort-chic look refined for Sarasota. The mood is calm sophistication with a West Coast edge: organic woods, natural colors and fabrics, timeless but skewing toward contemporary. 1540 Main St., (941) 366-0941.
Coquillage European coastal style at Coquillage is a mélange of architectural elements and furnishings of Swedish, Tuscan and French descent—all in the newest grayed whites and reclaimed woods. Melanie Ann Denicourt has filled her shop with a mix of brands (Aidan Gray, Jamie Young) you’ll recognize from chic decorating magazines. 1515 Main St., (941) 487-7160.
Current The thrill of rummaging through the decorative accessories and furniture at Current is the knowledge that everything has been hand-picked by Sally Trout, an ASID interior designer whose impeccable taste is locally renowned. Her boutique offers bargains on wares gleaned from top decorator sources. 83 Cocoanut Ave., (941) 365-5323.
Light Up Your Life The art of designer lighting reaches new heights of luxury at this two-story showroom manned by professionals with extraordinary taste and credentials. International brands from Flos to Baccarat intrigue a cult following that stops by to admire exhibits of new styles and iconic designs from around the world. With more than 100 top brands on the roster, personalized solutions abound. 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 330-0442.
Living Walls The mission at this decorating solutions store is to help customers express themselves in their homes. Fans appreciate the surprisingly affordable contemporary furniture and accessories as much as the artful mix of classics and funky conversation pieces. A selection of upholstered sectionals, sofas and chairs from U.S. and European sources meets owner Alison Levin Bishop’s exacting standards. 1311 Main St., (941) 957-4411.
Posh on Palm Fall in love with white vintage furniture, cozy slipcovered upholstery, vintage (and repro) jewelry, shabby chic clothes, sleepwear and Belle Notte bed linens at the Sun Coast’s mecca for shabby chic style. Design romantics from coast to coast “friend” Suzie and Mark Holt at their online boutique, but nothing compares with real-life immersion in their new Sarasota store. 33 S. Palm Ave., (941) 954-7674.
Rugs As Art The ultimate source for rugs of every pedigree, weave and color imaginable, Rugs As Art gleans its selection from top names around the world. The idea, says owner John Murse, is to provide one-stop shopping, from kitchen mats to living room showpieces. Rugs As Art just introduced a private-label collection of traditional rugs updated with Florida colors and abstract art rugs by Rex Ray. 6650 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 921-1900.
the sarasota Collection Home Store In addition to their own line of furniture, interior designers Pam and Marcus Anast also showcase American designers, including fashion minimalist Calvin Klein Home and the smartly upholstered Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This two-story total home store stocks bed fashions from SDH, Anichini and Bellino, and exclusive lines of outdoor furniture, lighting and accessories. 622 Central Ave., (941) 955-8313.
Seaside Chic Rub shoulders with beach lovers from across the globe at Seaside Chic, Janice Riordan’s magnet for homeowners with a penchant for coastal style. The shop is brimming with things you’ll want to give or keep for yourself, from beach-chic furniture to shell chandeliers and hand-crafted pillows. 217 W. Venice Ave., Venice (941) 483-1177.
Sirene Coastal Interiors Clearly, co-owners Ashley DeLeon and Valerie Doss have a thing for aquatic life. Clients have nicknamed Sirene (French for mermaid) the “Mermaid House”; you’ll know why when you see their hand-crafted shell accessories, organic soaps, candles, pillows and more. A new bridal department offers everything needed for a romantic beach wedding. 237 W. Venice Ave., Venice (941) 488-3830.
Square on the Circle Crisp bed linens from design houses Matouk, Sferra and Peacock Alley are standouts at Bill Horrigan’s repository of bed and bath essentials. His lifestyle boutique is also loaded with candlesticks, glasses, pillows and soaps that make fantastic home accessories or hostess gifts. 25 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1322.
Viking Culinary Center The much anticipated Viking Cooking School, set to open in September, will operate from this 4,000-square-foot foodie paradise arranged in sections that include a hands-on kitchen, presentation theater, vignettes showcasing Viking’s major appliance line, and retail space stocking countertop appliances, cutlery and cookware from Viking along with kitchen tools from other high-end brands. 8130 Lakewood Main Street D 104, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 366-2005.
Home Resource Mid-century furniture aficionados love designs from Fritz Hansen, Knoll and Herman Miller displayed in hands-on vignette settings. Known for one of the most important collections of contemporary furniture in Florida, Home Resource displays Arne Jacobsen and Eames chairs in counterpoint to pieces by today’s innovators from MOOOI to Adriana Hoyos. 741 Central Ave., (941) 366-6690.
Distinctive Surfaces of Florida Word of mouth has Sarasotans traveling east of the Interstate to view the superior craftsmanship at this custom countertop company. A source for homeowners as well as builders, Distinctive Surfaces provides design, fabrication and installation with all the usual countertop materials (granite, Zodiaq, Silestone, Corian and more). It’s worth the trip to ogle the gorgeous and surprisingly durable countertops from Craft Art Wood in species from wenge to paduak and Brazilian cherry. 8272 Vico Court, (941) 377-7747.
The Platinum 100 Home Sources
Allikristé A recent move to downtown Sarasota from Lakewood Ranch brings the cabinetry design expertise of this high-end Florida chain closer to home. A temple of 15 high-end brands, including furniture-grade manufacturers like Wm Ohs and SieMatic, the new Dolphin Street showroom also features inspirational vignettes with custom and semi-custom cabinets for kitchens, baths and more. 1630 Dolphin St., (941) 447-4401.
Cook’s Custom Cabinetry Cook’s is known for creativity and flawless attention to detail. Ron and Margaret Cook have been a force in the Sarasota design community for 40 years, participating in annual ASID show houses with spectacular work showcasing customized furniture-grade American and European cabinetry. The talented duo’s designs have been published in national magazines from Food and Wine to House Beautiful. 1191 Palmer Wood Court, (941) 366-6112.
European Marble The go-to source for Sarasota’s most discerning consumers and interior designers, European Marble’s stunning showroom displays exquisite granite and marble from around the globe. Owner Joseph Lubrano’s staff of talented artisans does all work in house, from design to installation. 1820 N. Lime Ave., (941) 955-9536.
Eurotech Cabinetry Designer kitchens come to life at Eurotech Cabinetry, known nationally as a leader in contemporary design. Luxury high-end kitchens and baths are custom crafted by a staff of award-winning design pros under the direction of David Asher and his lead designer, Tracey Scalzo. Though high-tech European looks are their forte, the company designs in every genre from Art Deco to cottage. 1609 Desoto Road, (941) 351-6557.
Extreme Remodelers Focused on a new lifestyle approach to remodeling, this exciting showroom includes complete custom-designed kitchens and exclusive partnerships with top-quality names like Wood-Mode cabinets and Viking commercial-style appliances. This green company does single-source makeovers for any room, along with award-winning new construction. 3750 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 894-3750.
Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery Call it waterworks to the max: The ultimate selection of designer kitchen and bath fixtures includes bathing accouterments from Roman showers to spa tubs. This plumbing industry superstar curates the newest and most artistic designs from around the world in a decidedly upscale showroom, with a comprehensive selection of lighting and appliances to simplify the remodeling process with one-stop shopping. 2451 17th St., (941) 951-0110.
Florida Builder Appliances Recognized as Florida’s largest distributor of prestige kitchen, laundry, and outdoor cooking appliances, this stunning showroom serves up impeccable service and 40-plus premium chef-endorsed brands (from Wolf, La Cornue and Bertazzoni to Sub-Zero and Miele). Serious cooks love the participatory demonstration kitchen, where visiting chefs and appliance reps show off their talents. 5257 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 926-0700.
Hill’s Showcase of Designer Plumbing From the most coveted high-end designers to ADA-approved brands, Hill’s luxury showroom is uniquely equipped with functioning bath fixtures. Master plumber Seth Hill and a staff focused on service are highly qualified to install products from international style leaders like Toto, which designated Hills one of its highest-level dealers. 249 Grove St. S., Venice (941) 485-1549.
LUBE of Sarasota Those bitten by the status kitchen bug will revel in this stunning collection of Cucine LUBE kitchens. They’re custom-made in Italy for delivery in eight to 10 weeks in a choice of styles from cutting-edge modern to Tuscan traditional. With its carefully selected partners, the sustainable company provides one-stop shopping for kitchens and baths. Don’t miss the NanaWall display of eco-friendly folding glass French doors, a Sarasota exclusive. 202 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 954-0200.
Mullet’s Appliances Dramatic and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor kitchen displays feature the world’s most important international appliance brands at Mullet’s headquarters on Clark Road. Visitors will be hard-pressed to believe that this impeccably designed 6,000-square-foot showroom evolved from humble beginnings in the 1970s as a simple repair shop. Stop by often for a first look at innovations from all the luxury names: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, Miele and more. 4233 Clark Road, (941) 921-5531.
Plumbing Place From resort-style spas and baths to bathroom furniture from top Italian brands, this showroom is a must-see for would-be remodelers. Look for a new shop within a shop, Smitty’s Architectural Hardware, with a stylish selection of door and cabinet hardware. In addition to the most innovative sinks, faucets and rain showers, Plumbing Place has a full line of Toto fixtures. The staff at the 6,000-square-foot showroom assists with everything from choosing a faucet to outfitting an entire bath. 5678 Fruitville Road, (941) 378-5678.