At Ligne St Barth - St Barthelemy’s own local skincare brand - founder Herve Brin utilises the encyclopaedic knowledge of medicinal plants and herbs handed down through generations of both his Breton and West Indian ancestors to create an all-natural product range. Using only the finest locally sourced herbs, the various cleansers, lotions, oils, masks and creams blend traditional secret recipes with a cutting edge scientific approach. Suitable for daily use, these lightly scented formulations are perfect for maintaining that sun kissed skin as you kick it back at your villa, or as a fragrant reminder of your time on the island when back home. Just please remember to pack them in your hold luggage due to your liquids allowance!
Alongside fine wines and delicious local cuisine, indulging in a Cuban cigar is an unmissable extravagance that can make for a memorable one-off moment, or even become a regular holiday ritual. La Casa del Habano is home to probably the most comprehensive selection of 'Cubans’ throughout the Caribbean isles. Serious cigar aficionados will feel at home with familiar brands like Montechristo, Cohiba, Partagas, Roméo & Juliette, Bolivar & Hoyo de Monterrey available, whilst first-time smokers can feel comfortable in the hands of the friendly staff with their personalised suggestions for your holiday smoke. Alongside tobacco related accessories like humidors and ashtrays, one can also find some beautiful panama hats to complement your authentic cigar smoking experience.
Sonie de Baya has created your one-stop shop for Bohemian homeware at her eponymous shop. Of Berber descent, Sonia has meticulously scanned souks of Morocco, using her keen eye and superb tase to bring you the finest home goods like beautifully patterned pillows or authentic heritage Berber-style oil diffusers. But she doesn’t stop there, think of Baya as a global bazaar with products sourced from all over the world - there’s cowhide rugs from Argentina, an array of traditional handbags from Peru, Senegal and Tunisia, or kitchenware in the form of intricate Indian dishes, and chic vinyl floor mats from Israel. With so much on offer, it’s impossible to leave empty handed.
Don’t be fooled by first looks, this quaint little wooden shack is home to the island’s most ornate jewellery. Founded by Maryvonne and Gérard Mignot, this family operated boutique luxurious accessories with a bohemian edge that has become a hallmark of St Barts’ homegrown fashion and style aesthetic. Leather is used in abundance to create a dazzling collection of chokes, earrings, necklaces and wrap bracelets, all finished with stunning coloured beads or precious stones alongside 24k gold and Australian or Tahitian black pearls. Durable yet indulgent at the same time, Bijoux De La Mare takes the best of natures bounty and turns it into something less ephemeral and more ever lasting.
True to it’s name, Clic is home to some of the islands best photography, featuring work from both internationally renowned and local photographers. But more than this, Christian Celle - the owner of one of the island’s greatest ever boutiques Calypso - has curated one of St Barthelemy’s finest destinations for all things creative. You’ll find flowing kaftans and summery linen dresses next to achingly cool oversized eyewear, and the perfect jute totes monogrammed with the initials of the island’s best beaches. And if there’s spare room in your luggage, check out their chic coffee table books from the likes of Rizzoli and Taschen. With Clic outposts in places like the Hamptons, Madison Avenue and California, there’s obviously something special in what they do. For the art lover or design freak in you, this is something you simply must do in St Barts.
One of the premiere fashion labels in St Barth, Vanita Rosa was founded by former industry insider - photographer and model Valéria Bourdin in 2000. In it's short two-decade lifespan, it has garnered global attention with style icons like Jane Fonda and Cindy Crawford being fans. And we can see why. Bourdin takes inspiration from the breathtaking landscape of St Barts for each collection, and when the surroundings are this striking it’s so easy for the clothes to be too. Vanita Rosa’s offering of summer dresses, loose shirting and billowing blouses are executed using the most sumptuous shiny silks, warm coloured linens, and soft cashmeres, so the clothes feel every bit as luxurious as your time on St Barts.