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Shopping on St. Bart's

Max Kim-Bee

Photo: Max Kim-Bee

Calypso St Barth Don't despair if the shutters are closed—the laid-back staff will soon return from lunch. Like around four o'clock. (What are you doing shopping in the midday heat, anyway?) This is the original Calypso that started the fashion phenomenon. Chloé's fruit-emblazoned bikinis and T-shirts provide a whimsical note. Pair them with Jamin Puech totes, Technicolor leather Facteur Celeste thongs, and sexy Cool Change silk pareus. Top everything with a spritz of Léa, Calypso's own warm vanilla-almond eau de parfum. Le Carré d'Or; 590/276-974.

Lolita Jaca Above Gustavia's main drag, Jaca Faby woos you with her tightly edited collection of young, fun European designers. Just when you think you'll escape from this petite sirène empty-handed, she beguiles you with a shell-encrusted Antik Batik clutch from the back room. And suddenly you have a shopping bag full of Paul & Joe sweaters and demure Lola Parker bikinis. Les Hauts du Carré d'Or; 590/275-998.

Mandarine Squeeze into the palm-green Creole shack and snatch whatever you can find by Caribbean artist Jacob Scott, who fashions chunky handbags, bowls, and baskets from rope, sponge, fan coral, and other jetsam that washes ashore on Bequia's beaches. His bracelets—twisted skeins of black coral—are a big hit with the yacht crowd. Ti Case Vert, Rue de la République; 590/297-477.

Metis Need something bright and strappy to show off your Hard Candy toenail polish?Carole Thionville scours France for sweet Myma slingbacks, Jean Paul Barriol sandals, Le Plagiste thongs, and Pare Gabia espadrilles that will take your feet from the sands of Anse de Grande Saline to the dance floor at Boubou's (Grand Cul de Sac; 590/298-301). Plus, she has dainty Authentique Sud leather and raffia purses to match. And if you have the gall to bring a cell phone to St. Bart's, her macramé pouch covers up your social gaffe. Les Hauts du Carré d'Or; 590/298-108.

Syysuna by Free Mousse Does your rental villa need a few high-concept knickknacks?Drop into this home décor store for its handsome, monochromatic imports: creamy linen tablecloths from Latvia, Thai silk table runners, Laguiole picnic knives and corkscrews, hand-carved Italian salad bowls. Best hostess gift: the fuzzy faux-leopard-skin nutcracker. Le Carré d'Or; 590/277-504.

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