Seasoned travelers can find everything they need for their next trip right here in Sarasota, where savvy retailers have collected more easy-care designer options than ever before, from fashion to luggage. Here are our high-flying picks from the hottest 2009 collections.
Shady Lady Eric Javits’ sun-screening "Squishee" travel hats are more than chic: They come with packing instructions. The Trek’s flexible brim switches from fedora to upturned Western ($315). Reason’s, 57 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-1602. with XCVI’s cargo gear for fashionistas, including sand-toned shirred blazers ($132), ruched skirts ($88) and more at Foxy Lady, 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands (941) 388-5238.
Jet Logged European Focus co-owner Jenean Derheim logs memories and even dries souvenir flowers in the pocket of Cavallini & Co. vintage poster art-covered travel agendas ($12.50). European Focus, 508 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 330-0877.
Project Runway Designer Yansi Fugel transforms wash-and-wear from airplane-dull to catwalk-ready, with a collection of wrinkle-free travel jersey coordinates (dress, $340). The Met Fashion House Day Spa & Salon, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-3991.
In the Zone The ultimate travel timepiece, the Patravi TravelTec GMT from Carl F. Bucherer displays three time zones and unparalleled style in rose gold with diamond bezel (price on request). Armel Jewelers, 24 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-3711.
Sea-Worthy You’ll find Patrice designer jewelry on six continents, but only Sarasota boasts its studio/ outlet store and awesome discounts on pieces like this turtle necklace of snow quartz, black mother-of-pearl and Botswana agate ($218). Patrice, Inc., 1747 Independence Blvd., (941) 359-2577.
Puddle Jumper The news at Saks is high-tech travel fabrics from Armani to Akris Punto to Burberry’s gossamer-thin, PVC-coated taffeta rain jacket with ruched cuffs ($1,095). Saks Fifth Avenue, 100 Southgate Plaza, (941) 364-5381.
Flying Colors Sunshine-bright metallic leather luggage tags ($24) and passport covers ($50) are easy to spot on airport luggage carousels or in over-stuffed travel handbags. Write-On Sarasota, 1423 First St., (941) 953-2800.
Best Case Scenario Check out celeb British designer Anya Hindmarch’s coveted new signature logo luggage (Reese Witherspoon carries the trolley, $795) and gold leather jewelry cases at Addison Craig, 28 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands (941) 388-3400.
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Safari in style with XCVI’s cargo gear for fashionistas, including sand-toned shirred blazers ($132), ruched skirts ($88) and more at Foxy Lady, 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands (941) 388-5238.
Pamper your pooch with a couture pet trolley from Petote ($269.95) or a carrier you’d mistake for a designer handbag. Wet Noses, 472 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands (941) 388-3647.
Pick up Soma’s travel essentials: Wash & Go bras ($42) and a Cool Nights "Splendor" bamboo rayon/spandex sleep gown ($59). Soma, 443 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1704.
Pack your suitcase with Susana Monaco’s fashion-right Supplex/Lycra blend clothes, travel best-sellers at L. boutique, 610 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 906-1350.