For a small city, Sarasota's got great style--as evidenced by the number of new boutiques popping up and the cool events and trunk shows happening at existing ones. Here's a round-up of new and notable shopping news.
Able & Willing Supply Co. is new to Gulf Gate, offering made-in-the-USA apparel and home goods with a social conscience. You'll find brands like Taylor Stitch, KKi, FashionABLE, Topodesigns, Krotchet Kids, as well as paper goods, vintage furniture and candles, and the owners will donate 10 percent of every purchase to a charitable cause. Expect to see community workshops and events popping up in the future, too. 6561 Superior Ave., Sarasota (941) 451-738
T. Georgiano's has expanded its offerings and is now selling apparel and accessories in addition to shoes. "We boast brands that cater to comfort and style," owner Tatyana Sharoubim-Stewart says. Designers include Chaser, C&C California, Hudson jeans, Beyond Yoga, Onzie, Kate Spade, Cynthia Rowley and more, in addition to footwear brands like Paul Mayer, Toms, BedStu, Jeffrey Campbell and T. Georgiano's own private label. Additionally, Sharoubim-Stewart is about to launch a personalized styling program that will ship nationwide--stay tuned for more on that. 1409B First St., Sarasota (941) 870-3727.
Scout & Molly's has opened on First Street in downtown Sarasota on the block that also houses PAINT Nail Bar, Blush Bridal and T. Georgiano's. The shop, which has locations all over the East Coast as well as Texas and Minnesota, prides itself for its on-trend clothing and accessories while also staying true to its "no style fits all" mantra. See for yourself at 1413 First St., Sarasota (941) 955-2170.
The ladies of First Street's Blush Bridal will host an Ines di Santo trunk show next Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Expect to see new gowns from the renowned designer; in addition to previewing the collection, brides can enjoy special discounts on their purchases. To make an appointment, call (941) 316-1615.
It's not open just yet, but coming next month to Burns Court is Karen Roth Eco-Luxe Resortwear, a line of eco-friendly resort and loungewear made of fabrics like hand-loomed Scottish lace, organic silk and silk jersey, and sewn to order in San Francisco. Stay updated at karenrothresort.com.
Also in Burns Court, Farmhouse Frocks has officially opened its Sarasota location (there's another in Ohio). The store specializes in hand-made clothing for women of all shapes and sizes, and each piece is hand-sewn by an Amish seamstress. As far as aesthetics, think boho, blousy pieces that range from T-shirts to tunics, as well as accessories like necklaces, bags and pillows. New pieces launch today. 506 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota (330) 231-8475