The demand for socially conscious, quality-made U.S. goods is changing the retail world. Able + Willing is ahead of the curve. The emporium’s concept of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and home goods is quality over quantity. Shop brands like Taylor Stitch, Topo Designs, PF Candle Co., Apolis and built-to-last Billiam Jeans crafted of raw selvedge denim from the oldest denim factory in the U.S. 6561 Superior Ave., Sarasota, (941) 451-7838.
Anthropologie is a global lifestyle narrative for the collector of the fine, unusual and cheeky. This brand is a champion of handicrafts by artisans from distant cultures, just one resource for their mix of unique goods of clothing, art, accessories, gifts and home decor, often with inspiring stories behind them. 140 University Town Center Drive, #223, Sarasota, (941) 306-4513.
A must-shop boutique for the tastemaker with flair and a taste for jaunty men’s fashion. Browse a wealth of selections from basics and beyond that are rich in detail as well as quality—names like Cotton Citizen, Parke & Ronen, Fidelity Jeans, Bed/Stu Shoes and Leather Goods, Randolf Sunglasses, 7 Diamonds Clothing and WILL Leather goods. 1540 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-0941.
Sip champagne as you swoon over romantic collections of couture designer wedding gowns by some of the most iconic names in the industry, right off the runways—not to mention that special headpiece, veil or accessory to bring your look together. You’ll find brands like Reem Acra, Inbal Dror, Ines Di Santo, Blush by Hayley Paige and Amsale. 1409 First St., Unit A, Sarasota, (941) 316-1615.
Whether it’s luxe wardrobe essentials or looks with an easy polish, you’ll find it at Bohemian Bliss. This boutique is designed for the confident fashionista. Selectively curated brands like Alexis Bittar, Johnny Was, Camilla, Meo Fusciuni Parfum, Samantha Wills, Mother Denim, Zadig and Voltaire, Mes Demoiselles and Hoss and Koch support the lifestyle philosophy. 1544 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 312-6983.
Brooks Brothers has hired fashion designer Zac Posen as creative director, signaling a sea change for its women’s wear. Posen is fusing the brand’s heritage with feminine design and sprightly prints. This American fashion house boasts the modern dandy style for dapper men as well as the timeless traditional pieces you’ve come to rely on from this classic clothier. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 702-9110
Whether shopping for vacation, lunch at the club or simply spending a lazy day poolside, you’ll find everything a man needs in fine fashions and resort wear here. Tropically inspired easy-to-wear pieces crafted with comfortable fabrics as well as outerwear and accessories all perfectly reflect your coastal lifestyle. 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-2329.
Build the ideal coastal city chic wardrobe with Clever Rose. Browse women’s fashions that are a mix of bohemian, beach-influenced, tailored for the club and even the perfect dress for a trip to the Mediterranean coast. All trendy and fresh but still sophisticated, boasting feminine silhouettes and fabulous details. 533 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 321-4628.
Never shop the same rack twice at Designing Women Boutique, a local leader in pre-owned luxury goods and fashions. The mission—to grow funding for Sarasota’s arts and human services—inspires social doyennes to donate blue-chip designer names. The thrifty fashionista will rarely leave empty-handed. 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 366-5293.
These two sister Dream Weaver shops have become a destination for locals and tourists alike—a must-stop for the individual who desires the unique and collectible rather than trendy. Find flattering and statement artisanal pieces from everyday to occasion to jewelry to accessories certain to become conversation pieces. 364 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1974.
Don a single piece of Eileen Fisher clothing and you’ll feel it was made just for you. Comfortable, functional and versatile separates are designed for the real woman who prefers clean lines and timeless style. Each collection complements those that have come before it, creating a seamlessly integrated wardrobe season after season. 1501 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-2435.
Astute leather aficionados will fall for Eleganza’s fine imported Italian leather collection, all handmade by artisans. Owner Berenise travels to Italy to hand select the finest quality pieces for both men and women, in fashion, briefcases, belts, shoes, travel bags and accessories. If you desire the exotic, you’ll also find python and crocodile accouterments in store. 1477 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8855.
Make an appointment with one of the fit professionals, then confidently hit the sand with designers like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Mara Hoffman, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Vix and Cynthia Rowley. Browse complementary pieces, too; everything from cover-ups to sundresses and flash tattoos to footwear. 331 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-1205; 5131 Ocean Ave., Siesta Key, (941) 346-0702.
Marvel at selections of designers, styles and genres of clothing, with brand names including Nicole Miller, Bailey 44, Three Dot, Hale Bob, Sherri Hill, Petit Pois, Michael Stars, Johnny Was and Joseph Ribkoff. The savvy staff can put the finishing touches on your look with accents from scarves to shoes. 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-5239; 209 Beach Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-6644.
Local It Girls and style-minded guys depend on the fashion edits found in these side-by-side, multi-label boutiques for men and women. Behind the doors you’ll find styles seen on Instagram stars, alongside names you know like LNA, Wildfox, Clare Vivier, Rory Beca, Vince, The Jetset Diaries, Nightcap and so much more. INfluence Women, 474 John Ringling Blvd., INfluence Men, 478 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 343-2315.
Browse creative and utterly out-of-the-ordinary eyewear, chosen equally for design, style and quality craftsmanship. Whether you’re urban edgy or consider yourself in the chic style file, you’ll find clever eyewear that speaks to who you are. The highly curated collections, culled from worldwide resources, will inspire and enhance your wardrobe. 446 Burns Court, Sarasota, (941) 955-5133.
This unmistakable brand channels playful sophistication season after season. It’s easy to build a spirited wardrobe of complementary pieces with covetable motifs that become delightful conversation starters, like the irreverent iPhone cases, cheeky notecards or cheerful accessories. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 866-6591.
Carefully chosen selections reflect the modern, confident and optimistic woman who desires beautiful fabrications, impeccable quality and carefree glamour. Look for the latest in brands such as Hard Tail, Trina Turk and Susana Monaco, as well as footwear names like Pella Moda or Dolce Vita and skincare lines like Biologique Recherche and Obagi. 556 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 906-1350.
No better way to brighten your fashion outlook than with the iconic Palm Beach brand. Step through the poppy-pink front door on St. Armands Circle for a tidal wave of color and exuberance to enhance your every day, like agendas and accessories, tops and tunics and shoes and scarves all drenched in the cheerful and colorful prints loved and worn by all generations. 443A John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3091; The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 702-9660.
Not sure what to shop for next? Stop in to see the in-the-know women at Lotus in downtown Sarasota or on Siesta Key. This boutique houses must-haves from footwear to athletic wear to gems and fashion jewelry and everyday favorites to cocktail attire. Shop names like Alexis, Chan Luu, Rails, A.L.C., Mara Hoffman, Lauren Moshi and Splits 59. 1451 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 906-7080; 5118 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, (941) 346-6793.
Proprietors Nelson Martin and Harold Freeman pooled their decades of industry experience to procure the finest selections of merchandise that matches the taste of the discerning gentleman. Tap them for styling advice and find yourself with a wardrobe of essentials that holds up to the changing seasons of style. 75 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-2948.
A luxury shopping and salon emporium housed in a beautiful setting with an elegant resort-like ambiance, featuring sportswear and designer collections for men and women, from the beach to black-tie. Browse for Veronica Beard and Rag & Bone, Hervé Léger, Armani Collezioni and Etro. Upstairs: a world-class spa and salon. 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-3991.
This world-renowned, go-to brand attracts A-Listers and celebrities alike. Few can resist a shopping trip among the flattering designs of the man who said, “Kill them with chic.” This location will allow you to add jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrance, footwear and ready-to-wear to your stylish coffers. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 527-4200.
The eclectic atmosphere of Philosophy & Vines reflects the carefully chosen selections of hip men and women’s clothing, chic accessories, modern gifts and home décor on hand, many locally sourced. Discover essential pieces that will become your go-to choices, from built-for-comfort Mavi jeans to Candydolce jewelry by local artist Candy Verna to handbags like the ELF collection, made in Bali. Pop in for the perfect hostess gift and leave with something cool for yourself, too. 606 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 400-9098.
Locals love this Pine Avenue boutique for women, men and gifts for the cool hostess. The quaint cottage houses brands the trend-savvy know and emerging designers they’ll want to, like Hoven sunglasses, The Laundry Room quippy tees, Stone Fox swimwear, S’well bottles, Aviate hats and Michael Lauren basics. Don’t forget your beach essentials like Sun Bum sunscreen and a float; you’ll swoon over the selection of oversized SunnyLife inflatables in the form of a swan, watermelon, flamingo and beyond. 216C Pine Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 567-4000.
So many reasons to put your best foot forward with brands like Arche, AGL, BeautiFeel, Munro, FS/NY and Marc Joseph for women and Mephisto, Magnanni, Trafalgar, Ron White and Punto Hosiery for men. This upscale boutique has had an eye for timeless style and exquisite craftsmanship since 1947. No surprise that it’s cultivated a strong following of locals and vacationers alike. 20 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 388-1602.
The devil is in the details at Robert Graham, for both men and women, from the mixed patterned linings to the craft button work to the artful embroidery and trim. This eclectic American brand designed with brilliant colors and vibrant patterns is for those with confident, risk-taking style. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 256-0207.
Owner Natalie Rue Morgan has masterminded a sanctuary of fine apparel, accessories and handbags that reflects her taste-making style. In a short time, Rue has become a boutique locals depend on for impeccable fashion edits. Find editor favorites like Edie Parker, Dodo Bar Or, Lizzie Fortunato, Sea New York, Star Mela and Lele Sadoughi. 1439 Main St., Sarasota (941) 373-6333.
Fashionistas can make a day of it within this modern, iconic emporium of style. Browse the 10022 shoe department, racks of stylish men’s and women’s trends, extensive make-up department, miles of handbags and covetable jewelry cases. Then revive with a bite or cocktail at Sophie’s on the second floor. The Mall at University Town Center,140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 364-5300.
Find just what your tropical closet needs at this fun Venice boutique. Browse the routinely refreshed racks and shelves of contemporary coastal clothing, with an eye for comfort, from beloved designers who locals have built a Florida wardrobe around. 128 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 484-9911.
A downtown destination for modish, fresh and fun clothing, jewelry and accessories, in a welcoming space with a focus on an enjoyable shopping experience. Scout and Molly’s is the place where fashionistas find distinctive ways of expressing their style with labels like French Connection, Elan, BCBG, Karen Zambos and Shilla. 1413 First St., Sarasota, (941) 955-2170.
The sexy sophisticate has come to rely on Sea Cup and Up proprietor Cheryl Burke not only for a proper fit and exceptional customer service but for her taste in exquisite lingerie brands like Simone Pérèle, PrimaDonna and Conturelle as well. She promises something for every body, with selections that include sports or nursing bras, bra-sized swimwear, men’s briefs, unique bow ties and beyond. 1810 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 951-2727.
Get ready to meet your match made in shoe heaven at Stuart Weitzman. Whether you’re shopping for comfort, craftsmanship, quality or the perfect fit, you’ll fall for the on-trend collections season after season. If you want something ultra-spectacular for that special occasion, consider a pair of custom-fit, made-to-order shoes in a variety of styles from pumps to strappy sandals to wedges to kitten heels. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 702-9654.
This longtime retail resident of St. Armands Circle showcases a vast selection of brand-name who’s-who in men’s and women’s fashion sunnies and eyewear brands, such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Persol, Maui Jim, Tiffany, Oakley, Tom Ford, David Yurman, Ray Ban, Bulgari and Judith Lieber. 343 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5115.
The homegrown chain known as Swim City offers vast collections for women and men. The tropical team brings to you everything hip and happening for the resort lifestyle. Browse the endless selection of swimsuits, cover-ups, footwear, resort wear and accessories Swim City, 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-2288; Swim Mart, 1500 Placida Road, Englewood, (941) 474-4088.
A clever mix of California chic and SRQ lifestyle, T. Georgiano’s appeals to the globally inspired style star or the woman who simply wants to look super at the market. Owner Tatyana Sharoubim-Stewart has keen eye for stylish emerging and established brands. Not only can you find, gifts, greeting cards, live-in tees and shoes to obsess over, you’ll fall for the collection of brands like Chaser, Beyond Yoga, Toms, Hudson and Yosi Samra. 1409-B First St., Sarasota, (941) 870-3727.
Whether you’re a world traveler or weekend warrior, TUMI is your resource for the life on the move; it’s luggage for the long haul. Handsome, world-class business and travel essentials are created with the highest attention to detail and craftsmanship, from backpacks and briefcases to wallets and tech accessories to outerwear and pet essentials. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 866-6304.