Hey, Big Spender!
Details make the difference, so why wear off-the-rack? This season the poncho is in, and made to order in cocoa cashmere with marvelous mink tassels. St Armands' Dream Weaver will craft a coat or any couture covering to your sublime specifications. Lead time: Two months. $2,500-$15,000. 388-1118.
Trump the diamond tennis bracelet. Instead, sport a five-tier gold and diamond (62.62 carats) choker. With slacks and a silk shirt at the barn or with a gown for full-on glamour, this piece needs no introduction. Price: $100,000. At Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5300.
A portrait by Meg Fitzpatrick can capture a beloved pet's personality and keep man's best friend forever by your side. Fitzpatrick, whose studio is in Sarasota, flies around the world to meet her subjects, but she works from photos and personal descriptions as well. Her artistry is lyrical and compelling-so delightful some people even buy portraits of other people's pets! See for yourself at www.MegFitzpatrick.com (906-1870). $2,000-$15,000.
Quench your thirst for fine wine and help out more than 60 children's charities at the same time. Two rare lots on the block at April's Florida Wine Fest include twin bottles of the cult cabernet Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995-gorgeous, balanced, silky and flawless-and a have-a-party Imperial (six-liter bottle, equivalent to eight regular bottles) of 2000 Château Pavie, a Bordeaux rated a perfect 100 by Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate. Prices for similar sips start at $1,800. April 21-24 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; 952-1109.
Pampering begins with the penthouse on Palm. Currently under construction, the Savoy on Palm promises to be both majestic and inviting. With four bedrooms, a grand salon, five bathrooms and a total of 6,731 square feet, this capacious penthouse features a private spa and summer kitchen, morning bars and a gas fireplace, a three-car garage, 24-hour concierge service, and front-to- back views of city and bay. Ahhhhhhh. Price: $3 million and then some. 366-5757.
Landscape architect David Young's divine designs artfully integrate elements of water, air, and earth. The more one looks, the more interesting his designs become. For a Bird Key modernist residence, Young created an "enlightened modern garden"-an artful mix of silver buttonwood set against black Mexican river stone, soothing bamboo and a curved coconut palm cantilevered over one of several pools. Discreetly priced according to the parcel. 365-6530.
Chef Jeff Trefry, most recently of Café L'Europe and Morton's catering, flies in the freshest ingredients from around the world to provide made-to-order gourmet meals for five days at a time complete with everything from garnishes to granitas (plus diagrams of each plate). Request osso bucco with gremolate, breast of pheasant braised with fresh blackberries or just-caught John Dory, or comfort food such as meatloaf with his inspired spin. For two, about $1,200 per week plus food; prices vary for special events. 364-8170.
A carbon-fiber beauty, the Porsche Carrera GT is the ultimate über ride, built to break the 200 mph speed barrier. (Not that you'd ever drive that fast-it's just nice to know you could.) Sleek and modern, the Carrera GT boasts what many consider the finest steering and handling in the world. Suncoast Porsche (923-1700) Price: $450,000.
Don't just travel-become a member (along with several prominent Sarasotans) of The World's community at sea. Glide around the globe in your luxury residence aboard ship. With private accommodations ranging from sumptuous studios to lavish three- bedroom abodes (about 3,200 square feet), the ship is a private yacht, seaside villa and exclusive country club rolled into one. And as with their land-based counterparts, the residences (owned for the life of the ship) can be rented, sold or lent out as you will. Price: $1.3-7.52 million. 1-800-970-6601.
Cities, museums, colleges and corporations enjoy large-scale outdoor sculptures; why shouldn't you? Commission a piece personally. Work with a sculptor of world renown; Jorge Blanco, who settled in Sarasota in 1993, creates "icons of joy." Own your own. Price: $15,000-$50,000. www.jorgeblancosculpture.com