Our Favorite Coastal Shops

From bamboo furniture to recycled sail totes, we show you where to find the best beach-inspired apparel, accessories, and home decor from coast to coast!

Kristina Richards

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Kristina Richards

Set in the quaint historic district of Newport, Rhode Island, this boutique (it has a sister shop in nearby Cranston) feels like a candy store for grown-ups, with brightly colored dresses and accessories, all arranged in color-coded sections against white lacquer walls. Owner and beach lover Kristina Richards swears by ViX embellished bathing suits and dresses by Alice & Olivia and Shoshanna.

17 Touro St., Newport (401/848-5284) and 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston (401/270-0188) 

 

Hampden Clothing

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Hampden Clothing

Despite carrying fashion-forward designs by names such as Yigal Azrouël, owner Stacy Smallwood (pictured at left) understands the basics, like Alexander Wang’s classic white tee. For those who really do like to shop till they drop—and the people who love them—there’s a cozy relaxation nook with a fully loaded fridge, flat-screen TVs, and plush chairs.

314 King St., Charleston (843/724-6373), and 500 East McBee Ave., Greenville (864/235-5755); hampdenclothing.com

 

Cloister Collection

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Cloister Collection

The last thing you’d expect to find at a strip mall in a small coastal town, Cloister Collection is brimming with madras plaids, punchy prints, and all things eyelet. Beachside stalwarts such as Vineyard Vines, Jack Rogers, and Lilly Pulitzer are well represented. Need more time to decide? Book an exclusive after-hours shopping event for you and your friends.

600 Sea Island Rd., St. Simons Island; 912/634-8084 or cloistercollection.com

Laguna Supply

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Laguna Supply

A few years ago, Dana Marron (pictured) and Laura Hart quit their day jobs at mega-brands Roxy and Hurley to open this shop just one block from the ocean. Their goal: to stock clothes you’d want to wear every single day, by such designers as Isabel Marant, Frank & Eileen, Rag & Bone, and Beth Orduña. Their specialty: pieces that serve multiple purposes, such as the perfect striped shirt that doubles as a cover-up and never needs ironing.

210 Beach St., Laguna Beach; 949/497-8850

Willow

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Willow

Willow is like a girlfriend’s closet you’ve been dying to raid. Its two locations (the Seaside store goes by the name Willow & Woods) have a little bit of everything for the perfect beach weekend—from Calypso St. Barth tunics to Cynthia Vincent espadrilles. But the real takeaway is the accessorizing secrets you can steal from owners Celia Roberts and Cindy Krutz. Whatever you put on—a feather headband or a dazzling gold cuff—will add panache to any outfit.

5 Main St., 3A, Rosemary Beach (850/231-0433), and 45 Central Sq., Suite CC-2, Seaside (850/231-0248); willowchicboutique.com

Tomas Maier

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Tomas Maier

When Tomas Maier, creative director for Bottega Venetta, isn’t busy with models and runways, he escapes to Florida and the Hamptons where he opened his eponymous stores. His boutique is the essence of laidback luxury. Simple jersey tees and colorblock swimwear are his signatures.

38 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, Florida; 561/560-1221 or tomasmaier.com

170 NE 40th St., Miami, Florida; 305/576-8383

411 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, New York; 631/537-1880 

Bamboo Bamboo

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Bamboo Bamboo

To get the look of Marcie Bond’s Lyford Cay house featured in our February 2011 issue, shop at Bamboo Bamboo. Owned by her brother, John Fondas, this store is full of modern and midcentury pieces made of—you guessed it—bamboo.

Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Lyford Cay, 242/362-5557

Marcie Bond

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Marcie Bond Resort Clothing

Whether you’re strolling sandy beaches or concrete sidewalks, Marcie Bond has the perfect ensemble fit for any coast-lover. Her extensive selection of tunics makes us giddy! Pair with embellished sandals as a cover-up or throw over tailored jeans with a scarf for city-chic appeal.

Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Lyford Cay 242/362-4844

 

C. Bell

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C. Bell

For a mix of old and new, check out Palm Beach hotspot C. Bell. Owner Christine Bell has a knack for pairing pieces—like a fabulous 20th-century mirror with a modern lacquered console—for a glamorous look.

4906 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, Florida; 561/533-6505 or cbellfurnishing.com

Circa Who

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Circa Who

This resale shop features trendy faux-bamboo furniture and funky stools. It’s a perennial favorite for designers in need of a vintage Palm Beach fix.

531 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach, Florida; 561/655-5224 or circawho.com

Tuccia Di Capri

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Tuccia Di Capri

If you can’t make it to Capri—the hotbed for Italian sandals—get a little slice of Italy at custom sandal shop Tuccia Di Capri. Wedges, flats, bejeweled accents, oh my! The possibilities are endless. Let your inner Ferragamo shine!

1630 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach, Florida; 305/534-5865 or tucciadicapri.com

 

Surf Bazaar

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Surf Bazaar

The uber-cool and always buzzing Surf Lodge opened an east coast-meets-west coast surf shack last summer. It’s filled with bright, punchy, printed tops; rainbow-striped beach towels; and grain sack totes.

183 S. Edgemere St., 631/-668-8131 or thesurfbazaar.com (Open May to October)

Leontine Linens

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Leontine Linens

Describing Leontine as “monogrammed linens” is like describing Chanel as simply the “little black dress.” Think elaborate engraved stationery and that’s the level of artistry that Jane Scott Hodges puts in all of her creations. We never knew we could get that excited over a hand towel.

3806 Magazine St., New Orleans, Louisiana; 504/899-7833 or leontinelinens.com

Bloom

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Bloom

Step into this charming cottage, and you’ll feel like you just stepped into the well-dressed home of your most stylish friend. The thoughtfully edited stock of must-haves includes an exquisite collection of bed linens and oversize framed beach photos.

43 Madison St., Sag Harbor, New York; 631/725-5940

Daytrip Society

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Daytrip Society

Store owners Jessica Jenkins and Andy West quit their NYC day jobs to return to their native Kennebunkport, Maine and the relaxing rhythm of the sea. Their quirky store reflects their passion for nature and travel infused with urban cool—from mod home accessories to recycled sail totes.

4 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine; 207/967-4440 or daytripsociety.com

Island Home Palm Beach

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Island Home Palm Beach

Island Home could easily change its name to Island Life. With an impeccable selection of the best coastal home decor and embellished tunics, there is nothing left to be desired. Get all of your beach needs met at one of our favorite Palm Beach destinations.

249 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, Florida; 561/832-6244 or islandhomepalmbeach.com

Patchouli’s

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Patchouli’s

Head to Pish Posh Patchouli’s for the ultimate pampering experience. From beach fragrances to sun protection, these girls have your beauty needs covered. Our favorite feature is their custom beauty bar. Choose your own fragrances and mix them with any of their fragrance-free products from shave gel to shampoo.

82 South Barrett Sq., Rosemary Beach, Florida; 850/231-2005 or patchoulis.com

 

Lala

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Lala

Design maven Kerry Cassill opened her Laguna Beach outpost stocked with her famed hand-dyed textiles and boho-chic bedding and clothing. Think nature block-printed fabrics that feel like you’re strolling through a breezy bazaar.

1145 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, California; 949/464-9220

Camps and Cottages

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Camps and Cottages

Molly English always keeps her charming shop stocked with the best European-inspired pieces from nubby linen chairs to ticking striped pillows. She has just the right balance of French Country and tailored, streamlined pieces.

1233 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, California; 949/494-2100

Lotus Bleu Design

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Lotus Bleu Design

Lotus Bleu is an interior design studio and boutique, giving lucky shoppers the chance to snag to-the-trade only items such as chairs upholstered in Madeline Weinrib textiles. We love their signature color pallete: pink and orange. It’s like the ultimate beach sunset!

325 Hayes St., San Francisco, California; 415/861-2700

Big Red Sun

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Big Red Sun

Just six blocks from Venice Beach, this hidden oasis is a retreat for garden junkies and locals alike. They specialize in all things green—from custom arrangements with succulents to full-fledged beach installations.

564 Rose Ave., Venice, California; 310/433-0019 or bigredsun.com

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