A new wave of jeans counters is offering a huge selection of up-and-coming lines - in addition to our favorite, we'll-never-take-these-off standbys.
Opened by local designer Stephanie Lindley, this terrazzo-floored clothing emporium—a former shoe store that Lindley's grandmother used to frequent—is filled with embroidered tunics and cloisonné-button camis, plus Lindley's retro-preppy pieces. From Savannah's Broughton Street neighborhood store listing.
The most expansive indoor mall in Cancun amply rewards shoppers who traverse its floors. There's Envy, which carries designer labels like D&G and Polo; Sybele, an upscale retailer purveying clothing and offbeat items; and Majolica, a tiny shop that sells reproduction portraits of Frida Kahlo.
A trio of squawking parrots greets shoppers at the main entrance to this mall. We're especially fond of Wayan Natural Wear, a local chain that carries imports from Indonesia, lots of Mexican crafts (other locations are throughout Cancun), and a number of sterling-silver jewelry stores. 11.5 Blvd. Kukulcan, 52-998-883-29-45
The open-air layout and many outdoor cafes make a visit worthwhile, not to mention the sheer volume and variety of shops—from Zingara, a swimwear boutique filled with an eponymous line of bright mix-and-match separates (from $20 per piece) to Zara, a trendy Spain-based fashion boutique chain.
Though smaller than the Mercado de Artesanías (see above), this market is easier to get to from the major strip hotels. Bonus: It's open late to accommodate night-owl shoppers. For their pure kitsch factor, we fell in love with the giant burlap yarn paintings of various Mexican tableaus, $30 (see above,).
Two floors of boutiques, most of them dedicated to summery apparel, make up this compact mall. Our picks: Il Mare, which sells XOXO swimwear; and Ciao, a purveyor of D&G and Moschino. 125 Ave. Costera Miguel Aleman in the Golden Zone, 52-744-485-69-39
Maui's scenic upcountry—the hilly area that constitutes the center of the island—is scattered with rolling pineapple fields and cute boutiques. Holiday & Co., located in an old cowboy town called Makawao, is arguably the best. The pistachio-painted space carries everything from Seven cords to Eric Javits leather berets to comfy yoga separates by Om Girl.
If we had to visit only one shop on Maui, this would be it. Nuage Bleu's location on the main drag in Paia makes it easy to find, and the roster of labels is irresistible. Susana Monaco, Earl, Seven, Lafco, Theory, Hervé Chapelier bags, and Frankie B. mix with local designers like Sigal, whose side-tie leather pants provide an outstanding fit.
Expect ultra-trendy items like Sigerson Morrison handbags and Marc Jacobs Mary Janes at this airy boutique. One section of the shop also serves up groovy home accoutrements.
Though only slightly larger than a walk-in closet, this hip-hop-blaring store manages to pack in a ton of sequin-drenched tank tops, dangerously tight miniskirts, and studded rocker belts. Perhaps the biggest draw is the shop's selection of Hawaiian heirloom jewelry: handcarved gold or silver pendants, bracelets, and rings customized with the wearer's name.