Platinum 100: our ultra-luxe look at the region's top 100 retailers, plus super-rich splurges, outrageous indulgences and more.
Able + Willing Supply Co.
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.
Black Bird Lifestyle
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. 1500 main ST., SARASOTA, (941) 954-7545.
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.
Designing Women Boutique
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.
Dream Weaver & Planet for Dream Weaver
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.
Everything But Water
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.
INfluence Women/INfluence Men
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.
Kate Spade New York
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.
L. Spa, L. Boutique, & L. Shoes
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.
The Met Fashion House, Day Spa & Salon
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, Herve Leger, 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.
Philosophy & Vines
The eclectic atmosphere of Philosophy & Vines reflects the carefully chosen selections of hip men and women's clothing, chic accessories, modern gifts and home decor 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.
Pink & Navy
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 Burn 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. 73 S. PALM AVE., SUITES 220/221, SARASOTA, (941) 373-6333.
Saks Fifth Avenue
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.
Sandy's Designer Clothing
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.
Scout and Molly's
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.
Sea Cup and Up
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 Perele, 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.
Sunglass Express Optical
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.
Swim Mart/Swim City
The homegrown chain known as Swim Mart/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, i960 STICKNEY POINT ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 922-4545; 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.
gifts & lifestyle
Artisan Cheese Company
This downtown shop offers artisanal and farmhouse cheeses in every price point from across America and Europe. Expert cheesemongers assist customers with their purchases, including pairings with the shop's well-curated small-batch jams, honeys and pickles. Enroll in a cheese class, pick up a signature cheese board for your next party (complete with crackers, fruit and nuts and a cheese board to borrow), or partake of the farm-fresh lunch menu. 1310 MAIN ST., SARASOTA, (941) 951-7860.
As Good as it Gets
Foodies flock to this purveyor of worldwide delicacies like charcuterie, Russian caviar, teas, coffees, chocolates and imported cheese. Among its most popular items are a four-year-aged Fondo di Trebbiano white balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, and Alpha DME organic, extra-virgin coconut oil hand-pressed from fresh coconuts in the Solomon Islands. Custom gift baskets are available. 49 s. PALM AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 373-1839.
The Bradenton Hound
From organic dog treats made in-house by a bakery chef to high-style collars, leashes and bedding, this specialty boutique is all about pampering the well-loved pooch. And their owners, too, with dog-themed art, jewelry, books and stationery. 6650 CORTEZ ROAD W., BRADENTON, (941) 251-5984.
Where the spiritual set has loved to shop since 1991. Gifts, music, crystals, incense, scented oils, jewelry, greeting cards and inspiring books that center on the themes of well-being and spirituality are beautifully displayed. A full schedule of guest readers and speakers, too. 1273 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 361-3006.
Unique home decor and personal wares handcrafted by more than 70 gifted artisans. Check out the jewelry collection of one-of-a-kind sea and land creatures created by Dr. William Kovel--seahorses, dolphins, ladybugs, honeybees and more--handcrafted of rhodium-plated sterling silver and 18K gold with opal and other gemstones. 7 S. BOULEVARD OF PRESIDENTS, ST. ARMANDS, (941) 388-1939.
Main Street Traders
It's always fun to browse this colorful downtown department store, which caters to the casual Sarasota lifestyle: tropical print women's clothing by Katherine Way, David Cline and Jude Connally; stylish men's leisure wear by Rodd & Gunn and Faherty; bed fashions, textiles and rugs from Dash & Albert, Pine Cone Hill and Matouk and more. 1468 MAIN ST., SARASOTA, (941) 373-0475.
Malbi Italian Artisan Decor
One-of-a-kind housewares showcasing Italian craftsmanship and artistry. Proprietor and Parma native Maria Alberta Borri, a.k.a. Malbi, personally selects tableware that is both artistic and functional, such as hand-blown glass water pitchers and dishwasher-safe wine decanters in animal motifs. Customizable Italian ceramics and table linens of exceptional quality, too. 127 S. PINEAPPLE AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 953-3113.
From elaborate custom seashell-framed mirrors to French soaps, Foo dogs, enchanting antiques and luxury home accessories, every item in this treasure box tells a beguiling story thanks to Marianne Eriksson, the decorator and owner whose keen eyes ensure a selection of only the most distinguished pieces. Custom high-end silk floral arrangements, too. 56 S. PALM AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 373-1260.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
The shopping experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is as luxurious as your stay. Choose an indulgence for yourself, personalized gifts for those you love, and smart travel fashions. The spa stocks a wide range of celeb-endorsed beauty products like Jane Iredale, Kerastase, luxe Parisian hair care products and a couture styling collection. And the Golf Shop offers coveted signature items, 1111 RITZ-CARLTON DRIVE, SARASOTA, (941) 309-2000.
Locals and visitors know you can depend upon this boutique for everything you need to create a beautiful tablescape, from dishware to flatware, glassware and cutlery for the well-dressed table by top-quality brands like Alessi, Mariposa, Bodum, Reidel and Chilewich. Gourmet foods and gift baskets, too. 205 W. VENICE AVE., VENICE, (941) 485-0319.
The White Egret
A family of locally owned Anna Maria Island boutiques. Browse The White Egret for all-natural Mariposa and Root candles, C&F coastal inspired table and bed linens and more. The Egret's Nest has Crabtree & Evelyn fragrances, classic Spartina handbags and Fresh Produce and Oh My Gauze casual women's apparel. The Egret's Landing offers coastal furniture and home accessories and interior design services. 10006 GULF DRIVE, ANNA MARIA, (941) 778-3782.
Wish on Main Street
From whimsical MacKenzie-Childs kitchenware to women's clothing lines perfect for the Florida heat like Oh My Gauze and Flax, this chic Lakewood Main Street boutique offers an ever-changing array of gifts, accessories and items for the home. 8in LAKEWOOD MAIN STREET, LAKEWOOD RANCH, (941) 907-9125.
530 Burns Gallery
This gallery boutique is tucked into a quaint Burns Court cottage and features fine and fashion jewelry along with contemporary artwork from blown glass to paintings. Founder Nikki Sedacca has cultivated a following who cherishes her handcrafted, tactile wirework jewelry. She's also curated a collection of work by more than 50 artists. 530 BURNS COURT, SARASOTA, (941) 957-6439.
Notable names in fine jewelry can be found in Armel's cases. Think Mikimoto, Breuning, Carl F. Bucherer and Garavelli. Clients can peruse the collection of hand-selected art glass as well as the exceptional selection of gems, jewelry and timepieces. 22 N. boulevard OF PRESIDENTS, ST. ARMANDS, (941) 388-3711; 3976 DESTINATION DRIVE, #105, OSPREY, (941) 966-5878.
Carats Fine Jewelry & Watches
This upscale modern jeweler attracts those with a yen for the finest in designer jewelry. Hearts on Fire, Scott Kay, Tissot, Kir, Frederic Sage, True Romance, Oris and Luminox are just a sampling of collections here. Shop the expertly selected estate jewelry, timepieces and pre-owned jewels as well as top-quality diamonds and forever bridal pieces. 1922 BAY ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 926-3335.
An all-inclusive jewelry boutique that's dedicated to helping you celebrate the special moments in your life. Look to Belinda Coffrin and her team of GIA-certified gemologists, accredited appraisers and Swiss-trained watchmakers to assist you with everything from custom designs to estate jewelry to engagement rings to appraisals to jewelry and watch repairs. 1829 S. OSPREY AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 366-6871.
Fine jewelry aficionados turn to Diamond Vault for gifts that form lasting memories. Whether it's a pair of brilliant diamond studs, miles of precious pearls, that covetable halo engagement ring or a stunning vintage piece, you'll find it within this luxurious contemporary space. 3979 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 921-4016.
Harry Roa Gallery
Those with an eye for the rare, artisanal and collectible are certain to find something unique at Harry Roa Gallery. This designer has created a collection of bold, avant-garde jewelry--truly one-of-a-kind. Based in the art of the lost wax process and fabrication, his architectural creations with uncommon gemstones are certain to become conversation pieces. 1638 MAIN ST., SARASOTA, (941) 266-5146.
June Simmons Jewelry
Pop into the flagship boutique on Palm Avenue or the satellite location on St. Armands Circle for the finest in collectable jewelry from emerging to storied design houses. Peruse selections from fashion jewelry to timeless gems to vintage jewels, or discover pieces by master jeweler June Simmons herself. 68 S. palm AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 388-4535; JUNE SIMMONS JEWELRY @THE MET, 35 S. BOULEVARD OF PRESIDENTS, (941) 321-1737.
For more than a century Mayors Jewelers has been a trusted retailer, boasting world-class brands such as Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Breitling, Jaeger LeCoultre and Montblanc, along with a selection of luxurious engagement rings, timepieces and fine jewelry. Also services such as appraisals, jewelry cleaning, repair and engraving. THE MALL AT UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER, 140 UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SARASOTA, (941) 893-1124.
McCarver & Moser
McCarver & Moser draws connoisseurs of fine and fashion jewelry, timepieces, custom designs, covetable Tahitian pearls and sculpture for the home, as well as exquisite estate jewels. Shop iconic brands such as Patek Philippe, Simon G., Gucci, Marina B and Leo Pizzo. And enjoy first-class services for your jewelry and timepieces. 482 JOHN RINGLING BLVD, ST. ARMANDS, (941) 388-1331.
Optional Art 2
Those who covet wearable art have frequented this boutique for everyday statement pieces, evening chic designs and inventive engagement rings. The team sources only the best in jewelry that makes a lasting impression and celebrates individuality, like steel and titanium pieces for men and women, Tahitian pearls, gemstones, diamonds and more. 119 S. PINEAPPLE AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 955-4400.
For 80 years Shrode Jewelers has created relationships with generations of collectors, combining personalized small-town service with a tremendous selection of jewelry and home accent collectibles such as Lladro, Lalique, Waterford and Reed & Barton. The discerning collector will fall for any one of the impressive design collections, including Gabriel & Co., Denny Wong, Elle or Benchmark. 1433 MAIN ST., SARASOTA, (941) 365-4234.
Tilden Ross Jewelers
Tilden Ross Jewelers has been a trusted local boutique with global appeal for more than three decades. Proprietors Gail and Richard Ross source well-known and emerging designers such as Stefan Hafner, Crivelli, Alex Sepkus, Marco Bicego and Yvel. In addition to in-house custom design, you'll find jewelry that transitions from daytime casual to evening elegance at a wide range of price points. 410 ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE, (941) 388-3338.
Art to Walk On
Second-generation rug dealer Eileen Hampshire is widely renowned for her knowledge of the global history of carpet-making, and her shop carries only the finest antique and modern rugs and tapestries. The carpets--many of them museum quality--span antique, traditional, transitional and modern designs in handspun vegetable dyed wool, silk or wool and silk. 16 and 18 S. PALM AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 951-5454.
Bee Ridge Lighting and Design
A family-owned business that built its reputation on excellent customer service, this 11,000-square-foot showroom is stocked with dozens of top brands, everything from Swarovski crystal bathroom fixtures to chic Italian chandeliers plus mirrors, fans and accent accessories for every taste. 3909 BEE RIDGE ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 922-2626.
Black Bird Lifestyle
This chic boutique is known for its contemporary furnishings with a coastal vibe--home accessories by Match, upholstery by Bernhardt, Jamie Young lighting, beautiful pillows by Dransfield & Ross, Moir, Arteriors and Ralph Lauren Home. 1540 MAIN ST., SARASOTA, (941) 366-0941.
The Sarasota branch of this national retailer offers sleek, sophisticated modern and Scandinavian furniture, lighting and home decor that's right on trend with today's streamlined contemporary look, including a wide selection of Stressless recliner chairs and ottomans. 7211 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 923-2569.
A retail shop and showroom for Sally Trout Interior Design, featuring upholstery, decorative accessories from the world over and an extensive selection of lamps, original art and interesting accent pieces. Shop where the designers shop. In the heart of the downtown theater district. 83 COCOANUT AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 953-4418.
Find everything for the well-dressed home at the showroom opposite The Mall at University Town Center--unique furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting and more, and it all comes with the fine craftsmanship and timeless style you've come to expect from Ethan Allen. Fine art, too; its Modern Masters Collection is a series of limited-edition lithographs, including rare prints by Henri Matisse, priced from $619 to $3,589. Complimentary design service offered. 271 N. CATTLEMEN ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 924-3875.
Old World heirloom quality meets competitive pricing at this showroom, which features furniture you can buy off the floor or order custom-tailored. Find updated traditional classics with distressed and white-washed finishes; also cabinetry for gourmet kitchens, entertainment and library wall units, tables, chairs and accessories. 7488 s. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 921-5616.
Home Resource has been steadily building a coterie of brands offered exclusively on the west coast of Florida, including Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Kettal. This is contemporary and modern indoor and outdoor furniture from the design world's most coveted names, iconic pieces from Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and more. Owners Kathy and Michael Bush travel to international furniture fairs to bring back the most significant global luxury brands. 741 CENTRAL AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 366-6690.
Melanie Ann Denicourt has brought her warm, polished design sensibility to her shop, a completely reimagined boutique that replaces the popular Coquillage on Main Street. She's carefully curated a selection of high-quality accessories, linens and pillows for indoor and outdoor spaces that speaks to our modern, casual coastal lifestyle. 134 s. PINEAPPLE AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 487-7160.
Light Up Your Life
The very latest lighting for the home from nearly 200 top manufacturers can be found in this 6,000-square-foot emporium. Everything from Swarovski crystal chandeliers to contemporary European designs is displayed in everchanging exhibits. The expert team helps create personalized solutions for residential lighting indoors and out, with a focus on quality LED lighting, including their most popular current product, trimless LED recessed cans. 1620 n. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 330-0422.
A world of lighting and so much more awaits you at this attractively designed, warehouse-sized showroom. Fans, mirrors, home accents and wall art meet every style, from fashion-forward to classic. 816 MANATEE AVE. E., BRADENTON, (941) 745-2900.
Matter Brothers Furniture
Coastal Living meets House Beautiful at this 100,000-square-foot furniture emporium, filled with dozens of top brands. There's a major selection of Natuzzi leather, as well as accessories from rugs to lighting, too. Free design services. 4675 Clark road, SARASOTA, (941) 960-4410.
Heather Weisenborn carries designer brands Yves Delorme, Sferra, Ann Gish, Juliska, Arte Italica and more. From custom monogrammed towels to hostess gifts, table linens, bed linens made from the world's rarest cotton and luxury gifts, tabletop items and essentials for the home, the look is luxurious and upscale. 64 S. PALM AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 444-7969.
This Fort Myers-based retailer entered the Sarasota scene last year, with manufacturers exclusive to Norris, including Stickley, Ralph Lauren, Hancock and Moore, Marge Carson, E.J. Victor and Sherrill. Its most popular brand is Tommy Bahama, which captures our coastal lifestyle with two dozen-plus collections. The midcentury modern look is well represented, too. Complimentary design services. 8001 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 556-0501.
European linens by S.D.H., William Yeoward crystal frames, Simon Pearce hand-blown glass, Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic glazed lamps, original artworks and Verellen armchairs fill this boutique. The emphasis is on home furnishings of Old World master craftsmanship counterpointing rustic-chic mirrors, consoles and coffee tables made locally from reclaimed cypress and heart pine. Interior design service, too. 100 CENTRAL AVE., SUITE 1026, SARASOTA, (941) 957-0300.
Robb & Stucky
The latest indoor and outdoor furnishings by world-class brands like Bernhardt, Century, Christopher Guy, Hancock & Moore and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The mix includes transitional, traditional and contemporary styles like this year's hot trend, organic contemporary, which combines clean lines with natural textures and colors. Or work with their in-house design team to create a custom piece. Complimentary design service. 7557 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 702-8400.
Rugs As Art
With more than 5,000 rugs in stock from 40 rug-producing nations--including a wide assortment of indoor/outdoor rugs and contemporary designs with bright palettes so popular today--the 18,000-square-foot Rugs As Art showroom is truly a superstore of rugs. Unique furniture, accessories and art also. Rug repair, expert appraisal and cleaning, too. 6650 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 921-1900.
The Sarasota Collection Home Store
Owners Marcus and Pam Anast offer transitional designer home furnishings with a refined elegance. The pair's passion for reinterpreting classics with an edgy new flair has resulted in a mix of bespoke furniture designs fabricated in their factories in North Carolina, Brazil and Peru with coveted international brands. Luxe outdoor pieces from the U.S. and Europe are also on display. 622 CENTRAL AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 955-8313.
This sleek contemporary furniture showroom and design center is a magnet for lovers of modern home decor. Among the quality brands it carries are Ligne Roset, Artifort, Bocci, Tuuci and Brown Jordan. This year's best sellers are the Sunset sectional, with movable back cushions that change the seat depth, and the futuristic Prado sofa, a vast bench seat designed by Christian Werner upon which weighted back cushions can be placed wherever you choose. 1506 FRUITVILLE ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 554-4068.
Affinity Kitchen and Bath
Affinity's staff of experienced in-house designers, fabricators and installers guides each client through their dream remodel or new construction projects, with special attention to design detail, 1035 N. LIME AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 953-3240.
A cosmopolitan showroom and design center for top-tier brands, including furniture-grade cabinetry from Wm Ohs and SieMatic. Allikriste designers seamlessly integrate kitchen and family rooms with complementary materials. Turnkey kitchen design includes granite and marble countertops, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. 1530 DOLPHIN ST, SUITE 8, SARASOTA, (941) 447-4401.
Cook's Custom Cabinetry
For more than four decades, Ron and Margaret Cook have been the dynamic duo of high-end kitchen and bath design in the Sarasota area. Their acclaimed work at annual design showhouses has brought them legions of customers. 1191 PALMER WOOD COURT, SARASOTA, (941) 366-6112.
Creative Kitchen and Baths
Trusted home and condo remodeling expert Bob Elmes has been designing and installing kitchens and baths since 1997, and has won a reputation for on-time and on-budget completion. 5900 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 925-3723.
Distinctive Surfaces of Florida
With more than 20 years of experience in design, fabrication and installation of custom countertops for kitchens, baths, outdoor entertainment and cooking spaces, this company offers a wide range of natural stone and warm wood products. 8272 VICO COURT, SARASOTA, (941) 377-7747.
With an extensive inventory of gleaming granite, marble and quartz, this is the destination for interior designers and discerning Sarasota consumers. Owner Joseph Lubrano's experienced staff completes all work in-house, with a bespoke approach from start to finish. 1820 N. LIME AVE, SARASOTA, (941) 955-9536.
With seven exciting new kitchen showroom displays and a new line of moderately priced contemporary cabinetry called Modena by Eurotech, this 32-year-old company stays on-trend. Winner of the 2012 People's Pick for Best Kitchen from HGTV, Eurotech's designers fashion cabinetry for every imaginable taste--including the ultra-custom American Estate by Eurotech line. 1609 DESOTO ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 351-6557.
Ferguson Bath and Kitchen Gallery
If you're dreaming of remodeling your kitchen or bath, this upscale gallery is a one-stop shop for faucets, tubs, sinks and commodes, as well as hardware, fittings, lighting and kitchen appliances. Its expert sales team will steer you to the products that fit your scope and budget. 2451 17TH ST, SARASOTA, (941) 951-0110.
Gorman's Gallery Kitchen & Bath Studio
Gorman's Gallery has nearly doubled in size to 5,300 square feet of the finest bath fittings and accessories. With 30 years of experience celebrating the art of the bath, Gorman's helps clients discover their own style with such world-renowned product lines as Kohler, Hansgrohe, Moen, Rohl, MTI and many more. 5355 MCINTOSH ROAD, SUITE B, SARASOTA, (941) 927-8511.
Hill's Kitchen and Bath Design
Browse this award-winning showroom's inspirational settings, which illustrate its floor-to-ceiling remodeling and design services. With 64 years of experience in the finest fashion brands, Hill's now also carries and installs ADA-approved products from grab bars to walk-in bathtubs. Check out the new, fully custom line of Elmwood kitchen and bath cabinetry and contemporary Vanico bathroom cabinetry. 249 GROVE ST. S, VENICE, (941) 315-4768.
LUBE of Sarasota
Sleek European style reaches new heights at this chic downtown Sarasota showroom, home to Cucine LUBE'S Italian-made kitchens as well as the Cerasa line of Italian bathroom cabinetry. Two more carefully selected lines also are offered: the German Kitchen Center and North American Cabinets of Canada. 53 S. PALM AVE, SUITE A, SARASOTA, (941) 954-0200.
Metro Cabinet Company
Personal attention, care and commitment are at the heart of this award-winning boutique cabinet design firm, whose team offers 80 years of collective experience in kitchen and bath construction, space planning and interior design. 6222 TOWER LANE, #9, SARASOTA, (941) 377-8777.
For more than 40 years, Mullet's has been the source for the best international appliance brands. Browse its innovative indoor and outdoor kitchen vignettes to see the latest options from such luxury names as Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, Miele and more. 4233 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 921-5531.
The Plumbing Place
This posh showroom offers innovative and high-fashion products, from touch faucets and push-button shower controls to creative lighting products and the popular Galley Workstation, a new take on the kitchen sink, which includes accessories that turn the average kitchen sink area into a workstation for prepping, cooking, entertaining and clean-up. The designer showroom staff assists home remodelers with every step of their projects. 5678 FRUITVILLE ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 378-5678.
Tile Market of Sarasota
From the finest tile, glass and stone from around the world to handmade mosaics made by skilled artisans in the U.S., the Tile Market brings knowledge, experience and substantive aesthetic to Sarasota. Today's trend toward clean lines, subtle patterns, waveform mosaics and textures in shades of white and gray are well represented, adding flair to any area of your home. 1962 MAIN ST., SUITE 120, SARASOTA, (941) 365-2356.
Cheryl Burke's clients, some from as far as Russia and Saudi Arabia, love to browse her inventory of unique, pedigreed antique furniture, art and estate jewelry. Currently in stock is a one-of-a-kind 18K gold jewelry suite of lapis lazuli with amber beads originally made for the Rothschild family. She's an excellent source, too, for Buddhas of Thai, Burmese, Chinese or Cambodian descent. 12 S. PALM AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 952-0042.
Bruce Crissy Galleries has cultivated a following with collectors across the country for his 18th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain, cut glass, silver and jewelry. The "vault collection" salon has precious items like Tiffany glass and Handel lamps. This spring, in addition to the gallery, Crissy co-founded SRQ Auctions with the well-established W. Smith Auction of New Hampshire. Both enterprises are located at 640 S. WASHINGTON BLVD., SARASOTA, (941) 957-1110.
St. Armands Antiques & Gifts
Owner Aimee Carlson has assembled a collection of vintage and antique home decor, art, glass, jewelry and designer handbags from the 1880s to the 1980s, with important names like Tiffany, Gorham, Wedgwood, Baccarat, Lalique, Schiaparelli, Hermes and Chanel. One luxurious current example is a mid-19th-century Victorian gold bracelet decorated with cabochon turquoise in a pave setting; a single diamond star turns over to reveal a crystal locket of hair. 19 FILLMORE DRIVE, ST. ARMANDS, (941) 388-1300.
Sarasota Trading Co.
With customers who range from discerning collectors to first-time home buyers, Sarasota Trading Co. carries antiques and modern design from names like Knoll, Philip Laverne, Howard Miller and Tiffany. Among its 2016 best sellers are traditional and contemporary fine art from Old Masters to exciting new artists. 522 S. PINEAPPLE AVE., SARASOTA, (941) 953-7776.
Steven Postans Antiques
A wholesale mecca for dealers, designers and decorators from across the U.S., Steven Postans Antiques has a 28,000-square-foot warehouse filled with more than 2,500 unique pieces of classic English antiques from the 18th and 19th century. He also houses a quality restoration department, with professional craftsmen certified in the art of French polishing. 7881 15TH ST. E., SARASOTA, (941) 755-6063.
Alex Karras Lincoln
With continually updated online promotions, easy-to-use shopping tools and expert showroom consultants, you can discover your perfect new or pre-owned certified Lincoln vehicle at this premier Lincoln dealership. 6760 14TH ST. W., BRADENTON, (888) 479-0832.
BMW of Sarasota
BMW of Sarasota, part of the Morgan Automotive group, is a family-owned business stressing comprehensive vehicle knowledge and customer service. With their online CarFinder tool, you can request any specifics for your new or pre-owned car, and BMW will find your match. 5151 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (877) 809-3516.
Dimmitt Auto Group
Dimmitt, new to downtown Sarasota, is the destination for luxurious brands like Aston Martin, Bentley, Land Rover, McLaren, Rolls-Royce and many other pre-owned and performance vehicles, on display at The Sarasota Studio. 1518 STATE ST., SARASOTA, (941) 256-2825.
Ed Howard Lincoln
From a massive showroom to an extensive online inventory, Sarasota's premier Lincoln dealership provides new and pre-owned vehicle options. You'll find friendly and experienced specialists, along with up-to-date online specials and deals. 7110 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (866) 967-9060.
Since 1963, Lamborghini Sarasota has offered a top-ranked selection of ultra-luxury models as a leading dealership for new and pre-owned Lamborghini vehicles. High quality sales, financing and service are a priority. 5145 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 556-2980.
Lotus South pointe
High-quality vehicles and service make Lotus Southpointe a trusted choice for all your Lotus needs. With a stateof-the-art showroom and an up-to-date online catalogue, Lotus Sarasota's collection of vehicles is unmatched. 5141 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (888) 549-3080.
Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota
Whether you're looking for sporty performance, sophisticated design or trailblazing technology, Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota boasts an impressive selection of luxury vehicles, such as the E-Class, S-Class, GLC and GLS, at an expansive showroom. 4754 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 275-1293.
With the arrival of the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera, this state-of-the-art dealership is one of the top suppliers for bringing both new and pre-owned luxury vehicles to you. You'll find specials and exceptional tools on their website. 5005 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 923-1700.
Sunset Cadillac of Bradenton
Sunset Cadillac of Bradenton, previously Tropical Cadillac, is your source for superior vehicles. One of their hottest new products is the 2017 XTS, which provides more room, luxury and stunning design. Another new model is the 2016 CTS, Cadillac's top-of-the-line large luxury sedan. 4780 14TH ST. W., BRADENTON, (866) 605-3869.
Sunset Cadillac of Sarasota
Formerly known as Coast Cadillac, Sunset Cadillac of Sarasota offers new and used luxury vehicles along with quality customer service. From the safety technology of the XTS to the technologically advanced luxury of the ATS, you'll find it here. 2200 BEE RIDGE ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 312-2811.
Sunset Cadillac of Venice
Formerly Crest Cadillac of Venice, this luxury dealership offers a vast selection of new and used cars and trucks, and, their service technicians will meet all your Cadillac maintenance needs. 2367 TAMIAMI TRAIL S., VENICE, (941) 584-8683.
With the new release of their Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, Tesla is a true trailblazer in all things technology and performance. Make an appointment to test out this first-of-its-kind model. THE MALL AT UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER, 140 UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTER DRIVE, SARASOTA, (941) 866-6597.
Vintage Motors of Sarasota
Established in 1989, this classic car sanctuary is home to fine vintage cars from all around the world. From classic pre-war and post-war racing cars to low-production Coach-built and prototype vehicles, the inventory is impressive. 5500 N. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SUITE B, SARASOTA, (941) 355-6500.
Wilde Jaguar of Sarasota, Wilde Lexus of Sarasota, Wilde Maserati of Sarasota
The Wilde Automotive Family has Jaguar, Lexus and Maserati dealerships across Sarasota. Wilde Lexus of Sarasota offers new and pre-owned luxury Lexuses. Wilde Jaguar ensures a luxurious ride with the Jaguar F-TYPE, XF, XJ and XK. Wilde Maserati boasts new and used Maserati models, including the Maserati Grancabrio, the Maserati GranTurismo and the Quattroporte S. WILDE JAGUAR OF SARASOTA, 4821 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (855) 227-8797; WILDE LEXUS OF SARASOTA, 4883 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 924-3040; WILDE MASERATI OF SARASOTA, 4821 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (855) 262-7969.
Wilde Land Rover Sarasota
With highly experienced finance and service departments, Wilde Land Rover ensures the best deals for new or used Land Rover vehicles. Take a look at the impressive new line of Land Rover SUVs, which all boast innovative off-road technology and comfortable luxury. 4821 CLARK ROAD, SARASOTA, (941) 256-2814.
With more than 60 years of experience, Cannons is a trusted family-owned source for purchasing and renting the highest-class boats on the market. 6040 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE, LONGBOAT KEY, (941) 383-1311.
Chris-Craft continues to define American ingenuity with an impressive inventory of boats. The 2016 collection includes the Capri, Carina, Launch, Corsair, Calypso and Catalina, all ranging from 21 to 36 feet. 8161 15TH ST. W., SARASOTA, (941) 351-4900.
Galati Yacht Sales
Family-owned Galati Yacht Sales supplies top fishing and cruising vessels, including the Viking, Princess, Tiara, Cruisers, Maritimo and Prestige. Stop in to see the marina, full-service shop and restaurant. 900 S. BAY BLVD., ANNA MARIA, (941) 778-0755.
Hidden Harbor Marina
From safe and easy storage to boat sales and service and an onsite restaurant, Hidden Harbor Marina's state-of-the-art facility will impress. On-site repair technicians ensure that your boating experience goes smoothly. 7700 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 927-4800.
Whether you're looking for leisure boating, fishing, yachting or watersports, MarineMax is exceptional in boating options and customer service, offering top-of-the-line brands. 1601 KEN THOMPSON PARKWAY, SARASOTA, (941) 388-4411; 1485 TAMIAMI TRAIL S., VENICE, (941) 485-3388.
Tom George Yacht Group
Tom George Yacht Group provides quality and reliable service. Choose from their top luxury brands or have a yacht construction specialist assist you in creating your very own dream yacht. 343 CAUSEWAY BLVD., SUITE 210, DUNEDIN, (727) 734-8707.
AeroIQ serves as your "aviation advocate" for flying, buying or selling aircraft, with a no-commitment philosophy so you can avoid upfront fees and pay as you go. Private aircraft amenities and customer support are offered. 1680 FRUITVILLE ROAD, SARASOTA, (855) 876-5387.
Founded in 1969, this aircraft center is Sarasota's only full-service aviation facility. Whether you're looking to rent, buy or fly a private aircraft or a commercial-sized jet, Dolphin has more than 70 aircraft available 24 hours a day. 8191 N. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, (941) 355-2902.
Lift Air Charter Service
The next generation of private air taxi service. From their new fleet of top-rated Cirrus SR22 and SR20 airplanes to their service to and from any airport in Florida, Lift Air is the cutting-edge of aviation services. 8250 15TH ST. E., SARASOTA, (941) 351-5340.
Rectrix is 180,000 square feet full of luxurious aircraft hangars, facilities and more, conveniently located at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, with 24-hour service technician assistance, aircraft cleaning and after-hour security. 8080 15TH ST. E., SARASOTA, (941) 351-3785.
Ilene Denton, Heather Dunhill and Felicity Warner contributed to this story.
Luxury for Rent
Sarasota vacation homes for $25,000 a month.
Why would someone who could afford almost anything prefer to rent? A recent New York Times article reported that today's wealthy consumers often prefer short-lived experiences to the hassles of ownership and are leasing everything from private islands to precious jewelry. Here in Sarasota, renting luxury goods is still uncommon. Some young gala-goers do use Rent the Runway, paying $150 to appear at an event in a $1,000 designer gown, but jewelers say they rarely rent jewels, and mega-yachts are mainly found on Florida's other coast.
But renting luxury Sarasota real estate? That's a booming business.
How about $25,000 per month for a bayfront mansion in The Oaks? That's the price Jennette Properties realtor Teresa Ribaudo put on the turnkey-furnished Georgian residence at 136 Osprey Point Drive earlier this summer. And she's confident she'll get it. After all, the vice president of a major international corporation had leased the home at that annual rate for the past two years. (That's $300,000 a year if you're doing the math.)
Luxury rentals generally start at $10,000 a month during the off season and rise to $25,000 per month January through April, says Ribaudo's colleague, realtor Kari Epp. Most of these properties--and there are hundreds--are in downtown Sarasota and up and down Longboat, Lido and Siesta keys. Homes with beachfront or at least water views are the most coveted. Most rental properties run around 3,000 to 4,000 square feet and have three bedrooms or more.
Epp's most expensive seasonal listings, in the $20,000 per month and higher range, are in The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club, where a rental includes membership in the Ritz Beach Club, Golf Club and spa. At the other end of the scale, she's got a penthouse condominium with "phenomenal views" at Plaza at Five Points rented on an annual lease for $7,500 a month; if it had been rented in high season alone, the monthly rate is $18,000. And demand keeps growing. "We're clamoring for new listings," Ribaudo says. "Our biggest dilemma is running out of inventory."
"Celebrities, major league athletes, hotshot corporate people," Ribaudo says. "That kind of money is out there." When asked to name names, she demurred.
And if you're considering renting something for next season, you may be too late. "A lot of our [seasonal] clients are repeat," says Epps. "We're already 80 percent booked."
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
An elegant high tea is not a ritual reserved for the denizens of Downton Abbey. The modern American aristocrat can sip and nibble in style with a 19th-century sterling eight-piece tea set, made by a renowned Portuguese silversmith and owned by the last king of Portugal, Carlos I. Provenance: King Carlos I of Portugal; Italian Contessa Pace di Mattei of Monte Carlo and Naples, Fla. It's $25,000 at SARASOTA TRADING COMPANY.
True Italian balsamic vinegar is a small-batch product that's created from locally grown Italian ingredients and aged until it turns into a nectar that's used sparingly over meat or fruits--or sometimes even sipped--but never diluted in a dressing or evaporated in cooking. You can find the real thing, Gold Class Reggio Aceta Balsamic Tradizionale-Oro, D.O.P., at downtown Sarasota's AS GOOD AS IT GETS for $300 a bottle. The proprietor says they sell about a bottle a month to clients who know the value of every drop.
Some define luxury bedding by a lofty thread count, but a lucky few can slumber under something dreamier than even the finest sheets. A $17,000 Sferra duvet filled with rare eider-duck fill encased in a sumptuous silk cover is awaiting a swish sleeper at MELANGE HOME.
In fashion, bespoke apparel is the ultimate luxury, one usually reserved for couture customers. But now any shopper with the desire--and the dough--can walk into STUART WEITZMAN at the UTC mall and get custom kicks from the made-to-order Pave Collection. We fell head over heels for the luminous strappy stilettos encrusted in light sapphire crystals, sure to make you the belle of any black-tie ball. $2,200 at Stuart Weitzman.
Many Sarasotans wear nice jewelry, but only the favored few can actually tread on gold and precious stones. From a Virginia company called New Rivenna Mosaics come exquisite custom mosaics that incorporate 14K gold inlays as well as gemstone tiles. For local 1 percenters, their Jardin mosaic, with green marble inlays, is $378 per square foot at TILE MARKET.
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When some families head to Sarasota for a vacation, they not only rent a lavish beachfront home; they also hire the same kind of five-star meal service you'd find at an ultra-luxury resort. Sarasota's Innovative Dining, headed by chef Jeremy Hammond-Chambers, regularly does such catering, providing the vacationers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a full open cocktail bar all day long, for anywhere from 10 to 30 people-sometimes more--for a week or more. Cost: $250-$275 per day, per person. For a family of eight, that works out to about $15,400 a week.
The richest little lap dog in the world was a longtime Sarasota resident. Trouble, a white Maltese that belonged to New York hotel heiress Leona Helmsley, inherited $12 million when her owner died. A judge later knocked that down to a paltry $2 million, but it was still enough for Trouble to live in luxury at Sarasota's Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, with $8,000 worth of grooming each year and her own full-time security guard, before passing away in 2011 at the age of 12.
It wasn't the design, fabric or beauty that made a recent auction item one of the most expensive chairs ever sold. It was the magical provenance. The simple oak chair was the one J.K. Rowling sat in as she wrote her famed Harry Potter books. Gerald Gray, owner of Sarasota's AutoKontrol USA, paid $29,000 for the chair on eBay in 2009. It proved to be a good investment, bringing $394,000 when Gray sold it at auction earlier this year.
Can you put a price tag on fulfilling the dream of owning your own private island? Mark Pentecost, founder and CEO of Palmetto-based It Works!, a global distributor of beauty and nutrition products, did exactly that last summer when he and his wife bought Little Bokeelia Island for $14.5 million. He says he'll use the 104-acre island near Charlotte Harbor as a family and corporate retreat.
In July, four Sarasota couples enjoyed the foodie trip of a lifetime with celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's Restaurants. Offered by Admiral Travel, the experience included a tour of Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale seafood market in the world, with a sushi-making lesson by a sushi master. The cost? $8,950 per person.
Jeweler Tina Little has sold many exquisite pieces to local customers at her Queens' Wreath Jewels, including a ring set with a rare pink diamond priced at $600,000. But the splurge that stands out in her memory was a diamond necklace by Italian jewelry house Zydo. A male customer had stopped into the shop just to say hello, and she pointed out the necklace, which was priced at $100,000. "Can you imagine the woman who would wear this piece?" she asked him. He agreed it was beautiful and lamented that he didn't have a woman like that in his life right now. A few minutes later, though, he picked up the necklace and said, "I'm going to buy it, anyway. If the right woman comes along, I'll put it around her neck. If not, I'll leave it to my son." Two years later, says Little, "I went to his wedding and the bride was wearing it."
The outrageous landscapes Lucas Congdon of Lucas Lagoons creates for Southwest Floridians on TVs Insane Pools have shot the show to No. 1 on Animal Planet. A typical client might spend $500,000 to $1 million or more for a lazy-river pool with Tennessee rock grottos, water walls, sound and light shows, fire features, spa, outdoor kitchen and a jungle of landscaping. Congdon is currently working on his biggest project yet, for a Miami couple with five kids. At $2.2 million, it includes a sleek rooftop outdoor living space with day beds and other seating, water feature and outdoor kitchen; and a ground-floor pool area, with a monumental meandering pool, a hot tub the size of most pools, grottos galore, a beach, another outdoor kitchen and every other embellishment Congdons feverish imagination can dream up.
Fired up by the cause, the competition, and, let's be honest, some cocktails as well, folks at nonprofit galas can bid astonishing amounts on live auction items. Sarasota socialites have paid thousands for a quilt their kids' classroom has stitched together, $20,000 and up for catered dinners for a group, and way more than that for trips to Paris or the Oscars. But even jaded gala-goers quieted down when, at the Sarasota Museum of Art's "Big Bash" in January 2014, a single bottle of wine--six liters of 2000 Chateau Petrus--was sold for $34,000 to Robert and Mimi Eisenbeis. Mimi looked surprised by the bid, but turns out Robert knew what he was doing, reselling the bottle for a tidy profit a few months later in New York.
High fliers like a little leg room. They get plenty when they charter a BBJ--Boeing business jet-through Paramount Business Jets for $12,000 an hour. A converted 737 airliner that can accommodate 19 passengers in regal comfort, the BBJ has two bedrooms, two full baths, a luxurious stateroom, multiple flat-screen TVs and a full range of high-tech business services. A company sales rep says customers range from entertainers and executives to private families and have included a number of Sarasotans. A Florida dad chartered one for two weeks over this year's spring break to fly his brood to a Caribbean island, at a cost of $800,000--and that's not counting concierge and dining services.
Tennis Hall of Famer Nick Bollettieri, founder of what's now IMG Academy in Bradenton, coached Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and many more pros to tournament titles. Now in his 80s and as vital as ever, he's still sought after by rising young stars, whose parents shell out $900 a session for private lessons with the legendary guru.
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