Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is famous for its free and easy party spirit, so a new store location on the Caribbean Island of St Barts is the perfect time for it to show its soul.
Designed by British architect Steven Harris, the St. Barts hangout is located in the island’s capital Gustavia. Trading across 3,378 sq ft and two floors, the store takes inspiration from the bohemian villa retreats of the super rich and artistic elite in the middle of the 20th century. For example, Gio Ponti’s Villa Planchart was referenced by the architect as a source of ideas for the interior.
The ground floor, which houses the accessories and footwear ranges, has its own indoor garden and Martini Bar. In the selling spaces, elegant white marble floors and marble table tops are juxtaposed with brass shelves and fixturing. Alongside these, traditional luxury hard finishes are the elements that make this store work in its Caribbean surroundings. Pink and green onyx has been set against lush green foliage and palm trees, while chairs are hand wrapped in rope, a nod to the luxury sailing yachts that reside just offshore.
A white staircase has a bright blue vellum handrail, mimicking a style found on boats and leads to the second floor of the store which showcases the men’s and women’s beachwear collections.