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Cultivating Calypso

Calypso St. Barth's new Bal Harbour boutique.

Since launching its first store in 1992 in St. Barth, Calypso St. Barth has grown to a luxury lifestyle brand with an international following. Inspired by travel, culture and the arts, the brand's identity is one unlike any other. Here, we speak to Calypso St. Barth's creative director, Elisa Miller, as the finishing touches were being put on its brand new Bal Harbour store.

How is the new store different from your previous space at Bal Harbour?
Our new store contains some great new design elements: custom capiz shell chandeliers, a glass mosaic feature wall, white washed oak floors, maple fixtures, a custom driftwood display table and our facade has been custom designed for the location using brushed brass accents and a pink glass tile mosaic.

As we prep for spring, what are some key pieces to stock up on now at Calypso?
I crave a fresh Spring cashmere sweater: The Casilda striped hoodie is cozy, but unexpectedly lighthearted and uplifting when the weather is not quite so. The Simona dress is a personal fave: completely hand-worked by artisans but as effortless as your favorite T-shirt. I also love the Yoonie tunic—it’s a packer's dream: multitasks as a tunic, a dress and a beach cover-up. The fact that it’s a T and hand-embellished with just the right amount of sparkle, makes it so cool.

What are some of the place that you took inspiration from for spring?
Spring came from a real global pu pu platter of inspiration: from the rich embroideries and embellishments of Rajastan, to Japanese Shibori dyeing and Peruvian woven textile patterns and stripings. The excitement lies in the eclectic combinations of these cultural references, and the ‘new’  look that’s created as a result. It’s also a reverence for anything still made by hand, and the soul it gives a garment—always endlessly inspirational to me and my design team.

Where do you have your attention turned to next?
I’m working on the Spring 2015 collection and researching artisan ideas from around the world !

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