We checked in with Faby Jaca, the designer behind Lolita Jaca, the St. Barth’s brand known for its caftans and silk dresses that could have walked out of a Slim Aarons photograph. Here, the insider, who has two boutiques in Gustavia and a third opening soon, shares what’s new on the island—and a few of her secret spots.You’re originally from Paris. How did you end up on St. Barth’s?
Yes, you could say a true Parisian. We Jacas have been for seven generations Parisians. I had a desire for a radical change. I was dreaming of sun, sea, freedom... and above all a quality of life. A friendly relation invited me to the island, and I fell in love with it immediately—I never left.
How does the island and travel inspire your work as a designer?
The island soothes me and opens me up to a world of colors and a liberation of the body... so light and comfortable shapes came naturally to me. But as far as patterns are concerned, inspiration comes from my trips around the world and other cultures.... Travel is essential— without it, Lolita Jaca would not exist.
What do you like most about the island?
The light and the trade winds.
What is the biggest challenge of living on an island?
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
Doing nothing, listening to music... going swimming.
Your go-to restaurants?
Top shops (besides your own)?
Clic Gallery—and Carla, for shoes.
What’s next for you?
We are planning to open in another location, but I won’t reveal it yet, out of superstition!
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