Childrens at  Archimede, St. Tropez, France

Archimede

Children’s clothing from a Belgian company that makes well-made classic lines. They also developed the “buoyancy” and built-in diaper swimsuits so if you have babies or toddlers that don’t swim, here’s the spot to find them suits. Many of their clothes have extra UV protection but with a traditional French kind of sensibility. Think nautical stripes and pastel colors, instead of fluorescent pink and yellow sun shirts.

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Atelier Rondini

The original St.-Tropez sandal shop, which still makes the classic that fashion icons such as Jackie O. and Brigitte Bardot popularized. They make classic styles with pure lines in many kinds of leather, including cow, goat, calf, crocodile and snake. Python is especially popular. You can see the workmen creating the handmade shoes in the back workroom

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Byblos Boutique

The Hôtel Byblos takes stocking its gift shop with the same attention to detail and quest for pleasing the glamorous that it does with running its famous nightclub Les Caves du Roy. So if you need to a more dramatic outfit for lounging around the pool than you packed—a Manuel Canovas bathing suit and coordinating accessories or a knock-out dress from Parisian designer Mina Poe—here is where you’ll find it. They carry Vilebrequin suits for men and boys; ladies swimwear by Roland Chaillard and jewelry by Mara Qaretsos.

Cap Horn

This store carries a mix of prestigious labels, including Weston (for shoes) and Gant (for sportswear).

Exterior View at Cécile, St. Tropez, France

Cécile

Ignore the souvenir shop look of this place and push past the cheap blouses and sarongs. Nothing in here is expensive, but you can find very attractive beaded necklaces and chunky bracelets for summer. Also, good source for gifts.

Fragonard (Cannes)

The Fragonard perfume house has branched out from selling just their own famous fragrances. Shoppers can peruse the range of scents as well as cosmetic products and a selection of gifts and accessories.

Merchandise at Fragonard, French Riviera, France

Fragonard (St. Paul de Vence)

The famous perfume house of Fragonard has branched out from just selling its scents with boutiques in a number of towns in Provence as well as in Paris. They sell housewares and fashions inspired by the colorful textiles of the south of France. You can find fun bedspreads and pillows, beach cover-ups and bags in vibrant prints.

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Francesca Donà Jewels

Francesca Donà, a wonderful Venetian-born jeweler, acquired this shop from her friend Maurizio Pintaldi, and is carrying on the same tradition of creating unique pieces. Like Pintaldi, she describes her jewelry as sculpture, and has the following to prove that these designs are artful. You’ll find necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, as well as stunning coral, aquamarine, turquoise and mother of pearl—usually set in 18K gold. The small shop has had a loyal clientele since Maurizio and his former wife, Angela Pintaldi, opened it and Francesca Donà should appeal to the same customers, even once she has changed its name.

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Gas Bijoux

A must-stop for affordable glitter, this is a trove of hippie-chic jewelry, accessories and silky tunics.

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Jardin Secret

This small accessories boutique sells lots of fashion jewelry and trendy bags, but what it’s known for is its collection of classic St.-Tropez straw bags—the kind that St.-Tropez beauties may use to carry while marketing. They come in dozens of sizes from as small as a paperback book (perfect for carrying keys, a wallet and a phone on a summer evening) to big enough to use for your grocery shopping (an eco option, too.) All of the are made of rafia straw as are their great big beach hats. Some of the memorable adornments include little pom-poms and bows.

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K. Jacques

Two shops compete for the title of favorite St. Tropez sandal shop. K. Jacques and Atelier Rondini. Both have made the hand-made leather flip-flop shoes, better known as sandals St. Tropéziennes for more than seventy years. K. Jacques was founded in 1933, six years after Rondini.

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Kiwi

This brand of bathing suits may not be as well known as another that it resembles, Vilbrequin, but it is a St.-Tropez-based company that sells cheerful beachwear along with accessories at more reasonable prices—and not just for men and boys, but also for women and girls. Tip: You can buy tops and bottoms of bikinis in coordinating patterns but many different styles so you should find a flattering set.

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L’Atelier 55

The curators behind the L'Atelier series of galleries have an amazing eye for style and knowledge of 20th century furniture design and art.

La Chemise Tropezienne

Split into a section for women’s clothes and for men, this boutique store established in the 1960s sells beautiful button-down shirts, perfect as a beach cover-up for women or smart dress shirt for men. While the trademark shirt is the classic white button-down, there is a wide variety of colors, patterns and blends available.

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La Petite Vigne

This charming gourmet shop in St. Paul de Vence (the name means little vine) sells only the very best regional food products, including jams, olive oil, honey, artichoke paste and a fabulous selection of rosé wines. It is best to visit after or before a meal at the wonderful Le Tilleul restaurant, which is run by its proprietors.

La Vieille Mer

Selling quirky home décor and sea-inspired antiques, La Vieille Mer is a must-visit in St. Tropez for fun furnishings.

Le Comptoir

Best known for its exotic Comptoir Sud Pacifique fragrances, this brand celebrates voyage and awakening the senses. In addition to the signature candles, perfumes and skin creams from Sud Pacifique, you can find very attractive bags, belts, purses and wallets by Just Campagne.

Interiors at Le Grand Bazar, Cannes, France

Le Grand Bazar

This fabulous multi-level store on the city’s main shopping street is one of those rare boutiques where the owner’s curatorial eye will reignite your love for fashion. Diverse collections come together in artful ways and are set off by surprising accessories. Gorgeous pieces from famous designers like Proenza Schouler and Rochas line the walls, but you don’t come for the labels; rather visit to see how choice pieces can elevate your personal style.

Librarie Rossignol

Temporarily Closed.

As an accredited member of La Chambre National des Experts Spécialisés, Louis-Daniel Rossignol is a bookstore selling rare and antique texts as well as modern books. This shop, which is tucked into a small side street off the bustling rue d’Antibes, has been run by the same family for three generations.

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LuLu

The vision of slow food maven Alice Waters, this sustainably minded lunch spot within the Hammer Museum aims to support the local community.
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Manoush

This popular French brand produces designs that bounce giddily amidst women’s styles from funky to poppy to gypsy-chic. The feminine, bohemian and colorful handcrafted designs have an edge but all pieces are fun and glamorous.

Mercedeh

Mercedeh pays homage to footwear with unabashed ardor—styles are not for the shy or demure. This shop is a favorite stomping ground for ingénues, stylists and costume designers.

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Pain de Sucre

Fantastic bathing suits and lingerie.

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Pierre de Lune

Occupying the ground floor of a townhouse along the main square where the petanque players gather is charming atelier Pierre de Lune.

Place de Lices Market

St.-Tropez’s famous Place des Lices, shaded by 100-year old plane trees, hosts one of the region’s most charming Provençal markets every Tuesday and Saturday morning. On Tuesday, it’s a classic market with locally made gourmet treats, including lavender honey and jams. On Saturday it has the added bonus of hosting a slew of antiques dealers, though you have to be early for the best finds. In the midst of food stands, you’ll also find stalls of men’s linen shirts in every color and beachy T-shirts and sarongs. Favorite finds include organic soaps, jasmine-scented pouches, beach bags and Turkish towels. The pizza truck also serves delicious Margherita slices.

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Signature-Gravure

Only in a town where animal rights advocate Brigitte Bardot rules could you have a boutique that specializes in engraved animal tags. The solid brass tags can be custom ordered in a variety of sizes and shapes and lacquered in black. Messages and electronic chips can be incorporated and all can be ordered online.

Tahiti Beach

An insider tip from Indagare’s personal shopper (ask Indagare for an introduction). “This cute shop is located on the Tahiti Beach on the bay of Pampelonne. It serves up fashion shows and adorable handbags, dresses, swimsuits and shoes from Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Leonard, Catherine Malandrino, John Galliano, La Perla and many more…”

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