Posted on July 13th, 2016
The shopping in Porto Cervo is pretty impressive, with typical European houses like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Miu Miu and Brunello Cucinelli, mixed with smaller boutiques that cater to travelers looking for something unique, local and different.
One of those shops is The Dope Factory, founded by Davide Bortolazzi. The impressive buy and breadth of brands speak to his passion for heralding up-and-coming designers. My favorites: DAMIR DOMA pants, Redone Levis and an awesome D.Gnak shirt. This is a must-visit, and say hi to Robby when you’re there.
What I did find special at Hermes is their best selling Collier de Chien, but in raffia and brown leather as a cuff. The Porto Cervo store also had a one-of-a-kind H belt buckle, hand-etched and Southwestern in feeling. I haven’t been able to get either off my mind..
Of course the first pair of sunglasses I try on at Apres Ski are DITA and $$$$$. But they also carry brands on the lower end and are just as on-trend. Apres Ski hails from Greece and also carries my favorite panama hats from De punta en blanco.
It was refreshing to visit these shops and discover something new or revisit a brand that I hadn’t seen in a while. In the US, specifically in NYC, everything is more of the same, and the in-store experience not as fun. But maybe that’ll change when I go back a year from now, and find the old new again.
Keep hours in mind when you head over to shop. Most of the stores are closed mid-afternoon but stay open until midnight. Hermes is open all day.