Capri certainly doesn’t lack exclusive experiences to add a touch of glamour to your holiday on a wonderful charter. If you are charting a boat, sail to Capri to go on our recommended tour of exclusive shopping destinations on the island.
From charting a boat to exclusive shopping: Capri is this too
The Mediterranean is a heaven of crystal-clear waters, scented lemon trees, and luxury yachts to spend unforgettable holidays. Shopping in Capri is definitely part of these exclusive experiences. Crowned by fiery geraniums and bouganvilleas, the historical center of the island is an attractive magnet crowded with some of the boutiques that have written important pages of fashion history.
After a stop at the luxury shops in Via Vittorio Emanuele go on to Via Camerelle that houses the ateliers of the most renowned Italian and international fashion brands: Ferrè, Gucci, Pucci, Dolce and Gabbana, but also Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Grey Flannel and Jo No Fui. The historical perfume house Carthusia is also worth a visit. The shop was established in 1380 when the prior of Certosa di San Giacomo picked the best flowers of the island for Queen Giovanna d’Angiò. The very first inebriating essences came from the fragrant waters of these vases of flowers and to this day they continue to be handmade with natural methods for the happy clients that here find absolutely unique fragrances.
Are you looking for a unique outfit that will make you stand out from the crowd? In Via delle Botteghe find the charming by Blu. This shop sells collections by the Greek designer Dassios, Dries Van Noten and the Italian designer Daniela Gregis, as well as Jamin Puech’s bags. Remember his Cocotte Bag in Sex and The City 2?
The multibrand store La Parisienne, in Piazza Umberto I, has the perfect offer for clients looking for elegant and sophisticated outfits. If you find yourself in Anacapri make sure to visit Mariorita Store, Capri’s biggest and most exclusive boutique. You will be absolutely charmed by the allure of the many shops selling handmade items.
Shopping in Capri is a tour of sites selling some of the world’s most beloved items, handmade according to knowledge and traditions that have been passed on for generations. The shops of the local artists, lined along with the ateliers and the boutiques, are among the must-visit stops of a relaxing stroll across Capri’s historical center.
Some of these shops sell the typical Capri sandals and limited pieces of jewelry that will make you shine at summer parties when, once anchored your yacht, you will be ready to hit the island’s nightlife.
Capri sandals: a generational summer must-wear
It was the imagination of Capri’s artisans that turned the typical sandals made on the island into a true fashion icon that at summertime can be spotted anywhere on the streets of the island. These unique shoes are based on a model the Emperor Tiberius wore in the last years of his life when he relocated to Capri and would put on a pair of hard-sole sandals with leather strips wrapped around the ankles. Since that time, the design has taken on ever more original and extravagant shapes, but always preserving the original manufacture of two strips of leather that are sewn together to make the sole. The narrow laces can instead be decorated with applications and jewels.
Costanzo Ruocco is the first name that comes to mind when talking about the sandals. One of Capri’s most important artists-artisans, Ruocco has recently appeared in a publication by Maison Fendi that describes him as a fashion genius. His shoemaking ability won the heart of icons the likes of Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Jackie Onassis and Brigitte Bardot, only some of the many personalities that in the 1960s went to his atelier in Capri in search of the perfect sandal.
La Campanina, Capri’s historical jewelry shop
La Campanina is an old jewelry shop in Capri that sells gems shining with the light of a glorious and glamorous past. The shop’s name recalls Saint Michael’s small bells (campanelle in Italian) that during the Second World War the American soldiers sent home as lucky charms. Capri’s inhabitants sent one of these bells to the American President. It was displayed in Washington and tinkled when the Allied Forces won the war.
Today the third generation of jewelry-makers manages the shop, preserving the exclusive heritage that has for a long time inspired the creation of wonderful jewels for the international clientele. Original and ever new collections complete Capri’s well-known reception, turning the shop into a meeting place of the national and international crowd of fashionables that love to meet here and be enchanted by the dreamy items on display.
A wonderful destination for luxury charters, Capri offers visitors a great and exclusive shopping experience with the glamorous shops that line its historical center.