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Best Of 2009 — Fashion
Best New Boutique (Tie): Daniela Boutique And Childish Couture
Rancho Santa Fe’s Daniela Boutique, under the helm of owner and athlete Danielle Martin, offers both women’s and men’s fashions — everything from stylish sweats to stunning designs by Jil Sander, Giambattista Valli, Twin Set, Martin Margiela, and more. (858/756-1205)
For trendsetting tykes, Childish Couture in Encinitas is a chic children’s boutique that offers styles for preemies to big kids including casual and formal apparel, accessories, and more, as well as a few fun numbers for moms-to-be. (760/230-6000, www.childishcouture.com)
Best Store For Women’s & Children’s Apparel: Del Mar Kids/The Back Room
There’s nothing better than one-stop shopping, so stylish moms and tots head to Del Mar Kids and The Back Room to find designer duds for the little ones and key pieces from Ella Moss, Rock & Republic, Joie, and more for mother dearest. (858/720-1458, www.shopthebackroom.com)
Best Store For Men’s Apparel (Tie): Mister B Men’s Clothing And Nordstrom
Mister B owner Maggie Bobileff knows how to make men look good. With stores in Encinitas and La Jolla, she offers personalized service and a vast array of European fashions from designers including Pal Zileri, Hugo Boss, and many more. (858/756-5099, www.misterbattheranch.com)
Men also head to Nordstrom, which has built local loyalty with the luxury brands it offers as well as its unparalleled customer service. (888/282-6060, www.nordstrom.com)
Best Women’s Shoes (Tie): Cedros Soles And Nordstrom
Also a 10News’ A-List-winner, Cedros Soles offers a vast selection of women's shoes from designers including Donald J. Pliner, Kenneth Cole, and Charmone, as well as clothing, handbags, and accessories. (858/794-9911, www.cedrossoles.com)
Best Men’s Shoes (Tie): Garys Studio And Nordstrom
Garys Studio in Del Mar Plaza evolved by demand from the many customers who trekked to Newport Beach to shop at its flagship stores. Featured time-honored designer lines include Cole Haan, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Hugo Boss, among others. (858/794-0740, www.garysonline.com)
Both women and men alike appreciate Nordstrom’s exceptional service, selection, quality, and value. Loyal clients return time and time again not only for the myriad designer lines ranging from athletic shoes to Hugo Boss to Prada and Jimmy Choo, but also for the top-notch customer service. (888/282-6060, www.nordstrom.com)
Best Formal Wear (Tie): Neiman Marcus, Nicole Miller, And Donna Marsh
Readers trust that Nicole Miller can provide the perfect dress for any occasion, whether it calls for coastal chic or gala glamour. (858/454-3434, www.nicolemiller.com)
Despite being a readers’ favorite, tough economic times have led to the closing of Donna Marsh. Patrons are invited to give their best to proprietor Donna Steinback, while perusing designer gowns and much more, now at a 50-70 percent discount. (858/454-3003, www.donnamarshlajolla.com)
Neiman Marcus’ stellar selection of formal wear features beauties from Alexander McQueen to Vera Wang and everything in between. (619/692-9100, www.neimanmarcus.com)
Best Lingerie (Tie): La Perla And Victoria’s Secret
La Perla was founded in 1954 in Italy, and has grown into a worldwide leader in luxury undergarments and swimwear. La Perla is located locally at South Coast Plaza. (714/754-7500, www.laperla.com)
Victoria’s Secret appeals to budget-conscious consumers with pieces that range from cozy to downright racy. (800/970-1109, www.victoriassecret.com)
Best Jewelry Store (Tie): Tiffany & Co. And Rebecca Norman
A repeat readers’ favorite, Tiffany & Co. offers a history of quality, pride, and craftsmanship. From sterling silver to glittering gold to the finest diamonds, rubies, and emeralds — you know it’s something special when it’s in that little blue box. (800/843-3269, www.tiffany.com)
After two years in a small courtyard, the Rebecca Norman Boutique is now located next to Cedros Avenue’s Tucci Boutique. In addition to Norman’s stunning silver and vermeil pieces, fine jewelry, and men’s accessories, offerings also include art glass by Californian artist Joe Cariati, Norman’s hand-stitched leather goods, scarves, fashion accessories, and more. (760/804-0246, www.rebeccanorman.com)
Best Accessories Store (Tie): Madison Del Mar And Leaping Lotus
Madison Del Mar in Flower Hill Promenade offers three levels of luxury items with everything from fine leather goods, luggage, and briefcases to men’s accessories like wallets and belts to women’s handbags, belts, scarves, jewelry, and shoes. (858/259-7622, www.madisonleather.com)
Cedros’ Leaping Lotus offers truly one-stop shopping with more than 120 merchants featuring exotic imports, clothing, jewelry, and more. A spring party takes place March 19 featuring live music, wine, raffle drawings, and more. (858/720-8284, www.leapinglotus.com)
Best Resale Shop (Tie): Carolyn’s Designer Resale And La Costa Kids
A repeat winner, Carolyn’s Designer Resale offers luxury goods by sought-after designers including Chanel, Escada, Armani, and many more, at prices that are up to 80 percent off the original. (858/756-2765)
For the little ones, La Costa Kids is an upscale resale shop offering pristine used designer children’s clothing at great prices. The boutique also carries maternity clothes and one-of-a-kind pieces that are new as well as toys and used baby strollers. (760/944-9076)
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