NEWPORT BEACH — Every pocket of affluence in this country seems to have one stellar independent designer boutique, and in Newport Beach it's A'Maree's.
Over the last 35 years, the family-owned business has grown into an international fashion force, showcasing cutting-edge labels such as Celine, Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaia, Dries Van Noten and the Row.
And now that it has moved to a new location at Newport Harbor, a waterfront space inviting comparisons to Peggy Guggenheim's palazzo in Venice, Italy, A'Maree's is also one of the most beautiful boutiques in the retail universe. Boasting soaring arched windows and glass portholes in the floor to allow views of the fish swimming below, it even has its own boat slip for those who want to dock and shop.
As the yachts float gently by, sunlight pours over cases of sparkling jewelry by Irene Neuwirth, Aurora Lopez and Lanvin. Racks are filled with lace-trimmed Sacai sweaters, asymmetrical Junya Watanabe military jackets and wispy Dosa dresses.