When you think of Montecito, you think of luxury accessory boutiques, high-end wine and olive oil shops, nice restaurants that put love and care into their quality, taste, and presentation of dishes, and interior decorating shops to inspire and help you turn your home into a contemporary-chic luxury or a rustic and elegant sanctuary.
Montecito’s lower village has grown with trendy shopping for all ages from gorgeous vintage attire and accessories to chic trends for a weekend at your favorite music festival. There are few closets that would accommodate a large shoe collection (because let’s face it – who doesn’t dream about a color coordinated wall of shoes?), a space to display your purses and wallets, or even sections to organize all clothing items separately. Padaro Paradise (shown above), currently offered at $19,900,000, offers a closet that takes advantage of every square foot of space while displaying your unique style. With an attached sitting room this closet offers unmatched elegance and fluidity of space. Brookside (shown below), currently offered at $9,900,000 has so much to offer including the magnificent walk-in closet that exceeds every expectation. Designed with the utmost attention to function as well as aesthetics, the expansive closet affords organization and order to each item and accessory.
Featured Montecito Boutiques
If you’re looking for timeless pieces and high quality “basics” Civilianaire is definitely my go-to place in Montecito. They sell raw denim pants and jackets, which are hard to find anywhere in Santa Barbara, chic casual-wear perfect for my morning stroll to Jeanine’s for a breakfast burrito and coffee, and hip dresses and graphic tees that you can dress up with the right jewelry and shoes for cocktails at Lucky’s.
CIVILIANAIRE Clothing brand was started by two of the fashion industries favorites, Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman. After 24 years, the founders and visionaries of Lucky Brand Jeans, Montesano and Perlman have returned to their roots and are manufacturing domestically in Vernon, California.
I stopped by Whisky + Leather for the first time a couple weeks ago, and immediately wanted to buy everything in the store! They carry brands you may be familiar with, but their selection is more unique than most – definitely stands out from the crowd. Their lifestyle brand carries an eclectic, relaxed inventory of clothing, shoes, and goods for both men and women. Not only do you want to try on everything they have on display, but if you are of age, of course, they have a variety of whisky to sip on while you shop. Stop in for a summer dress for that beach wedding you haven’t yet found an outfit for, or a rustic potted succulent plant and coffee table book to give your living room a little added flare.
You walk into this boutique and immediately feel welcomed and surrounded by timeless, classy pieces for all ages. They have an incredible selection of knitwear that can be paired with skinny chinos and pumps for an evening at the Four Season’s Biltmore, or thrown together with a denim skirt and your favorite Adidas for a day of shopping with your best friends. Laura is the former Creative Director for Antoinette in Montecito and began her career in 1984 working with Versace and Dolce & Gabbana collections of the 1980’s to the current fashion houses of Etro, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and more.