Santa Barbara Shops
1253 Coast Village Rd., Suite 203
The only thing better than Cos Bar's famously vast offering of makeup, fragrance, bath, and beauty products (including the newly-launched goop organic skincare line) is the exceptional customer service provided by the knowledgeable, genuinely nice beauty consultants, which is exactly how founder Lily Garfield envisioned it back in 1976 when she opened the original Aspen outpost. There are Cos Bars all over the country, including New York, La Jolla, and Scottsdale.
1324 State St., Downtown
Diani has been a Santa Barbara mainstay for years, though despite its longevity, it's lost none of its edge: Isabel Marant, Mother, and Tome indicate the type of designers you'll find on the racks, which are airy and perfectly curated. There's a Diani shoe boutique in the same complex as well as the new, Diani Living, which is devoted to really beautiful place settings, linens, and treasures from around the world (the owner, Caroline Diani, was born in Kenya and raised in England, which explains the global slant).
Garde in Summerland
2280 Lillie Ave., Summerland
While it wouldn’t look out of place in Copenhagen, the understated craft feel that permeates this Shaker-style 1920s barn is pure California. Owner Scotti Sitz excels not only at curating the exact pieces we want for our homes but at transforming a shopping excursion into an immersive experience. Garde is speckled with local ceramics and minimalist furniture by German and Belgian designers, like Hanns-Peter Krafft, alongside exquisite rugs by Faye Toogood. But the best part is you can actually sleep here. Sitz has transformed the upstairs space into an apartment where the décor changes seasonally and everything, down to the fixtures, is for sale. Spend the night soaking up the ocean views—the store is perched on the edge of a cliff—and sleep on whether you should buy the Douglas fir table downstairs.
1014F Coast Village Rd., Montecito
The original Hudson Grace is in San Francisco: There, Monelle Totah (Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic) and Gary McNatton (Gap), turn out a very specific, pristine, and simple sensibility, evidenced by clean-lined pitchers, sturdy cutting boards, and a house line of linen napkins. They are now three boutiques strong in California—including one in the Montecito Country Mart—where you'll find the same mix, including Cire Trudon candles, white lacquer salt mills, and Laguoile corkscrews.
525 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
There are actually two Jenni Kayne's in Montecito—one houses the women's collection, and the other two-story spot is part home goods shop and part kids boutique. Both are exceptionally well-done and very carefully edited: While the array is not extensive, it's pretty perfect.
525 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
Should you find yourself in need of something to wear to dinner (a fancy dinner), or say, a black tie wedding, Julianne's is a pretty great bet. Mary Katrantzou, Rick Owens, and Altuzarra mingle with very ladylike options from Carolina Herrera, Lanvin, and Nina Ricci. While you won't find many bargains in the rarified, light-filled space, you will find a really great edit.
Kyle Irwin is responsible for the interiors of some of Santa Barbara’s most elegant homes. With a great mix of antiques and contemporary finds, his aesthetic is luxurious but with a light touch.
1024 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
Styled like an old-world ship cabin—complete with wood paneled walls, rope-wrapped surf boards, paintings of light houses, and vintage anchors—Mate Gallery is a pretty adorable addition to the Montecito Country Mart. And if a maritime treasure isn't on your to buy list, it sits nose to nose with Intermix, Space NK, and Kendall Conrad. Oh, and did we mention the tacos at Little Alex's and the ice cream at Rori's Creamery?
Michael Haskell Antiques
539 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
Though small in size, the offerings at this Montecito-based antique shop are big in style—and generally hard-won. It fits right in with its surroundings, as many of the antique finds are 16th-18th century Spanish Colonial, which are deftly mixed in with Michael and Eric Haskell's own collection of lighting and furniture.
Tecolote Book Shop
1470 E. Valley Rd., Montecito
A Santa Barbara classic, this bookstore has been around for almost 100 years and is a local gem. They carry all the standards, and if you’re on the lookout for a book that’s out of print, Tecolote is happy try and find it for you.
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