From The Gecko Boutique
We may be a small boutique, but we are mighty on style! Shop our award winning selection of fabulous clothing and accessories for women and men, and find your new fashion favorites. We present a thoughtfully curated collection of independent designers, exclusive lines, as well as Fair Trade items and organic fabrics. Owner Lori can offer you a personalized experience and help you find that ‘just right’ look. From the Gecko is the flagship store for the lifestyle brand Island Contessa, as well as home to the original St. Croix ‘Home’ tee collection. Learn more about our current collections on Facebook and Instagram.
Phone: (340) 778-9433
From the Gecko is the flagship store of lifestyle brand Island Contessa. Founded in 2014 by Lori Hirons, the chic resort wear, available here and at other fine boutiques, is meant to reflect the Island way of living that she has come to embrace on her home island of St. Croix. When Lori started Island Contessa, she wanted to create a business that makes women feel good AND look good at the same time. To that end, she contributes a portion of her profits to domestic violence shelters. Island Contessa offers sophisticated pieces with a casual twist, all constructed with natural fibers, and all made in the USA. It’s a label that our apparel wears proudly, as American-made products help provide jobs and contribute to a more stable future for the entire country.
Escapada Living resort wear captures the essence of effortless femininity with easy luxe-for-less pieces perfect for an exotic escape, a relaxed day at the beach, or an effervescent night on the town. Showcasing a variety of tropical-inspired resort and beachwear in vibrant tones and lush comfortable fabrics, Escapada offers the modern woman a brand filled with naturally chic attire. With a contemporary take on classic silhouettes, the flowing and flattering printed dresses accentuating a woman’s curves and best assets are a great addition to one’s wardrobe. These pieces will take you from day to night and from the beach to the city streets allowing you to embrace the versatility of your lifestyle.
Bee Attitudes is a women-owned apparel and accessories line inspired by the bedrock belief in the power of optimism and the power of the individual to effect change. Their studio-to-street wear offers tops, dresses, leggings and accessories that are designed for comfort and meant to inspire and empower women in their everyday lives. In their mission to empower women, they support and donate to like-minded non-profit organizations benefiting women. Bright colors, inspirational messages, and super comfy fabrics...what's not to love? Choose your attitude and change the world!
Salaam… a word for peace… a beautiful line of comfortable, versatile clothing that fits every body. Timeless designs, with an eye for affordability, comfort, and fit. Salaam is fashion for all ages, styles, and figures. Salaam's signature is their hand-selected European fabrics with bold, beautiful prints. The unique stretch rayon jersey is flattering to a real woman's body. You will fall in love with the fit and feel of this fabric and will come back and buy your favorite styles in a variety of prints and solids. For the last 26 years, Salaam Clothing has continued to be based in Vermont as a women owned and run company, and they cut and sew in Manhattan.
St. Croix Home Collection
Show your love for St. Croix, USVI with the 'Home' collection. From tee shirts and hats, to stickers and ornaments, this exclusive line includes the word 'Home' over the outline of the St. Croix island map. Available in a wide range of color and sizes, there's something for everyone in the 'Home' collection!
Island Contessa is a lifestyle brand that is a style made for paradise. Founded in 2014 by Lori Hirons, the chic resort wear, available here and at fine boutiques, is meant to reflect the Island way of living that Lori has come to embrace on her home island of St. Croix. When Lori started Island Contessa, she wanted to create a business that makes women feel good AND look good at the same time. To that end, she contributes a portion of her profits to domestic violence shelters.
Island Contessa offers sophisticated pieces with a casual twist, all constructed with natural fibers, and all made in the USA. In 2016, Lori expanded the brand to include custom home goods that include her take on Turkish poufs, luxurious pillows and table linens.
You can follow Lori’s blogs on travel, home interiors and her writing (yes, she’s a writer!). You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Island Contessa is a rich, multi-faceted experience and Lori wants you to come along for the ride.
Visit the Island Contessa website at islandcontessa.com!
The Sunshine Society is a bi-monthly subscription box service for women who love all things tropical. Each delivery month, we send you your uniquely cultivated 'island in a box' to bring sunshine into your life, wherever you are in the world.
Each month, you’ll receive 4 to 6 hand-selected island gifts (an average value of $70+ retail per package). Each box is centered around a specific tropical theme, featuring an island and an interesting woman who calls it home. You’ll get a constantly evolving variety of beach life gifts, custom accessories by island artisans, and many more treats from the tropics.
Whether you physically live on an island, or just do in your soul – paradise is a mindset. Keep sharing the sunshine with others and take the time to walk barefoot in the sand and gaze across the sea. To learn more, visit sunshinesociety.com!
Bottles Reimagined creates upcycled drinking glasses, candles, and more from discarded liqour bottles. The business began on St. Croix in March 2015, when a local couple discovered that restaurants and bars were simply throwing out the bottles. The US Virgin Islands doesn’t recycle because it is cost prohibitive, so most garbage goes into our landfill.
St. Croix is home to two rum factories: Cruzan Rum and Captain Morgan – so locals and visitors alike consume and discard an untold number of liquor bottles each year. After some experimentation, a viable business opportunity arose in taking these bottles and creating beautiful, upcycled drinking glasses and more from them. Bottles Reimagined was born.
Frank and Lori Hirons took over the business in January of 2017, and they continue to strive to the same quality standards that the original owners set. While the focus is on using the Cruzan Rum bottles, Bottles Reimagined is also creating glasses from Grey Goose, Skyy, and other assorted liquor bottles.
Shop the Bottles Reimagined line at bottlesreimagined.com!
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