Cartagena has always been a stylish city: its rich cultural heritage, Caribbean setting and colourful streets give the city a unique style all of its own, and this is reflected in the many fashion boutiques to be found here. From high-end collections selling fashionable clothing to designer jewellery boutiques, Cartagena has shops to suit the tastes of every fashionista traveller who visits.
Cartagena’s hottest concept-fashion boutique is the place to go for all your luxury fashion and design needs. St Dom stocks art, jewellery, homeware, books, high-end womenswear and men’s clothing. With beautiful clothing by Colombian designers such as Amelia Toro and Claudia Trejos, and a whole floor dedicated to hip accessories such as shoes and bags, St Dom should be the first stop in Cartagena for anyone with a strong interest in fashion and design.
Barranquilla native Silvia Tcherassi – who is now based in Miami and has shown her fashion collections on the runways of Paris and Milan – is one of the brightest stars of the Colombian fashion scene. Her luxury fashion boutique in the Walled City of Cartagena has fast become one of the most important and highly regarded of its kind in the country. With a wide range of elegant and tasteful women’s clothing, including many flowing white numbers perfect for the often oppressive Cartagena heat, her eponymous store is the place to shop for fashionistas in Cartagena.
A popular Colombian fashion boutique with stores in Barranquilla, Riohacha, and Cartagena, Goretty Medina began life in 2008 under the name Coco Allé, and has never looked back. With exclusive handmade designs, this is the shop to visit in Cartagena for high-end womenswear. With seasonal collections inspired by different world cities and regions of Colombia, as well as a fantastic selection of stunning wedding dresses, Goretty Medina is one of Cartagena’s most highly recommended fashion boutiques.
Chiqui Echavarria – the owner of the Casa Chiqui – is a well-known Colombian socialite, famous for her lavish parties and constant presence in the pages of the national gossip magazines. Luckily for fashion fans, she also decided to open up her very own interior design store in the Old Town of Cartagena. Casa Chiqui stocks everything from stylish bags and sandals to Moroccan lamps and delicately embroidered pillows. If you don’t just want to style yourself, but also give your home an upmarket makeover, then this is the boutique store to visit in Cartagena.
Located in the old colonial mansion of Casa Estanco del Tabaco in the Old City of Cartagena, Le Collezioni is a revolutionary fashion retail space. Within the mansion are retail spaces for such fashionable brands as Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Michael Kors, Hackett London and Le Collezioni itself. All of the retail spaces are united around a stunning central plaza, making shopping at Le Collezioni not only a fabulous retail experience but a wonderful cultural one.
This is arguably the best shop in Cartagena to purchase one of the country’s most fashionable exports: emeralds. With high-quality stones set in stunning and elegant designs, plus a handy policy of paying absolutely no commission to tour guides, keeping the prices lower for the customer, Lucy Jewelry has stones ranging in prices from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands. With a truly stunning retail space and knowledgeable bilingual staff, emerald buyers can feel safe knowing that they are getting the best deal on the best stones at this excellent fashion boutique.
‘The Street’ isn’t the name of a high-end Cartagena fashion boutique; it refers to the streets of the Old City itself. There is nowhere better in Cartagena to pick up a fashionable Wayuu mochila bag that the street stalls and markets of Cartagena. These bright and colourful bags have become a must-have accessory throughout the world, and people can be seen sporting them in New York, London and Paris. The bags come in all sizes and colours and are even sometimes customised to the customer’s choice. And the good news is that there’s no need to spend a fortune in a high-end boutique when you can pick up a beautiful mochila during a stroll through the Cartagena streets.