The Breakers Distinctive Boutiques Lure Shopping-Minded Vacationers, Locals
PALM BEACH, FL – At the forefront of the relatively new resort-retail industry in the mid-90s, The Breakers Palm Beach recognized that its market of sophisticated, seasoned travelers – whether at leisure or attending a meeting – are also discerning retail customers in pursuit of distinctive merchandise. The award-winning AAA Five Diamond resort then set out to capitalize on the growing trend of domestic and international visitors who count shopping among their preferred activities during travel.
The Shops at The Breakers – an alluring courtyard of exclusive specialty boutiques, owned and managed by The Breakers – features renowned brands such as Guerlain, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Lilly Pulitzer, as well as private-label concepts including Absolutely Suitable, Mix at The Breakers®, Match at The Breakers®, Coconut Crew, Signature Shop, News & Gourmet, The Sports Pro Shop, and The Beach Shop. Each shop is designed to complement the taste levels of the resort’s guests.
“This select audience of vacationers appreciates the allure of a magnificent setting, a place that fosters a relaxed state of mind and the time to peruse beautiful merchandise,” said John Zoller, senior vice president of retail operations of the resort since 1995, and previously, a veteran of Neiman Marcus.
Upon joining The Breakers, Zoller created an in-house merchandising department that quickly set the standards for the resort-retail business, conceived of unique specialty boutiques to satisfy the growing consumer trend of “shopping as entertainment.” This strategy fits perfectly into the entrepreneurial style of The Breakers, a market-driven enterprise independent of chain affiliation. Its retail operations became a subsidiary of its businesses and reflected the resort’s reputation for world-class hospitality.
The objective: to transform shopping into an enjoyable and even entertaining experience for the traveler. The strategy: to create a luxurious yet quality atmosphere in stores that emulates the same quality standards found throughout The Breakers, and deliver personalized, thoughtful service that exceeds expectations (the hospitality side of shopping). Having established successful partnerships to lure some of the world’s top designers and merchandisers, The Breakers offers a one-of-a-kind, international array of ready-to-wear, beauty products and gifts.
The Shops at The Breakers are designed to stand apart from the proliferation of cookie-cutter department and mall stores. Each boutique possesses its own artistic décor and sensory appeal, and with an expert retailer’s eye for unique merchandising, they satisfy guest preferences for something different.
One of America’s premier boutiques dedicated to designer swimwear
World-acclaimed European and American designers featured in this extraordinary selection of swimwear include Eres, Manuel Canovas, Maryan Mehlhorn, Karla Colletto, Vix, Gottex, Shan, Trina Turk, and many others. Patrons enter this one-of-a-kind boutique with its contemporary decor, and are immediately drawn to the flooring inspired by the sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro and a giant ocean wave built into the ceiling. The store features designer sunglasses (such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, and Oliver Peoples), and an assortment of men’s swimwear including Tommy Bahama, Ralph Lauren, Peter Millar, Billabong, Shan, Island Company, and Vilebrequin.
News & Gourmet
Delectable gourmet ingredients, confections and presentations; fine quality kitchen gadgets, artisan woodware and pottery, artistic quality ceramics, hand-made pottery, books, and sundries
As Palm Beach’s foremost gift store, News & Gourmet offers merchandise suited to a unique lifestyle for the home gallery and kitchen, while being a fun place to shop. The casual, whimsical store excites the senses. It arouses taste buds and creates delightful aromas with its peerless assortment of offerings: a premium selection of baked goods, sandwiches, and salads, The Breakers private-label coffees, candies, ice cream, cold-pressed juices, and a variety of organic items. News & Gourmet also features hand-painted ceramics, an extensive collection of metalware from artisans such as Michael Aram and Mariposa, candles, home fragrances and bath and body collections. A newsstand carries a variety of daily news and financial publications and best-selling reads, plus a clever assortment of greeting cards and stationary. Guests can also purchase sundry items for personal needs.
Fragrance, skincare and color direct from Paris
The legendary French label presents a world of sheer indulgence and pampering with high-performance skincare, cosmetics and unforgettable fragrances. Discover the extraordinary powers of Orchidée Impériale and Abeille Royale skincare and a collection of perfumes including a selection of exclusive fragrances only available at Guerlain boutique locations.
An imaginative children’s specialty shop created for the younger set
An exclusive collection of designer clothing and swimwear for children, from newborn to size fourteen. Featured labels from the U.S., France, England and Spain include Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Helena & Harry, David Charles, Lilly Pulitzer, Eliane et Lena, TKEES sandals and Lacoste, along with Ray-Ban sunglasses and jewelry and watches. A selection of collectible Madame Alexander dolls, classic games, toys, plush animals, puppets, and books comprise the long list of specialty gift items for kids. Conceived as “a Worth Avenue for little ones,” the shop’s theme was inspired by legendary cartoon artist Mort Walker, who created parrot characters Lulu, Loco and Louie, known as the Coconut Crew, and authored the namesake book especially for The Breakers.
Match at The Breakers®
The ultimate shoe salon offering a refreshing take on resort footwear
The Breakers brings an unparalleled, edited selection of women’s and men’s resort footwear to its own shoe salon, Match, featuring a wide array of leading designers and contemporary brands. The ultimate resort shoe boutique, it offers a unique mix of sandals, wedges, espadrilles, heels, and heels from the most sought-after designers, priced in the range of $235 - $995, with median pricing from $325 - $700.
Mix at The Breakers®
The island’s mecca of jewelry and fashion accessories
Featuring the ultimate in modern accessories – primarily fine and fashion jewelry, watches, hair accessories and more. Mix is a must on everyone’s shopping list. This unique shop features a continually changing selection of designs that are relevant, daring, and functional. Merchandise is garnered from the best of collections by nationally known designers and priced in the range of $150 - $5,000, with median pricing from of $500 - $1,500.
Lilly Pulitzer® at The Breakers
The lifestyle brand inspired by authentic Palm Beach
It all started with a juice stand and a simple shift dress that showcased a colorful print intended to hide fruit juice stains while looking fabulous. The dress became such an instant hit, Lilly stopped selling juice and started selling dresses. Now after more than 50 years of success, Lilly Pulitzer is bringing truly tropical resort wear to The Breakers providing dresses, sportswear, footwear, and accessories for women, as well as men’s neck ties, in gorgeous colors and prints.
The Breakers offers Lilly Pulitzer children’s clothing among the collections available in its children’s fantasyland boutique Coconut Crew.
Polo Ralph Lauren at The Breakers
An elegant showcase of the consummate American designer, featuring timeless, contemporary-style apparel and accessories
The iconic brand offers a world of luxury and comfort in men's and women's clothing. Both legendary and timeless, Polo Ralph Lauren redefines American style. The boutique offers Polo and Polo Sport for men and women. A full range of Polo accessories adds the finishing touches with leather goods, shoes, eyewear and fragrances.
The Breakers exclusive, private-label signature collection features resort wear and unique gift items
With a bright, open floor plan and an engaging, contemporary atmosphere, this boutique is emblematic of this iconic resort, featuring stylish men’s and women’s resort logo wear and gift items. The Sun Petals bath and body line, exclusive to The Breakers, is featured here and in great demand, particularly by resort guests who enjoy complimentary samples during their stay. Kiehl’s and Acqua di Parma fragrance and body collections are also available.
The Sports Pro Shop
Located in the Ocean Course Clubhouse, this boutique offers award-winning sports apparel shopping
Featuring an extensive selection of the latest men’s and women’s golf, tennis, and active resort wear, The Sports Pro Shop carries everything from sports equipment and shoes to resort wear from world-acclaimed designers such as Polo Golf for men and women, Peter Millar, Nike, Footjoy, Titleist, Fairway & Greene, among others.
The Beach Shop
Conveniently located between the Poolside Bungalows and The Ocean Grill
For a day in the surf and sun, The Beach Shop offers last minute “must have” items including suntan products, beach toys, hats, t-shirts, flip flops, beverages and snacks; plus fashionable sunglasses, dive watches, and totes for those on-the-go.