Capri, Italy Inspiration Trip

Posted on July 11, 2012 in Inspiration by | 4 comments

Last month, I had the GLORIOUS assignment to jet-off to Capri, Italy for a week to get inspiration for next Summer’s shoe and bag collection. It was… as good as it sounds. A-MAZING. Heaven. Perfect. A Dream.

I packed my bags and was off with a suitcase full of Lilly sundresses, McKims and a couple bikinis. The best part? I packed my boyfriend too. I did! He was just too adorable to leave behind and SOMEONE needed to take the pictures of all the shoes/bags/colors/trends I was eying! I was too busy roaming the streets with a gelato – no spare hands for snapping images of the resort chic trends! I’m not revealing his name so let’s just refer to the BF as Paradise.

So Paradise and I arrived in Rome…
Took a taxi to the train station.
Train to Naples.
Taxi to the marina.
Ferry to Capri.
Funocalare up the cliffs to the gorgeous piazza of Capri.
Quite a journey but every mode of transportation we took was part of the adventure! (Thank goodness Paradise has a great sense of direction or else I would still be in the Rome baggage claim).

So why Capri? Well since the 50′s, Capri has been a destination for the resort chic traveler. Lilly told me that some summers she would go and spend a month on the island and her kids would run around “like wild Indians.” Lilly’s friend Jacqueline Kennedy was also a frequent visitor to Capri and she spent lots of her time there…shoe shopping! Around 1946-ish tiny sandal shops popped up in Capri and over the years it has become widely known as ‘the place’ to get the chicest handmade sandals. You pick your footbed (flat or wedge) choose from hundreds of embellished straps, they measure your foot and VOILA, Capri Sandals! I saw the most glamorous Grecian sandals by day and the hiiiiiighest of high wedges at night. I saw neon, which is no surprise….but more importantly I saw hints of the PASTEL COLORS that are about to flood the market. Trend watch: soft sorbets are coming. Hooray! We love our cashmere in pastels. So pretty!

As if that wasn’t enough, Capri is also known for its red coral…which is sooooooo beautiful and bonus- there are jewelry stores EVERYWHERE – I was definitely in my element. I spent days shopping, browsing and observing – and taking LOTS of pictures!! (at least one of us did)

I also managed to have some pretty spectacular adventures. We walked down an INSANE cliff to a rocky beach and swam in the Mediterranean. Took a day trip to Sorrento (the most picturesque Italian town) for – you guessed it – shoe shopping. Made a wish under the Faraglioni rocks, sealed with a kiss. Drank wine. Ate the best pizza I have ever had in-my-entire-life. Nibbled on octopus which…well let’s just say I didn’t loooove as much as the pizza. Dove off a boat into the sea and swam near cliffs where the red coral grows. Had a very romantic dinner in a lemon grove, sitting right under the trees surrounded by twinkling lights. Magical is the word I’d use to describe it all.

As you all know I am incredibly sentimental. I believe that it’s up to you to happen to life, not let it happen to you…and this trip was one of those moments. I am so lucky that I got to experience everything that Capri has to offer and my mind is racing a million miles an hour with ways to incorporate the resort chic feel of Capri into new designs for our upcoming accessory collections. I promise they will be spectacular and will make you feel like you’re in Capri with me!

xx, Janie

Slim Paley

Posted on July 11th, 2012 at 10:32pm

Oh I LOVE Capri! Jealoooos!


Style Maniac

Posted on August 14th, 2012 at 10:28am

It’s official — I want a job just like yours, Janie!


Carolyn Brandhorst

Posted on August 21st, 2012 at 8:43pm

Just spent 4 days in Capri, and like you said it was the most inspiring place I have ever been, full of life, color, beauty and romance. I too was inspired just by breathing in the air…Thanks for sharing your experience, it was nice to see that others saw the beauty I saw!



Posted on May 30th, 2013 at 11:53am

I went to Italy for the first time last year, crossing off the #1 item from my bucket list. I, and my ‘Paradise’ visited Capri and did all the things you did, Jamie, plus a taxi tour of the island being serenaded with Italian love songs by our driver. We are going back next year to Tuscany, to further explore Italy!