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Shiona Turini. Photo credit: Meredith Andrews

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Shiona Turini

She got her start at Yves Saint Laurent before moving on and up to the editorial departments at W Magazine, Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Today, she is a freelance consultant, lending her talents to The Cut, Nylon and Paper magazines, and styling for Solange and Beyoncé Knowles. Her repertoire is as fierce and as pioneering as she is. She is, of course, Shiona Turini, known for her extensive and inspired body of work and impressive personal style. For most, being known in any fashion industry would be milestone enough, but not for Turini who wants to be known as a Bermudian too, always propelling her island home into the spotlight whenever the chance presents itself. When she’s not influencing New York’s fashion industry, you can find Shiona at home in Bermuda, working with the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Corporation of Hamilton, partnering local fashion designers with esteemed international mentors as part of the annual Bermuda Fashion Collective’s Designer Mentorship Program. What makes Shiona award-worthy isn’t just about what she’s accomplished for herself, it’s about what she does for our island and for budding fashion-enthusiasts who hope to one day walk in her footsteps: Lead on, Shiona.


MEN’S CASUAL WEAR

A.S. Cooper Man

No matter the setting, men like to look good, even when it comes to dressing casually. Whether running errands, catching up with friends or enjoying a day out on the water, local men turn to A.S. Cooper Man to dress the part, choosing from brands like TABS, Tommy Bahama, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Calvin Klein.

29 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-3961



TIES

The English Sports Shop

Much like the Bermudian man, a necktie has purpose and commands respect; it is smart and appropriate and deliberate. Presenting the very best in quality ties is The English Sports Shop, offering up an array of impressive neckties and bowties in both conservative and playful colours and textiles, cooperating brilliantly with the tastes of all Bermudian men.

49 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-2672


WOMEN’S FASHION

Gibbons Company

For more than 100 years, Gibbons Company has expertly provided fashionable garments for Bermudian women islandwide. Despite its mature status, Gibbons Company has successfully navigated the last century, changing appropriately with trends and times. Stop into the Reid Street store these days and shop fashions from esteemed brands like Gap, MANGO, Lacoste, Maggy London and Zac and Rachel. Although their rich history is impressive, their versatility and ability to adjust with the times has made Gibbons Company a Best of Bermuda favourite for many years.

21 Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-0022


WOMEN’S BUSINESS ATTIRE

Marks & Spencer

Playing to a wide-scoping variety of tastes, ages and pocketbooks, Marks & Spencer is a shoe-in for women’s business attire. The British brand excels in providing a range of conservative yet stylish selections that are always office-appropriate but can easily be dressed up for after-hour fun. Whether at work or post-work play, women’s business attire from Marks & Spencer is always highly rated.

17 Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-0031


COCKTAIL/EVENINGWEAR

Luxury Gifts Bermuda

When the occasion arises to put on the glitz, turn to the artful and fashion-forward selections at Luxury Gifts Bermuda, whose curated selections are carefully chosen by founder Miranda Conway. Whether you’re looking for a floral maxi for an afternoon wedding, a show-stopping sequined gown for an extra-special occasion or something in-between, Luxury Gifts Bermuda is the place to go for the glamorous and fabulous.

60 Tucker’s Point Drive, Hamilton Parish and Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Hamilton, 298-4035


BOUTIQUE

Modblu Boutique

Founded in 2016 by local style queen Kristen Carreiro, Modblu Boutique has fashioned quite a name for itself in such a short time. The boutique’s heartening ethos is defined by the brand’s dedication to serving up a big dose of body positivity and self-love with each garment and accessory they sell. The spirit they’ve cultured with their loyal customers is one of encouragement and practices a belief system that every body is beautiful and every body deserves respect and celebration. This is the boutique’s first Best of Bermuda Award, and we doubt its last.

46 Reid Street, Hamilton, 405-3250

 




SHOE STORE


Lusso

Lusso is not the place to go when any old shoe will do; Lusso is the place to go when the perfect shoe is a necessity and nothing else will suffice. From Lilly Pulitzer sandals in every colour of the rainbow, in a display reminiscent to that of a candy store, to men’s cap-toe leather oxfords and to-die-for sparkling Jimmy Choo pumps, Lusso isn’t home to the garden-variety shoe; it’s home to the extraordinary and extra-special.

51 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-6734


FASHION-FORWARD FINDS

Urban Cottage

Nicole Golden has become Front Street’s it-girl in the years since founding her powerfully successful store Urban Cottage. Playfully acknowledged in-store, Urban Cottage “started from Well Bottom” and now takes residence in the heart of Hamilton, shepherding in the fashion-savvy since introducing clothing to their repertoire in recent years. In addition to importing international designs, Urban Cottage supports talented local designers like Rebecca Little, Jakai Franks and Juliana Gibbons.

11 Front Street, Hamilton, 296-3039


TRENDY WEAR–TEENS

A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd.

Moms can agree: Teenagers are insatiable when it comes to acceptable fashion. Moms in search of striking the happy medium between finding clothing their teens adore and clothing that is appropriate and affordable, look no further than A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd. The family-run business caters to the desires of the teen and the necessities of the mom, meaning everyone leaves a happy customer.

59 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-3961


PLUS-SIZE FASHION

Gibbons Company

The plus-sized department at Gibbons Company boasts beautiful styles and trendy selections geared to women who celebrate their bodies. If you’re looking for conservative styles and generous cuts or wishing to enhance your curves with body-conscious trends, look no further than Gibbons Company.

21 Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-0022


JEANS

Jeans Express

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is easier said than done, except if you’re shopping at Jeans Express, the home of Levi. Since 1873, Levi’s has been the most recognised name in denim, producing the perfect pair of jeans, no matter the cut or size. When shopping for denim, go straight to the source for the perfect fit.

30 Queen Street, Hamilton, 295-0084


HANDBAGS

Lusso

Much like their shoe selection, Lusso doesn’t sell run-of-the-mill sacks to casually throw things into when on-the-go. Rather, Lusso’s handbag selection is about significance, prominence and superiority. It’s where you go, not to buy bags in every colour, but a place to buy the one bag you simply can’t live without: The bag that means something.

51 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-6734

 

 

 

TABS Swim Shorts 


BEACHWEAR MEN’S

TABS

Designed for island living, TABS is more than the authentic Bermuda short; the popular local brand’s swim shorts, inspired by Bermuda, depict scenes of local beaches, America’s Cup racing, Cup Match colours and artwork by Graham Foster. Much like the brand’s veteran Bermuda short, TABS’ swimwear is designed to be versatile, taking the wearer from beach to boat, to al fresco dinner, bar, and everywhere in-between, a necessity for the Bermuda way of life.

12 Reid Street, Hamilton, 704-TABS


WATCHES

Crisson Jewellers

What time is it? Time to award Crisson Jewellers with yet another Best of Bermuda Award. Of course, style and sophistication are necessities when choosing the perfect watch and Crisson’s has been doing it rightly since 1922. With the best in names like Rolex, Tag Heuer, Michael Kors, Mavado and David Yurman, one can see why there is no dispute regarding who tells time better than Crisson Jewellers.

55 Front Street, Hamilton, 295 2351


JEWELLERY, EVERYDAY

A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd.

The jewellery department at A.S Cooper & Sons, Ltd. Main Store on Front Street is bursting at its seams with trendy charms and dazzling (imitation) diamonds. Perfect for everyday wear, the assortment of styles from brands like Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein and Swarovski are presented no differently than their finer counterparts, each one sparkling and waiting to be discovered.

59 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-3961

 

 

 

Fine Jewellery from Astwood Dickinson


FINE JEWELLERY

Astwood Dickinson

Beautiful jewellery has the power to transform: Turning single women into brides, young girls into keepers of the family heirloom and long-standing couples into lifelong units. Mark your next milestone with fine jewellery from Astwood Dickinson.

25 Front Street, Hamilton, 292-5805


THRIFTY FASHION FINDS

Orange Bay Company

At Orange Bay Company, buyers and sellers unite. The consignment shop won their very first Best of Bermuda Award in 2012 and has been racking them up ever since, each one well-deserved. Consumers turn to Orange Bay Company for gently used and pre-owned treasures from fashion houses like Prada, YSL and Valentino, but that’s not the only reason why Orange Bay Company is award-worthy. Their eco-friendly approach to fashion is not only thrifty; it’s modern, resourceful, forward-thinking and deserving of yet another award.

54 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 295-5400


LINGERIE

Women’secret

Shopping for lingerie is a discreet affair; one doesn’t wish to be seen by every Tom, Dick or Harry when embarking on a buying excursion for tiny-sized garments. Although Women’secret is located conveniently in the heart of Hamilton, the windows of the store’s two storeys are appropriately covered, gifting its shoppers both privacy and discretion. Their wide range of sizes and styles appeal to the most conservative and to the most risqué, and provide the perfect balance for women looking for a little something in-between.

14 Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-2112


CHILDREN/BABY WEAR

BLUKiDS

Kids clothing needs to be resilient, stylish and affordable and the parents who shop at BLUKiDS get three-in-one. The popular store, located conveniently in the Washington Mall, is known especially for their ultra-trendy clothing that is kid-level tough and mom-approved.

Phase 1, Washington Mall, Hamilton, 292-5065

 

 

 




MEN’S BUSINESS WEAR

The English Sports Shop

The quintessential Bermudian male knows that dressing for business is an amalgamation of both comfort and style. He knows well the importance of looking smart and sophisticated without being constricted or limiting his ability to move freely, bouncing from meetings at the office to dinner with clients. The English Sports Shop is a mecca for men’s business wear, providing a range of styles from the traditional Bermuda short, to ready-to-wear jackets and blazers, to impeccably tailored and made-to-measure Alexandre of England suits. Since 1918, the Bermudian male has suited up at The English Sports Shop with business in mind.

49 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-2672


BABY GEAR

Nest Maternity & Baby

Welcoming a new baby can be a daunting experience. There is so much you need to know, not to mention the much-needed arsenal of onesies, strollers, car seats, toys and bottles. When gearing-up for an impending arrival, seek refuge at Nest Maternity & Baby, the best place in Bermuda for baby gear three times since 2014. Mamas-to-be can register with Nest Maternity & Baby and in the event of a surprise baby shower, the helpful staff will share the registry with friends and family, making sure mama and baby are perfectly equipped when the time comes.

44 Reid Street, Hamilton, 296-6378


SCENTS-ATIONAL SCENTS

De Oil Shop

It’s easy to choose a perfume store to award this category to, and no doubt, the fragrance departments of A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd. and Gibbons Company have won this category countless times, but our judges were enamoured by the success of De Oil Shop, a small local business specialising in body oils, locally made bath and body products and quality incense. In just a few years since opening their doors, De Oil Shop has grown exponentially, now residing proudly in the new Washington Mall. We wish De Oil Shop many more years of scent-sational success!

Washington Mall, Hamilton, 295-3317


HAIR ACCESSORIES/HATS

Accessory Box

With the largest variety in hair accessories and hats, recently expanded Accessory Box in the Washington Mall is an undisputed winner in this category, having picked up this award too many times to count. Their selection is vast and diverse, catering to both men and women of all ages.

Upper Level, Washington Mall, Hamilton, 295-8712


DRY CLEANER

Coral Cleaners

The gamut of the modern woman’s daily life runs to much more than ever before; she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to spend hours on stain removal, which is why she turns to Coral Cleaners to take care of the nitty-gritties that life throws her way. Coral Cleaners’s convenient location and competitive pricing means she doesn’t have to go out of her way or her budget either.

9 Victoria Street, Hamilton, 292-4059


BEST FASHION BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

Shiona Turini

She is Bermuda’s fashion maven, the ultra-creative, Shiona Turini. With more than 108K followers on Instagram (at press time), Turini gives her online following a look into both her professional endeavours in the fashion industry, as well as a glimpse into her personal life daily. As a contributing editor at The Cut and a successful freelance style consultant, Turini has gone where no Bermudian has ever gone before: to the top of the US fashion industry. And she’s taking her loyal followers along for the ride.

Twitter and Instagram: @shionaturini


BEACHWEAR WOMEN’S

Calypso

Calypso has long been a haven for women’s swimwear and accoutrements, a place where any woman of any age can take refuge in trying on bathing suits in peace. Hailed as the go-to for the trendiest colours and cuts, as well as the best place to find quality swimwear with lasting power, Calypso has it all.

45 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-2112


COSMETICS/MAKEUP

MAC

The authority on makeup artistry, MAC, doesn’t just produce and sell high-quality makeup products, the brand focuses on training its staff to produce works of art at a moment’s notice. The famous brand’s identity focuses on celebrating diversity (all races, ages and sexes) while at the same time fostering a sense of community and social responsibility.

53 Front Street, Hamilton, 295 8843


COOLEST SHADES

The Sunglass and Watch Shop

Super-stylish sunglasses have long been a key accessory in creating the perfect look. Even the tiniest hint of tortoise shell and a designer name can transform a look from drab to fab. At The Sunglass and Watch Shop you’ll find the best in Ray Ban, Prada, Versace, Tom Ford, and more! The biggest help? The fact that the sales staff are brutally honest, which we all must admit is a necessity when accessorising your face.

13 Reid Street, Hamilton, 292-7933

 

 

Workout wear from Sportseller



WORKOUT WEAR

Sportseller

When it comes to finding workout wear that is stylish, comfortable and affordable, there’s no one more knowledgeable than Sharon Fenn at Sportseller. Offering the latest styles in clothing and shoes for the athletic, Sportseller is award-worthy based on their merchandise alone, but our judges went a step further, commending the store’s commitment to the sporting community through sponsorship, events and social media engagement.

Washington Mall, 7 Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-2692


WILDCARD: WORST FASHION TREND

Clear Heels à la Kim Kardashian

Referred to as the “naked shoe,” clear heels have been present for several seasons now, but that doesn’t mean that the shoes, popularised by Kim Kardashian, are fashionable. The see-through plastic sides and wide plastic heels are daring and attention-grabbing but really, the lack of breathability equates to clammy, sweating feet, an undisputed fashion faux pas no matter who you are.


JUDGES

Lyn Winford
Creative Director, America’s Cup Event Authority

Alexandra Mosher
Jewellery Designer, Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery

Shaun Moniz
Founder of Island Gentry, Mens Lifestyle Blog

Jakai Franks
Designer, JRU Clothing

 

 

 

 

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