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The Bermudian

Pronounced uh-tell-er-ree, this fairly new and fairly small boutique located in the Six Dundonald apartment complex on Cedar Avenue may seem a surprising choice for the Award of Excellence. But our judges could not help but gush over the fashion-forward store owned and managed by talented local artist Heather MacDonald.From Hanky Pankies and PJs, to casual resortwear and stunning evening gowns, she personally selects limited quantities of unique designs from labels like Asha by ADM, Epice, Foley and Corinna, Rebecca Taylor, Calypso by Christianne Celle and more. To complement the considerable range of fashion in this New York City-style boutique, customers can also find statement jewellery, trendy shoes and even unique gifts like candles and fragrances alongside Heather’s own exclusive oil paintings. Beyond the designer clothing and accessories, however, it is Heather’s personal service and considerable talent in selecting flattering and distinctive outfits for her customers that make Atelerie stand out. A combination of the French words atelier (boutique) and galerie (art gallery), we define Atelerie as an inspired, petite emporium for the hip and trendy who desire something special and are willing to go off the well-beaten path to find it.

Men’s Suits
Whether you need to outfit your entire wedding party or desire the perfect, made-to-measure suit for the office, we recommend that the discriminating man—yes, that’s you—head up the stairs of The English Sports Shop (49 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-2672). You’ll find the Alexandre of London department, where popular lines like A39 Savile Row, Rossetti and Jeff Banks are now complemented by Hugo Boss (which recently relocated from David Winston).

Men’s Business Casual
The uniform for the modern businessman thankfully has evolved from the stiff white collars and dark tailored suits of yesteryear to classic Ralph Lauren polo shirts and trendy DKNY button downs, the best of which are available at U.S. prices in A. S. Cooper MAN (30 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-3961). Looking good and saving the cost of a shopping trip to NYC? We appreciate that.

Ties
Whether you (unfortunately) still need a tie for work or just one for your cousin’s upcoming wedding, a huge selection of neckwear can be found at A. S. Cooper MAN (30 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-3961). A hands-down favourite with our judges.

Women’s Wear
Every—and we mean, every—woman in Bermuda can be outfitted for all occasions at Gibbons Company (Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-0022). With the latest fashions from Mac & Jac, Jones New York, DKNY, Calvin Klein, BandolinoBlu and Liz Claiborne filling row after row in the ladies department, women of all ages, styles and sizes can max out their summer wardrobe in one stop.

Women’s Business Attire
We love when we can get the latest styles at U.S. retail prices without airport security searches slowing us down. For the trendy businesswoman who must have this season’s style without the hassle, United Colours of Benetton (24 Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-2112, ext. 105) is perfectly suited for you.

Best Boutique
A new category this year, our judges felt that with more than 30 years as one of Bermuda’s premier clothing boutiques, 27th Century Boutique (92 Reid Street, Hamilton, 292-2628) was well deserving of this recognition. The little store on the edge of Hamilton serves as a lifeline to those who seek out quality and European-style fashions at excellent prices, but it’s their personal service that sets 27th Century Boutique apart.

Drop-dead Eveningwear
You are guaranteed to be drop-dead gorgeous—and not drop dead at the sight of someone else in your dress—if you shop at Cecile (15 Front Street West, Hamilton, 295-1311). Fashion director Julia Currelly buys only one or two pieces of a particular style and keeps an event book updated to make sure not to sell the dress to someone attending the same event. With in-store alterations and accessory assistance, what more could you ask for? How about getting on the guest list to one of their fabulous champagne-and-fashion parties?

Fashion-forward Finds
With labels like Just Cavalli, Miss Sixty, Custo and Diesel on the shelves, fashion forward almost seems an understatement for Mambo (Walker Arcade, 12 Reid Street, Hamilton, 542-2225). The store might be small, but it’s packed floor to ceiling with the latest in cutting-edge clothing and accessories, including the coveted True Religion brand jeans and gorgeous artisan leather bags, shoes and accessories from J. P. & Mattie. For those too busy, or too something else, to shop during normal opening hours, private shopping is also available—by appointment only, of course.

Urban Wear
As hip-hop has evolved from music alone to a fully integrated culture, so too has urbanwear evolved from backwards hats and baggy jeans to its own genre of clothing. For the young and trendy with a preference for street style, our judges chose Choices Men’s Clothing (27 Queen Street, Bermudiana Arcade, Hamilton, 296-9943).

Trendy Wear, Teens
Since they know it all anyway, if you want advice on what’s trendy these days, just ask your teenager. They all seem to agree that the best place to pick up the latest styles at great prices is—where else?—upstairs in the mall at Jazzy Boutique (1 Washington Mall, Hamilton, 295-9258).

Plus Wear
If you have curves, the best place to dress them well is a little store on Court Street called It’s a Plus (39 Court & Dundonald Street, Hamilton, 292-8585). No oversized, frumpy fashions here—just good quality clothes generously proportioned for the big, beautiful and stylish.

Workout Wear
Those who are serious about their sport appreciate the quality merchandise, exceptional customer service and the knowledgeable sales staff at Sportseller (Washington Mall, Hamilton, 295-2692). Loyal customers know they can try on a dozen pairs of sneakers to find the perfect fit, or just trust the staff there to select the perfect shoe the first time.

Dry Cleaner
Need a formal gown steamed or have a suit crumpled in the back of your closet that you need to wear this weekend? Washing machine broken, again? Or do you just dread the thought of ironing like we do? Don’t let the name fool you—Just Shirts Launderers and Drycleaners (20 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton, 292-3063) will clean and press more than your white button downs. And the quick turnaround, delivery service and friendly staff will keep you coming back for more.

Lingerie
It’s no secret that owner Stacy Hill has the sexiest store in town chock full of the latest sweet and seductive lingerie. But what you might not know is that repeat Best of Bermuda winner Secrets (Washington Mall West, 7 Reid Street Hamilton, 295-0651) will special order almost any gorgeous little under-thing for their customers. And if you want to know the minute the latest shipment comes in, ask to be put on their e-mail list.

Kiddie Couture
Excuse us, Mom and Dad, but we refuse to be seen in public in that bright yellow, rubber-ducky-embellished romper thing. We kids want to be stylish, too, and with True Religion Kids, Ed Hardy and Custo for Kids in store, IANA (12 Walker Arcade, Reid Street, Hamilton, 292-0002) is the place to get us outfitted. Sizes range from newborn to 14 years, so we can look our best from the delivery room right through high school.

Shoe Store
They promise you won’t walk away dissatisfied. We promise you won’t be able to resist the extensive selection of the latest, trendiest, sexiest shoes on the market! From trendy labels like Marciano, Guess and Kenneth Cole New York to high-end designer footwear by Pucci, Givenchy and Marc by Marc Jacobs, all those who lust after gorgeous shoes must toss their tired, old, last-season stilettos and check out the selection at Perry Footwear (44 Reid Street, Hamilton, 296-8097).

Scents-sational Scents
Where can you find Britney Spears, Danielle Steel, Elizabeth Taylor, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Queen Latifah and Sarah Jessica Parker all together in one room? At Gibbons Company (Reid Street, Hamilton, 295-0022), of course, in the fragrance department, where one can take a whiff of all their latest scents along with classics like Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent.

Coolest Shades
Whether needed to stalk an ex, mask last night’s wild-night-out-with-the-boys or simply block the sun, sunglasses are an essential part of everyone’s wardrobe. A surprising place to find an impressive selection of brand-name sunglasses is Sovereign Jewellers (13 Reid Street, Hamilton, 292-7933, www.sovereign.bm). From sporty to uber-chic, they carry the latest from Arnette, Revo, Ray Ban, Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar, Dolce & Gabanna, Versace, Bulgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Tom Ford and Vogue.

Handbags
If Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City came to Bermuda, we expect her first stop would be Lusso (51 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-6734) for the dizzying array of lustworthy Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo bags on display—including the IT bag for Summer 2010, Prada’s new see-through crystal bag.

Hats
Whether they seek an ornate bonnet trimmed with rhinestones and feathers or a simple, classic straw hat, discerning women who want to cover their tresses stylishly head to St. George’s to seek out the Hat Lady, Denise Trew. Her two stores—All About Eve Boutique (1 York Street, St. George’s, 297-6005) and The Bermuda Hat Lady Millinery Shop—are filled to the, pardon the pun, brim with Bermuda’s best variety of hats for all occasions.

Hair Accessories
Dye it, straighten it, tie it up or just condition the heck out of it—whatever you need to improve your tresses can be found at The Phoenix Centre (Reid Street, Hamilton, 279-5451).

Dazzling Diamonds
Did you know there were purple diamonds or even chameleon diamonds that actually change colour? Neither did we, until the jewellers at Walker Christopher (9 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-1466), who hand select every stone in their collection, enlightened us. They also accept all of their diamonds back for couples who wish to upgrade from, say, a sweet half-carat solitaire to a show-stopping two-carat masterpiece.

Trendy Jewellery
Every fashionista knows that no outfit is complete without a perfect pair of statement earrings or pile of gorgeous bangles. And the truly hip know that Atelerie (Cedar Avenue, Six Dundonald, Hamilton, 296-0280) is the best store in Bermuda to score something unique, trendy and eye-catching from leading designers like Kenneth Jay Lane and Morra Designs.

Watches
When it comes to selection, Crisson Jewellers (55 Front St., Hamilton, 295-2351) simply cannot be beat. The authorized Rolex retailer also carries an enormous selection of popular brands like TAG Heuer, Ebel, Movado, Tudor, Philip Stein, Christian Dior, Rado, Elysee, TX and Raymond Weil—as well as more casual lines like Seiko, Swiss Army, Citizen, Casio, ESQ and Guess.

Cosmetics
With their sleek line of products designed for all ages and skin tones, M.A.C. (Front Street, Hamilton, 295-8843) simply can’t be beat—as their ever-growing pile of Best of Bermuda Awards can attest. Go ahead, pile on the lipstick as every cent from your purchase of M.A.C. Viva Glam lipstick and lipgloss goes toward helping women, men and children everywhere affected by HIV/AIDS. Gorgeous and giving equals fabulous.

Women’s Swimwear
They’ve become nearly impossible to beat in this category as year after year Calypso (45 Front Street, Hamilton, 295-2112) stocks their back room from floor to ceiling with the latest swimwear fashions from sporty Janzen to sexy Calvin Klein and everything in between.

Men’s Swimwear
Surfing or skiing, lounging or boating, local men want to look good on, in or under the water, too. For the best selection of men’s swimwear available, our judges recommend Makin’ Waves (75 Front Street, Hamilton, 292-4609) for their ample selection of stylin’ board shorts from Quiksilver, Billabong, O’Neill and more.

Bargains, Deals, Discounts
More than a simple secondhand website, e-moo.bm has become a phenomenon in Bermuda. From new Louis Vuitton bags to diamond engagement rings, brand-name shoes and a complete wardrobe of children’s clothes (when we last looked), online shoppers by the thousands find incredible bargains on the site daily.

THE JUDGES

Sylvia Vander Schee, senior graphic designer, AAC Saatchi & Saatchi

Niamah Denbrook, counsellor, Bermuda High School

Jennifer Phillips, certified massage therapist

Granville Martin Gibbons, manager, general & administration, Bermuda Commecial Bank

Lamont Robinson, co-founder/CEO, JaKoMa Group

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