Envy of Palm Beach
All in the family
Mother and daughter duo Mary and Victoria Bruce teamed up to create the nautical, beach-themed, clothing and accessories boutique that opened in Tequesta in March of last year. The store showcases a well-edited mix of gifts, clothing, resort wear, dresses and home accessories. “We have something for all of the generations,” Mary says. “We have game-day dresses all the way to a grandmother’s attire.” Some of the brands sold at the store include Escapada Living, House of Lolo and Ciao Milano.
The owners make an effort to support local designers and companies. The store carries collections from Charles Albert, a jewelry designer from Pompano Beach who creates handcrafted pieces using minerals, fossils and gemstones. Envy also carries dresses, tops and pants from the Palm Beach Gardens-based fashion line ElysaSuzanne. Other locally sourced items include leather flasks from Dania Beach, stained glass decorations from a company in Fort Lauderdale and a Palm Beach stationery line.
Despite many local items, the owners do travel outside of Florida – sometimes as far as Italy – to fill the 750-square-foot boutique with one-of-a-kind pieces. Many of the items make for perfect hostess or birthday gifts, like decorative tiki torches, cashmere wraps, Seda France candles, wine bags with coastal motifs and lots of creative wine stoppers made out of seashells, golf balls or tennis balls. One wine stopper on display was made out of a real fishing reel. Other clever gifts include the “Do Not Disturb” lavender wrap and the Dammit Doll – a quirky, stuffed doll that’s meant to be slammed against the wall “when things don’t go so well.”
Mary and Victoria also started their own jewelry and handbag line called “Eve” that they sell in the boutique and online. The pieces range from $130 to $290. For Mary, creating her own pieces came naturally. She has a long history with fashion and accessories. She attended Bauder Fashion College in Miami and studied fashion merchandising before landing jobs at the now-closed Jordan Marsh department store in Miami and other local boutiques.
Most of the clothes are reasonably priced, under $100. Items in the boutique range in price from $5 for soaps to up to $800 for jewelry.