FA Local Christmas gift guide

A time of cheer, shopping, giving and gifting and of course you know we're keeping it local so here are a few of our fave picks for Christmas, offering great quality, unique products and adding a Caribbean feel to your Christmas list.

We encourage you to buy from designers, makers and artisans who contribute to the economy, whose quality is top notch and even sometimes better than fast fashion. Local businesses form a large part of the character of any country; they offer human contact, service and sometimes unique products that anyone would be proud to own and buy. Shop local and shop small this Christmas!

Season's Greetings from The Fashion Arch family!

Books, bags and brollys from Lush Kingdom - A Caribbean lifestyle brand adding colour and flair to everything they create! You may have never thought you needed a printed golf umbrella until now, tropical prints on tote bags for everyday use along with a series of sketchbooks/journals and notepads that would make from the creative entrepreneur to secretary the envy of the office.

Grooming essentials from Classy Gents for the bearded guy in your life with beard balms, oils, washes in six different scents along with handmade combs to give your beards the love it deserves. Logo tees are also available for those who support the beard movement!

Accessories for the daring! Outside of the box men's accessories The Bow Company offers wooden, metal and even zipper bow ties for the bold man.

Sustainable fashion and accessories for the ladies big and little - cute details, cool fabrics, bold prints and patterns from Sew Lisa. Our faves would be the mixed print Rori Belts and the kids line with its cute designs and style, keeping the little ones chic and bright!

Unique craft and goodies for both children and the home. Keep the children excited and interested with owlies, puzzle bags, hand made pencil cases, activity bags and even cute crayon rolls from Sugar Apple Creations.

Take a trip with Drevait for the woman who is always on the go, from weekenders to totes, wristlets, clutches and cross-body bags in various colours and mixed prints with colours and cheeky names that represent Caribbean fruits such as sorrel, tamarind, and pink grapefruit!

For the woman who is elegant, chic and enjoys the scents and light, breezy feel of the Caribbean. Immortelle Beauty is a luxe, quality product that offers body oils, lotions, shower gel and foot soaks in regular and even travel sizes for those on the go! Not to mention their best seller their Ambre candles which turns any room into a warm and cozy nook! Christmas orders and packages are currently available.

Eternal beauty with these all natural, Caribbean-inspired body products. Great for all skin types from soaps, lotions, lip balms, scrubs and their newly introduced deodorant Amara Organics is a go to for your local body products, our faves are the Mango Avocado and Green Tea Lemongrass soaps, there's even have a mosquito repellent soap and oil candidly coined, "Bush Bath"! Gift baskets are available for the season.

Steel pan pressed highlighters, Caribbean themed and named shadows - what's there not to love! Highly pigmented, cruelty and paraben free, ready for the Makeup artist or enthusiast in your life! From the Buccoo Reef pallettes to the recently introduced (as in this week!) matte lipsticks Caribbean Queen Cosmetics embodies Caribbean royalty, quality and is an exciting addition to the local makeup world.

Handmade Luxury Designer Jewelry by Caribbean artist Josanne Mark, it doesn't get much better than this to show that special person how you feel. The artist statement says it all - to inspire confidence in the person who wears them. My customers should feel embellished and distinguished whether they want to be noticed and talked about or, prefer to emit an understated air of sophistication.

Hand painted textiles that add flair, sophistication and can be bold or soft based on the event. From vacation, all inclusive, yacht ride, to a black tie event, Lisa's Fabrics has you covered and in a chic and classy way, we might add!

A fusion of classic ornamental design using ceramic, acrylics and wire inspired by the raw, unmatched beauty of the Caribbean, Cocoa Vintage. As the name represents you can tell that the staple piece of jewellery from this amazing brand is the cocoa pod and other favourite tropical items such as leaves, pineapple, parrots, coral, flowers and fruits! The designer has also introduced darling jewellery holders (why not!?) along with Christmas ornaments to add a Caribbean touch to your trees and homes!

Delicate little treasures that empower! Usually environmentally inspired, these luxury sterling silver pieces represent all the beauty around us and enhances the beauty of its wearer. We especially love this brand, Kaja Creations for their philanthropic attributes.

Modern, minimalist, magnificent - Adrian Foster! Ready to wear pieces for the island girl on the go, allowing them to look effortlessly chic! From the signature wrapped skirts to culottes and crops, this brand not just offers great service, quality and looks to push the envelope when it comes to the minimal aesthetic.

Special mention to:

SMWarner with not just clothing, but art, hand painted accessories, glasses and tea sets

Sundara Artisan Jewellery with their unique resin jewellery

Tautology Design unique pieces of wearable art!

Some of these brands will be at our Christmas Pop Up along some other great offerings, so if you are still checking off your list or not sure where to start let's help you this Saturday at 51 Degrees Lounge!

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