Much to local fashionistas’ delight, Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s recent relocation to Palm Beach ushered the arrival of a new Badgley Mischka store at The Royal Poinciana Plaza. The design duo have been part-time residents for 30 years, and Palm Beach has long inspired their line’s wearable-luxury aesthetic. “James and I have always had a huge affinity for Palm Beach,” says Badgley.
They once kept an apartment near the Brazilian Court Hotel and a store on Worth Avenue but, as horse lovers, mostly gravitated toward Wellington. Upon deciding to make Palm Beach their full-time home, they wanted to reopen a local store and discovered that the Royal is their customers’ preferred place to shop. “It’s so fresh there,” Badgley says. “James and I ride our bikes over almost every morning to get coffee at Sant Ambroeus.”
In a modern space complemented by antique furnishings, shoppers can peruse the brand’s signature evening wear, cocktail, daytime, and shoe collections as well as handbags and home goods designed exclusively for the Palm Beach store. “We collected some beautiful antiques from around the Palm Beach area that we decorated the store with,” adds Badgley. The boutique also features artisanal pottery and other items hand-selected by Badgley and Mischka on their travels.
As a sign of the times, Badgley and Mischka are incorporating more casual items in 2021, a look they’re calling “luxe lounge,” comprising pieces you can dress up or down. “We’re doing a lot more loungewear, at-home kind of clothes for the store,” Mischka says. “Kaftans, pajama pants, beautiful blouses you can wear for Zoom meetings. It’s part of our spring collection, but we’re ramping it up and getting it in early to the Palm Beach store.”
This month, stop in to browse the 133 social collection, featuring short, sparkly New Year’s Eve dresses ideal for holiday-season partywear.