Getting to Know Deborah Shuart

The founder of Deborah James and high-end fashion authority shares some of her essentials

Deborah Shuart was born and raised outside of Manhattan, but moved to South Florida after college—she graduated from Marywood College and the Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in fashion, buying, and merchandising—to work for Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s, Inc.) in Miami. Throughout the 1980s, she was a buyer of women’s apparel, but after 12 years and two babies, she struck out on her own to open Deborah James, a high-end contemporary boutique with an emphasis on trends and emerging designers from Europe and the U.S. Now with locations in North Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale, Deborah James has evolved into a South Florida fashion authority. Shuart, who is married and has three grown children, resides in Jupiter. 

Style Icon Rick Owens

In Her Makeup Bag Pat McGrath Labs lipstick and gloss

Wardrobe Essentials Marsell shoes and a Cartier watch

Dover sole at Palm Beach Grill.
Dover sole at Palm Beach Grill.

Beloved Palm Beach Bite Dover sole at the Palm Beach Grill

Treat Worth Every Calorie A chocolate ice cream cone from Dairy Queen

Signature Drink Champagne

Binge Watches A French Village

Book She Wishes She’d Written Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People

Last Great Read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Fitness Routine Orange Theory, Gyrotonics, and golf

Courtesy of The Breakers

Her Idea of R&R A day at The Breakers Spa

Best Advice She’s Received To meditate

In Her Beach Bag SPF 50, always!

Dream Car A vintage Porsche Carrera

Favorite Vista The Eiffel Tower

Never Travels Without Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol for immune

Porsche 911 Carrera. Courtesy


Next Goal To travel again and find new elevated collections for Deborah James stores.

Words to Live By The three Ps: peace, patience, and prosperity

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