By Jill Marie Denton. Read Jill’s “Only in Ocean City” series here.
Tucked into the Villages of Fenwick shopping center, there is a jewel waiting to be harvested. The unassuming white door hides behind it fresh, vibrant and colorful finds just waiting to be plucked from their shelves. While this jewel may have a foreign name, its appeal is very much hometown, coastal calm, but with a touch of style that the French moniker insinuates. The term “bougie beachy” comes to mind.
L’ete means “summer” in French and the title aptly summarizes the style of the boutique, especially its breezy décor, white-washed furniture and vibrant offerings. Since 1989, L’Ete and Co has been offering effortless style options in an easy-to-navigate, comfortable space full of unique finds and sophisticated options. Upscale fashions for office and weekend sensibilities, plus artsy jewelry, exclusive handbags, swimwear cover-ups and sun hats are ready for your eager indulgence.
What once started as a small boutique has grown multiple times, now occupying prime real estate on the corner of the Villages of Fenwick shopping center right on the Delaware/Maryland border. This summer’s newest merchandise includes gifts for locals and tourists alike, accessories such as handbags and jewelry, and imported Italian leather shoes. Also, L’ete and Co offers vegan leather, a unique and difficult find which emulates the real thing for both vegan preference and for easy maintenance.
Upscale fashions perfect for business days and celebratory nights line the walls. From plain solids to vibrant patterns, all style are represented here, in fabrics of all weights and sizes. I was happy to see plus sizes mixed among the offerings. Brands such as Vineyard Vines, Simply Southern and Lollia have abundant offerings, as do many other cruise-chic apparel companies. If you’re in the market for a distinctive gift, Shore Soap Co. and 4ocean items are also available. Not familiar with 4ocean? Sales of their beaded bracelets benefit ocean cleanup efforts around the world, so your gift does a whole lot of good.
L’ete and Co is one of many boutiques in the area, but what sets this business apart is its focus on style, apparel and fashion. Unlike other stops on your shopping agenda, L’ete and Co is a haven for fabric, texture and print; bright corals, wistful whites, shells, stars and sandy tones. This emphasis allows L’ete and Co to concentrate on what they do best, outfitting you and yours with the best summer fashions that show your individual styles in one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Subtle or splashy, comfy or classy, L’ete and Co has you covered.
Stop in for a quick view of what they have to offer. Sales, seasonal events and special offers are usually in store for you. Their Facebook page is home to dozens of photos, contact info and new offerings. For new fashion with summertime flair, look no further than L’ete and Co!
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