Joining the outstanding collection of stylish and contemporary stores Adolfo Dominguez, a Spanish designer whose origins go back to the 1950s, to a tailor’s shop set up by Adolfo Domínguez Senior.
In 1973, with the opening of his first retail store, which initially focused on tailored suits, the corner-stone of today’s fashion empire was laid. Over the years, Adolfo Domínguez launched a range of new product lines, including fragrances, and his innovative designs placed his name at the forefront of the revolution of Spain’s fashion, promoting ready-to-wear urban styles, with stores in Madrid and Barcelona. In 1985 the designer presented his first women’s collection on the Paris catwalks, and this marked the start of the firm’s international expansion, which has taken his collections all over Europe, Japan, America and South-East Asia, and now to Aruba to the Renaissance Mall.
The Adolfo Dominguez brand embraces design, production and distribution through an extensive network of the company’s own stores and franchises, all linked by means of a state-of-the-art computer system.
The store in Aruba is custom designed by the Spanish mother-firm which manufactured all displays and custom created anything from lamp shades to shelves. The store stocks both the men’s and the women’s lines including gorgeous shoes and handbags, beautiful jewelry and accessories, and mostly impressive, elegant clothes at affordable prices.
Another new store which needs no introduction is a double space for Crocs, a shoe manufacturer who has sold millions of flip-flops, clogs, sandals, boots, and slides, in rainbow colors, since 2004, when three friends from Canada started to produce and distribute a foam clog design acquired from another company called Foam Creations. The shoe had originally been developed as a spa product. The first model produced by Crocs, the Beach, was unveiled in 2002 at the Ft Lauderdale boat show, and sold out the 200 pairs available at that time.
The store at the Renaissance Mall has a great selection for men, women and kids including sneakers and the latest translucent shoes for ladies, designed to brighten the Summer up, also Croc Chameleons which change colors in the sun.
And as if this is not enough, the mall just recently unveiled EPK, an original concept store innovating fashion for children by offering adult-styled clothing and accessories for babies and children up to 12 years old. Manufactured in excellent quality and inspired by the latest global trends, the clothes are designed in France, and sold in Aruba at very competitive prices.
Another recent addition to the mall is the Aruba In Style 2011 office, promoting Aruba’s first fashion week. The runways here, promise to burst into fire as the hottest designs, fashions and models show their work to date, November 3rd to 6th, 2011. Guests and locals are invited to visit the office for more information about the fashion extravaganza, produced locally, and headquartered at the Renaissance Mall.
Adding to the excitement in the mall, a unique cultural exhibit by the National Archeological Museum offered in collaboration with Meta Corp., the mall’s parent company.
Titled O Aruba, the exhibit’s name echoes some of the lyrics of the island’s national anthem ‘O Aruba, nos Baranca ta stima,’ which declares the love of the singer to this small, much-appreciated rock.
The meaningful expo was put together in honor of Aruba’s 25th anniversary of Status Aparte, the island’s unique status within the Dutch Kingdom, and in honor of the national anthem’s 35th anniversary. The central theme of the exhibit is creativity, as it finds expression in Aruba’s prehistoric times, and how the island’s special ingenuity has served it through the years and into the future.
The panels hanging overhead were created in English & Papiamento featuring some of the museum treasures of Amerindian artifacts, from tools to jewelry, celebrating the island’s rich heritage and inviting the public at large to further explore the subject by visiting the National Archeological Museum in the heart of town.
Visit the Renaissance Mall in Oranjestad, now featuring extended shopping hours, and its twin-sister the Renaissance Marketplace, 10am to 8pm. www.shoprenaissancearuba.com. The countdown for the opening of the brand new Coach mega-store in on, at the end of the Summer.