In-the-know Italians have been patronizing Loretta Caponi’s Florentine atelier since it was founded, in 1967. But a visit to the flagship, in the Via Tornabuoni, isn’t required to procure the brand’s expertly crafted dresses, linens, and loungewear. The cotton-poplin Delfina dress is just the thing for summer, thanks to its sweetly smocked neck, ruffled hem, and cheery stripes. It begs to be worn with flat sandals and a woven bag, and is more than happy to travel wherever the gods are smiling. ($595, net-a-porter.com)
The Smocked Dress
If you’re planning to go all out this Mother’s Day, let Suzanne Belperron guide you. Born in 1900, Belperron helped modernize traditional fine-jewelry design with her striking pieces, which earned her fans from Elsa Schiaparelli to the Duchess of Windsor. These days, the Lotus ring is top of mind. Made of white-topaz, emerald, and ruby gems set in 18-karat gold, it features a streamlined interpretation of the Egyptian iconography that loomed large in Belperron’s aesthetic. A statement ring, certainly, but one that’s subtle and versatile enough for everyday wear. ($15,500; belperron.com)
Strappy little sandals are all well and good for the beach, but city dwellers need something more substantial. Enter Palapa, a sustainably minded, slow-fashion brand that specializes in huaraches. Each pair is handwoven by women artisans in Michoacán, Mexico, from vegetable-tanned leather that has been treated with entirely natural ingredients. Our favorite style is the Sahuayo: supremely comfortable, thanks to a cushioned sole, these are just the thing to pair with casual sundresses. Should you wear yours to excess this summer, don’t worry—they’re also biodegradable. ($140, palapasandals.com)
The Skin-Care Routine
Dr. Barbara Sturm
The most dermatologically savvy people live by Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products, and for good, scientific reason. We won’t bore you with the pesky details, but trust us: after dabbling with her serums and masques, we think it’s time to invest in one of the brand’s full sets. The 12 products in Sturm’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Routine were formulated together to ensure maximum efficacy, and they address each part of the body from hands to scalp. (One application of the body cream, and it’ll be very hard to go back to Neutrogena.) Pro tip: This may go down in history as one of the most loved Mother’s Day gifts of all time. And while it’s pricey, the bundling comes with a hefty discount. ($1,425; drsturm.com)
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