Highland Park has a new resident: Jeanne and Coco, an island-inspired boutique filled with resort-ready kaftans, cashmere sweaters and hats with touches of glam. While waiting for flights to reopen to St. Barts or the old-fashioned chic like Lyford Cay, you can get all the island clothes you need from a hard-to-find group of designers ( some sold exclusively in Dallas at the boutique) including Sunday St. Tropez, Rosewater House, Rococo Sand and Charo Ruiz Ibiza.
Like many of us during the pandemic, owner Janet Rice had time to reflect. Rice, who has had a career in publishing, interior design, and styling, decided it was time to start a new business by transforming the pool hut behind her house into a retail experience on Appointment. With a bohemian and airy atmosphere and Gracie Wall Coverings, this is the place to shop in complete privacy, while champagne is flowing and a playlist of DJ SÃ©bastien Roche, which has cult-worthy followers among the St. Barts crowd, sets the tone.
I recently sat down with her and remembered the 1990s, especially that time in New York City – where we both lived our 20-year single lives as fabulously as we could (or rather our budgets. allowed). Dance and have a cocktail at Amy Sacco bars like Pravda and Wax and spy on our American royalty John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette at a corner bench in the Bowery Bar.
Rice, her husband, two children and three island dogs divide their time between Dallas, New York, and Nevis, West Indies, as do Jane and Coco. It’s a seasonal store, so be sure to make an appointment for the next time she pops the cork and the bubbles start to flow.