Finding inspiration in the heritage of design and the vintage materials she discovers in Bermuda, Sarah Bray champions a culture of sustainability in creative renewal.
Proud to call the island of Bermuda home since 2019, Sarah Bray-West launched her brand Sarah Bray Bermuda to offer sustainable luxury fashion created with reclaimed vintage designs and minimized non-biodegradable waste. The brand is best known for its collection of iconic sun hats, crafted from renewable, biodegradable palm leaves, and customized with vintage ribbon to style or secure the hat. In many ways, Sarah's design ethos is very much inspired by the rich heritage of the island, the incredibly lush environs, and a community culture that welcomes, gathers, and supports together in the middle of the Atlantic.
Opposite the Botanical Gardens, Tucker’s Farm is where James Tucker raises his dairy goats, harvesting their milk to produce incredible cheese that is prized by the island’s best chefs. Tucker’s Farm Goats Cheese often features in the menus at Rosewood Bermuda’s various restaurants, including Island Brasserie, where the cheese plays a starring role during the chef’s garden dinner.
Tucked away in a quiet courtyard a short walk from King’s Square, Frequency Cafe offers an ideal morning or midday caffeine boost along with a selection of freshly made paninis. This St. George’s favorite is owned and operated by local Rolisa Camille, and offers exceptional espresso pulls as well as matcha lattes, which are perfect to sip while walking the shops of Water Street.
A protected natural-salt-water marsh, Spittal Pond Nature Reserve offers a hiking trail that shows off Bermuda’s incredible landscapes, from meandering hills to heather brush fields along marshes that turn pink during seasonal plankton blooms. Replete with colorful flowers, lush palms, and birds, the trail also climbs up limestone bluffs and leads to a picturesque cliff overlooking the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean below.
After a stroll through Hamilton, Victoria Park is a beautiful open-air oasis perfect for cooling your heels. Once inside the park, you will likely smell the sweet aroma of toasting waffles before seeing the shiny Airstream-style food truck where Leslie’s offers a sweet selection of gelatos, milkshakes, and sundaes made-to-order with freshly griddled waffle cones.
A mainstay in Bermudian fashion since 1918, the English Sports Shop has a vibrant array of trademark Bermuda shorts, socks, pastel shirts, and sweaters embroidered with a throwback Bermuda Crest behind its stately glass facade on Front Street. This should be the first port of call for chic travelers looking to dive headfirst into Bermuda’s summer island style.
Half bakery, half general store, Tuck Shop in Southampton parish is truly a tucked-away treasure. The owner, Alicia Tucker, stocks her shop with delectable pastries and specialty sundries from all over the globe. In addition, Tuck Shop carries a collection of fashionable pieces, from block-print sundresses to authentic Japanese silk kimonos and, of course, my signature sunhats.
This gallery offers a curated collection of local artistry and antiques sure to excite the seasoned treasure hunter. Many of my favorite tableware pieces, including a complete hand-painted tea set, were sourced here. Proceeds from purchases made at ReStore go towards renovating and restoring neighborhoods, house by house, by providing repairs and preventative maintenance to ensure secure and healthy living conditions for families in Bermuda
Set within Stewart Hall, a historic 18th-century property adjacent to the grounds of St. Peter’s Church in St. George’s, Lili Bermuda honors the artisanal craft of perfumery, perfected throughout its 90-year history. Visitors can tour the heritage building and surrounding garden courtyards, where fruits, flowers, and other aromatics are picked for inspiration as master perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone creates scents that evoke daily life in Bermuda.
Located in the heart of Hamilton, Orange Bay Company offers a selection of vintage clothing and accessories, along with a dedicated collection of home decor and furniture. Every piece is assessed and handpicked for exceptional quality and condition, and, unlike most commercial retailers, their inventory is constantly changing to showcase pieces that offer unique design aesthetics and character.
Constructed between 1694 and 1710, the Verdmont Home has been structurally unchanged for more than 300 years. Interior design features on display include vintage wallpaper, artwork, and antiques ranging from fine china to traditional cedar furniture. The three-level home also features a second-floor nursery and a third-level attic that showcases various tools and appliances intended to ease life in the harsh early settler days.
Built in the 1730s as a home for one of Bermuda’s merchants, the St. George’s Historical Society Museum allows visitors to step back in time by nearly 300 years to see what life was like for the island’s early settlers. Visitors can explore the courtyard or venture to the basement, where a working replica of a Gutenberg press likely printed some of Bermuda’s first newspapers.
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