Blu Boutique, located on Collier Boulevard near the J. W. Marriott, is a hidden gem on Marco Island. This sophisticated fashion boutique, founded by Daphne Gourgoutis-Thompson, channels her Greek heritage through all the store’s outfits and accessories. Being Greek, she brings a Mediterranean feel to her store’s selections.
When she met handbag designer Annie Diamantidis, who was covered in a feature story in Marco Scene magazine, she felt at once it would be the perfect collaboration. Annie grew up on the island of Chios in Greece and at a young age was inspired by Greek art and architecture. Since launching her namesake collection of luxury handbags, she honors her heritage by naming her handbags after Greek Goddesses of centuries past.
Both women strive to bring their clients products that are handcrafted from sustainable and environmentally friendly materials. Blu Boutique carries Annie Handbags® that range from Marco Island and evil eye totes that can be carried from the beach to the farmer’s market as well as sea shell trimmed bucket bags and conch shell-shaped crossbody bags.
Annie Diamantidis is known for using the most luxurious materials on her handcrafted accessories. From a collection of exotic crocodile, python, ostrich, and stingray in bright bold colors and finished with genuine 14k gold hardware. In 2009 due to the growing demand of her luxury accessories she incorporated her sought after leather collection with 14GP hardware. Whether it’s her exotic collection or leather line, each design fuses femininity and contemporary style with exotic materials and unexpected hues creating timeless treasures.
Residents and vacationers to Sanibel & Captiva often enjoy a trip to Marco Island. Next time you visit Marco Island be sure to stop in at Blu Boutique and check out Annie Handbags.