Store Opening

June 08, 2008|By [SUSAN REIMER]

LAURA BEVILACQUA

One Park Place, Suite 4, Annapolis

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday -Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

410-280-0555

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WHEN YOU OPEN A SHOP AND FILL IT with lovely Italian designer clothing and you have a lovely Italian name, it makes sense to share.

So Laura Bevilacqua, who was born in Italy and still has the slightest hint of an accent, took the advice of friends and gave her name to the shop she opened in Annapolis' Park Place complex last month.

In it, she is carrying the classic European styles that will appeal to the upscale women who used to have to leave town to shop.

"My customers tell me, 'Good, now I don't have to drive to Tyson's Corner anymore,' " she said.

Bevilacqua's shop will offer designers such as Missoni; Valentino R.E.D.; Bui by Barbara Bui, a French designer very popular in Europe; and Jenni Kayne. She is targeting the 30-plus professional woman who is not afraid to pay $300 or $400 for wardrobe essentials, not to mention one-of-a-kind eveningwear.

Her favorite piece so far is a Valentino R.E.D. trench-coat dress that would look perfect alone or, more casually, over jeans.

"Italian, classic, elegant," said the one-time manager for Benetton.

Like her name.

Know of an interesting shop that has just opened in your neighborhood? Let us know. Send a note to liz.atwood@baltsun.com.

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