When you think of the ideal place to buy a bikini, places like Los Angeles or Rio de Janeiro might make your dream shopping list.
For luxurious lingerie, perhaps you’d prefer to head to Paris.
Havana might not immediately spring to mind when you think of designer bikinis and lingerie, but it should. A funky boutique called Cris-Cris in Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is changing that notion.
With gorgeous beaches and sensuous cabaret performances at places like Tropicana, Cuba’s bright colors and spectacular musicality make it a design inspiration heaven.
Cris-Cris’ founder and lead designer grew up in Germany. She founded her first boutique in Berlin in 1999. In 2004, Cris-Cris’ designer took a trip to the Caribbean with her daughter and fell in love with Cuba. The Havana boutique opened its doors in 2007.
Cris-Cris’ owner is a textile and costume design grad. Her gorgeous designs remain true to her roots.
The showroom features an ample array of corsets that practically beg to be worn as tops during a sunset stroll along the Malecón.
The designer’s current collection features everything from hoods to gloves.
Swimsuits, coverups and lingerie are also on display.
If you have a passion for fashion, Cris-Cris is one boutique you won’t want to miss when you’re in Havana.
361 Villegas (Near Plaza del Cristo on the Corner of Teniente Rey and Brasil)