- About Us
If not for the tall palm trees dotting State Street sidewalks, or the grand presence of the historic Arlington Theater, a visitor to DIANI boutiques might think she was shopping in the Knightsbridge district of London or St. Honoré in Paris. Caroline Diani opened her first women's clothing boutique in the summer of 2002 with the idea that Santa Barbara should have a European-style boutique that marries chic, casual sophistication and exceptional customer service.
Using as inspiration the pristine Kenyan beaches of her childhood holidays, Caroline created a stunning retail space that draws upon her cosmopolitan roots and also reflects her appreciation for Southern California lifestyle. The success of DIANI spawned a sister store in 2007, DIANI Shoes, just a few doors down from the original to make sure clientele are exceptionally outfitted, head-to-toe. Both boutiques share the same graceful, beachy vibe with whitewashed floors, exposed-wood beam ceilings, unique driftwood accents and magnificent photos of her namesake Diani Beach. Most recently in the fall of 2014, the DIANI brand expanded once again with an inspiring home and garden store, DIANI Living, located in the same plaza.
Caroline, a British export, earned her degree in Fashion Design from Kingston University in London and has translated her lifelong study of style, which is immediately apparent in her boutiques. With an experienced eye, Caroline selects and assembles key looks and pieces from the finest American and European designers, then merchandises them together with the savvy of a seasoned stylist. The young entrepreneur believes "good design is timeless," and aspires to offer clients a distinctive shopping experience.
With quality and understated elegance as trademarks of the DIANI brand, the credo for both DIANI boutiques is simple: We want our clientele to always associate DIANI with style and comfort, and to see that we operate with a certain finesse unique to retail in Santa Barbara. We will always offer exceptional merchandise that will allow clients to make DIANI their one-stop for signature, standout items. Our high standards of presentation and service are what we strive to remain synonymous with our boutiques.
Stop in to experience DIANI Style or contact us for a consultation and have this season's must-haves shipped to your door.
Founder, CEO and Buyer
my style in 3 words: avant garde, easy, eclectic
I never leave the house without… my dogs
my absolute fashion must-have: a pair of high waisted jeans
my guilty pleasure: Susanne Kaufmann skincare line (available at DIANI Living)- I can't get enough of it
if I could travel anywhere… I'd go to India
when I'm not at DIANI… I'm on my moto or paddle boarding
favorite splurge item: I saved up for a Prada coat when I graduated from college and still wear it
currently lusting over: Isabel Marant Brenna OTK Boot
song I never get tired of: anything Prince
Vice President of E-commerce & Marketing
my style in 3 words: contrasting, comfortable, neutral
my favorite item at DIANI Living: any of the prints from Jeffrey Doornbos
I never leave the house without… a gold band with my daughter's name engraved on it
my number one fashion icon: my mother- that woman was rocking combat boots and oversized blazers before anyone!
currently living in: Citizens of Humanity premium vintage jeans
favorite splurge item: the Anya Hindmarch All Over Wink Crossbody- such an unexpected touch
guilty pleasure: One Direction... it's a problem
biggest fashion regret: Sketcher sneaker heels
in constant rotation on my Spotify: anything by Reckless Kelly (and yes, One Direction)
DIANI Manager and Visual Merchandiser at Large
my style in 3 words: feminine, boho, classic
my favorite item at DIANI Living: Susanne Kaufmann hand cream and any of the dough bowls (couldn't just pick one!)
currently lusting for: Golden Goose Viand Boot
when I'm not at DIANI... I'm at Butterfly Beach with my pup, Olive
guilty pleasure: snickerdoodle cookies and The Bachelorette... it's a real problem
song I never get tired of: "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton
currently living in: GoldSign's black Brigitte Jean
DIANI Shoes Manager
my style in 3 words: classic, comfortable, edgy
my favorite item at DIANI Living: the vintage pillows designed by Caroline
my number one style icon: Kate Moss
currently lusting for: Golden Goose Viand Boots
when I'm not at DIANI... I am hiking with my dog or beaching with my boys
currently in my bag: lemon water
my absolute fashion must-have: the perfect jean
if I could travel anywhere... India and Italy
my style in 3 words: casual, comfortable, classic
my favorite item at DIANI Living: the custom pillows designed by Caroline
my absolute fashion must-have: Isabel Marant Étoile black leather jacket
when I am not at DIANI… I’m at home gushing over my pups!
currently lusting for: Anya Hindmarch Ebury Large Featherweight Bag
biggest fashion regret: embellished denim... enough said
currently in rotation on my iPod: T. Swift's "1989" album
I never leave the house without... Oliver Peoples Marmont sunnies, REN lip balm and my iPhone
my guilty pleasure: any reality show on Bravo
Vice President of Operations
my style in 3 words: leather, cashmere, Golden Goose
my favorite item at DIANI Living: I have 2- a Moroccan rug and the vintage stand up mirror, obsessed!
when I am not at DIANI… I’m at the beach playing with my chow-chow Sensi, watching Real Housewives of BH or pinning (I would definitely qualify for the Pinterest Olympics)
currently lusting for: anything TOME
my number one style icon: I have three! MK Olsen, Miroslava Duma and Emmanuelle Alt
currently in rotation on my iPod: 2 words- T. Swift.
biggest fashion regret… 7 for All Mankind trouser capris... I will never forget.
favorite word/saying/catchphrase: "... could you imagine?" Not to be used as a real question. Strictly rhetorical.
DIANI Assistant Manager
my style in 3 words: minimal, edgy, classic
my favorite item at DIANI Living: anything by Susanne Kaufmann
currently lusting over… Aquazzura pumps!!!
my number one style icon: Audrey Hepburn
song I never get tired of: “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones
currently living in: my Citizens of Humanity high rise skinnies
favorite word/saying/catchphrase: woof
Style Consultant, DIANI / DIANI Shoes
my style in 3 words: Classic American Riviera
my favorite item at DIANI Living: the Moroccan wedding blankets
when I'm not at DIANI… I'm working on my styling blog, Dress and Dish
favorite splurge item: Chloé shoes and any kind of jewelry
my style icons: Carine Roitfeld, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Nicole Richie
song I never get tired of: “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam (my wedding song)
my guilty pleasure: Taylor Swift
if I could… accessorize my accessories, it would happen
DIANI Senior Sales Associate
my style in 3 words: simplistic, classic, monochromatic
my favorite item at DIANI Living: custom redwood coffee table
when I'm not at DIANI… I'm hiking with my dog and going to lunch with friends
my number one style icon: Victoria Beckham
if I could travel anywhere... I'd go to Greece
biggest fashion regret: wearing bell bottom jeans with sneakers all through 7th grade.. yikes!
I never leave the house without... my Oliver Peoples sunglasses and lipstick
DIANI Sales Associate/Special Projects Manager
my style in 3 words: classic, feminine, breezy
my favorite item at DIANI Living: the Vintage Moroccan mirror
if I could travel anywhere... I'd head back to Paris and revel in the city's unparalleled beauty and charm
when I am not at DIANI… I’m at the beach pinching myself that I live in such a splendid, sunny place
my number one style icon: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
my absolute fashion must-have: a beautifully tailored coat or my Chloé moto boots
song I never get tired of: anything by the Beatles
currenty lusting for: Anya Hindmarch Ebury Bag- a perfect ladylike carry-all that goes with everything!
DIANI Living Sales Associate/Home Stylist
my style in 3 words: effortless and casual by day, sharp and refined by night
my favorite item at DIANI Living: Susanne Kaufmann Face Fluid and French country market basket to display my throws
I never leave the house without… Oliver Peoples sunnies
my guilty pleasure: unique and extravagent dining experiences
currently living in: a pair of distressed black Citizens of Humanity Carlie high rise skinnies
my absolute fashion must-have: a buttery soft leather jacket
when I'm not at DIANI... I'm at the beach with my pup, Maverick, or nesting at home with my main squeeze
if I could travel anywhere... Lugano, Switzerland or swimming with pigs in the Bahamas
Sales Associate/Home Stylist
my style in 3 words: edgy, chic and comfortable
my favorite item at DIANI Living: ceramic pendant lamps
I never leave the house without… phone, lipstick and Susanne Kaufmann hand cream
my number one style icon: Sienna Miller
when I'm not at DIANI... I'm finding a new beach
my guilty pleasure: dark chocolate
currently living in: Isabel Marant Étoile trousers and anything Chloé
if I could travel anywhere... Paris or Bali
Social Media Coordinator
my style in 3 words: minimal, edgy, classic
my favorite item at DIANI Living: Linnea's Lights Belgian Linen Candle
currently lusting for: Ganni Moscow Tailor Blazer
when I'm not at DIANI… I’m working on my fashion blog, ERIN FRED
my guilty pleasure: my homemade chocolate fudge ice cream... DROOL
if I could travel anywhere... I'd visit the city of Salvador in Bahia, Brazil
Kristi "Bam" Christiansen
my style in 3 words: comfortable, minimal, edgy
my favorite item at DIANI Living: prints by Jeffrey Doornbos
my absolute fashion must-have: IRO leather jacket
when I am not at DIANI… I’m at a coffee shop or exploring
currently in rotation on my iPod: anything by The National and Foals
I'm living in: Shaina Mote and Rag & Bone booties
I never leave the house without... my camera, moleskin notebook and Oliver Peoples sunnies
song I never get tired of: "Peaches" by In the Valley Below
favorite word/saying/catch phrase: "neat"
my style in 3 words: comfortable, low maintenance, timeless
my favorite item at DIANI Living: the monogrammed notebooks- they are my favorite gift to give
my absolute fashion must-have: good jeans
I never leave the house without... my phone, gum and a cup of coffee
my guilty pleasure: podcasts
my favorite splurge item: an Anya Hindmarch bag
biggest fashion regret: perms in the 80's
my style in 3 words: natural, comfortable, feminine
my favorite item at DIANI Living: pom pom pillows and Linnea's Lights candles
currently living in (and lusting for more): Golden Goose high tops
when I'm not at DIANI... I'm in Boston!
my guilty pleasure: late morning naps after breakfast
if I could travel anywhere... I'd go to Bora Bora and stay in an over-water bungalow
biggest fashion regret: my 5th grade perm, bangs included... although it really went well with my braces and slouch socks
With exposed wood-beam ceilings and whitewashed floors, DIANI embraces Santa Barbara's relaxing, beach-loving atmosphere. The store offers a variety of American and European lines including Isabel Marant Étoile, Rag & Bone, Mother Denim, Smythe, Raquel Allegra, IRO, Herno, FRAME Denim, Citizens of Humanity, Inhabit, Veda, Helmut Lang, Vanessa Bruno and Lisa Marie Fernandez.
Opened in Spring 2007, DIANI Shoes offers the latest in high-fashion accessories. Designers include Aquazzura, Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant Étoile, Anya Hindmarch, Golden Goose, Pedro García, Jerome Dreyfuss, Sergio Rossi, Loeffler Randall, n.d.c. Made by Hand, Ancient Greek Sandals, Lemlem, Oliver Peoples and Birkenstock.