- 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.
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.
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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: Josie Moran's skincare/cosmetics- I think I have the entire collection
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 Rea Heel
song I never get tired of: anything Prince
Vice President of E-Commerce & Marketing
my style in 3 words: edgy, comfortable and accessorized
I never leave the house without… jewelry and giant sunglasses (some things never change!)
my number one fashion icon: my mother- that woman was rocking combat boots and oversized blazers before anyone!
currently living in: Helmut Lang blazer, Whetherly tees and Rag & Bone jeans
favorite splurge item: the Chloé Susanna Boot
guilty pleasure: vampire novels… it’s a problem
biggest fashion regret: brown corduroy overalls- hurts just thinking about it
in constant rotation on my iPod: “Flightless Bird” by Iron and Wine and anything by Reckless Kelly
Vice President of Operations
my style in 3 words: easy, fun, eclectic
when I'm not at DIANI… I'm at the beach with my yellow lab, Jack
I'm living in: maxi dresses and Rag & Bone shoes
in my Jerome Dreyfuss Carlos Bag: iPhone, Nook color and EOS lip balm
dying over… the frontier-inspired FW12 Isabel Marant collection
my guilty pleasure: chocolate
biggest fashion regret: platform Rocket Dog sandals
song I never get tired of: “Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone
my style in 3 words: casual, utilitarian (with feminine edge), romantic
I never leave the house without… a ponytail holder
my number one style icon: Diane Kruger for sure
my guilty pleasure: all things that taste good (because they're more than likely bad for me)
when I'm not at DIANI… I'm home playing with my puppies and trying to motivate myself to go for a run
favorite splurge item: n.d.c. boots
currently lusting over: the Anya Hindmarch Pimlico Bag
song I never get tired of: "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey
DIANI Shoes Manager
my style in 3 words: boho, beachy, rocker
when I'm not at DIANI… I'm working on my blog, Dress and Dish
favorite splurge item: Pedro Garcia heels
if I could travel anywhere… I'd go to Tahiti
song I never get tired of: “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam (my wedding song)
my guilty pleasure: Masterpiece Theatre
if I could… accessorize my accessories, it would happen
my absolute fashion must-have: Isabel Marant sneakers
my number one style icon: I don’t have one, but I do have three! Audrey Hepburn, Miroslava Duma and Mary-Kate Olsen
my guilty pleasure: everything and anything Olsen twin or Laker related
when I am not at DIANI… I’m playing with my chowchow Sensi, reading, making jewelry, watching NBA games or cooking
currently lusting for: Laker season tickets (more like always lusting for)
song I never get tired of: anything Jay Z and Kanye- seriously
my style in 3 words: casual, modern, classic
fashion icon: Katharine Hepburn—she could rock a pair of trousers, and she reminds me of my mom
favorite splurge: great cashmere pieces
my current obsession: Jo Malone fragrance—English Pear and Freesia
I can't live without: my jeans- finding ones that fit perfectly is my holy grail
style secret: wearing my "good" jewelry with less expensive pieces… mixing metals is always new and surprising, too
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, Rag & Bone, Mother Denim, Smythe, Mason by Michelle Mason, MiH Jeans, Raquel Allegra, IRO, Herno, FRAME Denim, GoldSign Jeans, Inhabit, Veda, Helmut Lang, DANNIJO, Vanessa Bruno, Gladys Tamez Hats and Velvet.
Opened in Spring 2007, DIANI Shoes offers the latest in high-fashion accessories. Designers include Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, Chloé, Anya Hindmarch, Golden Goose, Pedro García, Jerome Dreyfuss, Sergio Rossi, Loeffler Randall, Lulu Frost, n.d.c. Made by Hand, Ancient Greek Sandals, Matt Bernson, Lemlem, Oliver Peoples, Birkenstock and Stella McCartney.