How do find the clothes for La Botica? At some point I discovered all these online shops like Nasty Gal, Pixie Market and Need Supply. Through those I found out about all the brands I have now. Minkpink. Wild Fox. I began to meet people in showrooms who recommended other brands, like Evil Twin. This dress is Evil Twin, actually. That was when I was living in New York.
What inspired you to start the store in the first place? I studied graphic design [Maristella received her master’s from Pratt in 2009.] and I just didn’t want to work at an ad agency. I had a job at a magazine [Blank] for a year.
I had already started bringing clothes [to Panama] and selling them in June and July of 2010. I did a happy hour sale for example and it went really well. I did Glam Night Out.I did those things for a year. At the same time I was working at the magazine and doing freelance graphic design.
I had been lusting after this space for a while and just as I quit my job the furniture store that was here closed. It was like it was meant to be.
The storefront opened on December 17th 2011.
Recommended restaurants? I really like Market. It’s one of my favorite restaurants. David [Henesey] who owns La Posta, Elephant Grill and La Chesa is a genius. He’s the best restauranteur we have. Maito. You have to go before you leave. [Mario Castrellón] is a really good chef. It’s like sophisticated Panamanian food. He has patacones, but they’re hashed. He serves ropa vieja but with sweet potatoes. It’s so so good. It’s also a really good place to hang out and have drinks.
La Botica carries clothes from Cheap Monday, Free People, BB Dakota, Wild Fox, Evil Twin, Minkpink, Matiko, Leviticus jewelry, Thief & Bandit jewelry and more. Go visit the store and then go back again because more brands like Dolce Vita, Deuxlux and Jeffrey Campbell are to going be added real soon.