Jennifer Bradford Davis Opens Magnificent Boutique

by Roger Webster

MUSTIQUE is one of the Lesser Antilles, the island chain that forms the eastern border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. On the private island favored by royalty, rock stars and billionaires, New York-based interior designer Jennifer Bradford Davisopened Across Forever Home, a unique home furnishings shop.Her business partner, Basil Charles, owns the world famous Basil’s Bar, Mustique’s hot spot. Charles has met everyone to pass through the island including Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, David Bowie, Shania Twain, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, David Duchovny, and Carolina Herrera.

Davis made her reputation working for Peter Marino as lead designer on Ocean Breeze, one of Mustique’s most famous villas. She imbues a sense of history and richness into her designs by adding imported treasures.

The merchandise in Across Forever Home sits on the shelves of the chic shop like masterworks in a gallery. These objects d’art come from across the globe.  No matter where the item originates, it takes forever to get there. Hence, the unusual shop name. Exceptions are objects made by local craftsmen.

Davis and Charles are donating a portion of the shop’s proceeds to the Basil Charles Educational Foundation. Its mission is to help local children with scholarships.

In 1958, Colin Tennant, the Scottish Baron Glenconner, purchased Mustique for less than $70,000. The island is a part of the nation St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The British royal yacht Britannia, with newlyweds Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon aboard, dropped anchor in 1960. The royal couple accepted a wedding gift from Lord Tennant: a small peninsula where Princess Margaret eventually built her holiday retreat, Les Jolies Eaux.

Davis and Charles hosted a smashing launch party for Across Forever Home. Davis put up a tent outside the front door with a view of Britannia Bay. Sangria was served.

Guests included Roger Pritchard, president of the Mustique Company; French Ambassador to Japan Philippe Faure and his wife Christine; Pepe and Daniella Ambrosi from Italy; Eleanor Fryer from Geneva; Hans Schlamp and family from Bavaria; Camilla Woodwards from London; Chris and Randy Barlow from Saskatoon; Peter Penny and family; Christine Faure;Ty Kovich; Susie Lea; Michel De Vibraye; Sarah Ann Michels; Douglas Hamilton; Natalie and Pierre Dassas; Patrizia Deleggwood and, from New York, architect Andrew Kepler, David Devito and Cathleen Sims.

A new chapter in Mustique history starts with Across Forever Home. In the shop’s first week, Eloise Gonsalves, the First Lady of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dropped by and immediately became a fan.

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