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Retail director Lisa Warman (left) and store manager Belinda Pacheco (right) of Sky and Sand boutique model two upcoming summer trends.

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Boutique Blitz

A Fun Run From One Great Shop To The Next

Tucson may be getting hot, but these summer trends are even hotter! 

Local boutiques are gearing up for next season’s fashion to hit the racks. What upcoming trends are our favorite stores most excited about? 


Students at the University of Arizona flock to Swindlers for its unique vintage collection and fun, trendy pieces. Found on the always-busy University Boulevard, owner Christina Henneke caters to the artistic girl who loves to express herself. Expanding to a connected storefront this August, their one of a kind vintage curation will be doubling. Henneke and her employees pride themselves on sourcing high quality pieces for a girl who isn’t afraid to showcase her personal style. Crocheted items are Henneke’s go-to look for summer, with one special artist in mind. Handmade by boutique employee Elizabeth Barclay, this colorful crocheted bikini top is sure to turn heads! 

Sky and Sand 

Located in the heart of Historic 4th Avenue, Sky and Sand boasts an extensive collection of “contemporary boho pieces inspired by the desert”. Curating from local artisans and in-house brands, Sky and Sand is the clothing destination for the trendy and mature woman. As temperatures heat up, retail director Lisa Warman and store manager Belinda Pacheco are cooling off with flowy jumpsuits and maxi dresses. Bright colors and bold patterns dominate their new summer collections. Warman’s top pick is a comfy Z Supply jumpsuit that can be dressed up or down, paired with jewelry from local artist Christina Holland. Pacheco’s brightly colored maxi dress from their in-house brand Angie is the ultimate statement piece with its bold striped pattern. 

Laura Tanzer 

After creating a dress for Grammy-nominated artist Linda Chorney that landed her on Vogue Scandinavia's Best Dressed list, it’s no question that Laura Tanzer has an eye for style. Designing for a creative, confident, and quality oriented woman, Tanzer’s one of a kind pieces transcend age. Sustainability is her focus, and her timeless designs are made with reclaimed fabric in an effort to eliminate waste from the clothing industry. Tanzer’s summer look includes neutral linens, patterned layering pieces, and accessories made from recycled materials. Her hot pick for this season is an upcycled jacket made from two pairs of jeans and features an accent print she designed. This lightweight garment is the perfect layering item for Tucson evenings. 

La Contessa 

La Contessa has been serving the stylish women of Tucson for 36 years. Longtime owner Kara Moeller caters to “a Hepburn woman in a Kardashian world” with a wide selection of high end designers and high quality clothing. Moeller’s mature and sophisticated clientele has access to classy pieces that never go out of style. Foreseeing a “Palm Beach” aesthetic for the summer, Moeller selected a pair of crisp white culottes made of lightweight polyester. Short, wide-leg pants such as these are perfectly paired with a fun gingham patterned top - all designed to keep the wearer both looking and feeling cool. 

  • Kara Moeller, owner of La Contessa, holds a hanger with white cropped pants and a checkered top.La Contessa has been styling Tucson women for 36 years.
  • Indie designer Laura Tanzer smiles at the camera in her studio. Tanzer designs one of a kind pieces using sustainable methods.
  • Brianna Torrez models designer Laura Tanzer's upcycled jacket at FABRIC Tempe. Tanzer created this piece out of reclaimed material from denim jeans.
  • Retail director Lisa Warman (left) and store manager Belinda Pacheco (right) of Sky and Sand boutique model two upcoming summer trends.
  • Swindlers boutique owner Christina Henneke poses in front of her storefront holding a bikini top made by Elizabeth Barclay. Henneke's favorite summer trend is c