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Cappalli Puts Her Stamp on Feminine Fashion in Puerto Rico

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Cappalli Puts Her Stamp on Feminine Fashion in Puerto Rico

A Lisa Cappalli Design on the Runway

Photo © Lisa Cappalli

The Bottom Line

Puerto Ricans like to dress well and know where to shop for fashionable clothes. Many women turn to local designer Lisa Cappalli for hip, modern, and feminine clothes that are designed to look and feel good.


  • Clothes for every style and occasion
  • Attention to detail and lacework are two signature themes
  • Surprisingly affordable for designer pieces


  • No web site for online shopping


  • Every piece in a Cappalli collection is handmade (yes, even the jeans).
  • Rumor has it that a Cappalli lace blouse hangs in every Puerto Rican woman’s closet.
  • Lisa has designed clothes for models, singers, and TV personalities.

Guide Review - Cappalli Puts Her Stamp on Feminine Fashion in Puerto Rico

Lisa Cappalli knows how to make a woman look good. Whether it's casual sexy to elegant dressy to flowing wedding gown, she has dressed generations of women in her signature style. Cappalli understands the impact her clothes have on fashion in Puerto Rico: her products hang in closets all over the island, and have acquired a loyal international following. She describes her style as "timeless, sensuous, very sophisticated, and above all, feminine.”

Cappalli’s designs run the gamut of women’s wear: she makes a children's clothing, casual and formal wear, and even bridal gowns. She loves lace and uses it liberally and artistically, and is equally enamored with the little detais - whether it's the cut of a blouse or a piece of custom embroidery on a pair of slim-fitting jeans. While the pieces aren't chain-store cheap, they are surprisingly reasonably priced for hand-made clothing from a talented designer.

There are two Cappalli stores: the one in Old San Juan carries most of her casual collection and ready-to-wear stuff. The other, in nearby Santurce, has gowns and formal clothing.

The Basics

  • Store name: Cappalli
  • Located at 206 O’Donnell Street in Old San Juan
  • Phone: (787) 289-6565
  • Hours: 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
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