St. Petersburg-meets-New-York-meets-Miami at this new Design District boutique. Fancy that?
35 Northeast 40th Street, Design District
The lowdown: The Design District just earned more fashion cred with the addition of Anya Ponorovskaya. The New York fashion designer owns three Big Apple-based stores cattily called Girlcat NYC and the Miami outpost marks her fourth shop. The eponymous boutique exclusively carries the Anya Ponorovskaya line, accessories and even shoes. “My collection can be described as classically elegant. You'll see only flattering designs and incessantly chic styles made for the jet-setting woman with a unique sensibility of her own personal fashion ideology,” Ponorovskaya says.
The ‘hood: “We knew it would be a risk to open in the Design District as clients would have to come looking for us as opposed to the other way around. But then again, that was the beauty behind it,” Ponorovskaya says of opening shop in the area. “I fell in love with the storefront first and the fact that the Design District has substance with which it’s growing by leaps and bounds,” Ponorovskaya adds.
The ambience: “The store is so gorgeous during the day because it's extremely well lit and sunny, which makes the incredible stained concrete flooring glimmer to create an interior as chic as the clothes themselves,” Ponorovskaya says. The boutique boasts a living room area outfitted with white leather sofas reminiscent of Parisian antiques, a plush rug and potted palms throughout.
Highlights: Scoop up hand-cobbled ostrich T-strap with wooden heels ($398) or some of Ponorovskaya’s coveted cocktail dresses. Ponorovskaya adds, “Our corset coats and reversible A-line dresses have proven to be very popular in Miami so far — our handmade ballet flats also fly off the shelves.”
The owner says: “What makes my store so unique is the experience. My ‘Girlcats’ will go to great lengths to make sure no woman takes home an ill-fitting or unflattering piece from the collection,” Ponorovskaya says.
Book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
CD: Anything by Vaya Con Dios or Kate Bush
Movie: Terms of Endearment
Shoe: From my own shoe line — the handmade Classico shoe in black with green lining
Handbag: My new handbag — the embossed green suede Jackie bag
Scent: Au naturel. I never liked perfume
Food: Black Beluga caviar or herring