Admit it. All the fancy home stores in the Design District scare you. The only time you’ve even visited the area was either during Art Basel or to eat at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink—and someone drove you there. Give the area a second glance and you’ll find not just carpet and throw pillows, but instead anything from European clothing designers to metallic sneakers.
This Milanese-based company made its debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008, which is fitting considering the small corner space is a work of art in its own. Floating stainless steal racks around the store’s perimeters carry dresses, knee-length skirts and tops in Marni’s signature pastel patterns. Scattered throughout the store are round-tiered shoe displays carrying sky-high platforms that could even make Carrie Bradshaw fall down the runway - again. Also on hand are statement necklaces, chunky bracelets, vintage-inspired clutches and a Miami-proof ultra-thin leather jacket.
3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.764.3357, www.marni.com.
Bottega Veneta creative director, Tomas Maier is known for rich leather but apparently he has a beach-bum side. Visit his store and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Moving from Miami Beach to the Design District, this lifestyle boutique carries everything from Ray-Ban sunglasses and crocodile belts to Manolo Blahnik and Birkenstocks. After browsing through the beach-inspired threads like super thin cashmere cover ups (a Maier staple), vibrant bikinis and versatile dresses take a look at the back room featuring coffee table books, CDs and DVDs. Upstairs there’s a 1,000 square-foot gallery with rotating exhibits usually featuring photography. And, of course, there’s an entire men’s collection.
170 NE 40th St. Miami, 305.576.8383, www.tomasmaier.com.
Originally on Lincoln Road, EnAvance made a move just when The District was about to boom. Known to be ahead of the curve, EnAvance owner Karen Quinones takes pride in personally editing the boutique, making sure the place is constantly stocked with the hottest trends from up-and-coming designers, mainly from overseas. Here you’ll find fragrances by Santa Maria Novella and Dsquared; Robin Rotenier cufflinks; denim by Anlo and MIH Marrakesh; leather and Swarovsky encrusted headbands by Cara; and a variety of clutches and handbags by R&Y Augousti, Kotur Ayers, Carlos Falchi and Violet Manhattan Clutch. Apparel for guys and girls are plenty here, including evening dresses by Robert Rodriguez and Milly tops for the ladies, and Etro long-sleeve shirts and Simon Miller L.A. straight leg jeans for the men.
161 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305.576.0056, www.enavance.net.
One of the first retailers to hit the area, Y-3 is the brainchild created between Adidas and Tokyo designer Yohji Yamamoto. You won’t find P.E. gym shorts and sneakers here, but instead stylish kicks and sportswear that can make almost anyone look effortlessly cool. A year after opening its third stateside retail store, Y-3 began designing items specifically for Miami like the Miami Swim Collection, surfer shorts, jersey dresses and line of tops and bags that read MYAMI-3.
150 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305.573.0620, www.y-3.com.