Just a block from the Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive, lower Collins Avenue (the area between Fifth and Nineteenth Streets) is peppered with bikini-clad characters looking for club wear or a nibble to eat. Nestled between big guns such as Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, United Colors of Benetton, Quicksilver, Arden B., Urban Outfitters, MNG by Mango, Zara and Barneys New York Co-Op., denizens love these distinctive shops:
Atrium: The Kardashian sisters shop here for a reason and that’s because Atrium prides itself on carrying exclusive designer clothing and accessories. Unearth Alexander McQueen, Nudie Jeans, PRPS, Brogden and more. Atrium, 1931 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 695-0757.
Banana Republic: Locals are, er, bananas for this particular Banana Republic door. The two-level shop carries a vast array of the label’s beloved chinos and shirts. Shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories are also up for grabs at affordable price points. Banana Republic, 800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 674-7079.
Intermix: This is every Miami glam gal’s go-to shop thanks to its hip assortment of women’s clothing and accessories. Dig up duds by Rag & Bone, Gryphon, Veda and Torn. Stumble upon jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane and Sydney Evans. Shoes by Fendi, Giuseppe Zanotti and Sergio Rossi and handbags by Chloe, Juliette and Jake and Stella McCartney are all in the mix, too. Intermix, 634 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 531-5950.
Levi’s Store: Live it up in Levi’s. This Collins Avenue door is a fave amongst dungaree devotees as it sells America’s favorite jeans. Also up for keeps are Levi’s tops, shorts, skirts, dresses, jackets, vests, belts, tees and more for men, women and juniors. Levi’s Store, 826 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 695-4045.
Kidrobot: For the kid that never wants to grow up, there’s Kidrobot. Home to collectible toys, apparel and art, Kidrobot collaborates with top international artists in the graffiti, fine art, fashion, industrial design, illustration and music realms. A purchase here — say a trippy Thumper doll — makes for an excellent conversation piece back home. Kidrobot, 638 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 673-5807.
Puma: Get the latest Puma shoes and gear at the official Puma store. Scoop up some sweet running shoes, tracksuits, hoodies and more at this athletic gear shop adored by men, women and even kids. Puma, 820 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 674-1407.
The Webster: The Webster is arguably the most chi-chi shop on Collins thanks to its affinity for high-end designers like Alaia, Balenciaga, Eres, Miu Miu and Prada. The three-level store isn’t limited to opulent clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and watches — be sure to take a gander at the photography and dine at its acclaimed Parisian restaurant Caviar Kaspia. The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 674-7899.
A|X Armani Exchange: This particular store underwent a recent facelift (how Miami!) The results? Fantastic. Nab Mr. Armani’s chic-street line of apparel, watches, accessories, eyewear jewelry and music for both men and women. A|X Armani Exchange, 760 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 531-5900.