Miami’s made a name for itself as one of the top shopping destinations in the country. From luxury retail corridors like Bal Harbour Shops and the Design District to outlet mall nirvana at Sawgrass Mills, Miami is a true shopper’s paradise. The city is also teeming with locally-owned, independent boutiques beautifully curated with one-of-a-kind finds. Here’s our guide to Miami’s best indie boutiques, in no particular order.
Duo Anna Deskins and Cheryl Herger launched frankie., their Sunset Harbour womenswear boutique in 2012, blending their impeccable styling with insider knowledge stocking some of the best under-the-radar designer brands like IRO, Zimmermann and Finders Keepers. Fans followed thanks to word of mouth advertising and soon the online shop spun off from the boutique’s success, with each order signed and sealed by the ladies themselves.
1891 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-479-4898
South Beach may be lined with tons of major name-brand boutiques, but Mid-Beach also has a few surprises up its sleeve like Wanderlista, an intimate boutique tucked inside the Hotel Croydon. Greek-American Andria Mitsakos launched her concept shop in 2013 in Mykonos before debuting the Miami flagship one year later. Scouring the globe to source everything from bikinis to bracelets, Wanderlista has become a one-stop-shop where you can get outfitted for resort-style locales from South Beach to St. Barts. Even better, most of the carefully curated collection (which includes Mitsakos’ own handbag line, Dea Rosa) is exclusive to the shop, so you know you’ll be the only one in town sporting these beauties.
3720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-904-6852
3. The Webster
French transplant Laure Heriard Dubreuil launched her flagship boutique in 2009 in the 20,000-square-foot Henry Hohauser-designed Art Deco building on South Beach that dates back to the 1930s. The designer-clad shop quickly became a favorite with the fashion elite around the globe who’d pop in during Miami visits to snag hard-to-find pieces from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Chanel and Tom Ford. Even if you’re just window shopping, the Miami Beach boutique is worth a stop to admire the museum-quality displays of clothing and accessories, which have now expanded to destinations like Bal Harbour Shops and Houston.
1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-7899
4. Style Mafia
Fashion blogger Simonett Pereira debuted her first Style Mafia (pictured at top) collection in Miami when she was just 22, starting with 35 pieces that mastered the mix of high-low fashion. Compiling a collection of separates, dresses, outerwear and accessories, Style Mafia is now sold in over 50 shops across the US and Latin America, with the showroom sitting right in Miami’s former garment district, Wynwood.
2324 NW 5th Ave., Wynwood; 786-801-0319
Now with three locations around Miami, Alchemist has got its bases covered when it comes to couture, home décor and designer fine jewelry. The collections alone are reason to tack these spots onto a shopping trip, but the locales are another. Head up to the fifth level of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage on Lincoln Road and you’ll not only catch sweeping views of Miami’s skyline, you’ll also be surrounded by brands from Céline to Margiela displayed like the works of art that they are inside the glass and mirror-encased space suspended above the city.
1111 Lincoln Road, Level 5, Miami Beach; 305-531-4815
Finding sneakers that are stylish and more suitable to the street than sports can be a tough task, but that’s exactly the goal Italian-born Matthew Chevallard had in mind when he debuted Del Toro nearly a decade ago. Working with Nappa leathers, suede and velvet, the collection crafted on the Adriatic Coast of Italy initially started with affordable personalized velvet slippers and has expanded now to everything from espadrilles to wingtips and sneakers. The handmade product line is based in Wynwood and combines that eclectic street style the neighborhood is known for, drawing inspiration from preppy Palm Beach, as well as over-the-top animated Japanese fashion.
2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 22, Wynwood; 305-571-8253
Since opening her first shop in Palm Beach almost 20 years ago, Madeleine Kirsh has made a name for herself as the vintage go-to girl with over a century’s worth of designer finds lining her North Miami Beach boutique. We’d like to think of this as one of the best-kept local secrets, but A-Listers and celeb stylists have long scoured the racks for shoots while in town. The 10,000-square-foot space takes some time to get through, so start with one section like costume jewelry and slowly work the room ending at the vintage Chanel and Hermès Birkin bags. A girl can dream, right?
13702 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 305-945-7770