New in town for Art Basel? Bienevenidos a Miami! Sure, the Magic City is home to copious amounts of sun, beaches, hipsters and mojitos — but it also boasts spectacular shopping spots. Here are our top picks…
LINCOLN ROAD: The main shopping and dining vein of Miami Beach, consider Lincoln Road the must-see spot during your jaunt. People watching at this pedestrian-friendly promenade are also a favorite pastime here.
1111 Lincoln Road — Inside the uber-cool Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building you’ll find boutiques like Coltorti Miami, Babalu, Adidas, Juicy Couture, Osklen, Nespresso, Alchemist, MAC Cosmetics, Artsee, Y-3 and more. Each store’s space is easy on the eyes — modern masterpieces, if you will. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
Base — Tired of the same ol’, same ol’? Then bounce over to Base — the epicenter of all things cool, quirky and hip. Off-the-beaten-path designers such as Miansai (jewelry), Area Ware (artistic objects) and Tsovet (watches) are up for keeps. Be sure to groove to some beats at their renowned music bar. 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 531-4982.
Brownes & Co. — Be sure to meander off the streets abutting Lincoln Road, too. Amd if you need a manicure, wax and some beauty booty, Brownes & Co. has got you covered. Up for keeps are get-glam goodies by Darphin, Dr. Hauschka, Liz Earle, Mario Badescu, Acqua di Parma and more. Home items like Diptyque candles and Apothia aromatic diffusers are also on hand. 1688 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach; (305) 538-7544.
Madewell — Think of Madewell as J. Crew’s younger, more easygoing sister with a penchant for bumming around the beach. This particualr store is the brand’s first foray in Florida. 714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 534-8079.
DESIGN DISTRICT: This de rigueur area across the pond from Miami Beach is home to design stores, high-brow boutiques, art galleries and gourmet restaurants galore. Chi chi stores such as Tom Ford, Cartier, FENDI, Louis Vuitton, IWC Watches, Chrome Hearts, Bulgari, Miu Miu and Omega Watches are on hand.
LOEWE — Shop fine leather goods and peruse art here. How so? The Loewe Foundation tapped Irish artist William McKeown and British potter John Ward to present an extraordinary space that embodies LOEWE’s celebration of both modernity and history. The exhibition will run from November 30, 2016 to March 31, 2017. 110 NE 39th Street, Design District
Louis Vuitton — Once you’re done ooh-ing and awe-ing over this four-story leviathan-sized Louis Vuitton store, be sure to check out the maison’s installation of Objets Nomads. The collection of curious furniture will be on display at Design Miami from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2016, and at the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District Store from Nov. 30, through January 2017. 140 NE 39th St., Design District
Maison Margiela — The Parisian maison is launching its first pop-up shop, MM6 Maison Margiela, this particular year. Taking place on Friday, November 11, 2016, scoop up the label’s unconventional contemporary clothing and accessories line and rest assured you will stand apart from the masses. 3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Design District; (786) 718-1931.
Marni — 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. 3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Design District; (305) 764-3357.
En Avance — Locally loved, En Avance offers a cool mix of clothing, accessories and home goods for both men and women. Off-the-beaten-path designers such No. 21, MSGM, Protagonist, Sofie D’hoore, Sacai, Marques Almeida, Anjuna, as well as exquisite fine jewelry from Irene Neuwirth, Rosa Maria and Ek Thongprasert make this shop’s edit a thoughtful one. 53 N.E. 40th Street, Design District; (305) 576-0056.
The Bazaar Project — Nestled in the quaint Buena Vista neighborhood (next to the ever-popular Mandolin restaurant), explore a dizzying array of curated apparel, jewlery and home decor from around the globe. 4308 N.E. 2nd Ave., Buena Vista; (786) 703-6153.
MIDTOWN: Neighboring the Design District, there’s Midtown Miami located between 29th and 36th Streets. The urban oasis is brimming with boutiques, cafes, lounges and big chains like Target, Marshall’s, Ross, Nordstrom Rack and West Elm.
Alessandra Gold Concept Store — Sneaker heads, this is the shop for you. Local shoe designer Alessandra Gold creates her own collection of kicks called Kruzin which are wearable works of art. Every Art Basel, she teams up with various artists for one-of-a-kind collaborations. 3226 N. Miami Ave., Miami; (786) 518-3357.
Ramona La Rue: Think easy, breezy dresses in whimsical prints — perfect for Miami’s climate. This local designer’s women’s collection comprised of dresses, tops and pants has feminine and flirty on lockdown. 3400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; (786) 360-4126.
WYNWOOD: Locals tout Wynwood as “The Art District” and reasonably so. Located on the fringes of the Design District and Midtown, it’s home to over 70 galleries and is peppered with hip shops.
Bakehouse Art Complex — The BAC in Wynwood Arts District is dedicated to attracting emerging and mid-career artists in South Florida to a workplace that provides affordable studios, exhibition galleries and professional development opportunities. Support our local artists and pop in for a visit. 561 NW 32nd Street, Wynwood; (305) 576-2828.
Del Toro Shoes — All the cool kids wear Del Toro slippers and now you can see what all the fuss is about compliments of the shoe label’s first brick-and-mortar shop located in Wynwood. Peruse the expertly crafted collection of men’s and women’s customizable loafers, sneakers, wigntips, chukkas and drivers which boast a celebrity following. 2750 N.W. 3rd Ave., Wynwood; (305) 571-8230.
Plant The Future — Ditch the dozen of roses. In fact, skip the generic flower idea altogether and score points with a Plant the Future living arrangement of succulents, cacti, air plants, orchids, bromeliads and even butterfly cocoons. 2511 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood; (305) 571-7177.
MVM — This women’s boutique offers modern, fresh clothing and accessories that f use everyday essentials with Miami’s culture of all-things chic. Designers such as Smythe, Mother, Elizabeth and James, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Torn by Ronny Kobo and more are in store. 175 N.W. 23rd Street, Wynwood; (305) 573-4885.
Kit and Ace — Think everyday basics (tees, tanks, pants) which are yummy to the touch. Hailing from Vancouver, the boutique is a sister of the lululemon brand. Grab a cup of Joe at neighboring Panther Coffee for a jolt of java. 219 N.W. 23rd Street, Wynwood.
Shinola — This made-in-America (Detroit, Michigan precisely) just opened shop. Be sure to check out their expertly made collection of bicycles, watches and leather handbags. 2399 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood.
Illesteva — Forgot your favorite pair of sunnies back home? Fret not as Illesteva launched thier freshly minted boutique this month. The made-in-Italy purveyor of sunglasses are a wardrobe staple for editors and fashionistas alike. 2399 N.W. 2nd Ave., Wynwood.
DOWNTOWN MIAMI: The newest kid on the Miami shopping block? Freshly minted Brickell City Centre. Four looooong years in the making, the highly anticipated mall spans three city blocks and features more than 100 global and local retail brands. A larger-than-life Saks Fifth Avenue serves as an anchor while shops by Audemars Piguet, Armani, All Saints, Ted Baker, Chopard, Diptyque, Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Intermix, Kendra Scott, Lafayette 148 New York, NARS,Nest Casa, Ted Baker London, Tommy Bahama, Victoria’s Secret and more are in the retail mix. 701, S. Miami Avenue, Miami.