Miami shopping: The top 5 boutiques and fashion destinations you need to hit up
If the only thing that comes to mind is bikinis and megamalls when you think Miami shopping, think again. Thanks to its booming popularity as a destination for wealthy South American tourists, Miami’s shopping prowess has grown leaps and bounds from its fluorescent days. While designer boutiques were once exclusively situated at the chic Bal Harbour Shops (a haven which still boasts an incredible roster), fashion destinations have now exploded across many areas of the city. While a walk down Collins Avenue may buy you some seriously awesome beachy time shirts, these 5 locales will get you what you really want: statements upon statements upon statements.
1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Fashion centres are already well known for their cool girl havens. Paris has Colette, New York has Opening Ceremony and London has LN-CC. It’s quite a feat though, for a city known for its vacation appeal, to boast a name as hip as the rest. The Webster, South Beach’s home to French brands like Chanel, Céline, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Alaïa, is it. Opened five years ago inside an out-of-use Art Deco hotel, The Webster brought fashion cool to a city just ramping up its own gallery appeal with Art Basel. Five years later, its kept its street cred with the addition of labels like Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou, Cedric Charlier, Erdem and Alexander Wang.
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
No doubt the chicest mall in the world, Bal Harbour Shops holds the keys to the world’s most in-demand designer labels including Prada, Cartier, Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs and Gucci. Its crown jewel, a recently renovated Chanel boutique, boasts 8,000 square feet of the label’s high-end wares, including one off extra luxe pieces priced for royalty.
Miami Design District
N.E 40th Street at N.E 2nd Avenue, Miami
Located about 10 minutes (by car) away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach, Miami Design District has emerged as the city’s mecca of cool, with high fashion houses flocking to the area en masse including Céline, Maison Martin Margiela and Marni. On one side of the industrial looking N.E 40th Street, sits a graffiti-covered Louis Vuitton flagship. On the other, Christian Louboutin’s only Miami boutique dazzles with its quirky cage displays.
Bonus: When the town turns on the ritz for its annual Art Basel festivities in December, the Design District is where many of the parties take place.
C Madeleine’s Vintage
13702 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach
Those who know vintage shop at C Madeleine’s. With treasures dating back as far as the Edwardian era and rarefied designer names ranging from Oleg Cassini to Jean Patou (not to mention the Chanel boutique, which boasts gems from Karl’s tenure), rest assured, 10,000 square foot haven is reason enough to step out of the sun.
1111 Lincoln Road, Carpark Level 5, Miami Beach
Located amidst the fast fashion flagships on Miami’s Lincoln Road shopping mall, Alchemist is a breath of fresh minimalist air. The boutique, which is located within the structure of a parking lot (hey!), carries Tilda Swinton-approved brands like Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten and Junya Wantanabe and even has a juice bar inside.