The new kids on the block in Miami’s Design District are actually time honored luxury retailers, some of which have moved from Bal Harbour Shops by the beach to this centrally located area on the mainland. The once run-down area of Miami has seen a spectacular renaissance as a shopping destination for South Florida’s most affluent residents.
For holiday gift giving, the district beats the malls with no crowds and exclusive shopping opportunities. Jewelry, leather goods, shoes and ready-to-wear are plentiful at high-end fashion retailers: shop at Céline, Apt 606, En Avance, Christian Louboutin, Dior Homme, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Sebastian James, Prada and Hermes.
Cartier has a home here too – the sole free-standing Cartier boutique in Miami. Louis Vuitton, which opened in October, creates a shopping experience with an artsy twist; street artist RETNA was commissioned to paint a mural the store’s facade. The interior features antique Parisian furniture and a private salon for customers who desire more intimate shopping experiences.
But Christmas shopping doesn’t stop at fashion; homes need to be dressed up, too. Several shops offer furnishings and home accessories, including Janus et Cie, Mobili Moderni, Armani Casa and Threadcount, a high-end linen store. Flower lovers can purchase or commission Emilio Robba’s exquisite silk flowers and sculptural arrangements.
For the hungry shopper, there are several restaurant options in the Design District, including popular Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink and Orange Cafe Art. Those who would rather skip a meal and gift themselves some pampering with beauty treatments can stop by Brownes and Co. and Emena Spa, where high-end beauty products are available that would make great stocking stuffers.
Art lovers will also enjoy a number of galleries, including Marcowicz Fine Art and Adamar Fine Art.
Design District developers have preserved vintage buildings that juxtapose with more contemporary architecture. It’s worth a visit just to check out the facades in this pedestrian friendly area. To learn more about all the stores, visit Miami Design District.
All photos courtesy of Miami Design District.
– Maria de los Angeles is a freelance wordsmith based out of Miami.