By Sharon Stello
Miami is quickly rising in the sartorial sphere, carving a niche as a fashion capital in its own right, with the added benefit of an appealing climate, coastal access and a vibrant nightlife perfect for pursuits after shopping. High-end boutiques are continuing to pop up in the Design District, while a long list of luxury brands can be found at Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops, an open-air center with tropical landscaping.
“Shopping in Miami is like going to its beaches—a must,” says Mariana Malek, chef concierge at Trump International Beach Resort. “Miami has become one of the greatest shopping destinations in the world with new stores opening every day.”
From Lanvin to Burberry, Prada and Versace, the city is a veritable playground for women seeking the latest runway fashions that transcend boundaries and can also be worn wherever a visitor’s home may be. Visiting these and many other stores in the area—all of which provide an array of pieces and accessories for a head-to-toe look—is an experience on par with any other activity in this ocean-side locale.
Recommended by Tatsiana Dubrouskaya, head concierge at Sagamore, The Art Hotel
“Alchemist boasts two locations at the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall. Be sure to stop by the one that sits on the fifth floor of a nearby parking garage. “This boutique sells an eclectic mix of high-end designer fashions for both women and men in a dramatic glass-and-steel space.” (Parking garage: 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-531-4815; shopalchemist.com)
Recommended by Vicky Reyes, chief concierge at SLS South Beach
Anthropologie, an inspiring retailer across the country, fits in well with Miami. The selection of jewelry and scarves impart a global influence while bags range from beachy straw totes to fine leather. “… [This] one-stop shop is on Lincoln Road. … They have a little bit of everything; they have small accessories that are just perfect.” (1108 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-0775; anthropologie.com)
Recommended by Mariana Malek, chef concierge at Trump International Beach Resort
DVF offers a full complement of clothing, shoes, handbags, small leather goods, scarves and fine jewelry to put together a flawless outfit for any occasion. Founded in 1970 by designer Diane von Furstenberg, the brand is known for its iconic wrap dress, which complements the balmy Miami weather. (320 San Lorenzo Ave., Ste. 1230; 305-446-4003; dvf.com)
Recommended by Ernesto Aragon, guest services director at The Biltmore Hotel
“Each Alo Diamonds piece is one of a kind. … True luxury is all about personalization and celebrating the individual, knowing that no one else in the world has your uniqueness, so what better way to do so than with a fine jewelry piece featuring the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. … I urge [visitors] to stop by The Biltmore Hotel and look at some of the beautiful Alo collection pieces we proudly display.” (1200 Anastasia Ave.; 855-311-6903; alodiamonds.com)