Located just north of artsy Wynwood, Miami’s Design District has evolved into one of the city’s premier shopping destinations, thanks to the influx of top fashion houses looking for renovated retail spaces. Ever since Christian Louboutin opened its doors here in 2009, other luxury designers have followed suit. What exists now is an eclectic mix of high-end retailers offering top-quality fashion, jewelry, and accessories. When you’re in the area, visit these three boutiques for a decadent shopping trip to remember.
This celebrated brand was founded over one hundred years ago in a small fishing village along Italy’s Adriatic Coast. Four generations later, Berluti has become synonymous with superior-quality men’s footwear, leather goods, and tailored, ready-to-wear attire. The impeccable craftsmanship and masculine silhouettes make it the go-to look for A-listers on the red carpet. Don’t pass up the opportunity to shop at Berluti’s Design District location — one of only three in the United States. As you walk into the store, you are greeted by a full-size pool table and cubed displays playfully showcasing the latest bags and shoes. The fragrant leather and high-end brass finishes create a distinctly upscale ambiance. When you browse the displays of fancy loafers and accessories, the quality and fine details are immediately apparent. These pieces would photograph well on the red carpet, but you’ve got to admit that they’re equally great in their close-up.
I On The District
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so if you’re going to cover them up, it should be with an amazing pair of sunglasses. I On The District offers a collection of high-end eyewear brands from all over the globe. This isn’t your average sunglasses retailer — I On The District carries only lavish designs, both classic and trendy. Despite its intimate size, the store has several racks of glasses for you to try on. As you experiment with the different shapes and colors available, the stark white walls and floor-length mirrors help you find the perfect pair to match your outfit. Pay special attention to the vintage specs for your next pair of classic aviators. I On The District has you covered with all the big names (and some you’ve never heard of) so you can fall in love with your reflection.
Maison Martin Margiela
For edgier fashions, you head to Maison Martin Margiela and scope out their collection of creative clothing, jewelry, and shoes. Maison Martin Margiela’s fresh and funky fashions are a great way to spruce up your closet and personal style. You love their deconstructed tops, asymmetrical gowns, and outrageously high stilettos. The lavish fabrics and unusual designs make this French fashion house anything but bland. Maison Martin Margiela is curated just like a contemporary art gallery, complete with quirky displays, half-naked mannequin torsos, and acrylic display cases — except here, you’re allowed to touch the art. This place definitely makes a statement: Miami Beach might be the place for Bermuda shorts and flip-flops, but the Design District is all about serious style.