The Best Boutiques To Shop In Miami

Photo: Courtesy of En Avance.
Think Miami fashion is all about acid wash, Versace prints, and thong bikinis? Think again. Never before has the sun-drenched city on Biscayne Bay boasted so many world-class retail destinations — or so many neighborhoods brimming with crazy-good shopping. Between the Design District’s luxury boutiques, Wynwood’s indie outposts, and Miami Beach’s globally renowned concept shops and vintage emporiums, there are so many standout places to browse that deciding where to go can actually be pretty hard. That’s why we’ve done all the legwork for you. Whether you call the Magic City home or are just in town for an Art Basel inspiration trip, here are the 10 boutiques you shouldn’t dare to miss.
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Photo: Courtesy of Alchemist.
A parking garage on a lackluster commercial stretch of tourist shops is an unexpected locale for one of Miami’s most exciting retail concepts. Yet that’s precisely where Alchemist — which has been called “a jewel box in the sky” and a “little slice of heaven” by its many fans — just so happens to sit. Designed by award-winning Miami architect Rene Gonzalez, Alchemist consists of two equally futuristic spaces within the same Lincoln Road carpark: One is at street level, while the other hovers majestically above on the building’s fifth floor. But, don’t go thinking Alchemist is all style and little substance; the retailer’s 60-name roster of designers and artists is mighty impressive, too. Think cutting-edge pieces by Simone Rocha, Haider Ackerman, Céline, Alaïa, and Givenchy, displayed alongside home goods by Zaha Hadid, temporary installations by Marina Abramović, and exclusive capsule collections by Rick Owens. As if all that weren’t enough, the retailer will also open a fresh new jewelry concept shop in Miami’s Design District just in time for Art Basel 2014.

Alchemist, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL; 305-531-4815.
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Photo: Courtesy of C.Madeleine's.
C. Madeleine’s
Madeleine Kirch calls her store, C. Madeleine’s, one of the “fashion wonders of the world,” but “clothing heaven” might be more apt. With over 10,000 square feet devoted to vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, furs, and costume jewels, the offerings at this infamous Biscayne Boulevard warehouse are never-ending. Whether you’re on the hunt for a mint-condition 1950s Galanos satin swing dress, a 1990s Jean Paul Gaultier graffiti jean jacket, or a classic 1970s concert tee, be sure to set aside plenty of time — and plenty of cash. Between the drool-inducing archival couture gowns, the entire section devoted to Chanel, and the numerous departments dedicated to individual decades, there are so many treasures to unearth that you’re definitely going to need both.

C. Madeleine's, 13702 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL; 305-945-7770.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cottage Miami.
Cottage Miami
Miami native Ariel Burman was inspired to open Cottage after realizing that many of his favorite brands — Michael Bastian, Band of Outsiders, A.P.C. — were difficult to find in his hometown. Turns out Burman wasn’t the only guy craving an alternative to South Beach’s usual menswear offerings; in just over a year, Cottage has become the go-to destination for those with a penchant for slim-fit chinos, shawl-collar cardigans, and softly-tailored sports coats. “Our vibe is beachy and preppy,” says Burman. “We want to stay casual, with nothing too fashion-forward.” That laid-back attitude extends to the store’s décor, as well: With its slip-covered sofa, natural jute rug, book-laden wooden coffee table, and vintage canoe suspended from the ceiling, it’s the perfect place to lounge. “We wanted a cozy, relaxed vibe,” Burman, who’s been known to keep craft beer on tap for his customers, explains. Mission accomplished.

Cottage Miami, 1784 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL; 305-534-9917.
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Photo: Courtesy of Del Toro.
Del Toro
Del Toro shoes may be made in Italy, but the Florida-based brand’s cheeky aesthetic is pure Miami. It’s a winning combination of craftsmanship and whimsy that’s catapulted the label’s signature smoking slippers (you know, the ones with irreverent symbols such as emoji, rocket ships, and cartoon characters embroidered on the toe) to cult status. At the brand’s Wynwood shop — its only stand-alone brick-and-mortar location — you’ll find plenty of other charmers worth lauding: chukkas made from neon tennis-ball felt, lace-up oxfords in perforated patent leather, and rubber-soled Chelsea booties crafted from speckled pony hair. Or, simply design your own surefire winner while hanging out in the shop’s mural-walled warehouse space.

Del Toro, 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL; 305-571-8253.
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Photo: Courtesy of Delpozo.
It’s been a quite the year for Delpozo. Not only has the buzzy, Spanish-heritage label relocated its seasonal presentations to New York Fashion Week, but its couture-inspired ready-to-wear is now available at some of the world’s most influential retailers (Opening Ceremony, Barneys, Galleries Lafayette, and Lane Crawford, just to name a few). The brand has also opened its first and only international flagship store in (where else?) Miami’s luxury-shop-riddled Design District. The dazzling boutique — with its inviting, red-brick exterior and green, Spanish-tile roof — is everything you’d expect from a brand that mixes old-school glamour with modern viridity. Designed with input from creative director Josep Font, the interior mimics the prettiest of European ateliers, with peach-hued walls, brass and wood fixtures, plush sofas, and loads of natural light that streams in from wide, arched windows.

Delpozo, 35 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, FL; 305-573-1009.
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Photo: Courtesy of En Avance.
En Avance
En Avance may have a sparkling location in the Design District, but the retailer has been a Miami fashion pioneer since opening its original store in South Beach over two decades ago. Thanks to an eclectic selection of directional pieces from labels like No.21, Sacai Luck, and MSGM, En Avance’s forward-thinking ethos is just as relevant now as it was back in the day. “I love showcasing young, talented designers from around the world and featuring wardrobe staples that will have relevance for years to come,” owner Karen Quinones explains. With a fresh selection of surrealist home goods from Fornasetti and lush fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian also in the mix, you’ll find plenty of treats to complement your entire lifestyle.

En Avance, 53 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL; 305-576-0056.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fly Boutique.
Fly Boutique
In its 19 years in business, family-run vintage mainstay Fly Boutique has garnered a very loyal following — both inside Miami and out. Stop by the cozy Biscayne Boulevard shop any day, and you’ll see New York fashion industry pros digging through jam-packed racks alongside well-heeled European tourists and in-the-know locals. What are they all looking for? Well, classic Missoni zigzag dresses, ‘90s stacked-heel Prada loafers, and iconic logoed Gucci bags at amazing prices, for starters. “We care about every detail — from store display to customer service — and we hand-pick every item,” explains Jean Marie de Bernardi, who co-owns the shop with her husband, Max. It’s that kind of special attention, along with a constantly rotating selection, that de Bernardi says keeps customers coming back time and again: “We get many new items daily, so you’ll never see everything in one visit.”

Fly Boutique, 7235 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL; 
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Photo: Courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela.
Maison Martin Margiela
After setting up a super successful pop-up shop during Art Basel a few years ago, it was only a matter of time before Maison Martin Margiela made itself a permanent home smack-dab in the middle of Miami’s Design District. After all, the neighborhood has become almost as well-known for its luxury clothiers — Tom Ford, Céline, Valentino — as for its galleries and furniture showrooms. Not that having such neighbors matters when it comes to Margiela. With its all-white interior, trompe l’oeil French moulding, printed faux-wood floors, and kooky stacked-chair sculptures, the brand’s Miami store is so artful it would have fit perfectly in the Design District anyway. Expect to find all the Maison’s signature goodies, including men’s and women’s runway collections, eyewear, shoes, fragrances, objets d’art, and fine jewelry.

Maison Martin Margiela, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL; 786-718-1931.
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Photo: Courtesy of Style Mafia.
Style Mafia
Hidden in the outskirts of Wynwood is an industrial showroom where well-informed Miami gals go to get their hands on runway-worthy pieces at crazy-good prices. We’re talking about Style Mafia, the brainchild of fashion blogger Simonett Pereira, who started the trend-driven line in 2013 as a way to “bridge the gap between high design and affordability.” Just one year later, the label’s embellished skater skirts, boxy moto jackets, and neoprene swing dresses have garnered such an enthusiastic band of followers that the line is already sold in over 40 stores across the U.S. and South America. Despite the label’s lightning-speed growth, it’s still worth making the trek to that original Wynwood space: “We rotate the collection every month so there is always something new and exciting at the showroom,” says Pereira. “It’s just the thing for fashion-conscious women who aren’t afraid to try new things with their wardrobes.”

Style Mafia, 2324 NW 5th Avenue, Miami, FL; 786-801-0319.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Webster.
The Webster
One can’t talk Miami shopping without mentioning The Webster. Since opening its doors in 2009, the store has become a major retail destination, earning itself — and the city of Miami — a serious spot on the international fashion map. And, not for nothing: Thanks to a thoughtful mix of established luxury brands, up-and-coming designers, and exclusive collaborations, The Webster’s offering reads like a Who’s Who of current sartorial cool. But, if for some crazy reason the need-now selection of Stella McCartney trousers, Rosie Assoulin gowns, Proenza Schouler jackets, Saint Laurent heels, and Olympia Le Tan clutches leaves you cold, there’s also this: The store is housed in a refurbished historic Art Deco hotel complete with a Parisian-style pastry shop, third-floor gallery space, and rooftop lounge that just so happens to have a killer ocean view.

The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL; 305-674-7899.

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