Let's face it, we've pretty much been there, done that with shopping strips, malls and stalls. And now that we're down in Miami, we want to do things a lil' differently. Well, Santa's paying attention: Just in time to alleviate our holiday shopping malaise, The Standard Hotel and Miami Design District's OHWOW gallery have partnered up to create STND/OHWOW, a retail space that will inject some much-needed interest back into our favorite activity. Of course this little gem opened yesterday in tandem with Art Basel Miami, so it's no wonder that the boutique features custom pieces designed by hot-shot artists like Terrence Koh and Ari Marcopolous, as well as exclusively published art books and one-of-a-kind tchtokes from the gallery's regs—think KAWS, Tim Barber, and Andrew Kuo. The cleverly curated merch will take pride of place in the store's elaborate set up—glossy whites and subtle shocks of turquoise—undertaken by none other than virtuoso architect Rafael de Cárdenas. Even if you don't want to deplete your bank account, you can still stop by for some fun—the space will play host to book signings, exhibitions, and installations well into 2011. Oh wow.
The Standard, Miami Beach, 40 Island Avenue; Miami Beach; 305-673-1717.