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SoFlo fashionistas don’t have to hop a plane to New York or LA to access the hottest styles straight out of Women’s Wear Daily. Whatever you wear, whatever you want to wear, is available here, whether it’s the latest designs from Gucci and Armani, meticulously preserved vintage apparel, trendy swimwear or trendy accessories and furnishings for your home. The Miami shopping scene has a growing number of celebrated fashion and shoe designers, so there are boutiques galore where you’re sure to find pieces that you won’t see on anyone else at the party. Downtown, discount stores and outlets are packed with deals on shoes, bags, electronics, gold jewelry and fabric. On South Beach, of-the-moment boutiques carry designer goods, fashion jewelry and specialty gifts, along with Old Florida kitsch, athletic wear and beach togs.
Neighborhood: Miami DesignDistrict
Once a ghost town, today this is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. More than 50 home décor showrooms can be found here, including Driade, Fendi Casa, Ligne Roset, Kartell, Holly Hunt, Campaniello, Poltrana Frau and Genius Jones, plus hot fashion boutiques you won’t find in malls or anywhere else in Florida, including Christian Louboutin, Sebastien James, Marni, En Avance and Tomas Maier. Specialty showrooms—Tushka Art Lampshade Studio, Raul Carrasco custom-made furniture, Poliform wardrobe systems—are around every corner.
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Neighborhood: South Beach
Boutiques along Collins cater to the young and the young at heart, from the dressier dresses at Nicole Miller (656 Collins) to Intermix (634 Collins), with its hip little tops and accessories. Armani Exchange, Giroux, Kenneth Cole, Ritchie Swimwear, Club Monaco, Urban Outfitters and United Colors of Benetton offer the latest in youthful must-haves at affordable prices, and there are almost always sale racks to pore through. MAC Cosmetics and Sephora, a massive emporium of cosmetics and fragrances, have the most coveted beauty products and makeup collections.
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Upscale Miami shops and restaurants along the lines of the Bal Harbour Shops amid the Mediterranean splendor of the ritzy Coral Gables, here you’ll find a mix of fancy and hip with a dash of affordable thrown in, anchored by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom: CH Carolina Herrera, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Burberry, Benetton, Ann Taylor, Jimmy Choo and Tommy Bahama is a sampling. There’s a sprinkling of jewelry stores, men’s boutiques, kids’ clothing stores and lunch spots, but the primary focus is on fashion.
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Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Everything really is available here, whether you want fresh-from-the-runway designer apparel or jeans and tees from the GAP or Banana Republic. The anchor stores include Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears, but recently installed and coming stores suggest a trend toward the hip and happening: William Rast, All Saints, Adolfo Dominguez, M Missoni and Hervé Leger. Home furnishings and accessories stores like Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma, unique kids’ boutiques Catimini, Justice and Miss Katie’s Charm School, and unusual specialty stores like the Ferrari Store, Papyrus stationery and British perfumer Jo Malone round out the mix. With nearly 300 stores in total, more than a dozen restaurants, and an AMC theater, Aventura Mall is a tourist destination in itself.
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Neighborhood: Downtown Miami/Brickell
It could be characterized as the Rodeo Drive of Miami, except that Bal Harbour Shops is ever evolving to remain on the cutting edge of fashion and style. With the exception of its anchors, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and some longtime standards (Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Yves St. Laurent), new stores (Bonpoint, Roger Vivier, Santa Maria Novella, Tory Burch) come in regularly to meet the needs and desires of the affluent and fickle clientele who frequent the shops. Upscale restaurants and cafes are set amid the lushly landscaped premises to ensure that customers are able to refuel and recharge for a second round of spending without leaving the property.
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