We found jaw-dropping gowns, our new favorite sunglasses and some of the country's best vintage — plus, of course, a lifetime's worth of sequins.
The price tags on the Rodarte and Givenchy gowns are nearly as—gulp—spectacular as the setting at this glass-walled boutique-cum-gallery space, perched on the fifth floor of a Herzog & de Meuron–designed parking garage. On the ground floor, you'll find the new (and equally well-stocked) concept store.
1111 Lincoln Rd., 305-531-4815, shopalchemist.com
All the big names (Alexander McQueen, Prada, Chanel—you get the idea) are here at Miami’s ritziest shopping center, where you can do your window shopping amidst lush gardens and babbling koi ponds. If you have any cash left post-spree, pick up something to read at Books & Books, the city’s best independent bookseller, then treat yourself to a sushi lunch at Makoto.
This 10,000-square-foot space on a nondescript stretch of Biscayne Boulevard is the improbable home of the best vintage collection in the U.S.—we’re talking Edwardian slips, Thierry Mugler power suits, pristine-condition design pieces and one boutique dedicated entirely to Chanel. Don’t go looking for bargains—the staff maintains an incredibly high level of curation, with the price tags to match.
The newest addition to Nevena Borissova’s ever-growing empire, super-chic Curve Soleil mixes relaxed, beachy picks from Raquel Allegra and Genetic Denim with the big names (Alexander McQueen, Balmain) we know from her stores in New York and L.A.
Up-and-coming Sunny Isles, just north of Bal Harbour, is home to one of the best-kept-secret boutiques in South Florida. The chic, modern store offers flowy T-Bags dresses, soft jumpsuits by Juicy Couture, denim by True Religion Brand Jeans, elegant tops by Sass & Bide, and more.
17100 Collins Ave., #104, Sunny Isles Beach, 305-944-3533, boutiqueflirt.com
The original, jam-packed vintage shop rewards the scavenger; we found ’70s beaded clutches, Marc Jacobs ballet flats and too many Louis Vuitton handbags to count. And for those who can't make it to South Beach, the new location across the bay has more goodies to offer—plus killer vintage furniture.
Befitting its Design District location, this eyewear store with the punny name— the exclusive Miami retailer for famed U.K. brand Cutler & Gross as well as the handmade-in-Paris specs from Thierry Lasry—favors sunglasses with an architectural, hipster bent.
Once a buyer for Therapy, Isa owner Isabel Aguiar has the best mix of swimwear and beachy accessories in town. We especially love the Kai Lani bikinis and the chunky, beaded jewelry from hometown line Myka 68 for Isa.
34 Giralda Ave., 786-558-8027, isa-boutique.com
This mobile pop-up shop, housed in a gleaming Airstream trailer, stocks some of the city’s best young fashion talent. Look for classic Miami excess with a witty edge, like Rivera Rivera’s gold-brocade hot pants and pleated miniskirts. We discovered it in a grassy lawn next to the shops and stores of 55th Street Station; check the website for the trailer’s current location.
multiple locations, lonomada.com
Our choice of Miami’s myriad hotel shops, the W South Beach’s Therapy offers favorites like Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent dresses and a full range of breezy tops and cover-ups from owner Stacey Josloff’s Inca brand. Whether or not you’re a guest, cut inside the hotel’s lobby for a look at its terrific art collection, highlighted by an original Peter Tunney mural.
Rebel is three shops in one: a boutique of perfect-for-lounging clothes from brands like Parker and Bianca Coletti, an independent concessionaire from yoga retailer Bahdi and a consignment selection offering your best shot in the city for resort classics like Tory Burch and Lilly Pulitzer.
A million different spins on the iconic bare sandal indigenous to the island of Capri are the focus of Tuccia di Capri. Each pair is made in-house, by hand, by cobblers trained in Italy; shoppers custom-design what they want and can pick through a seemingly endless selection of colors and styles.
1630 Pennsylvania Ave., 305-534-5865, tucciadicapri.com
We spent more time in this sunny Coconut Grove shop than anywhere else, ferrying handfuls of chic dresses—by West Coast favorites like Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent as well as Miami designers like Karina Grimaldi—from the dressing room to the cash register.
Miami’s version of Colette, this three-story concept store, housed in an art deco mansion, offers not just clothes—from nearly every designer we love, including Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Repossi, Alexander Wang and dozens more—but also a ground-floor cocktail lounge, a rooftop bar and wonderfully random accessories, like a $35 Pantone iPhone case and The Webster’s $900 surfboard.