What's New in the Miami Design District

    By Ginger Harris

    When it comes to "it" neighborhoods, the Design District in Miami is it. Make that IT.

    The luxury shopping area is bursting at the seams with new shops that take shopping to the next level.

    A shining example: Louis Vuitton just re-opened, this time with a five-story boutique, which is sending fashionistas in droves to check out the decadent new spot.

    Inside, find vintage furniture with a refurbished twist, tropical wallpaper, gold-inlay display cases and '60s retro pics from NASA. Even the displays are works of art. For instance, shelves are held up with beautiful belts and iconic cases rest atop the stunning zigzag staircase. Get them outfitted with custom linings in coral or blue, specific to this particular store. And don't forget the monogram, which is provided on-site.

    And then there's the collection, which features exclusive products, including offerings from the Ready To Wear collection and a curated assortment of Nicolas Ghesquiere spring/summer 2015 collections. Be sure to spy the Capucines bags in croc and ostrich. 

    Add to the ongoing list of recently opened stores: Miu Miu, which celebrated its grand opening the last day of April.

    Inside the bi-level store find 5.435-square-feet of pure fashion bliss. The current collection resides amidst a backdrop of a metal curtain, gold damask and damask-lined display cases and mirrors that stretch from the floor to the ceiling. The store's three rooms are stocked with handbags, shoes and accessories.

    And the women’s ready-to-wear collection is just a black marble staircase away, where you’ll find a painted canvas ceiling and velvet mohair seats. It’s posh done in a way only Miu Miu would deem acceptable. The space itself was designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi  and its now where fashionistas are currently flocking to see the latest edition to the rapidly growing luxury district.

    Soon, Harry Winston will be joining the area, as evidenced by the tarps being removed from its future home. Before shoppers know it, diamonds will be sparkling in those display cases.  

    And just a block away from its former home sits Pucci in its new permanent residence in the Design District. The store’s facade is comprised of a large black-and-white Torre print, which Emilio Pucci designed back in the late ‘60s. Inside, however, the prints are all from the new collection and just waiting to be snatched out and worn in the beautiful Miami sun.

    Chrome Hearts brings a selection of silver, yellow and white gold, leather and cashmere clothing and ebony wood furniture with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe to the Design District.

    Rimowa opened as well, bringing an influx of high-end German aluminum and polycarbonate luggage to the area. Perfect for filling with the fashions you’ll find in the surrounding streets.

    Also new to the neighborhood, Lanvin and its unparalleled styles for men, women and accessories. Vo73 recently opened its doors, too, bringing Italian bags and accessories to the Design District.

    When it comes to fashion, Max Mara opened its doors to the Design District just a bit back, bringing with it all of the line's numerous options. But at the heart of the store is an extensive art collection that changes througout the seasons.

    The bi-level shop is not only a destination for apparel, it's also a hotbed for viewing art, including an exhibition of the brand's last 50 years of coat design. Shopping, history and culture all wrapped up into one shop is what the Design District is quickly becoming known for.

    Giorgio Armani and Marc by Marc Jacobs also ushered in high-end fashion options to the area, along with A. Lange & Sohne, Hublot, IWC Schaffhausen and Jaeger-LeCoultre for high-end timepieces.

    Speaking of time pieces, Tag Heuer set up shop in the Design District and celebrated its grand opening in March. The opening soiree included celebs, as well as art that sets the tone for the brand: "Don't Crack Under Pressure" is not only the brand's tag line, it's also the decor for the store, thanks to street artist Jona Cerwinkse.

    For those with a passion for jewelry, Vhernier opened in the shopping district in February. The store marks the second-ever U.S. locale and its 30th year crafting luxury Italian baubles. Just like the detailed pieces, the store itself is rich with color and texture. Think coral shades in cashmere, silk and velvet. 

    When it comes to luxury shopping, this is Florida’s hot spot. Factor in lunch or dinner at the neighboring restaurants, like Michael’s Genuine, and it’s a trip worth taking. Just be sure to make extra room in the trunk for endless shopping bags full of scores.  

    Find the Design District in Miami near Northeast Second Avenue.

    Giorgio Armani opens in the Design District.

    Giorgio Armani opens in the Design District.

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    Vhernier arrives in the Miami Design District

    Vhernier arrives in the Miami Design District

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    Chrome Hearts opens in the Design District

    Chrome Hearts opens in the Design District

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    Miu Miu joins the Miami Design District.

    Miu Miu joins the Miami Design District.

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