The whole city is buzzing about the changes that are happening in the Miami Design District – everything moves a little faster and is just that much chicer in this evolving center for high style and design.
Just a few years ago, the Design District was spotted with artists who had moved to the area for affordable rent, a design and architecture magnet high school and a few local haunts. Today, the biggest names in fashion and design retail are flocking by the droves to this center of hip that is centrally located just a short drive from Miami Beach, up the street from Downtown, right above Wynwood and close to the airport and the mainland areas.
Luxury outposts of the highest of high-end fashion like Celine, Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Cartier, Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton and Marni have recently opened doors filled with well designed décor and even better designed goods. If this international list of names sounds like a bunch of gibberish to you, prepare to be amazed by the selection of handcrafted shoes, bags and clothes for both men and women designed by Paris, Milan and New York’s favorite faces. If you follow the seasonal runway shoe trends, are familiar with all the front row faces and are ready to see the designs of your dreams in person then the Miami Design District is a haute fashion haven just for you.
The recent influx of fashion names has brought garments and accessories to the forefront of conversation, but it’s always been the boutique furniture and décor shopping stores that anchored its cool vibe. Any home could use a touch of the high end, individual décor that is all over the Design District.
More than 60 home décor stores run along the few blocks between NE 38th Street and NE 42nd Street and Federal Highway and North Miami Avenue. It’s less than eight blocks all together, but you’ll find everything from hand embroidered pillows, collected antique chandeliers, sturdy and modern outdoor furnishings, interior design gurus, fine art for decorating your walls, designer plumbing and appliances, unusual Italian finds and so much more.
Whether you have something specific in mind or are ready to spend a day window shopping, this is a small area that’s easy to walk in just an afternoon. But that’s not accounting for how long you take in each store; it’s easy to get lost with many great finds.
The area is an eclectic blend of one-of-a-kind independent stores, international imports and big names in design including, but not limited to Vitra, Holly Hunt, Waterworks, Jonathan Adler, Janus et Cie, Haus Scape, Hulsta, The Rug Company, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Ann Sacks.
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