Bookstore in Wynwood
By Kara Franker
Discover eclectic shopping hotspots in the Wynwood Arts District.
While Wynwood is a great place to scope out the international street art scene, it’s also the perfect spot to uncover unique fashion and home boutiques. The stores in this popular Miami neighborhood are mostly small concept boutiques specializing in design and lifestyle goods.
Eclectic Home & Gift Finds
Plant the Future (2511 NW 2nd Ave.) is a must-stop in the Wynwood neighborhood and the simple, but very unique designs would look lovely in any home or make a terrific hostess gift if you’re staying with friends in town. Paloma Teppa, owner and artist at Plant the Future, blurs the lines between art, home décor and landscaping. Her unique creations, large and small, are plant based architectural designs almost always on a white base. Think a long white vase full of spikey and long-lasting air plants or a life size white horse with a mane made of airplants.
Whether you're planning an event with friends and you need invitations that speak to your creative vibe, or you're searching for a gift that will inspire creativity, Wynwood Letterpress (2621 NW 2nd Ave. #21) is a great place to start. Owner Bridget Dadd has an incredible eye for design and her shop specializes in custom letterpress and foil stamped invitations and stationery with a thoughtfully curated collection of party, home and writing accessories. Score a marble notebook, pre-printed box cards, tropical-inspired coasters or special occasion supplies for an elegant soiree.
Discover unique design elements and furniture accents at Malaquita Designs (2613 NW 2nd Ave. #13), a home boutique next to Wynwood Walls that carries designs from talented Mexican artists. You'll find unique lighting elements, wall art and chairs that will give your space a unique artisan feel.
Shop for fun and quirky mementos to take home with you from Wynwood’s chic and design forward boutique. At Elemental (2200 NW 2nd Ave.), just across the street from Wynwood’s famous Panther Coffee, is a collection of edgy design finds for the home and work space by international designers and artists. Shop here for everything from bookends that look like balloon animals to modern birdhouses.
At Saccaro (3466 N Miami Ave.), you'll find superbly designed indoor and outdoor furniture. The high quality materials found at Saccaro are long-lasting investment pieces that wear well and sustain the elements of everyday living.
Fashion Forward Boutiques
Wynwood is home to a collection of boutiques that value sustainable production and giving back to the community. These stores offer the opportunity to shop for a cause and look fabulous at the same time.
At Nomad Tribe (2301 NW 2nd Ave.) you'll find colorful clothing that has been sourced and produced in small, family owned shops in places like Peru where workers are paid fair wages and artisans are mindful of environment. They also host pop-up shops, sponsor eco-design competitions and promote social networking among their suppliers to encourage a sense of community.
Haus Fashion Lab (48 NW 25th St,) blends emerging designers with big names in fashion. Here you’ll find a variety of international vintage goods, as well as unique items like bathing suits from Uruguay and eco-bags from Mexico.
Four friends from Mexico, Peru and Venezuela met in Miami and discovered that they shared a common passion for high-end, bohemian-inspired designs from Latin America. They opened Boho Hunter in Wynwood (184 NW 27th St.) to showcase these international designs. Score a colorful new clutch for an evening out, an artisan-made Panama hat for a day at the beach or vintage style acrylic homewares from Colombia.
Ladies can find the perfect outfit for a night out on the town or a new pair of shades that are sure to turn heads. MVM Miami (2119 NW 2nd Ave.) is a women's boutique that's all about haute trends and new looks.
The open and airy space at Frangipani (2516 NW 2nd Ave.) are filled with great finds in women, men and kids fashion, as well as artisan gifts with a fresh and unique feel like stationary, scarves, beach blankets, beauty products, home accessories and jewelry.
For a super soft shirt that you'll want to live in constantly, head to Marine Layer's Wynwood outpost (217 NW 25th St.). The owners originally sold their wares out of a 1969 VW bus and when the brand took off nationally, they began opening storefronts in what they call "fun towns" across the country. We're glad Wynwood made the list.
A pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry, Maison Marie Saint Pierre's American outpost is in Wynwood (2311 NW 2nd Ave.). The luxury fashion house is known for its impeccable craftsmanship in elegant evening wear, wedding dresses, resort wear and more.
International eyewear brand, Warby Parker (215 NW 25th St.) has an outpost in Wynwood. When you buy a pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses, the brand donates a pair to a person in need.
Second Saturday’s Art Walk
Wynwood’s Art Walk, held on the second Saturday of every month, is not just a fun and happening way to get some fresh air and good people-watching in. It’s a great place to scope out new talent and purchase one-of-a-kind souvenirs. At Art Walk, the galleries stay open late with their doors wide open. Sometimes these galleries are by appointment only, so this is a way to get a sneak-peek into an otherwise exclusive scene. Street vendors line the sidewalks selling everything from small canvas paintings to exotic handmade jewelry and high-tech watches; and local cafes and coffee shops set up pop-up stores for local artisans and artists.
Visit Miami in February during Shop Miami Month and take advantage of the many retail promotions.
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