Miami Shopping For The Gay Shopaholic


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By Liz Cepeda

Miami is a gay shopper's paradise with fashionable finds for every type of budget and taste.

Miami and Miami Beach are truly the International gateway into the heart of fashion with a lot of Latin flair, but don't let that fool you into thinking the Latin influence is all Miami has to offer the chic gay shopper. Miami offers a hefty dose of its own "Found in Miami" signature touches as well.

From Haute Fashion to Trashy Fun on Miami Beach

South Beach has been a bonafide gay paradise since the late '80s and almost three decades later, South Beach remains a top LGBTQ travel destination. Miami just because it's home to several of the nation's most popular gay community events like Winter Party, White Party, Aqua Girl and Miami Beach Gay Pride as well as its beautiful beaches but also due to Sobe's longstanding connection to the most legendary fashion.

During the '90s, South Beach reigned as the "It" place for all things fashion. Gianni Versace ruled; while Christy, Naomi, Linda and Cindy made Ocean Drive their catwalk. Today South Beach's fashion sense continues to soar as a source of inspiration for many designer spring/summer collections and as host city to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, as well as being home to renowned Miami designers such as Rene Ruiz, Jessica Anderson and Julian Chang - who has a recent new line of unique accessories and menswear.

You will want to visit these fabulous fashion boutiques to find your next runway ready garb - especially if the runway is the line into Twist.

Check out Venissac at 1627 Washington Ave in Miami Beach which offers nice lightweight Miami-friendly men's clothing that is not only slimming to your waist, but as an added bonus, won't slim your wallet. Perfect for those warm nights out at Wynwood Second Saturdays or even those hot nights at Bar Gaythering. You will look like a local and be twice as comfortable.

Don't overlook the literary wonderland of Books & Books, the hub of Miami's literary scene, is a must when you're ready to pick up a good read for your much-needed beach day.

You also don't want to miss Lincoln Road's Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Building carrying hotspots including Babalu Miami, Y-3, Taschen, Osklen, the first U.S. location of Adidas by Stella McCartney, and Alchemist – 1111's crown jewel specializing in high-end couture such as Alaïa and Givenchy.

Love thrifting? Then plan a visit to Lincoln Road’s seasonal Antique and Collectibles market, which is open on select Sundays from October through May. The flea market features close to 100 local vendors selling funky clothes, jewelry, furnishings, old magazines, comic books and other collectibles.

On Collins Avenue, you’ll find well-known brands such as Zara, Barney’s Co-Op, MAC, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and Intermix, but make sure not to miss The Webster. Housed in a gorgeous, historic Art Deco building, The Webster is a three-level boutique devoted to men and women’s luxury, ready-to-wear items made by fashion’s biggest names.

In a sharp contrast, Washington Avenue is the perfect place to pick up those delightfully tacky souvenirs. But make sure not to miss hidden treasure, Beatnix for outlandish costumewear, trendy club gear, wigs, wearable art and more.

Luxury in the Design District

The Miami Design District was once known only for its home design stores but now is currently enjoying quite the fashion renaissance. Major standard luxury brands including Burberry, Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Dior Homme, Hermes, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Valentino have already taken the area by storm — with more on the way. Visit the Design District's glamorous Palm Court. Recently unveiled during Art Basel, Palm Court houses jewelry power players Bvlgari and Piaget.

The Best of the Unique at Wynwood

Looking for something with edge? Then visit Wynwood, Miami’s hub for art galleries and internationally recognized street art scene. After you’re done admiring the works of prominent artists such as Kenny Scharf, Retna and Shepard Fairey, leave some time to peruse the array of small boutiques and concept stores specializing in design and lifestyle goods.

There are all kinds of eclectic specialty shops to be found here. At Elemental, you'll find fun quirky clothes, accessories and home designer trinkets. Got a green thumb? Then don't miss Plant The Future, a beautiful boutique with wildly creative terrariums and other plant based architectural designs.

Located just outside of Wynwood, make sure to stop by Creative Male, a men's apparel store. Creative Male is a unique boutique store offering a tremendous selection and range of products from clothing, novelty T-s, men's jewelry and even personal lubricants. This locally owned and operated gay paradise will have you feeling sexy with swimwear, underwear and gym options designed by Whittall & Shon, PUMP! and more.

Something for Everyone the Malls

Experienced shoppers will be more than satisfied with a day at one of Miami’s many malls. You can check out one-stop shopping destinations such as Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall or Dolphin Mall to get the most out of your shopping trip. Don't miss out on the luxurious outdoor malls like Bal Harbour Shops or the Village of Merrick Park for high-end pieces or the hottest downtown shopping mecca; Brickell City Centre and make sure to have a magnificent cocktail at one of their amazing dining experiences before and after a long day of fashion hunting.

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