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Where to Shop: Miami Beach

Written by Janet Perisa
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas
(Opposite Photo - Barucci)


New York Cool photographer Krisztina Fazekas and I were in Miami for the fabulous Sunglass Hut Swim Shows (July 15 – 18, 2006) and when I was not actually at the show I constantly found myself wandering in and out Miami’s eclectic and trendy boutiques. But what would an out-of-town venture be without a little thrift-free shopping?

It was hot and trooping through the heat to search for some unique and jazzy wardrobe pieces was a real bitch, but it was definitely time (and money) well spent. Hey, somebody has to find the hot stuff for you! So for all of you style savvy shoppers, here is a taste of Miami.


750 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Fl

The only thing more alluring than this store’s glamour-glazed apparel and accessory lines is the steady traffic of dauntingly good-looking gentlemen who shop here. Unfortunately this Ocean Drive treasure chest does not provide a dating service, but they do house some of the hottest names in luxury clothing for men and women. Some of the designer bigwigs that grace the racks at Barucci’s are: Versace; Roberto Cavalli; and D&G. But even more enticing are the sensuous fabrics and artistic detailing of the quirky design concepts of French-born Miami-based designer Ema Savahl. Sevahl’s signature hand-painted halters and dresses are encrusted with genuine Swarovski crystals and have caught the attention of stylists and celebrities such as, Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson and Lil’ Kim. Although Barucci’s prices range from expensive to luxury, it’s a great place to check out the latest in fashions and trends—and don’t forget the eye candy ladies!


1627 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

This jaunty collection of men and women’s ready-to-wear exemplifies the infamous “Miami look” with crisp linen blazers, shirts and dresses that will keep you cool while you rummage about this sun drenched city. While the store’s interior décor is kept to a minimum, the walls do exhibit the photographs of some of the city’s local talents. The rich melody of colors and paisley prints that adorn these fabulous suits and frocks speak volumes in terms of artistic aptitude and style. Venissac clothing and accessories are priced moderately and can be viewed online at:


919 Collins Avenue, Ste. 3
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami Beach’s newest edition in women’s RTW has a playful flirty vibe that speaks to the little “girlie” in us all. Here you can find soft cotton tees, rhinestone embellished accessories and fierce handbags by designers like James Coviello, Mint Collection and 2B Accessories.

Browsing through the neatly folded and perfectly placed inventory may be a little intimidating, but do not fear—Oyuki’s staff is super friendly and provides service with a smile! And there are so many cute and collectible pieces that even the finickiest shopper can find something here. Prices range between moderate-expensive. To find out more, log on to:


640 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami Beach’s most visited boutique is chock-full of the hippest names in designer duds. Leo brings the ambiance of SoHo to South Beach with its chic and comfortable décor and hot-off-the-runway looks by designers like: Heatherette; Buddhist Punk; Foley; Imitation of Christ; and Missioni. The prices are on the high end, but the quality and style of their collections will last for seasons to come – trendy to classic to vintage. You can check out the latest trends and shop their online store by logging on to:


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