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A is for Alchemist, not aardvark. D is for Del Toro, not dog. And W? Please. It's for The Webster, not wombat. It's time to sing your ABC's like a full-fledged, stylish adult and what's better than adding a shopping component to the mix? We've listed off 27 Miami stores and brands, arranged in order from A to Z so that you can properly learn the alphabet, Miami style.
· A is for Alchemist— Because when you can buy Martin Margiela and Dries Van Noten with a top floor view, you can't not mention Alchemist in a roundup. Bonus? There's a second location downstairs in the same building (Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 garage) and both locations have won architectural awards. [Previously Covered here and here]
· B is for Bal Harbour Shops— Home of the first Neiman Marcus outside of Texas and once named the "world's most productive" shopping center per square foot sales, when you're looking for luxury, there's still only one place that has it (almost) all. [Previously Covered]
· C is for C. Madeleine's— Because when Vogue names you one of Miami's best kept secrets and you have a bevy of Chanel gowns that the woman herself must have touched, then you're clearly something special. [Previously Covered]
̭ D is for Del Toro— With his signature slippers, bevy of collaborations with the likes of Erik Bjerkesjo and Disney, and long list of celebrity customers (they had to split it into alphabetical categories), Matthew Chevallard is putting Miami on the shoe game map for good. [Previously Covered]
· E is for Edward Beiner— Beiner has 12 locations, from Coconut Grove to Sarasota, however the eyewear guru touts Miami as the city that started it all, including his own namesake collection, designed by Beiner and handcrafted in Cali and the French Alps. [Previously Covered]
· F is for Furor Moda— Acclaimed by bloggers about town, this locally run online brand is creating its own original Miami staples- breezy palazzo pants, easy wrap skirts and boxy, lightweight tops, all well under $75.
· G is for Goldie Boutique— This tiny side street store epitomizes the boho vibe that Coconut Grove was born to house. The boutique focuses heavily on local designers, so much so that it was the first boutique to carry local jewelry brand TAudrey's "Lil Miss Miami" collection. [Previously Covered]
· H is for HiNT— From dresses to home decor and art to accessories, this small Upper East Side shop boasts a good selection of laid back, upscale finds to lounge in luxury.
· I is for Indie Soul— Located right next to Burger & Beer Joint in Mary Brickell Village, Indie Soul carries its own line of boho bikinis. They've been featured in Sports Illustrated and have even collaborated with a luxury Hollywood (FL!) condo on a signature line of swimwear. Big things. Do we see a Swim Week cameo in the future? [Previously Covered]
· J is for Jenna White— If 10 Crosby Derek Lamb, Tibi, and 3.1 Phillip Lim don't call your attention, then we suggest you spruce up on your fashion reads. This Sunset Drive boutique has become a staple in the area for carrying high-end clothing, jewelry, accessories and home decor all in one crisp clean setting. [Previously Covered]
· K is for Kore Boutique— With three locations from Biscayne Boulevard to Key Biscayne, Kore Boutique has your Miami essentials covered, whether you're brunching or breaking it down at the club. [Previously Covered]
· L is for La Epoca— As Miami's oldest department store, La Epoca's roots sprouted first in Cuba and then extended all the way to Downtown Miami. Inside you'll find three floors of recognizable brands like Toms, G-Star Raw and Seven scattered atop vintage furniture finds that make you feel as though you're sifting through your grandparent's very fashionable living room. [Previously Covered]
· M is for Market— From the team behind Studio LX and Blush comes Market, a new concept, void of trends and full of effortlessly cool style. Inside you'll find only white, grey, black and denim staples from brands like Alternative Apparel, Lush, Blank Denim and Birkenstock. [Previously Covered]
· N is for Nikki's Beach House— With two locations— one in South Miami and the other in Coconut Grove— Nikki's Beach House is a local favorite of Miami's chicest beach goers. Stop in for all swim brands that are setting the tone for the season: L*Space, Beach Riot, Stone Fox and so, so much more.
· O is for The Olfactory Company— Stepping into this Coconut Grove shop makes you feel as though you've stepped into something out of Diagon Alley, only you won't find wizarding magic here. Instead, you'll find fine European soaps, teas, perfumes, candy, toys and oddities that could potentially make you the best gift giver ever. [Previously Covered]
· P is for Philipp Plein— This Aventura Mall store sprouted near Nordstrom to bring you luxurious rock inspired women and menswear, as well as accessories. Originally started as a sleek home furnishings company, you can now find graphic Tweety Bird T-shirts alongslide studded mini dresses and leather jackets.
· Q is for Eye Q Optical— Because if you're looking for a stellar pair of spectacles and good customer service on Ocean Drive, you've come to the right place.
· R is for Respice— Respice carries brands you won't find anywhere else in Miami, let alone the entire U.S. The store specializes in curating stories, not products, but it helps that every single pair of Etnia Barcelona shades, Pretty Ballerina flats and Claire Vivier clutch is absolutely to die for. [Previously Covered]
· S is for Sentir Cubano— Sentir Cubano is one of those "only in Miami" types of shops, where you can find anything and everything a perfect Cuban household would need, like guayabaras for the whole family, rare domino sets, sandwich presses for the perfect tostada, and toilet paper printed with Fidel Castro's face on it.
· T is for Tupelo Honey— For 30 years Tupelo Honey has been outfitting our tushes in premium denim, and with two locations (Aventura and South Miami), there's no stopping them from doing so for another 30. [Previously Covered]
· U is for UNKWN— This streetwear paradise carries brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Public School, Stussy and A.P.C., but their sneaker and footwear collection rivals many. This Aventura Mall shop is privy to carrying limited editions, especially Nike X Lebrons, which is fitting as the ex-Miami Heat player owns the store.
· V is for Vespa Miami— Because who doesn't dream of riding around South Beach in a bright red two-wheeler?
· W is for The Webster— The Webster is the store that has put Miami on the world's shopping directory for its high-end mix of new and established designers, one-of-a-kind collaborations with the likes of Calvin Klein and Pierre Hardy and innovative concepts, like an in-store bar and, at one point, a pop-up restaurant with Miami's celebrity chef at large, Michelle Bernstein. [Previously Covered]
· X is for Paperback-Book X-Change— This hidden North Miami gem is filled to the brim with used titles at half off, but that's not why customers love it. Mike, the owner, is highly raved about (just check out Yelp) as is his store assistant, a cat named Janey, for various reasons, including his book savvy and ability to know where literally everything is located in the store.
· Y is for Yogiiza— This local, Sunset Harbour brand uses only organic fibers and eco-friendly dyes in their clothing, making them breathable, comfortable and perfect for lengthy yoga sessions. You can find a good selection of their goods at local luxury hotels, like the Biltmore and Aqualina Resort and Spa, and at yoga studios like Ayama Yoga and Trio Yoga.
· Z is for A to Z Toys— Because how better to end our roundup than with an alphabet titled store? For the five percent of kids who aren't into iPad games, this toy store on Arthur Godfrey Road carries toys from around the world, from dolls to wood-crafted gems, and has an extensive collection of Playmobil and Lego play sets.
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· Miami's 38 Best Independent Boutiques [Racked Miami]