It’s almost here. Yes, we’re talking about Art Basel. Come December 5th to the 8th, over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate in the high-brow art fair, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year to the Magic City. And yes, while you’re here in sunny South Florida to soak up the sights of spectacular modern and contemporary artworks, duly note that the Design District has some serious shopping haunts hidden up its sleeve. From one-of-a-kind jewelry at Turchin Love and Light to Jonathan Adler’s cheeky pottery, here are a few shopping spots to keep in mind between the copious amounts of sun, beaches, hipster spotting and mojitos while in town.
Need a manicure, blowout, facial and some beauty booty? Emèna Spa has got you covered. Up for keeps are get-glam goodies by Morroccan Oil, Eminence and Phyto. 4100 NE 2nd Avenue; (305) 438-3777.
Turchin Love and Light Jewelry
Besides having a huge local following, we love this tiny Design District jewel box for its collection designed using unique artifacts made in Tibet, Nepal, Africa, India, Bhutan, and Pakistan. 130 N.E. 40th Street; (305-575-7117.
This Milanese-based company made its debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008, which is fitting considering the small corner space is a work of art in its own. Floating stainless steal racks around the store’s perimeters carry dresses, knee-length skirts and tops in Marni’s signature pastel patterns. 3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Design District; (305) 764-3357.
The Prince of Prints AKA Emilio Pucci is also a part of the luxurious lineup in the Design District. The store is currently brimming with pieces from Pucci Creative Director Peter Dundas’ pre-fall and fall collections awash in blues, blacks and purples. 155 N.E. 40th Street;(305) 576-1830.
The King of Convivial Home Décor, Jonathan Adler, boasts a huge showroom in the Design District. Scoop up his popular pottery, rugs, pillows, pill jars (Uppers, anyone?) and his freshly minted accessories collection. 4040 NE 2nd Avenue; (305) 576-0200.
Christian Louboutin Homme
Now gents with a penchant for red soles can score Loubis, too. Christian Louboutin Homme houses made-for-men derbies, sneakers, loafers, boots, espadrilles and accessories designed by the Parisian power designer himself. 180 N.E. 40th Street; (305) 548-8246.
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