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1111 Lincoln Road
1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 538 9320

Designed by brilliant Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron (of Beijing's Bird's Nest fame), this mixed-use building at the corner of Alton Road and Lincoln Road is generating excitement for its design as well as the celebrated retailers it's bringing to South Beach's popular pedestrian promenade. Fronted by a Portuguese-style plaza on Lincoln Road, the minimalist glass-and-concrete structure looms like a futuristic layered wedding cake—part parking garage, part shopping and dining experience. The property is still a work in progress, with more retailers to come throughout 2010. For now, shop for surprisingly affordable design gadgets such as Danish wall clocks and edgy bottle openers at Inkanta, luxe underthings at Manhattan-based lingerie boutique Journelle, and art books from renowned German publisher Taschen. Other on-site retailers include Nespresso, MAC cosmetics, and urban streetwear depot Adidas Y-3. Local fashion boutiques (including Erika Cohen's Alchemist), as well as Brazilian and Italian designer shops, are slated to open here, too. Three restaurants, among them Florida's first outpost of New York–based Shake Shack, are also in the works.—Terry Ward

939 Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 531 4982

Like a beachfront version of Paris' famed Colette, this concept store—helmed by dancer-turned-retailer Steven Giles—is one of the best spots in town for browsing. It's crammed with men's clothes, books, objets, a CD listening station, and even a hair salon, Snip. Labels rotate regularly, but expect an intellectual collection of European and American labels such as Fred Perry, Rogan, and Y-3. The music's a standout, too—no wonder, when one employee's full-time gig is "media research" (hunting down obscure, worthwhile tunes for the listening bar). There's been a closet-sized sequel inside the Delano Hotel) since summer 2005, but in March 2007, Base spawned a full-size satellite branch, Base Annex. In a former law office a block or so away from the original, the annex is a warren of rooms laid out like the private home of an eccentric, reclusive millionaire. The stock focuses on women's clothes and accessories, plus art world–worthy furniture: Look for chandeliers by Tobias Wong and chairs from Fornasetti among the Vivienne Westwood and Comme des Garçons duds (927 Lincoln Rd., Ste. 118; 305-695-4026).

Open daily until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays).

Books & Books
927 Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 532 3222

In a town that often seems to prioritize sunning ahead of reading, this homegrown outlet stands out. The small South Beach branch stocks coffee-table books and a smattering of new fiction and nonfiction titles. Grab one of the shaded tables outside on Lincoln Road, and chow down on sandwiches by day and more elaborate fare such as scallops in coconut-shrimp sauce every evening. In late 2008, the store, pushed aside by a Diesel flagship, moved into a courtyard a few feet off Lincoln Road, but it's still there. There's also a second (bigger) location in Coral Gables, with smart staff and an intriguing selection of books, as well as a pleasant café for sandwiches and snacks (265 Aragon Ave.; 305-442-4408).

Open Mondays through Thursdays 10 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to midnight.

Design Box Home Boutique
3094 Fuller Street
Coconut Grove , Florida
Tel: 305 644 9400

Miami interior decorator Herbie Parets opened this home-decor shop in Coconut Grove in 2010 (he operates his design business from an atelier in back). Items like the pretty vintage-glass bottles blooming with colorful sea fans give a nod to Miami's seaside locale, but the offerings here truly go global and span the decades. There are antique cameras from the late 1800s (some with their original leather cases), birdcages sourced in the Deep South, French artwork, and embroidered throws from India (circa 1930s) among the objets d'art. Parets' keen design sense shows up in the presentation, too. Look for stacked vintage suitcases repurposed as side tables—something you could easily re-create on your own.—Terry Ward

Open Tuesdays through Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Design District
N.E. 39th and 40th Streets
Bordered by N. Miami Avenue
Miami , Florida

This 18-block stretch just north of downtown was an area of derelict warehouses until developer Craig Robins started buying up property in 1994. Today, it's a bastion of high style, with cutting-edge design stores (open to the public, not just interior designers) lining the streets, along with art galleries and cafés. Among the big names: the carpet emporium Odegard (3621 N.E. Miami Court; 305-576-7166; and Holly Hunt, a 20,000-square-foot showroom of contemporary furniture (3833 N.E. Second Ave.; 305-571-2012;

Gee Beauty
9700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 868 3533

Miriam Gee, a former fashion and beauty editor, and her three daughters are the beauty whisperers behind this Toronto-based cosmetics store and spa. Their first stateside outpost opened in August 2011 on the ground floor of the Bal Harbour Shops, surrounded by couture storefronts. The Gee family focuses on face and skin treatments in the all-white space and stocks celeb—and beauty editor—favorites such as Malin+Goetz, Tammy Fender, and Dr. Sebagh (there are also two treatment rooms for massages and waxing). And if you want to learn the tricks of the pros, get a one-hour rundown at Secrets of the Chair, a private class taught by makeup artists.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami Beach , Florida

Miami isn't a city that lends itself to window-shopping and strolling the streets. But the pedestrian mall on Lincoln Road is an exception. Originally laid out in the '50s by the area's visionary architect, Morris Lapidus, and recently renovated, this eight-block outdoor promenade is populated by boutiques, cafés, and Rollerbladers. Several big chains—Pottery Barn, Diesel, L'Occitane, and the Gap—have outposts, but there are also a few original boutiques springing up, plus a surprisingly solid bookstore, Books & Books. On Sundays, there's a farmers' market, and every other Sunday from October to May, an antiques and collectibles market sets up shop.

Local Designers
Miami , Florida

Miami, long dissed and dismissed for its sequin-obsessed fashion scene, is finally producing some standout, world-class talents. Take glitzy unisex designer Julian Chang, who has a loyal following of local Latina celebs (yep, Gloria Estefan is a fan). At his workshop/showroom in Biscayne Corridor, expect brocade and plenty of bare skin, two of his signature touches (6667 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-751-8900; Couturier Rene Ruiz makes red carpet–ready clingy gowns with ample va-va-voom and displays them at his storefront in Miracle Mile, the retail hub in downtown Coral Gables that's experiencing a revitalization (2700 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; 305-445-2352;

Tomas Maier
170 N.E 40th Street
Design District
Miami , Florida
Tel: 888 373 0707

The creative director of the Italian fashion label Bottega Veneta relocated his namesake shop from a '30s-style bungalow on the edge of South Beach to the Design District in the fall of 2008. But the merchandise has stayed the same. Everything is still very much a personal statement of what Maier considers beautiful—even if that means displaying competitors' items alongside some Bottega designs and his own line of knits and swimwear. You'll find pieces from prominent jewelers mixed in with one-of-a-kind flea market finds, photography books, hats, DVDs, ceramics, shoes, and more.

Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6pm.

The Webster
1220 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 674 7899

When it comes to boutique shopping, less can be more. But the Webster#8212;20,000 square feet of designer-centric temptation located in a historic Art Deco building in Miami Beach—plays by its own rules. Co-owned by three fashion world veterans who have worked with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, and Balenciaga, the multibrand boutique has been a South Beach success story since opening in 2009. Women's and men's ready-to-wear clothing and accessories are on the first two floors (the third floor is a pop-up art gallery). The wares are a little edgier than the tiny bikinis and loud prints that Miami is known for. Cool girls come for Alexander Wang tank tops, Martin Margiela booties, and Tom Ford sunglasses, while the boys opt for Band of Outsiders and Rag & Bone. The 1939 building, once a hotel, still has the original Deco flooring and gold-and-silver striped booths, where you can sip a glass of Champagne or an espresso while bracing for the cash register tally.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.