Zenith Art & Fashion

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Yours truly in wearable art by Zenith Art and Fashion — a hand painted canvas dress (note detail at the inside hem), and their fab leather handbag in a metal cage. Seen here at the AWOM gala.

 

A much welcome new addition to the Miami art gallery and boutique scene is Zenith Art and Fashion. They feature no fewer than 38 fashion designers and emerging and established artists represented from over 24 nationalities. Fashion Institute of Technology grad and co founder Carla Cid de Diego is one of the designers. The Spanish American womens wear designer’s creds include crafting costumes for the Florida Grand Opera and Duende Ballet Espanol . Exclusive to Zenith, she designs limited-edition leather handbags in precious metal cages crafted by her father, Fernando Cid de Diego. Her father’s metalwork is owned by the likes of Queen Sofia of Spain and the White House (bought by the Clinton Administration). These are serious, handsome handbags, part of a collection of wearable art and accessories. Plus, Zenith has an 8,000 square-foot outdoor sculpture garden which can be rented for events.

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A “Must” for Garden Lovers

“Magical” is the word Jesse Druko uses to describes his garden and ten acres of grounds, which also happens to be one of the top nurseries in the Miami area. I also found the gardens romantic, wistful, and serene, with their meandering paths that lead to new discoveries at every turn, the koi filled pool that could have been plucked from Savannah, and the ponds that he also “choreographed” with lush vegetation. He’s a font of knowledge, advice, and is a great story teller. So you won’t want to miss his upcoming talk at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden this month besides either.
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Feel Good Story: Taste of Immokalee

Do you know where Immokalee is? I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t. It’s in Collier County on the West Coast of Florida. Population 24K+, it’s an agricultural region populated by seasonal workers and immigrants, and happens to be one of the poorest areas in the state. Now, thanks to the benefit corporation, Taste of Immokalee (TOI), there’s an uplifting, hopeful story that’s tied in with delicious sauces and salsa that are sold in Publix.
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Violet & Grace

One of the best curated fashion boutiques in town happens to be Violet & Grace in the 1Hotel South Beach. The clothes and accessories for men and women in this boutique on Miami Beach are perfect for a Miami sophisticate’s day at the beach or night on the town. The shop is the creation of German born model Ina Lettmann who has appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. She describes the fashion as combining feminine with an effortless sexy, yet edgy touch. A few blocks away is another shop well worth a visit, the boutique in the W South Beach.
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BON Chocolatier, A Fave

“Magnifique” is the only way to describe the chocolates from Parisian chocolatiers Deborah and Yoann Andreu at their new factory store BON Chocolatier in Bay Harbor, minutes from Bal Harbour Shops. I was in chocolate heaven. The quality, perfect calibration of ingredients that make the flavors and intensity of the chocolates pop, and artistry of everything in the shop is exceptional in Miami.
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Fab New Miami Boutiques

Wonderful is the only way to describe Upper Buena Vista. It’s described by the architects as a “community driven lifestyle destination where specialty retail, hospitality and wellness coalesce, embracing Miami’s culture and injecting it with global flare”. Picture this: lush vegetation and huge trees including an 80 year old banyan tree, their leafy canopies almost embracing the single story shops ressembling Japanese temples, thatched roof huts , and expansive windows that allow you to look into the fashion and décor finds inside. And finds there are, in 21 tasteful retail shops, including micro and petite boutiques. The concept is to offer affordable space for emerging designers and entrepreneurs. Then there are the complementary services – food, coffee bar, cryotherapy, hair, nails and beauty bar, tattoos and more. Here’s a short rundown of my favorites (and there were plenty), with a short description of each. This is not to be missed.
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Exciting New Fashion Designers

Thanks to a new friend I met at my recent reader event – Chuky – I got plugged into exciting new fashion designers and came up with some great discoveries. Must admit, I also did some damage to the pocketbook, an “occupational hazard” of being a blogger. The finds – three Latin American designers — are in the emerging Little River area which is a growing hub for creatives and art galleries. You can find some neat gift items for Mother’s Day as well.
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