James 113

 

James 113, stores in Ironside, Venezuelan designers in Miami, MiamiCurated

Diego Dominguez did couture fashion for the likes of the First Ladies of Venezuela, the “Misses” Beauty Queens and the like. He was very successful, that is, until he had to leave the country after a death threat. After a number of years in and out of fashion after that, three years ago he started designing, confecting, and selling his creations in James 113,  a shop bearing his name in Ironside. And his fashion aesthetic evolved.

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Not Your Usual Art Basel Picks

Rather than the obvious major art fairs, here are my picks for other events and happenings at Art Basel Miami 2019. Check them out: “hot’ new Wynwood store described as a “retail destination and culture creator”, art week workshop and private tours, two of my favorite ‘other’ art fairs,  stylish shopping and art nail popups at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and new private art museums opening this week. Note the first event is this Sunday!
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French Caribbean Lifestyle PopUp

A unique French Caribbean lifestyle pop-up boutique has come to Wynwood, and it’s well worth a visit.But note it’s only here until this Sunday. Find some of the leading and most creative fashion, beauty and cosmetic brands of Martinique and Guadalupe. I ended up buying an eye catching long white dress with a fitted bodice and flaired skirt and matching bandeau bathing suit that could be from Balenciaga or Prada at a fifth of the price. Then there’s handsome resort footwear, a natural cosmetics line, and perfume and scents label. Loved the sunglasses and straw beach bags, too. Have a look: 
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New Fashion (and Dog) Finds

Every month or two I go to Brickell City Center to see what new shops or services have opened, something that never disappoints. They’re often “firsts” for Miami and even for the US, well curated selections. A recent visit uncovered a Brazilian designer that’s perfect for Miami’s special fashion esthetic, stylish and well priced shoe store from Madrid with the season’s top looks, and a shop that specializes in custom dog leashes that tick off all the right things.
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Fabulous Friday: Better Than Cashmere

Softer, lighter and fluffier than the finest cashmere I’ve ever felt is – would you believe – wool made from the fine undercoat fibers of wild goats from Kyrgystan, in the foothills of the Himalayas . It’s called Yangir. And then there’s the wool made from baby camel hair in Mongolia which it’s said “drives you to sin”   They’re the latest innovation and product of eight generation French company Brun de Vian-Tiran, founded in 1808, and  based in one of my new favorite towns — L’Isle Sur La Sorgue in Luberon, Provence. There’s a museum you can visit and the products are sold online.
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Pivot Mkt, Sustainable Fashion, Home and Beauty Market

Pivot Mkt, billed as the first all inclusive marketplace in Miami to exclusively house sustainable brands, has opened with over 30 brands in fashion, beauty, home and décor offerings. Products are for men, women and children.The 7,200 square foot space in The Citadel in the Little River District also has a sustainable beauty bar and learning center with instruction and “hands on” activities. Coming up October 5, a workshop in making your own lipstick and candles. In other news, the Nu-Deco Ensemble which is one of my favorite cultural offerings in Miami, has announced The Citadel will be its new home base this fall season with the first concert October 11 (see my writeup here).
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Destination Fashion: Sunset Harbour

Sunset Harbour shops are becoming a serious fashion destination with distinctive stores for men and women that often are one of a kind. Find everything from stylish active wear to consignment shops and a unique selection of  local and international designers. Several new boutiques, too, that have opened in the last few months.  Plus, there’s a wide selection of appealing places to eat, have a coffee, or try the best gelato in Miami. Here’s a guide to my favorite shops:
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