2215 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood
Cool as they are, concept stores have a tendency to wither comparatively quickly, so the fact that Steven Giles' men's shop—now nestled in colorful Wynwood—has been in business since 1989 is the first sign that it merits a second look. In addition to his excellent assortment and spot-on limited editions, Giles has supported his business by expanding BASE into a brand consultancy that's worked with design-centric hotels both locally (EDITION) and in other cities (Ian Schrager's Public Hotel in Chicago). That said, his exquisite taste is best experienced via the shelves and racks of his shop, where you'll find everything from cargo jackets from cool-kid Japanese brand Nanamica, to Herschel dopp kits in neutral greys and blacks, to drop-crotch silk pants from Daniel Patrick's LA-made Knomadick.
184 NW 27 St., Wynwood
In the heart of the Arts District, four friends who met in Miami run this fittingly beach-ready shop that sells a mix of designers from Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. Look for wrap headbands perfect for lounging by the pool from Verdelimon, printed ruffled skirts from Pink Filosofy and cheeky woven totes adorned with pom poms and sayings like, “Ohlalala!” from Agua De Mar.
2516 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood
This Wynwood boutique with an LA vibe is brilliant for gift shopping—from quirky kid toys to playful stationery, vintage monogramed napkins, art books, handmade home decor, Spiritual Gangster tanks, Soludos, and jewelry.
219 NW 26 St., Wynwood
Glottman is both a design firm and a purveyor of international interior design; here, you’ll find virtually everything you can think of to furnish the most stylish, modern interiors from top to bottom. Their well-appointed Wynwood is uplifting and inspiring even just to peruse, with soft, gorgeous textiles and rugs on display from Nordic/Scandinavian designers like Kinnasand, as well as luxurious modern furniture and light fixtures that skew from high-concept design to reimagined classics. But not everything here is a major investment: They also sell small gifts, home accessories, kitchen utensils and serveware you can take home easily. There's another location in MiMo/Biscayne Bay.
Plant the Future
2511 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood
Living plants arguably make better gifts than run-of-the-mill floral arrangements: Done right, a great plant or terrarium can be an uplifting interior décor element in itself, and they don’t wilt or die a few days later. Plant the Future is the place to go for beautiful, lively, inspired living plant arrangements, from vibrant flowering cacti to moss art (like a chic Chia Pet!) to actual works of art with plants in them. There's another location in Mid-Beach.
1111 Lincoln Rd., Wynwood
It’s hard to find a Taschen store that isn’t cool, but the Miami outpost is really fabulous, with a bright, aesthetically pleasing array of oversized books on art, pop culture, photography, fashion, architecture, film, erotica, and more. For a different spread of books, after Taschen, walk a couple blocks west on Lincoln to indie Books & Books.
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