New luxury store openings and Miami Design District
More than 40 luxury and fashion brands, from A. Lange & Söhne to Vacheron Constantin, have made the area between Biscayne Boulevard and North Miami Avenue and 38th and 42nd streets their home. Inside are some of the most upscale clothes, shoes, watches, jewelry, handbags and accessories in the fashion cosmos.
One of those brands aiming at “being adventurous” is Tiffany, which is set to open its new boutique on Feb. 6.
The luxury jewelry and specialty retailer will feature works — selected by the company’s design director Francesca Amfitheatrof — from contemporary artists including David Altmejd, Paul Fägerskiöld, Richard Louderback, Thilio Heinzmann and Miami-born Michele Oka Doner. The store will be Tiffany’s first free-standing, street-facing, two-story boutique in the Miami market. Devotees of the jeweler’s Fifth Avenue flagship will find familiar elements, including an abstract interpretation of its famous Atlas figure, designed by Altmejd.
“The reimagined Atlas that’s going to be on the Design District store is going to be so unique,” said Jonathan Bruckner, Tiffany’s market vice president for Florida and Texas. “It really is fitting for the Design District.”
The inside of the store, Bruckner said, will pay homage to Miami’s Art Deco movement, with a massive mural featuring jewel tones and pastels from the historic palette of Miami Art Deco on the back wall, a curved staircase and polished metal walls and faceted mirrors in the second floor salon featuring less expensive fashion jewelry.
Only a short walk from the Atlas figure, Ermenegildo Zegna’s 2,800-square-foot, two-story boutique features an Italian-inspired store design based largely on its global store in Milan. That prototype, developed by architect Peter Marino, features artwork commissioned for the Design District boutique, including a painting by Italian artist Ettore Spalletti.
Around the corner at Valentino, shoppers are greeted by more Italian design infused with Art Deco, courtesy of the company’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, and British architect Sir David Chipperfield and his team