Sisters Celine and Natalie Gee trying out their makeup alchemy at GEE Beauty
Bal Harbour Shops
(9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.866.0311) There aren’t many malls out there that can claim to have their own book from Rizzoli. But the 55-year-old Bal Harbour Shops is no mere mall, but a destination unto itself.
Insider’s tip These days, talk is all about BHS’ expanded third level. Restless Soul, Valissa Chocolatier, Le Labo and Diptyque are already up there, and soon will come a new home for Makoto, which will nearly double the restaurant’s size.
Chanel Fragrance and Beauté Boutique (Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.673.4077) Located within a glass box of sorts, this new boutique offers Chanel addicts a fix like no other, with all of the brand’s fragrance and makeup offerings represented.
Insider’s tip Don’t leave without experiencing the Espace Parfum, a dedicated section with an interactive digital experience that allows customers to get acquainted with Chanel’s array of scents in a very 2020 kind of way.
(151 NE 41st St., Miami, 305.576.0056) Owner Karen Quinones’ boutique offers garments from designers such as Ms. Min, Arjé, Sofie D’Hoore and Maison de Papillon, as well as from sustainable brands that include Veja, Kahina, Kure Bazaar and Vintner’s Daughter. Plus, seductive lingerie and jewelry from Kiki de Montparnasse and the coolest selection of Fornasetti candles and dishes anywhere in Miami.
Insider’s tip En Avance houses a special shop-within-shop by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and its newest launch, L’eau à La Rose, will be available as of Feb. 1.
The Comet ring by Pamela Love for Mayors
(1845 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.868.3533) How does GEE Beauty remain so relevant at a time when family-owned boutiques are a rarity? A constant roster of special events with beauty royalty like Dr. Barbara Sturm, Dr. Sebagh and Elle Macpherson, exclusives with the industry’s top brands, and constant additions to its own label.
Insider’s tip All of GEE’s high-tech facial treatments are also available for the body. That means its 24K gold mask can be applied from head to toe for a gorgeous glow.
Jaxson Maximus (1100 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305.262.5747) Father-daughter duo Christian and Madison Boehm excel at the sartorial pleasure that is bespoke for men. From wardrobe staples to seasonal looks, here clients can customize it all: lapels, buttons, cuffs and even the thread color on the stitching of a suit.
Insider’s tip There’s a dart board in the place, and whoever hits a bull’s-eye receives a $250 gift card toward any purchase.
Mayors Change is in the air at Mayors, which has multiple stores in the Miami area, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the jeweler’s Shops at Merrick Park location, which recently unveiled the redesign that all of Mayors’ other stores in Florida will soon follow. This is also the only Mayors boutique where customers will find special collaborations with Pamela Love, Roberto Coin and Mikimoto. Coming soon to the Aventura Mall location and nowhere else is the brand FOPE, with pieces that feature a type of gold that makes its bracelets fully flexible.
Insider’s tip Those who want something truly special can request a consultation with in-house designer Bruno Dunlop, who has been with Mayors for more than 30 years. He will sit down with customers and sketch the jewel of their dreams. Eight weeks later, that special piece arrives.
The Miami Bulldog swim trunks from the Mandarin Oriental Group and Orlebar Brown collaboration collection
Miami Design District It’s impossible not to fall in love with the Design District again and again because, odds are, every visit yields a new surprise. Retail? Check. Culture? Everywhere. Dining options? More and more every day. During Basel, new tenants Bottega Veneta, Warby Parker and a much-hyped Dior X Rimowa pop-up drew thousands of visitors.
Insider’s tip Stay tuned for Mono No Aware, a new exhibition by Miami-based artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez about our connection to nature. Also, we hear that by the time you read this, the permanent store for Tesla should be open.
(Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.763.8453; Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.220.8823) Although Orlebar Brown has evolved into a full resort collection influenced by what founder Adam Brown calls “1960s pool utopia,” the brand’s swim trunks are still the stars of the British brand. That’s because the garments are guaranteed for five years and chlorine-tested to resist fading.
Insider’s tip Look out for the Miami Bulldog shorts ($345) that are part of a special collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental Group and feature imagery of the hotel chain’s Miami property in Brickell Key.
Red Market Salon
(Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.864.3978)
While it offers cuts for men and women, keratin treatments, manicures, blowouts and even gala styling, it’s Red Market’s top-notch coloring services that devotees and regulars single out the most. Simply put, the Red Market balayage has no equal.
Insider’s tip Partner Veronica Espinel, who joined founders Reynald Ricard and Jean Marc Durante in 2018 after being a client for months, is always on the lookout to add new services. On her list? Laser-infused treatments for hair loss.
A bespoke shirt and jacket from Jaxson Maximus
Photography by: GEE Beauty photo by Jake Rosenberg/courtesy of gee beauty | Pamela Love ring photo by Krys Maniecki/courtesy of Mayors | swim shorts photo courtesy of Orlebar Brown | suit photo courtesy of Jaxson Maximus