South Beach’s Art Deco District holds treasures at every intersection from the historic pastel properties along Ocean Drive to the top nightclubs that keep Washington Avenue moving all night long. Just between these two hotspots, Collins Avenue is home to a unique variety of luxury resorts, boutique hotels and some of the best shopping in town. If you’ve got the credit cards, we’re here to direct you to South Beach Shopping in Style!
Just north of Fifth Street, Collins Avenue offers something to satisfy every shopper’s appetite from vacation-ready sportswear to dramatic designer goods. Cruise the make-up lover’s paradise Sephora (721 Collins Avenue) or have a beauty makeover at MAC Cosmetics (650 Collins Avenue) or invest in a whole new look at the Vidal Sassoon Salon (660 Collins Avenue) where a styling student can transform your hair for a fraction of the regular rate. Once you’ve got your beauty regimen sorted out, finding a new beachy wardrobe is a breeze!
For trend-right sportswear with hipster appeal, check out both levels of Urban Outfitters (653 Collins Avenue) a contemporary outlet for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. For more sophisticated looks with a European edge, visit Zara (590 Collins Avenue), Intermix (634 Collins Avenue), Benetton (666 Collins Avenue) and Armani Exchange (760 Collins Avenue). Accessorize your new looks with bags and shoes from Steve Madden (635 Collins Avenue), Nine West (673 Collins Avenue), Aldo Shoes (751 Collins Avenue) and – since we’re talking 365 days of South Beach sunshine – don’t miss Sunglass Hut (673 Collins Avenue).
While Victoria’s Secret (745 Collins Avenue) is known for eye-catching lingerie, the South Beach location as well as Banana Republic (800 Collins Avenue) and the GAP (673 Collins Avenue) have great swimwear in stock year round, so if the shops in your town only offer wool and winter coats, you can always find a great bikini the day you arrive! And a loud pair of surfer jams for your sporty guy awaits you nearby at Roxy Quicksilver Surfwear (740 Collins Avenue) or Tommy Hilfiger (616 Collins Avenue).
Fans of designer fashion flock to Barneys COOP (832 Collins Avenue) and the store made world famous by their recent partnership with retail juggernaut Target – The Webster (1220 Collins Avenue) – where the world’s top collections are carefully edited to reflect a Miami girl’s unique sartorial sensibility. If the kind of designer goods you like are sexy jeans, find them at Guess (736 Collins Avenue), Levi’s (826 Collins Avenue) and True Religion (644 Collins Avenue).
Just north of Miami Beach, the town of Bal Harbour is home to more millionaires than any other part of Collins Avenue and those who like to wear the finest designer clothing don’t have to travel very far to visit Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Neiman Marcus.
Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Avenue) are by far the richest enclave of top name designer brands with Neimans and Saks Fifth Avenue as the anchor stores and three levels of specialty retailers like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Celine, Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Valentino tucked nicely in between.
For die-hard fashionistas, a trip to Bal Harbour provides a live runway show every day and night of the week as the mall is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday until 6pm. Shoe gals will thrill to Cesare Paciotti, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo and Roger Vivier shops and if you get chills watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” you can actually HAVE breakfast at Tiffany’s at Bal Harbour!
As it turns out, diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the proof of that can be found at Chopard, De Beers, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef & Arpels, the makers of the multi-million dollar jewels worn by the celebrities on every major red carpet event. Start your morning at one of the mall’s charming sidewalk cafes and then wander through the perfumed air of Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL, Giorgio Armani and Fendi.
Well-dressed gents can find Brooks Brothers suits, Hermes ties, Loro Piano cashmere, and Ralph Lauren purple label tailored collections to wear with custom shirts at Thomas Pink. Finish off the look with a watch from Audemars Piguet, Bulgari or Hublot and you’re sure to be dressed for success! If shopping is not your thing, you can find a cool place to wait for your favorite fashionista at Books & Books Cafe, Makoto Restaurant or grab a coffee and today’s paper at Santa Fe News.
It really doesn’t matter if your taste and budget runs toward flip flops and cut off shorts or stilettos and couture collections, Collins Avenue is a shopper’s destination running right through the heart of Miami Beach. While the idea of a sunny getaway with nothing in your bag but a great pair of sunglasses and a credit card seems truly decadent, it is indeed possible – in fact it is downright easy – to put together a vacation ready wardrobe in just a short walk along this storied street of dreams!