There's a style trifecta this week in Miami
, as the Limited Edition Experiences
program joins December's contemporary art and design fairs
. For this new initiative, several high-profile fashion brands are introducing small-batch, only-in-Miami merchandise.
With thousands of sharp-eyed stylemongers in town for the Design Miami/™
(December 1 to 5) and Art Basel Miami Beach
(December 3 to 6) festivals, a fashion event was a natural next step. Dacra
, a local real estate company with a large stake in Miami's Design District
, backed a buzzy series of pop-up shops and special events. Launched November 30, Limited Edition Experiences will run through late December.
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Several high-profile fashion brands are introducing small-batch, only-in-Miami merchandise. Click through to see the exclusive items.
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Gucci's ICON -- TEMPORARY flash store opened December 1 for a two-week run. It showcases 18 limited-edition sneaker designs by DJ and music producer Mark Ronson (though only two styles are for women). The kicks range from metallic gold to classic red-and-green Gucci stripes. This style, reminiscent of boat shoes ($540) was made just for Miami. Bonus: each customer also gets an exclusive record with tracks like Ronson's own "Soles on Fire."
At Marni's year-old boutique, snap up this whimsically spotted canvas tote with studded leather handles ($415). It will be exclusively sold through the Miami store this month, while supplies last.
Stubbs & Wootton
On the other end of the footwear spectrum, there's bobo favorite Stubbs & Wootton, known for their embroidered velvet slippers. For Limited Edition Experiences, the company debuts a new cut with a square toe and high vamp. This Artist/Proof style ($495) is "a younger, fresher look that's very exciting, perfect to rock with jeans," enthuses S&W's Gregory D'Elia.
Stubbs & Wootton
Duncan Quinn pulled out all the stops. At his pop-up store, all the menswear is customized for Miami. The namesake designer explained that gangsters inspired his recent collection so "following that theme, I wanted to do something fun and cheeky, an inside joke but smart at the same time." For instance, a series of ties uses a Russian-prison-tattoo motif ($175). In case you need even more eye candy, check out the Ducati motorcycles and the 1962 Maserati parked in the retail space. The store will run full-time through December 12 and then turn to special events and bespoke appointments.
Polarizing designer Jeremy Scott brings his entire Adidas Originals by Originals collection together for the first time, as the Addict boutique hosts his Shop-in-Shop from December 3 to December 6. The bold prints and bolder colors reflect his street style, like this wool-knit sweater dress ($175) and a blazing, color-blocked down jacket ($600).
The temporary stores are notably fun and inventive. Cynthia Rowley
gets playful with a truck-shop and indoor park, for instance, while menswear designer Duncan Quinn
whipped up a decadent "townhouse" filled with Ducatis
and a croquet pitch.
Several designers, such as Fendi
, occupy the 1920s Moore Building, redubbed the F-Factory. For the Design Miami/™ show, architect Zaha Hadid
installed a knockout sculpture here, criss-crossing the building's atrium with stretchy white steel shapes which she compared to chewing gum.
, meanwhile, splashed down with ICON -- TEMPORARY, its flash sneaker store. DJ and music producer Mark Ronson collaborated with the house to create limited edition sneakers
. One of the 18 sneaker designs is exclusive to this Miami shop.
Other one-off temptations include Fendi's Baguette "Mezzo Punto" -- a canvas purse that comes with a DIY embroidery kit. At $995, we wonder if they'll throw in aesthetic insurance for the less crafty among us
Participants with permanent shops in Miami also dreamed up unique, limited edition products. Marni
, for example, offers a cheerily spotted tote (no needlework required). Christian Louboutin
, master of the crimson-soled stilettos
, rode the wave by opening a new concept store on November 27.
Fashionistas and gallerinas, take your marks!