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Los Angeles designer Tadashi Shoji likes to be creative. And he likes working with creative people.

That's why he has employed the help of a group of architecture students at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., to study the brand, explore the boundaries between branding and retailing and create installation concepts for his new Glendale Galleria concept store.

The students focused on installations using repurposed and off-the-shelf materials, which could be used in Shoji's expansion later this year to San Jose, Calif., and the Middle East. Shoji also collaborated with architecture firm March Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

"Combining fashion-forward designs with out-of-the-box elements will not only enrich the customer experience but will entice them to return again and again," the Japanese-born designer said.

The new store space encompasses 2,200 square feet and offers an eclectic range of Tadashi Shoji's eveningwear collection. The June 20 opening marks the first in a series of short-term concept stores that will be used to test key target markets as part of the company's global rollout strategy.

Currently, Shoji’s designs can be seen by his faithful celebrity clientele, of whom include Michelle Obama, Octavia Spencer, Ciara, Mindy Kaling, Britney Spears and Nina Dobrev, to name a few.


Source : apparelnews, Deborah Bolgum

Funkshion Productions is excited to announce that Swim Fashion Week will once again heat up Miami Beach from July 13 – 17, 2016. A year after taking over the production of the hottest swimwear shows, Funkshion continues to present the exclusive tent venue of the runway shows for swim week.

“This season is especially important as we evolve Swim Fashion Week to showcase the brightest talent in the industry today,” said Sale Stojanovic, partner and co-founder of Funkshion Productions. “Designers from all over the globe are choosing to showcase their brands in Miami Beach because of the growth of the trade shows and media focus. That has inspired us to innovate and offer the most creative options for the brands to tell their stories. This is the future of the industry and we are thrilled to be able to continue to bring the energy and excitement back another year.”


FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day/evening long event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands. Designers will integrate music into their shows, many personally selecting their favorite celebrity DJs to preside over their runway spectacles.

Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates its 13th season this October! The state of the art fashion runways will
be built at the Setai Hotel as well as the world famous Bass Museum of Art (both on Collins Ave). The Bass Museum of Art venue features a very unique space with a large courtyard for sponsor activations, gifting and accessories showcase.

As with every season, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach supports new and emerging designers with our Emerging Designers Award. The panel of judges is made up of media elite, trade industry VIP's, designers, celebrities and members of Fashion Group International. Fashion Group International will award a winner this prestigious honor along with the opportunity
to showcase its designs at Funkshion: Fashion Week Milan in Italy. Fashion Group Emerging Designers Competition will be presented by Nespresso.


Here is the schedule that's open for public and you can RSVP from HERE :

Wednesday, July 16th, 9 PM : Peroni Emerging Designer Series presented by Fashion Group International Presenting ten finalist showcasing their Italian inspired Designs

Wednesday, July 16th, 10 PM : Kim Ngyuen Winner 2013

Thursday, July 17th, 9 PM : Barraca Chic

Thursday, July 17th, 10 PM : After Party hosted by F Vodka

Saturday, July 19th, 9 PM : OMG Miami Swimwear

Saturday, July 19th, 10 PM : Soah Swim

Saturday, July 19th, 11 PM : After Party hosted by F Vodka




The collection, created by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Michael Bryden, consists of two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Garment Carrier. Designed to specifically highlight its two-tone finish, the collection complements the design principles of the Wraith itself and enables customers with the opportunity to personalize their luggage to match the interior of their car, with customized hand-stitching done by master craftsmen (who wore white gloves to do so in order to preserve the leather, no less). Winning!

The design of the luggage collection was inspired by insights from head butlers at some of the world’s most respected hotels, who noticed that frequent and accomplished travelers rarely handled their own luggage. Only one small bag is usually handled by the owner. Because of this, the company paid particular attention to the Long Weekender bag that features even weight distribution and a perfectly smooth finish on the handle.


Rolls-Royce utilized carbon fiber for the suitcases' internals. The stitching is matched to the color of buyers' Rolls-Royces, and the handles have an invisible stitch to ensure a smooth finish. Buyers also have a choice between a two-tone or monotone leather exterior appearance.


The collection includes six pieces, each of which is embossed with the automaker's Spirit of Ecstasy logo.

The luggage set lists from $45,854 in the United States, though Rolls-Royce says that pieces can be purchased individually from dealers.


Source : HauteLiving, MotorAuthority



On April 6, Hermès Design District hosted the Power of the Purse annual luncheon to benefit the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. Famous supermodel turned entrepreneur, Elle Macpherson served as the event’s honorary chair. We had the chance to talk to Macpherson about the organization.

She mentioned "When I moved to Miami in late 2014 after 17 years in London, I was eager to find community. I know from experience, the best way to feel part of a community is through service so I started asking friends what work I could do and with whom. My friend Tiffany Zientz Heckler suggested I explore the work the Women’s Fund was doing in Miami. I visited many of their initiatives and decided to reach out to see if I could help at all. This led me to co-hosting and co-chairing the Power of the Purse (among other things). I’m grateful to have this opportunity to help."

Founded 23 years ago, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has provided more than $3.7 million to 480 programs supporting women and girls in Miami-Dade. This includes the seed money for programs advocating for women and girls such as Lotus House and Casa Valentina. The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is a leader in community collaborations including Stop Sex Trafficking MIAMI (35 different organizations working together on this crime against our children), The Girls Coalition and Freedom from Violence. This month Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is kicking off a new initiative called SEE HER VOTE to help educate women on important issues and encourage them to vote.

Gloria Estefan, Cristina Saralegui, Diana Nyad, Rachel Roy, Hilarie Bass (incoming chair American Bar Asso), Katherine Fernandez Rundle State Attorney,  Jane Wells (International film maker) Victoria Cummock, Teresa Gonzalez, Sissy de Marie, Mary Young, Marilynn Gladstone, (the founder), Some are or have been involved with Power of the Purse – others have been or are currently involved with The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade in other initiatives.

It is an honor to partner with Hermès on the Power of the Purse. Beyond extending the celebratory mood of this year’s fundraiser through this special evening in the Design District, Hermès has donated a private scarf tying event to the silent auction portion of the fundraiser. The winning bidder will bring nine of her closest friends to the Hermès boutique, enjoy champagne, and learn the chicest ways to tie an Hermès scarf. The Design District, fashion and the women that make Miami great, what could be better?


Source : HADLEY HENRIETTE, Haute Living

Shinola is a Detroit-based company dedicated to quality, craft and creating world-class manufacturing jobs in the US. Their mission is to build a modern and quintessentially American consumer products brand through the reintroduction of domestic manufacturing at a scale that can shape culture, create community, and deliver goods of the highest quality that are built to last. Their main product are watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals, pet supplies, gifts, and accessories. Now they are opening their new branch at Wynwood. Here is more information about Shinola :


According to Urban Daddy :

"Regardless, there’s just enough space in this narrow, wood-shelved corridor to house all of the stuff you’ll likely be gifting to a few worthy recipients in the coming month. Stuff like... The navy-colored Brakeman watch made with a football-leather strap. The name comes from the railway guys who used to apply the brakes on individual wagons in the early 1900s. Which is a strong choice for the person who isn’t exactly delicate in their sensibilities. We’re sure you know someone. The three-speed Bixby cruiser bike for the friend who insists on thwarting Miami traffic by not driving a car. Silly friend. An American-tanned, Horween-leather passport wallet for that coworker who’s always finding an excuse to get down to Brazil. It’s got five card pockets and an unlined slot for a passport. They’ll even monogram it with your giftee’s initials."


According to Eater :

"The store itself is gorgeous. While at the moment its facade is black and adorned only with Shinola's signature clock face suspended over the entrance, the store will be featuring a quarterly rotation of works by local artists, organizations, and museums to keep in line with Wynwood's signature artistic murals. First up is local artist Timothy Buwalda, who is known best for his artistic interpretations of totaled cars and machinery. Inside the corner shop, everything is displayed within finely done oak-hued cabinets and stands. Beautifully made watches for men and women range from $500 to $850, leather goods for men and women include wallets, bags, tech accessories and journals, and there are plenty of other novelty goods like candles, pencils and knives to be found." written by Ashley Brozic.


Stay tuned at Miami City Social for more information.

The idea for Sparkle and Shine Darling started with a fabulous trip to Paris, France. Adrienne Bosh visualized a space where women could shop a curated collection of sparkly-shiny pieces from around the world, where they could meet to celebrate life’s big and small moments, where they could unwind with a flute of bubbly and a melt-in-your-mouth macaron. And now, that dream is a reality. Women are amazing. They're a mix of vulnerability and strength. They create art, meals, life itself. They're all unique and yet they have so much more in common than what we see on the surface. Sparkle and Shine Darling is a reflection of that. It’s more than a physical space to shop, celebrate and relax. The hope is that it’s also a haven, a place for community and friendship, positivity and support. Sparkle and Shine Darling officially opens at Miami Beach this Monday, Nov 16th. Here is more information about Sparkle and Shine Darling :


According to Miami Racked :

"The store is filled with knick-knacks and novelties that could appease every person in your life. There are planners, notebooks, and stationary from Kate Spade, pastel and printed tea sets, an entire armoire dedicated to tutus for women and clothing for little girls, and an entire rack dedicated to books to help you build your own empire. Adrienne has even created her own line of Sparkle & Shine goodies, from stationary to mugs." written by Ashley Brozic.

According to Miami.com :

"Brace yourself, South Beach. Adrienne Bosh is about to paint the town pink. The wife of Miami Heat star, Chris Bosh, has been knee-deep in tulle preparing for the highly anicipated opening of Sparkle and Shine Darling on Monday, November 16, 2015. The concept? Think boutique-meets-event space, planned to be as effervescent as the champagne served. Packed with girl power and glitter, the concept formed when Chris planned an inspiring Paris getaway for her and her girlfriends — and is now slated to open at the end of this summer." written by Jillian Goltzman.


Stay tuned at Miami City Social for more information.

Mike Natenshon started making custom shirts because we couldn't find any that fit and felt like the old staples in his rotation. ML shirts come in half sizes, Marge & Larger. They are knit with amazingly soft natural fabric that has been totally pre-shrunk. And all tees are sustainably made right in San Francisco. And now they're come to Wynwood. Marine Layer opens 217 NW 25th St next to Warby Parker. Here is more information about Marine Layer :


According to MiamiRacked :

"If you see something, grab it. Everything in Marine Layer is made in small batches and limited runs so they're constantly switching up the game here, whether it's a beachy maxi dress or your perfect oversized tee. And the prices are justified by the softness of the garments. Men's tees are about $39 and most button downs are $98. As for women, tees start at about $39 and other pieces like skirts and knits run at about $78, but there are sales (like the brand's ongoing three tees for $100), so watch out for those on the reg. Stop by, grab a beer (they're complimentary), and browse around for your next go-to shirt your girlfriend won't be throwing away." written by ASHLEY BROZIC.


According to Urban Daddy :

"Once upon a bleak time, you’d have to fly out to the West Coast for this stuff. Today we’re here to say: no more. Because they’ve teleported their Californian sensibilities to a spot in Wynwood stocked with mid-century-modern chairs, wooden crates and a bunch of potted plants. Also, beer. To consume while you peruse. Nice touch. You might be wondering, “What makes these shirts so soft? Also, what’s the meaning of life?” The answer lies in a natural fabric developed by a guy named Mike (he’s the owner) that feels like it’s seen its fair share of permanent press cycles."


According to RealDeal :

"Marine Layer, a men’s and women’s casual wear brand based in San Francisco, has chosen Wynwood for its first store in the Southeastern United States, as retailers continue to flock to the artsy district, The Real Deal has learned. The new shop is expected to open this month at 217 Northwest 25th Street in Miami, next to Warby Parker, in a renovated building owned by Goldman Properties. Marine Layer currently has about a dozen stores in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Portland. Its website says the Miami store is opening in “early August,” and lists various job openings." written by Ina Cordle.


Stay tuned at Miami City Social for more information.

The Original Bold Hatmakers Classic styles since 1895 now opens their shop at South Beach. The place called Goorin Bros. The legacy of Goorin Brothers is one that follows a timeless approach to the art of hat making. In its fourth generation of leadership Goorin Brothers continues the tradition of authentic family craftsmanship and is supported by a team of individuals who share the same passion for the cultural, artistic and hands on approach to this century old brand. Here is more information about Goorin Bros :


According to HauteLiving :

"Located at Lincoln Road Mall, the 1,000 sq. ft. shop is at the epicenter of the vibrant South Beach neighborhood. With a unique and bold ambiance, locals and tourists will feel like they have traveled back in time. The sophisticated, yet hip and relaxed shop perfectly compliments the lively south beach scene and cafes, bars, boutiques, and fine dining that are found on the popular pedestrian-only promenade. Miamians and tourists alike will surely find a “hat home” in the neighborhood hat shop. Goorin Bros. latest collections feature an array of artisanal hats that appeal to seasoned and novice hat wearers alike. Hats are classical with a modern flare, always staying true and representing authentic craftsmanship. From fedoras to floppies to everyday straws to premium Panama styles, and ball caps to flat caps, Goorin Bros. Miami Beach has a hat for every head. To celebrate the opening, Goorin Bros. will host a Grand Opening soirée in October." written by JULIANNA MEDINA.


According to MiamiRacked :

"Whereas most stores that open in South Beach try to incorporate the lay of the land (modern furniture, sleek design, palm trees, lots of them), this new Goorin Bros., the first to open in Florida, stays true to its rustic milliner image, with oriental carpets, dark wood furniture, and vintage trunks and radios to decorate. The only thing that differentiates it from the other 35 Goorin Bros. locations is the overflow of handmade floppy, straw, and Panama hats, because you can't quite fathom a flatcap on the beach, right?" written by ASHLEY BROZIC.


According to Urban Daddy :

"Doff your cap for Goorin Bros., our city’s first outpost of the storied San Francisco–based hat-berdashery, now open on Lincoln Road. Look around. Cozy, sure. Looks like an old-timey hat shop with an affection for maritime affairs antique cigar boxes scattered about, life preservers and nautical rope in the window display, and 23-karat gold-leaf gilding on the signage. Oh, and hats. Plenty of those. Speaking of which, these folks have been in the hat game since 1895. And they’re here to make sure your head looks its most dashing. You’ll want to keep an eye out for their handmade options fashioned from straw. Because they breathe. And that’s important when 85% regularly shows up in your humidity index."


Stay tuned at Miami City Social for more information.

With more than three decades of the SwimShow expertise, The Swimwear Association of Florida is recognized as the leader in swimwear exhibitions worldwide. As the industry’s most celebrated and established exhibition, the SwimShow is the premier global tradeshow where the best of the best gather to network, exhibit and purchase next year’s trends.

Held every July, the SwimShow is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts more than 7,500 brands and buyers from 60 countries across the world. This year’s show offers more women’s swimwear than ever, including expanded men’s and children’s swimwear collections, resort & lifestyle and accessories for all occasions. Collections cater to designer boutiques, resort shops, specialty stores, surf shops, department stores, mass merchants and more.


The annual SwimShow is an essential show for the industry a platform for building relationships, enjoying the latest trends in swimwear and connecting buyers and suppliers. Recognized as the launching pad for many of the industry’s leading lines, SwimShow is hosted in Miami Beach, the swim fashion capital of the world!


Turning heads and turning out trends for more than three decades, SwimShow 2015 will be more comprehensive with a better than ever selection of the finest swimwear for women, men and children plus resortwear, beachwear, lifestyle, yoga and accessory collections from across the globe.

This can’t-miss one-of-a-kind tradeshow offers exclusive access to the latest trends in swimwear, stunning sights and events, and a true celebration of the simple luxury of swimwear!

July 18-21, 2015…enjoy the SWIM!

Suitsupply is a market defining brand showing strong international growth. Their range is wide and versatile and consists of jackets and trousers, shirts, accessories and shoes that allow customers to purchase pret a porter fashion items as well as made-to-measure garments. Now Suitsupply, a European menswear brand, celebrated the grand opening of its first South Florida store on last week, taking a top floor space and rooftop terrace off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Here is more information about Suitsupply :


According to Real Deal :

"The shop, which sells men’s suits and other apparel and accessories for men, is the first tenant in a new glass-enclosed building at 1000 17th Street, developed by Scott Robins. Suitsupply will have 4,000 square feet on the third floor, as well as a 1,700 square-foot terrace. Suitsupply CEO Fokke de Jong and Vice President Nish de Gruiter celebrated the grand opening, along with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco, Michael Comras and others. Suitsupply’s terrace in Miami Beach is fashioned as a lounge area with palm trees, where customers can relax while waiting for alterations. It is the company’s second store featuring a terrace; it’s first is in Chicago. In all, Suitsupply currently has nearly 70 stores worldwide, including in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Mexico City, Milan, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Shanghai. Soon to open is a store in Los Angeles, as well as a second store in Shanghai."


According to Urban Daddy :

"Suitsupply, a new penthouse operation from the European suit purveyors with tailor-made shirts and pants and a foosball situation on the rooftop terrace, now open in South Beach. Yes, Suitsupply has brought its sharp-looking wares to our fine city. The likes of which have been worn by Bruno Mars and Tim Gunn—if that sort of thing matters to you. Anyway, makes for good enough reason to consider the following, This is a 4,000-square-foot glass-enclosed suiting mecca that uses Italian fabrics like Vitale Barberis Canonico and Ferla. Browse away. The rows upon rows of collared shirts. They’re made from Egyptian cotton and French linen from Italian mills. Brown leather derby shoes. Italian calf suede loafers. All designed in-house and made by Antonio Maurizi in Italy."


According to Herald :

"The Suitsupply brand combines European styling and fabrics with in-store service and tailoring. Suitsupply designs, manufactures and distributes their collections through their own system, making them more affordable than other designer suit brands. Most Suitsupply suits cost between $400 and $1,000, compared to other designer brands such as Zenga and Canali whose starting suit prices are over $1,000. The 4,500 square foot store, located at the corner of Michigan and 17th Street in Miami Beach, is as interesting to look at as the collection it houses. It is accompanied by a 1,500 square foot roof-top terrace, where customers can sip on coffee and beer or play foosball while their alterations are done in-store."


Stay tuned at Miami City Social for more information.

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