Collins Avenue in Miami is known as one of the hippest and most happening hot spots in the area, bringing party goers, vacationers and mostly shoppers together. One of the reasons for the popularity and prestige of Collins Avenue Shopping is it runs parallel to the beach, once a meandering road lined with mansions it now is also known as State Road A1A and is a main thoroughfare for Miami Beach. It’s the intersection of Collins Avenue and 8th Street that houses the best shopping but the stores are growing and changing and a number of designer boutiques and local shops can be found from 6th to 9th Streets.
A Dominguez features high end clothing created by Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez. His clothing is a little bit different than the norm with interesting cuts, unique fabrics and looks that get noticed. A Dominguez designs for both men and women and features a full selection of accessories to round out your look.
Arden B is a charming little boutique with a little bit of everything a gal can wear. From casual clothing to jewelry there’s bound to be something you want or crave. The best part is the prices are pretty reasonable which is nice for any cash strapped visitors.
A/X Armani Exchange is the more affordable line created by Giorgio Armani. The look is in the Emporio Armani family with demure cuts and sleek designs that are cool and sexy but never too loud or flashy. The prices are very moderate and affordable to most and there’s often a sale section that is full of remarkable deals. And the store is full of accessories to complete an outfit or to add a little bling to your existing wardrobe.
Art Connection Jewelry features all handmade and one of a kind pieces that will be noticed as unique pieces that catch attention and leave others envious. Their pieces of jewelry come from the owner’s own line as well as many European designers from Switzerland, Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy and the United States. This shop is a little off the heavy shopping district but it’s worth it as they’re frequently awarded for their innovative designs.
United Colors of Benetton is exactly as you remember the store in the 1990s when it was hot, happening and in almost every mall. The pieces are quality made staples with impressive fabrics. The colors are bright and fun and perfect for a South Florida day.
Club Monaco is one of those stores that defines the upcoming trends and sets the standards for what every fashionista should have in his or her wardrobe. The stock only the hottest designer items and at surprisingly moderate prices. But don’t assume that everything in the store is a throwaway trend, actually there are a number of staple items that mix and match with the latest trends. In addition to the clothing and accessories the store also features a list of cosmetics and skin care products that are worth adding to your facial routine.
Diesel has become a favorite for shoppers all over America, so it’s no surprise that they’ve opened a store in trendy South Beach. The clothing at Diesel, if you haven’t been to one of their stores, is a little unexpected and unique but nothing truly edgy and over the top. The strange thing is, for this store that is not filled with top designers the prices can be more outrageous than some of the designers’ stores.
Galleria is actually two stores and located just off Collins Avenue. One of the stores is for men and the other is the women’s branch. The clothing is selected so there are no mass representations and you can feel like a one of a kind fashionista in your selections. Great for a special night out on the town in Miami.
If you’re like me and all about shoes then Giroux is the first store you want to hit and then maybe the last store as well. There are designer shoes here but it’s the store’s original shoes that really are the show stoppers. Both male and female feet are tended to at Giroux.
Guess is one of those stores that is known by everyone and in all the happening malls so why would you visit the Guess store on Collins Avenue? Because somehow the store seems made for the South Beach attitude and you’ll be able to find exactly what you want and need for your vacation and when you return home. You’ll also appreciate the prices which are always moderate.
Intermix carries its own label but the store is mainly filled with high end designers clothing, shoes, and accessories. It’s a pricey little store but a lot of fun to check out and at least find inspiration for your nightclub outfit.
Trusted and beloved designer for men and women, Kenneth Cole’s South Beach store is two stories of quality clothing and accessories. Men get the first floor and women have to trudge upstairs.
MAC products are a staple for women who want to look amazing and know that just the right make up can make that possible, no matter how late you stayed out clubbing the night before.
Nicole Miller is known the world over for her sexy designs and styles that are feminine and flirty but not risqué. In the South Beach store on Collins Avenue you will get that specialized one on one treatment that Julia Robert’s hooker from Pretty Woman could only dream of.
Nothing really epitomizes south Florida style quite like Polo Sport Ralph Lauren and this store is the ultimate in suave sophistication. There’s a little something for everyone inside and all of it perfect for South Beach.
With famed South Beach just steps away a swim shop seems mandatory, so Ritchie Swimwear stepped in to fill that spot. While many of the other stores on Collins Avenue have swimwear this store is dedicated to it and THE place to go for swimwear needs.
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