9 Hand-Picked Holiday Gifts
Christian Louboutin by Christian Louboutin with Eric Reinhardt, foreword by John Malkovich, and photography by Philippe Garcia and David Lynch (Rizzoli; $150). The Impossible Collection of Motorcycles by Ian Barry and Nicolas Stetcher (Assouline; $695). Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, two-volume set with book stand (Taschen; $4,000)
By Mitchell Kaplan
“Open me… explore me… enjoy me,” that’s what a book says. A book is a mirror of great qualities between the giver and the gifted. Everything good that it says about you, it says about the recipient: that you are smart, sophisticated, cultured. Genesis comes from the heart, mind, and talent of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who calls it “my love letter to the planet.” It’s a work of art. Christian Louboutin is about the man behind the shoes everyone in the world knows. This stunning volume is his first book, with a fanciful and intricate pop-up, an elaborate fold out cover, and dramatic still-life photography by David Lynch. The Impossible Collection of Motorcycles—100 of the world’s most incredible motorcycles! Both women and men love them. They are sleek, fast, and sexy. The book culture in Miami is voracious, alive, and kicking. It’s not just beautiful people in Miami; they also have beautiful minds. Books have to be beautiful to keep the tradition of holding, handling, smelling, and showing off alive. You can’t get the coffee-table experience on an e-reader. Kaplan is the owner of Books & Books and has been a bookseller for over 30 years.
2009 Domaines Ott Blanc de Blancs Côtes de Provence ($49). 2012 Château la Tour de l’Évêque Côtes de Provence Pétale de Rose ($30). WD 555, 555 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-6161
Bottle of Rosé, Bottle of White
By Emmanuel Pelletier
When you give the gift of a bottle, it means that you appreciate the person and you make him or her travel to a faraway place. The most popular wine right now in Miami is rosé from Côtes de Provence, and at WD 555 we offer more than 25 different types. It is a constant reminder of the Sunshine State where we live: fresh, crisp, dry, and fruit-forward. It’s the perfect gift to enjoy by the pool, on the beach, or at the dining table. Wine is not just a drink; when you pair wine and food together, you can appreciate flavor from the terroir of the country where it was made and the blending choices of the winemaker. Wine is just like a book or a great movie or old tales of travelers—it gets better as time goes on. People always want to discover new blends, new winemakers, new wine countries, and even classics. Wine is a constant evolution, always evolving for the better. Pelletier is the general manager of WD 555 wine bar, store, and bistro, a wine enthusiast’s wonderland where you can find high-rated wines, hard-to-find vintages, rare Champagnes, and large-format bottles.
Medium picture frame in sabbia, holds a 5-by-7-inch picture; large picture frame in sabbia, holds an 8-by-11-inch picture; and large picture frame covered in embossed leather with metal FF logo, Fendi Casa. 90 NE 39th St., Miami, 305-438-1660
By Ana Paula Barros
A good frame says that the house has quality pieces and, of course, that it has life, with photos. That makes it more personal. A frame is sophisticated and makes a perfect gift for someone whose taste you may not know; it’s something everyone will like. Fendi Casa has a huge variety of options to work with, from classical pieces to contemporary ones. The quality is very high, and its designs fit perfectly with my taste . The embossed leather frame will match everything and look good no matter where you put it. There’s no such thing as too many picture frames! Barros opened her first Stateside showroom in South Florida after being a Brazilbased designer for 20 years. She has participated in shows such as House Color and the Artifact Show, as well as writing the book Houses in Brasilia in 2001 and teaching the first interior design course for Senac, in 2009.
Box with a pewter horn-shaped handle in small (pictured), 12 inches long, 6. 5 inches wide, and 4 inches high ($195). Kom Furniture and Accessories, 2400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-576-4566
Objects in Space
By Vanessa Nunez
Design is fundamental for the history of mankind. From ancient epochs, man has created objects for our needs, always thinking of posterity. Giving a great gift for the home ensures the recipient will have you present on a daily basis. This box has a pewter horn-shaped handle, manufactured in India. I chose it as a gift because it can be paired with almost any style of furniture. The honey-like warm tone of the veneer can liven up a cold contemporary space. The box is available at the high-end show room Kom Furniture and Accessories, known for having very eclectic style, carrying an unusual mix of contemporary furniture along with a vast assortment of accessories from around the globe. Miami is a multicultural city; trends come from the most remote places, and we have products from all over the world. Nunez founded Nunez Interior in 2005, a boutique design and construction firm that provides clients with expertise in interior and architectural design from concept to completion.
Twist bolster necklace in a braid of silver night, light azure, black diamond, and jet hematite ($540), and bolster bracelet in black diamond ($350), Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane. 734 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-4877
By Rachael Russell
Everyone loves to receive something that sparkles as a gift! Jewelry is sentimental and the perfect way to show you’ve taken the time to consider someone’s style in finding something special. When shopping for my clients, I always take their look, personality, and lifestyle into account, and then I find one-of-a-kind pieces. I aim for them to look stylish, intriguing, and effortlessly confident. Here, I chose stunning pieces from the Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane collection that are elegant and unique. Designer collaborations are always coveted and highly sought after, which makes this the perfect gift for an edgy yet sophisticated fashionista. The twist bolster necklace and bracelets can easily be transitioned from casual wear to cocktail attire. I can see them being paired with a T-shirt, boyfriend jeans, and blazer for brunch or a little black dress and a pair of pumps for a party. Russell is a Miami-based fashion stylist with Ford Models and creative director of Kemana, as well as the founder and president of Style Saves. She has worked with a wide range of clients and celebrities, including Alberta Ferretti, DKNY, and Lindsay Lohan.
Photography by Jeffrey Westbrook; Styling by Mia Katoh
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