A look around Etiqueta Negra’s Aventura outpost.
January 21, 2011
Etiqueta Negra is an Argentinean luxury brand that outfits life in the fast lane. Its masculine design aesthetic has created a style buzz among elite shoppers the world over. Store manager Rodrigo Montemarani explains the power behind the supercharged Aventura outpost.
Even the most traditional men are becoming more adventurous in their fashion choices. They’re now opting for daring silhouettes—like a sophisticated, well-made, slimcut garment.
The décor of our store is dark and masculine. Wood paneling, iconic black-and-white photographs and antique trunks pay homage to Argentina’s rich past, and allow customers to feel like they’re a part of this history.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Gerard Butler and Daniel Craig all love our styles.
Montemarani’s Top Picks
Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.
Model of the Moment
An up-and-comer plucked from the masses by Bruce Weber.
January 17, 2011
23, Sagittarius, 6’2”
Another natural beauty discovered by Miami’s Bruce Weber. Many think this talented newcomer could be the next Ashton Kutcher.
Fantasy entourage: Will Ferrell, Charlie Sheen and Tupac
Favorite TV family: The Banks family from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Turn-ons: A good sense of humor, blonde hair
Worst job: I was a car washer for a few years. Trust me, doing it in 100-plus-degree weather is not fun.
Song you’re embarrassed to love: California Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie”
Where to go for an English style straight razor shave, a manicure and a scotch.
January 11, 2011
Get the perfect cut and shave at Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe’s South Beach location, replete with an old-school vibe and barbers who understand that guys like a little pampering too sometimes—even if they won’t admit it. 1322 Alton Road, Miami Beach
Ann Taylor's New Look
Glitz and glamour abound at Ann Taylor’s new Aventura concept store.
January 03, 2011
From the boudoir-style chandelier that drips from the ceiling to the sequin clad duds, the new Ann Taylor concept store screams glamour and we love it. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.
Ulysse Nardin Lands Stateside
The watchmaker’s first American store lands in Boca Raton.
December 21, 2010
FROM LEFT: Randy Johnson (BACK) helps cut the ribbon at the new Ulysse Nardin boutique; ladies Executive Dual Time watches
Amid great fanfare at the Town Center at Boca Raton mall, Ulysse Nardin opened its first US boutique on December 16. Rolf Schnyder, the brand’s founder and owner, flew in from Switzerland for the event. Local politicians, entrepreneurs, watch collectors and celebrities attended the festivities, including baseball legend Randy Johnson. (Johnson, a friend of the brand, mingled with the crowd of more than 400 people and discussed his own watch collection.)
Bobby Yampolsky of East Coast Jewelry will operate the boutique, which is the 14th Ulysse Nardin store in the world and features typical Ulysse Nardin décor: dark wood furnishings, nautical styling and a blue-and-gold compass-inspired chandelier. “The idea is to bolster brand identity and give customers a good selection of Ulysse Nardin products,” says Patrik Hoffmann, head of the brand in the US and vice president of sales and marketing worldwide.
The opening party delivered a Champagne reception, top-shelf vodka and caviar and a charity auction to benefit the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. It also showcased a display of more than 80 select Ulysse Nardin watches: Jaquemarts, the Moonstruck astronomical watch and a grand selection of Freaks including the Diavolo, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2011. A gold Freak Anniversary watch ($140,000) was on hand along with three from the Limited Edition Boutique line and a host of the newest Ladies’ Caprice models.
Check out a new line of environmentally sound handbags
December 10, 2010
Earth-friendly without sacrificing quality, Fleabags are the perfect way to show your style and your eco savvy. Fleabags founders Shira Entis and Alex Bell craft their wares using all organic materials and traditional sewing. (We love the Gun Powder bag ($485) in Indian Blanket, pictured here.) Lightweight yet sturdy, the totes are also roomy enough to hold everything.
Strolling for a Cause
Gwen Stefani and Bugaboo team up to support World AIDS Day.
December 02, 2010
Music and style-icon Gwen Stefani (PICTURED ABOVE) teamed up with stroller design company Bugaboo to create a one-of-a-kind stroller in honor of December 1's World AIDS Day. The specially designed stroller—the Chameleon model sporting a floral print and splashes of Stefani’s signature L.A.M.B. collection logo—will be auctioned off on eBay through December 5, with 100 percent of the funds going to the Global Fund. Global Fund has worked for years to spread awareness and prevention tools across the world to treat HIV/AIDS along with other life threatening diseases that run rampant in third world countries. With Stefani’s help, Global Fund is using this auction to reach the goal of eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015. Only one person will win Stefani’s personal creation, but 1 percent of sales from all Bugaboo products will also be donated to the fight against AIDS in Africa.
That’s a Wrap
Banana Republic offers limited-edition bracelets.
September 09, 2010
Banana Republic has teamed up with uber-popular accessories designer Chan Luu on a collection of limited-edition bracelets. The collection—available in stores nationwide—showcases Luu’s signature wrap style, which brings together custom-dyed thread or leather with unique semi-precious stones, gold or sterling silver. The 17-piece collection consists of four different styles in a range of colors ($95–$225), and the partnership continues through holiday (so keep a look out for the Swarovski crystal encrusted versions that will hit stores soon). Wear a stack to follow the recent trend or delicately string one around your wrist. Either way, these are not to be missed!
Bal Harbour Shops Tell the Time
Watchmaker Hublot celebrates its Miami landing
August 10, 2010
With the opening of Swiss watchmaker Hublot’s first American boutique in the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, the brand commemorated the occasion with two limited-edition watches sold exclusively in the Bal Harbour boutique. The Aero Bang “Bal Harbour” and King Power Aero All Black “Bal Harbour” (PICTURED ABOVE)—just 25 numbered pieces of each will be made—feature rubber and calfskin straps with the inscription BAL HARBOUR LIMITED EDITION, and have sand-colored components that are reminiscent of the beautiful Bal Harbour beaches.
Make a Splash
The Miller sisters—designers of MIKOH swimwear—take on Miami with their 2011 collection.
July 26, 2010
Sisters Oleema and Kalani Miller, natives of Orange County, spent their childhood near the ocean. Having practically grown up in swimsuits, it’s not surprising that their later design ambitions reflected a love of sun, sand and sea. MIKOH Swimwear (“MI” for Miller, plus “K” for Kalani, “O” for Oleema and “H” for a sister, Hana) was further inspired by the sisters’ love of travel and the eclectic designs capture the spirit of the intrepid adventure-seeker. Perfectly contoured to the body, seamless and free of hardware, and sporting intricate cutouts, these suits flatter the physique like nothing else. (Evident in the response to their 2011 collection, Tepre Pacificum, shown during last week’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami.) “We’ve created MIKOH for the confident, chic woman that wants to stand out and make a statement no matter where she is,” says Oleema.