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How Miami Inspires Designer Johanna Ortiz


How Miami Inspires Designer Johanna Ortiz

By Patricia Tortolani | March 30, 2020 | Style & Beauty

The queen of ruffles just made history. Joining the ranks of Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli, Colombian-born Johanna Ortiz is the first Latin American designer to debut a collaboration with Swedish retail giant H&M. We spent a day in Miami with the designer to see where she gets the inspiration for the floral prints and exotic colors that define her signature style.

Designer_Johanna_Ortiz_2.jpgDesigner Ortiz wearing the scarf-collar dress from her H&M collaboration.

Favorite breakfast spot...
Artisan on Key Biscayne for an almond cappuccino.

Neighborhood that gives you inspiration...
Historic Coral Gables

Favorite places to shop...
I love to hunt for antiques on 125th Street in North Miami; La Casa de las Viejas is great for crafts; Books & Books in Coral Gables; and definitely Bal Harbour.

Favorite lunch alfresco...
Dune at the Ritz Key Biscayne and watching sunsets from a boat with nice rosé a la piscine and salads from The Golden Hog.

Favorite dinner...
Petite Maison


Johanna Ortiz x H&M eyelet dress

Favorite neighborhood for people-watching...
Design District, and also Calle Ocho is quite interesting and fun. Definitely check out Hoy Como Ayer.

Favorite architectural gems to visit in Miami...
Vizcaya. I also love the art deco architecture and curated shopping at The Webster.

Favorite museums or galleries...
The Pérez Art Museum is a must, and the Rubell Museum.

Best place to unwind...
The beach! Nothing beats the breeze, sand on your feet and the sound of the sea. Biking in the Bill Baggs Park is a favorite.


Johanna Ortiz x H&M one-shoulder satin dress

Photography by: courtesy of Johanna Ortiz