May 24, 2017
By Bryn Kenny | January 13, 2017 | Style & Beauty
Tory Burch opens a chic new boutique in Miami's Design District.
A look from Resort 2017.
Designer Tory Burch has become known for her colorful, eclectic mix of prints and patterns inspired by far-flung locations and exotic cultures. So when it came time for Burch to open her 10th boutique in Florida, Miami’s white-hot Design District—a hub for the latest in modern art, fashion, and food—felt like a natural choice.
“Miami has become a real cultural destination,” says Burch. “Art Basel Miami Beach has brought so much momentum to the area, and the Design District is a big part of that—it has a unique spirit and a creative energy that I love.” The 3,300-square-foot boutique carries the full Tory Burch collection—including ready-to-wear, shoes, eyewear, watches, and fragrance—along with the new Gemini Link handbags, which feature striking double-link hardware designs, a nod to Burch’s twin boys as well as her zodiac sign.
A wide assortment of the brand’s iconic tunics and playful swimwear will also be available for the sun-worshipping Miami set. For the Resort 2017 ready-to-wear collection, Burch referenced the ease and spirit of island living, drawing inspiration from the heyday of Round Hill, Jamaica, and musician Lauryn Hill. And it’s not hard to picture the long, easy dresses in eye-catching florals, skirts and tops with whimsical ruffle detailing, and mules decorated with pom-poms and colorful embroidery descending the steps at Basement Miami.
Whimsical, exotic details reflect Miami’s tropical vibe.
“The Miami woman is feminine, sophisticated, and dynamic,” says Burch. “She’s not afraid to take risks, and she shares our love of bold colors and print.” The décor of the new boutique draws inspiration from the “international flavor” of the city, with drapes made from textiles sourced in Turkey, wall coverings created from block-print fabrics found in India, blue and white Imari porcelain, and a Moroccan armoire inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The store’s porcelain travertine façade and basket-weave travertine floors are offset by oak panel walls and white gesso chandeliers—essentially a melting pot of design references perfectly suited for one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
“Ultimately, we tried to meld many different cultures and aesthetic values into one coherent space that reflects the city’s diversity,” Burch explains. Now that the globetrotting designer has a good excuse to spend more time in the Magic City, she’s already started working on a to-do list. “I’m looking forward to seeing Rem Koolhaas’s new Faena Forum,” she says, adding that one of her favorite things to do when she’s in town is to take in some local food and music. “There is no better place in the world for Cuban food and music [besides maybe Cuba],” she says. “I go someplace new every time I visit Miami.” Miami Design District, 170 NE 40th St., 305-573-6024
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOA GRIFFEL (BURCH)