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AMP3 Pick: Top Miami Fashion Brands & Designers

Samantha Fashion, Travel and Hospitality

It’s often been asked, has Miami become a fashion capital?

Whether it’s Miami Fashion Week in May, Miami Swim Week in July, or tons of boutiques, pop ups and mainstream fashion stores, Miami has become home to some of fashion’s hottest events (quite literally), as well as the birthplace of fresh, innovative designs.

From the Miami Swimwear shops on Ocean drive, to the legend of Gianni Versace, we wanted to honor and feature a wide array of designers and brands that make Miami a fashion industry force to be reckoned with.    

Fashion designer Karella Levy brings a one of a kind technique and look to her “toobular” knit designs.  Each piece of the vast collection at KREL is hand loomed with a blend of yarns ranging anywhere from cottons, to metallics, and everything in between.  Designing for babies up through adults, Karella offers dresses, outerwear, two piece sets, and much more. Shop some of our favorite dresses here to be one of a kind!

Picture that perfect Miami weather, those luscious palms, and endless sandy beaches. Now what would you wear?  Sea Lily has those quintessential looks for southern beaches and Florida sun.  Made with luxurious eco-friendly materials, Sea Lily offers a variety of ocean tunics meant to handle the beating sun and ocean breeze.  Coming in tropical prints and colors, every sale donates a portion to ocean conservation. What’s not to love?

Now let’s get funky!  TV Head is the creation behind two brothers who wanted to make stylish pieces in sustainable ways.  Based in Miami, their unique accessories are made of wood, cork, vinyl, and bamboo materials that put a fun twist on their high quality products from bowties to watches, and more. 

P.S. Father’s Day is approaching and we may have just found the gift to give. Shop their bowties here!

Ximena Kavalekas must not be scared of snakes. Specializing in handmade python accessories, Ximena launched her brand in 2015 garnering the attention of fashionistas globally and internationally.  Her high end handbags, wallets, belts, and clutches are all made out of python snakeskin, adding both an interesting texture and look to her already innovative designs. Check out her box bags if you want to get fancy.   

It’s evident in Lisu Vega’s designs that her roots are in art.  Her mystical creations are inspired by photographs and collages, all using recyclable materials that are both versatile and unique. With her work featured in both Miami and New York Fashion Weeks, Lisu offers ready to wear looks that appear straight off the runway, making her shoppers feel like a million bucks.  See one of our favorite collections here!     

Of course, with new collections from Miami Fashion designers, you need a place in Miami to wear these looks! We’ve compiled a list of the best places in Miami to highlight each one of these fashion designers and brands.  

Even if you don’t think you’ve heard of Wynwood Walls, you’ve definitely seen it.  Highlighting some of the best urban graffiti art to date, the Wynwood district of Miami boasts a collection of street art from around the globe that brings a new respect and awe to urban graffiti.  Wynwood walls offers guided tours if you want more structure to you day, and is surrounded by trendy cafes, coffee shops, breweries, and much more. Due to its hip and eclectic vibes, Wynwood is the place to be seen in your KREL attire.  For more info, visit here!   

An 83-acre botanical garden set just south of Miami is the ultimate day trip.  Featuring rare tropical plants and stunning grounds, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is a great place for families, especially if you’re wearing your Sea Lily dress.  Fairchild is an educated-based garden that offers interactive programs and events to learn everything from currently growing plants, to rare and protected ones. For hours and other planning necessities, check this out!

Miami’s Design District is as cool as it sounds.  This creative Miami neighborhood has upscale clothing and jewelry boutiques, interior design stores, art galleries, modern architecture on every block, celebrity chef restaurants…so essentially everything.  Super modern and chic art is everywhere you look, with one of the most popular installations being Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome.  Due to its creativity, this neighborhood is the best showcase for your TV Head accessories, making you part of the art.   

Perhaps one of the most famous streets in the country, Ocean Drive is an iconic Miami strip of art deco hotels, cafes and bars, clothing shops, and art galleries. It is filled with local artists & designers. Located right along South Beach, it’s a hot spot for both locals and tourists alike, making it the perfect destination to share your artistic, hand crafted bag by Ximena Kavalekas.  Check out Ocean Drive’s very own magazine for more Miami hot tips.      

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the former estate of businessman James Deering, is located on Miami’s pristine Biscayne Bay.  Dripping in elegance, class, and prestige, this mansion is the place to showcase your beautiful Lisu Vega look. While the house alone is magnificent, the surrounding gardens are just as lovely, making it a great spot for fashion shoots, private events, dates, or just some peaceful time alone.  To learn more, visit their website!  

From design to presentation, Miami is becoming a hot place for fashion.  Wherever you find yourself in Miami, you’re sure to be surrounded by vibrant colors, avant garde designs, glam looks, and artistic visions.  For all you fashionistas out there, we may have just helped you find your next fashion destination. Step aside Paris and New York, Miami is coming for you!  

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