The belief that business and friendship should never mix doesnt apply to Kristine Michael. More than two decades later, the South Miami staple named after founders Jeanie Bonners and Barbara Hinterkopfs eldest children remains a destination for a rotating hot list of designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Elizabeth and James, and brand-new addition Marchesa Voyage. But what really keeps it on patrons speed dials is customer service. We text clients about new arrivals, shop for them in New York, drop off packages, you name it, says Hinterkopf, who with Bonner also constantly updates the stores Facebook page. Our loyalty points program is another department store-style perk without the parking hassle. Lightweight leather sweatpants by A.L.C. and luxe sweatshirts from Vince lead their seasonal wardrobe boosters, which also always includes the perfect anorak. 7271 SW 57th Avenue, Miami; 305-665-7717; kristinemichael.com.
Seven years and a second location later, Jenna White has fine-tuned its roster of coveted collections for fashion (the Florida exclusive on Jenni Kayne) and home (like Missonis complete line from furniture to candles, as well as Alexandra Von Furstenbergs chic Lucite accessories such as boxes and bowls in saturated neons and python prints.) People are surprised how much weve expanded fine jewelry, too, says owner Jenna Kaplan, who carries Erickson Beamon, Shourouk and Lizzie Fortunato among 10 jewelry designers. We specialize in mixed media statement pieces that glamorize a sleek black dress. Feeling leather for fall, she ordered fitted bomber jackets in electric violet or magenta by Veda, and sweatshirts with leather necklines and cuffs from Lot78. But save up for Tibis second annual pop-up that takes over the week of October 7. 5842 Sunset Drive, South Miami; 305-669-5940; jennawhitemiami.com.
Beach Boutique lures socialites and working girls alike for owner Patricia Costas wickedly sharp sense for resort and travel wear. The vivacious curly top Cape Cod native has another secret weapon in Laura Di Niro, who shapes eyebrows on Wednesdays and Saturdays. With such a nondescript storefront, Im definitely aword-of-mouth destination, says Costa. This fall, she introduces See by Chloes color-blocked shifts in jewel and earth tones, as well as its corduroy interpretation of the boyfriend jean. Black leather and silk dresses by Chris Gramer jump straight out of a Lucy Lui action flick, while LoveShackFancys maxi slip dresses in silk charmeuse scream endless summer. For her own jewelry line, Costa strings giant pearls and tassels for opera-length necklaces befitting The Great Gatsby. 1701 Sunset Harbour Drive, Miami Beach; 305-531-8908; beachboutiquemiami.com.
Sharing a courtyard with Michaels Genuine, Sebastien James beckons fashionable foodies. The stores generous Parisian assortment is also on the radar of Floridian Francophiles especially with Carven coming in for fall. Im excited about their structured jackets in black and white, or even mustard and white, says co-owner Leslie Benitah, who counts the item among her personal wardrobe picks for the season, along with baggy pants from Helmut Lang and Masons silk tops. Always up on the latest buzz, she recently introduced Aennis Eunis Italy-made shoes sporting intricate Arabic patterns to the U.S. Beach attire by Claudia E., and diamond and 18K gold jewelry including cuff links and childrens bracelets from Orianne Collins, the former wife of the famous drummer, are local lines new to the store. 130 NE 40th Street, Miami Design District; 305-576-5200; sebastienjames.com.