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November 14, 2013

A gift for gifts

Frangipani, Jennifer Frehling’s beautiful Wynwood boutique, is home to can’t-find-anywhere-else treasures and so much more.

One-year-old lifestyle boutique Frangipani has become ground zero for unique gifts. It’s because proprietor Jennifer Frehling constantly surfs design blogs when she isn’t sourcing global treasures in New York, Paris and Miami Beach’s very own SwimShow. Retail runs in her blood, too, as the daughter of the founders of Oggetti home showroom in the Miami Design District.

“People come in for gifts and end up buying something for themselves,” says Frehling, whose edgy location has been a front-row seat for Wynwood’s overnight transition. “The biggest surprise has been how many customers are tourists from all over the world visiting the neighborhood’s famous murals.”

Often, they take home souvenirs by Miami designers such as Twoolies, stuffed animals made from vibrant textiles, and Aquarius’ backless dresses and harem pants with bracelets that look right at home in South Beach nightclubs. But shopping isn’t all that happens here. “I’m in Miami Bitch!”—an exhibit and accompanying book about Wynwood’s street art by local photographer Andrew Kaufman—opens November 23. And Brooklyn-based Miamian Dana Haim’s multimedia mobiles debut in time for Art Basel in December. “I cater to browsers-turned-buyers who look for quality and uniqueness versus chain-store brands,” says Frehling, who also bulked up her men’s offering with handmade bow ties from Forage in Philadelphia, and Madrid-based Ecoalf swim trunks made from recycled materials. “I don’t want to be just another girly store.” Frangipani, 2516 NW Second Avenue, Wynwood; 305-582-6396; frangipanimiami.com.

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