Dejha Carrington has long been a champion of the arts, and she has a greater platform than ever as a vice president for the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami. The Montreal native, who describes herself as the ultimate artistic cheerleader, says art has helped her make sense of the world, whether the medium is a photograph, painting, written word or fashion. We’re guessing this fashionable art-world star already has her outfit picked out for January’s Backyard Ball, YoungArts’ biggest annual fundraiser.
Here are Carrington’s six best bets for gifts for a cultured woman such as herself. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions.
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“KRELwear is a local designer who does incredible things with knit fabrics. She’s always my hookup for amazing pieces. My favorite piece is the kaftan dress. It lets me breathe, and I love that.”
From $120. Miami Ironside, 7520 Northeast Fourth Court, Suite 107, Miami; 305-528-2755; krelwear.com.
2. Animal Vintage
“It’s on Etsy, but Maria, the head stylist and curator of Animal Vintage, is based in Miami.”
From $20. etsy.com/shop/AnimalVintageMiami.
3. Derrick Adams Artwork
“Giving the gift of art and seeking out artists who you believe in is so important. I’ve been following the career of Derrick Adams for some time.”
Imagination Land at YoungArts, through December 15, 2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-377-1140; youngarts.org; and Black, White and Brown at Primary Projects, 15 Northeast 39th Street, Miami; 954-296-1675; primaryprojectspace.com.
4. Khirma Eliazov Arison Pouch
“Khirma Eliazov is really an incredible designer. Her Arison Pouch is my favorite. We partnered with her and Swarovski, and a portion of the proceeds from the purse benefited YoungArts.”
5. Jai-Alai Books
“A good book is always a wise gift. Jai-Alai’s books are created by local writers and really capture the spirit of the Magic City.”
I have learned to define a field as a space between mountains by Rio Cortez. $10. jai-alaibooks.com.
6. Indego Africa Peace Basket
“Indego Africa works with women in Africa to create beautiful pieces. Local women make all the things, and the money goes back to their businesses to help the community build entrepreneurship and financial autonomy. The Peace Basket is perfect for keeping candy or jewelry or business cards.”