Miami’s Upscale Shopping is on the Upswing

Posted on Oct 19, 2015

Miami, Florida is once again riding a wave of popularity harkening back to the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s when Miami Vice ruled the television air waves. Proof of this is a resurgence of numerous luxury shopping areas around the city and a recent influx of new high-fashion brand stores.

Located only three miles from downtown Miami, the Design District has quickly become an international shopping destination similar in layout to the Soho District in New York City and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Luxury-brand stores like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Céline are only a few of the high-end brands that have flocked to the revitalized downtown district. Another 100 new stores are expected to be added over the next two years as the developer continues adding to the project.

In addition to the shopper looking for their favorite upscale fashion store, the Design District also offers a collection of art galleries and museums featuring international works by famed artists from around the world. This integration of classic art, luxury-fashion stores and international food offerings in the Miami Design District has made it a hugely successful tourist draw.

The Bal Harbour Shops high-end shopping center first opened in 1965 to serve North Miami Beach. It remains as one of the country’s most elite shopping districts where shoppers can browse luxury shops like Gucci, Versace, Prada and Tiffany & Co. Another 40 top-brand stores are scheduled to arrive with the completion of 250,000 square feet of new retail space.

Aventura Mall near North Miami Beach is a classic 3-story mall that is already rated as one of the most-visited shopping malls in America. Large stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s are surrounded by luxury-brand stores like Emilio Pucci, Bruberry and REDValentino. A scheduled 240,000 square-foot expansion will draw even more top-end stores in the future.

South Beach hosts a popular shopping area called Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue. Only blocks from the beach and its string of famed seaside hotels, the two streets offer a mix of high-end boutiques like the Kardashian’ DASH store and Alchemist along with upscale brands like Armani.

This recent expansion into the Miami area by a plethora of international luxury-brand stores is no accident. With the coming renewal of open relations between Cuba and the United States, the draw of visitors to the Sunshine State is expected to skyrocket even higher in the years ahead.