Not Just for Art--the Best of Wynwood's Indie Boutiques

Jun 11, 2016

Not Just for Art--the Best of Wynwood's Indie Boutiques


Your handy Wynwood shopping guide


By Lane Nieset 6/10/2016

Wynwood’s vibrant street art-filled walls seem to steal the spotlight (and flood everyone’s Instagram), but the neighborhood’s shops are just as picture-worthy. Hopscotch around the arts district on a shopping tour to these spots, many of which could easily double as design studios and galleries. Sourcing everything from Mexican-made gems to stylish terrarium sculptures, here are the hottest boutiques
to hit up when in Wynwood, in no particular order.


1. Elemental One of the longer-standing boutiques in the neighborhood, Elemental first opened its doors here almost a decade ago bringing its signature blend of art and design from around the globe at prices far off from what you’d find in the nearby Design District. With two outposts in Miami (the other one is inside South Beach's Bass Museum) and a few others in Colombia, this concept shop can definitely be called international and has everything you need to outfit your home in the most modern of fashions, from umbrella lamps to unicorn-shaped stools.    2399 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood; 786-276-5955


2. FrangiPani Stepping into this Second Avenue boutique is like walking into a work of art that’s an explosion of colors. The hand-curated pieces—most of which are sustainable—are covered in creative patterns and subtle accents, from lipstick-kissed, hand-embroidered napkins to handmade fabric coasters from Rwanda that support artisan training programs in the East African country. It’s not all about homeware here, though. You can also snag a Lomography camera to shoot the neighborhood’s street art or you can revamp your jewelry collection with handmade brass, crystal and beaded numbers.2516 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood; 305-573-1480 

3. Plant The Future
In an arts district, it’s only natural that plants would look just as much like works of art as the sculptures sitting in the nearby galleries. For industrial designer and artist Paloma Teppa, this means envisioning the future in plant form. Launching her natural atelier in 2008 (pictured at top), Teppa dreamt up installations and artwork of the living variety, using moss and succulents as her “paint” of choice for these canvases, which range from glass-blown terrariums to sculptures with gardens as heads. On South Beach? Stop into Plant The Future's 1 Hotel gallery.2511 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood; 305-571-7177 

4. Wynwood Letterpress The industrial-style space is like stepping into a very chic artist’s atelier (think, chandeliers hanging from the piping and floor-to-ceiling artwork lining the wall), with free-standing chestnut bookshelves that house the goods themselves—the stationary. If you’re a fanatic of snail mail and the written word, this shop has your name all over it with the cutest of accessories from travel journals to rose gold binder clips and foil stamped gilded gift wrap. Of course you can also add your own design to your paper product of choice, custom-ordering letterpress stationary and invitations to make any event look oh-so glamorous. And those of you who want to go the more DIY route, learn from the masters themselves during onsite workshops for brush lettering, pointed pen calligraphy and even how to handcraft a raw leather notebook. 2621 NW 2nd Ave., Ste 21, Wynwood; 305-747-7559


5. MVM Miami 
Tucked on one of the side streets running off the Second Avenue strip, MVM Miami offers up a carefully curated selection of womenswear that includes bigger name brands like Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity and A.L.C., as well as some of the more under-the-radar designers like We Are Owls, whose cashmere scarves display hand-printed original stories. Here, you can find jumpsuits of all styles and lengths, pants in a multitude of prints, and an edgy selection of accessories ranging from ear cuffs to anklets with toe chains. Think of it as the cool girl go-to spot with a selection of goods that are anything but obvious.175 NW 23rd St., Wynwood; 305-573-4885 

6. Malaquita Design 
Spanish for malachite, the shop plays off the stone that’s been used by Mexicans for centuries in jewelry-making as a protective power. Malaquita also sees its wares as a bit magical, with sustainable picks from artists in the aim of “promoting the creative movement” in Wynwood. Goods hail from the motherland—Mexico—and do spread a taste of this country’s spirit in the Wynwood community. Shop art-inspired pieces like clear 3D bracelets with nothing but an inlaid eye for decoration or go for something more traditional like a fringed poncho or hand-painted boots. If you’re shopping for something for the house, opt for furniture that takes the midcentury modern trend to a new level with Mexican motifs like hand-knitted textiles made from the maguey plant.2613 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood; 786-615-4917 

7. Caveat 
Looking around Wynwood now with its street art-covered buildings, pulsing bars and booming beer gardens, it’s easy to forgot the role this community once had as the nation’s third-largest garment district. Caveat gets back to the neighborhood’s roots as both a factory and atelier where you can craft your own pair of bespoke denim. Meet for a one-on-one with the team where you can see the process from start to finish, signing off on everything from the design to the details choosing from over 20 types of fabric, 10 colors of thread, four button finishes and five types of pocket lining.448 NW 28th St., Wynwood; 305-501-4646

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