The Five Best Menswear Boutiques in Miami
Men of Miami, women feel your pain of wearing the same shit, day in and day out. We witness your struggle, and it hurts equally, because we know you guys deserve better. You deserve more than the repetitive "Bro" uniform of acid-wash jeans and V-neck tees from Abercrombie and H&M. You deserve more than to feel publicly scorned among your peers, upon the realization that Brian, Jimmy, and "Big Mike" all showed up to the same "gettie" as you, wearing identical pleather loafers purchased at the huge blowout sale.
Supply & Advise, on North Miami Ave., wants to hook you up.
Places like Forever 21 are great to stock up on screened Star Wars tees, but realistically, how many of those can you hoard before it becomes a problem?
Your clothes are holding you back. Perhaps it's the lack of inspiration to express your yearning creative soul? Let chain stores die, my friends, and the artistic expression of menswear reign. Menswearis just as important as women's wear, if not more. It's more than mass-produced chinos. There are local heroines to help prove my case; specialty stores that truly care about you and offer the best in the league. Prices can be high, but so is quality, because they think you deserve more, too.
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It's an iterating choice, but there's a reason it's the Summa cum laude of Miami's retail realm. Why else would "Ursher" and David Guetta stop by on their beachy romps? Atrium lures a spectrum of different fellas to its Collins quarters, integrating contemporary designers from John Varvatos to edge-masters like 3.1 Phillip Lim or Long Journey. Truly, the medley of options is bountiful. Save for the crappy parking situation only SoBe can guarantee, the coed boutique also serves as a sneaker-head wonderland with hordes of Giuseppe Zanotti kicks that would make a grown man cry. "We've got beachy; we've got casual; we've got dressy - it's one stop for them," brags Janet Wong, Fashion Director and Buyer of the beach hotspot.
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For the underground junkie at heart, this Design District boutique lends a minimalistic metropolitan concept to a land replete with palm trees and Rainbow flip-flops (make it stop). Apt 606 aims to bring the dark side of fashion to light by way of visionary greats like Alexander Wang, Kris Van Assche, Raf Simons, and 2013 CFDA winners Public School. Owners Lee Hylton and Dune Ivan wanted to give an alternative option to the fashion-forward Miami male populous, "We kind of curated the clothes to look like our own personal closet," says Ivan. Leather backpacks and monochromatic color ways share the spaced-out boutique with top of the line, organic skin-care and grooming products such as Baxter of California and Cleanser 27. Come next month, the two will transport their underground layer to 40th St., warming a spot between top dogs, Dior and Hermes.