The 5 nicest boutiques for unusual gifts
1) INIVA Miami
Stylist Sandra Bellon and designer Sophie Pozmentier run this concept store dedicated to African artists and artisans from countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal. Sibling to two boutiques in Gabon and Burkina Faso, the INIVA Miami location stocks photography, handmade bronze jewelry, juju hats, limited edition masks, eco-friendly wax print clothing and more.
2) Coco Bella
Sometimes you find the gift you’ve been looking for (like presents for bridesmaids/ groomsmen, or a trinket for a beloved teacher, or something for that person who collects holiday paraphernalia) when you’re not looking for it. Coco Bella houses so many cute items that you leave with an armful of them.
3) La Isla
One-third gallery, one-third gift shop and one-third artist hangout, La Isla is run by freelance textile designer, Eliott Prada. The products range from a line of T-shirts and mugs with screens of Frida Kahlo to original artwork and jewelry to custom fedoras. Make this a stop on your Calle Ocho tour.
4) Effusion Gallery
Call it ‘Pop-Mod Deco’. The 40 artists represented here, whose work represents a range of prices, is a melting pot of Miami’s primary influences. Mixed media pieces have elements of pop culture, mid-century modern, Art Deco and more. Browse through the flagship store on South Beach or its sibling in Bayside Marketplace.
Kids. If you’ve got ‘em, check out the adorable selection, from flamingo necklaces to Keith Haring placemats, that this whimsical store stocks. The quirkiness doesn’t end with the children, though – the women’s, men’s and home sections all reflect the eye of owner Jennifer Frehling, who selects products for the joy they’ll bring.
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