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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Store Profile: The Webster

South Beach is known for everything flashy and posh. There are gorgeous hotels, like the Fontainebleau, posh-white clubs like Nikki Beach, and Chanel did present a cruise collection in Miami, so, if it's good enough for Chanel its good enough pour moi. High fashion is just not reflected through the plethora of tight Ed Hardy tee's you see guys wearing. When I visited Miami two years ago I knew there had to be more to Miami fashion than blinged-out tees, cargo shorts and Havaiana's, and last week I was on a mission to find it.

The Webster is an exclusive three-level space devoted to fashion, jewelry and photography. Perfect for Miami Beach tastemakers, jet setters and fashion fiends, like myself, needing their next luxury fix. The founders Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Frederic Dechnik and Milan Vukmirovic, cofounder of renowned Paris boutique, Colette, carefully curate everything in The Webster. Famed architect Henry Hohauser built the Webster Hotel in the late 1930’s. The façade and lobby are classified historical landmarks and were restored to their original 1930’s design. Originally built as a four-story hotel, one of the four levels was removed and the ceilings adjusted to give a new dimension with a classic Art Deco 40’s vibe. The Webster, features select pieces from BDDW, an American furniture company from New York known for their heirloom quality solid wood furniture. Beginning on the ground level and evolving throughout each floor, The Webster’s wall space showcases photographs of internationally recognized photographers and artists. These photos play an important part of The Webster’s esthetics and are also available for sale- collections include works by Antonio Caballero, Denis Darzacq, Nick Clements, Joel Meyerowitz and Jeanloup Sieff.

Upon entering The Webster, you pass the in-house acclaimed Parisian restaurant, Caviar Kaspia. The ground floor is also dedicated to luxury sportswear lines, high-tops for sneaker enthusiasts by Balenciaga and Lanvin, and prestigious swimwear brands like, Robinson Les Bains. On the second floor, was a relatively empty room with just a few long wooden tables. On them, was a display of handbag collaborations for BE LIVE Fundraising. Designers like Roger Vivier, Calvin Klein and Jason Wu recreated the Wayuu "susu" mochila, which are wool and goat hair bags made by the women of the Wayuu Community in of La Guajira in Colombia. On the third floor you will find some exclusive pieces made only for The Webster, which is a genius idea. Who wants to return to New York or anywhere else with a shirt one can easily purchase and Bergdorf Goodman or Selfridges? You may find everything from Tom Ford tortoise shell tanning goggles to a Prada studded collar button-down to Pierre Hardy cap-toe oxfords. Julia, a pretty sales associate from France, broke my heart when they had no smaller sizes in a Marc Jacobs shirt I was drooling over. She tells me, "Everything on the sales floor is the smallest size." Something tells me back stock does not exist.

The Webster is a must see whether you want to lunch on Caviar and Vodka or just want to pick up a little bit of luxury to remind you of Miami. For more information about BE LIVE visit

The Webster

1220 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, Florida 33139


Friday, November 20, 2009

Belted by The Webster

Before I left for Miami, I said to myself, "Ryan, you cannot leave Miami without visiting The Webster." I heard so many great things about The Webster; it was great to finally experience it. I took a walk to the second floor where I found Fashion Heaven: Marc, Prada, YSL, and, of course, Trussardi. My bf pointed towards this awesome zipper belt by Trussardi. I tired it on and once I knew it fit- it did not leave my sight and back to the Concrete Jungle we went.

Stay tuned for a store profile on The Webster coming soon!

1220 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Necklaces and Knits

Photography by Gigi Stoll
Art Direction & Styling by Ryan Davis
Model: Brian Putzey at Red NYC
Fashion Assistants: Edwin Perriott, Brian Batista
Lay-out by Kimberley Cheung

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vacation Here I Come...

Two more days and I am off to South Beach for a mini vacation, which is long over do. I still have no clue what I am going to pack. I think my Jil Sander blazer from SS 09 should come with me- especially, since I have only worn it once. Although, South Beach can be a bit trashy they do have a lot of posh boutiques. I will be paying a visit to some boutiques in the area. Stay tuned...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Balenciaga's Asymmetric Warmth

For those who have never shopped on Browns- it's basically, a one-stop shop of all the luxuries you have ever wanted. I found this Asymmetric Wool Coat by Balenciaga over the weekend and I want it. I'll be dramatic and say it's the only thing I want to keep me warm this winter. Clearly, I am not the only one that feels this way because there are only three sizes available and none of them are mine. Story of my life!

Price: $1,983

Monday, November 2, 2009

Gucci's Little Pony

Back in August, I did a post on pony hair shoes entitled, "My Little Pony." I reckon, pony hair shoes are having a moment: Gucci, Comme Des Garcons, and Ann Demulemeester have all debuted furry shoes.

I have been a bit obsessed with a pair of Gucci leather and pony hair wingtip lace-ups. After waiting several anxious weeks for them to arrive- I FINALLY have them. They are quite comfy. These are by far one of my prettiest shoes I own. Gucci sure knows how to make a fine shoe.
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