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 www.belivecolombia.org.
1220 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139