The Fly’s Eye Dome at the Miami Design District. (Photo by Ra Haus)

A creation of developer Craig Robins, the Miami Design District over the past decade has morphed into a go-to destination for locals and visitors. While the district began as and still is the “it” place for high-end designers and furniture stores, it has become so much more than that. Just three square blocks, the neighborhood features flagship stores from luxury fashion houses, mom-and-pop restaurants and independent boutiques. The Design District is the little Miami neighborhood that packs a big, artful punch.

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House of Style

Walking into ThreadCount, in the heart of the Design District, customers are greeted with the sweet perfume of a scented candle, the gentle sound of lounge music billowing through the clean white and dark-wood store. Above all, they’re enveloped in sumptuousness, surrounded by what is one of South Florida’s finest collections of linens, from sheets to towels to tablecloths and everything in between.

Deep in Miami’s Design District

Miami is a city of dichotomy: One where concrete and lush tropical landscape co-exist, where urban ghettos and ritzy high-rises stand together and where paint-splattered sneakers seamlessly walk the same sidewalk as sky-high pumps.

A burgeoning fashion spot in the Magic City that exemplifies this yin and yang is the Design District. Just a few blocks north from the hipster village of Wynwood, the 18-square-block neighborhood is an amalgamation of luxury and local flair. Brands known worldwide, such as Christian Louboutin, Celine, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Hermès, line the streets of the burgeoning neighborhood on the same blocks as local, one-of-a-kind eateries and thrift stores.

“The Miami Design District blends culture, creativity and commerce, offering experiences that can’t be duplicated,” said Craig Robins, president of Dacra, a partner in the district. “Visitors and residents of Miami come to the District to enjoy exhibitions of art and collectible design; unique, artistic presentations of luxury fashion and accessories; innovative cuisine; and the urban fabric of a pedestrian-centric environment with numerous public art projects.”

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