The Miami Wholesale Fashion District


The Miami Wholesale Fashion District is one of the main destinations for retailers from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. But what makes this fashion district such an important destination, has to do more with what Miami represents to Latin America, than it does exclusively with the fashion showrooms that you will find in this Southern Florida city.

Retailers in countries such as The Bahamas, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and elsewhere, travel to Miami for its ease of access and its supply of merchandise suitable for their climates.

Fantastic architecture, sandy beaches and effervescent nightlife: Miami shines by its cosmopolitan character and its extravagant side. It is difficult to believe that in the 1980s there was a bewildering city of individuals with a ghost mine ready to steal banks or shoot at close range on tourists. At that strangely distant time, Miami was also one of the American cities where the population was the oldest in the United States.

It goes without saying that these images are now clichés that are part of a closed chapter in the history of Miami. You will probably be surprised when you arrive today in Miami to discover a lively and lively city offering many surprising and unexpected attractions. No, its curiosities are not only on its beaches! Here are three sparkling districts that will put you in full view! 

South Beach
South Beach, or, if you prefer, SoBe, forms the southern part of Miami Beach, a distinct city of Miami that stretches over a long barrier island. Several causeways connect the mainland to Miami Beach, including the MacArthur Causeway, which provides direct access to South Beach after crossing the Miami harbor, where the immense cruise ships are moored.

Departing from Miami, some three million passengers a year are taking part in cruises that will take them to the Caribbean, making the port the largest cruise port in the world.

South Beach today is "the" place for dancing, sunbathing, eating, drinking, parading, watching others and dropping its inhibitions. Many hotels are restored to their original architecture, chic restaurants are being built here and there, the film and television industry is making sweet eyes in South Beach in order to appropriately shooting, fashion magazines delegate their best photographers to make cliches that will beautify their pages, tourists stroll more than ever on the beach, and finally the shops that border it are flourishing. In addition, South Beach boasts the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings on the planet.

Design District
The Design District is one of the newest neighborhoods in Miami that continues to rise. It is bounded on the south by NE 36th Street, on the north by NE 41st Street, on the west by North Miami Avenue and on the east by Biscayne Boulevard (US 1).

This former popular district, home to many warehouses and low-cost housing, is gradually being transformed by the fiery enthusiasm aroused by the annual Art Basel Miami Beach Fair, which attracts the international flagship of design every year and a handful of atypical designers who only want to make themselves known.

The Design District also contains many art galleries, chic residential buildings, some trendy restaurants and nightclubs. Unless you are an aficionado of very sharp shops and art galleries, just a few hours are enough to go around.

One of the main attractions, The Living Room, is located at the intersection of NW 40th Street and North Miami Avenue. As its name suggests, this modern piece of art is an open living room with walls of pastel wallpaper 30 m high that protect an oversized red sofa.

It is flanked by two streetlights that light up after dark. The work is signed by a couple of Argentines, the architect Roberto Behar and the painter Rosario Marquardt. Alas, this artwork is fenced, and its exterior walls are often streaked with graffiti.

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove was born long before Miami did the fashion chronicles. Towards the end of the 19th century, there was already a small village populated by Bahamians, wreck hunters and sailors in grass that furrowed the waters in search of forgotten treasures.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Coconut Grove was adopted by writers who scribbled ideas into their notebooks, dreamy artists and distracted intellectuals. During the 1960s and 1970s, they were replaced by somewhat bohemian-looking people of the flower power era, who in turn made way for the yuppies and the rich and famous people who now live in this neighborhood.

Today, Coconut Grove, also called The Grove, looks a bit like a Greenwich Village in the south, with its streets where pedestrians stroll around without fear of the car, its outdoor cafes and its heterogeneous boutiques where can find unusual objects. Some streets are even illuminated by gas street lights. In the heart of Coconut Grove are two shopping complexes competing for the title of prototype of the future shopping center: CocoWalk and The Streets of Mayfair.

The nightlife in Miami
Miami offers its visitors a thousand and one opportunities to entertain, with most of the establishments to do so being concentrated in South Beach. This area, although much smaller than Manhattan, is in the heart of the nightlife of Miami Beach and in many ways competes with the borough of the Big Apple for the title of City that never sleeps. Indeed, South Beach emerges a dashing atmosphere that attracts a crowd of all-round, who likes to exteriorize its joie de vivre and manifest it spontaneously in the street, in a bar or a nightclub, 
in a kind of popular farandole.

Numerous bars and nightclubs will satisfy the night birds. It is not uncommon for the evenings to stretch until the wee hours of the morning. Latin American music is definitely a place of choice in Miami, but there are also some excellent jazz performances.

The sports enthusiasts will also be delighted with the fact that, in addition to the numerous sports bars equipped with satellite dishes that capture all the major matches, it is possible to watch, according to the season, parts of professional teams of baseball, football , hockey, basketball and pelota pelota (jai-alai). Lovers of cultural events are not to be outdone, as many dance, theater, classical music and opera performances are offered several times a year.

Eating in Miami: boldness and variety
Miami restaurants have absolutely nothing to envy in other major cities in North America or Europe. Thanks to the tropical climate in Florida, the proximity to the sea and the massive influx of immigrants from diverse ethnic backgrounds, the menus displayed by many establishments in this cosmopolitan city are inspired by extremely rich cultural and culinary traditions varied, which allows many of their chefs to make all sorts of combinations of dishes from around the world, rejecting many a priori and without letting themselves be discouraged by certain inconsistencies.

This particular approach arouses many culinary audacities and produces in the long run many and surprising creations. However, in spite of their variety and subtlety, the menus in Miami restaurants are strongly influenced by the sheer quantity of fish and shellfish in the warm, particularly fishy waters of the Atlantic Ocean region. Specialties include rock crab (served only from mid-October to mid-May) and alligator tails.

Miami Fashion District

Today it has 132 showrooms, including design, art, fashion & luxury. The world knows him as the Miami Design District, but few know how he was born, and how he has been evolving over time. The Miami Design District (Ddm) was born during the boom of the 1920s, when Theodore Moore opened his Moore & Sons furniture showroom and started creating a 'designer's way'. Until the 1990s, the spaces remained largely empty until the visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, art collector and builder of South Beach, saw its potential financing the restructuring. The foundations of what is the present district were thus laid. The transformation transformed abandoned warehouses into a showroom that could attract cutting-edge designers from all over the world, who began opening offices, exhibition spaces, galleries, boutiques, restaurants and ateliers for young artists. 
Robins became the center when he was able to convince the prestigious Swiss Art Basel fair to host a collaboration event, Miami Design and Art Basel Miami Beach, in December. Mdd is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, Craig Robins, and L Real Estate, a real estate investment fund specializing in the creation of luxury shopping destinations.

The first to settle down

The Design District's center is Oak Plaza, but the showrooms range from 39th to 40th Street, and between NE 2nd Avenue and North Miami Avenue. Among installations and art galleries there are 19 'spots', the design has 66 showrooms already present and a new opening, the one of Lladro, coming. Among the Italian furniture brands are Minotti, Alessi, Armani Casa, Bisazza, Boffi, Arclinea, Driade, Flos, Kartell, Moroso, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Versace Home and Zanotta. And many other internationals. Over time, new buildings have been added to the existing buildings, thus increasing the availability of locations in an area of great interest for tourist flows, just 10 minutes from South Beach.

Striking store openings

The district has gained such international reputation to attract the attention of the fashion world. First of all, the Lvmh Group, which decided to establish itself with 12 brands, followed by Compagnie Financière Richemont, which brought it ten. This has opened up the door to luxury and fashion, with the boutiques of Christian Louboutin, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Cartier, Céline, Luois Vuitton, Agnona, Dior Homme, Prada just to name a few. Recently, Hermès, Berluti, Burberry, Bulgari, Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany, Tom Ford, Valentino and Versace have recently arrived. The distance between designer and fashion showroom is tapering, with the first ones to shorten to 67, while the seconds will reach 59. It is news of these days, furthermore, that even the US private equity firm Blackstone is focusing on Miami. In fact, the company has secured a $ 600 million loan (equivalent to about 555 million euros) to help transform what was once a suburb of the city into a luxury retail destination. Blackstone will invest $ 100 million, while Bank of China will put 250. The remainder will be divided between Deutsche Bank and Crédit Agricole.

Combine creative experiences

The district is becoming an attractive pole promoter of convergence between creative experiences (design, fashion, art, architecture, food) but with the common goal of making the area the ideal destination for Americans and foreigners looking for the best shopping, culture and food experiences, within a significant architectural context. The project for structural renewal of the complex was signed by Duany Plater-Zyberk with the participation of several architects, including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley and Alison Spear.

The future of the district

The district is undergoing a further phase of renewal that aims to make it architecturally avant-garde. Among the architects who sign the new projects are, in fact, Sou Fujimoto, Aranda / Lasch, K / R, Iwamoto Scott and The Buckminster Institute who will join the existing installations of Zaha Hadid and Marc Newson. 

Some of the wholesale showrooms that you will find in Miami include:

Global Trends on 1110 Brickell Ave

Parlor Showroom at 7338 NW Miami CT #1

Fiesta International Showroom

Allure Showroom

Miami International Merchandise Mart

Bonita Fashion

There are also many wholesalers in the Dade County area such as JD Closeouts, FPG Wholesale, 

Miami Wholesale Handbags, Miami Lots, The Bead Bazaar, SK Wholesale, 

Mambo Fashion, DNC Wholesale, Wholesale Shoe Warehouse, Fashion Go,

CL Trading,, Merchandise Liquidators, and Eagle Trade.

You can see many wholesale warehouses as well if you visit Fort Lauderdale.

Good luck with your wholesale shopping expedition!