The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
DESIGNING DEB As Ralph Lauren’s former vice president of retail design who launched more than 5,000 stores worldwide, Deborah Wecselman mastered her craft. The Peruvian interior designer then founded a namesake firm in her adopted city of Miami 15 years ago. Its loyal clientele and accolades, such as DCOTA’s 2015 Star of Design Award for Best Interior Design, begat The Find, a home showroom in Miami Ironside next door to her offices. Its selection of furniture, decorative wares and gifts includes hand-sculpted resin pieces by San Francisco-based Tina Frey (pictured) to artisanal crafts in exotic woods from Tucker Robbins to burlap and linen totes in muted, two-toned hues by Christen Maxwell. Besides making house calls, she organizes in-store consultations and shopping events.
PALM’S POP-UP Chef Michael Schwartz keeps them coming. Named after the James Beard winner’s daughter Ella, the pop-up eatery (it will probably run through summer) serves breakfast, lunch and late afternoon fare to revive one after browsing the Palm Court’s many jewelry and watch stores. He’s collaborating with local purveyors like Panther Coffee and True Loaf bakery, as well as local architect Rene Gonzalez whose design features a lattice ceiling, maple wood and lots of blue like sky-colored lamps. Walls are decorated with a large-scale poem, chalkboard menu, and artworks from Craig Robins’ personal collection. Neighborhood regulars start the day with 9-grain pancakes and Greek yogurt loaded with fruit, seeds and chia jelly. Other yummy bites are shrimp summer rolls, veggie tacos and rotisserie chicken in hemp seed pesto.
FRENCH KISS A Cannes native and Chanel alum who worked with Karl Lagerfeld and company in Paris opened Roses & Dreams in the Continuum residential tower in South of Fifth. The boutique specializes in women’s clothing, swimwear and accessories from France and California. Her wide assortment of Antik Batik’s v-neck caftans, denim shorts and bags in graphic prints trimmed in colorful pompoms sell out quickly. Gat Rimon’s camisole and one-piece swimsuit come in a matching black and magenta rose print, while Mes Demoiselles’s miniskirts in boho prints also hail from the shopkeeper’s homeland. A cream-colored maxi dress with black crisscross straps is the perfect outfit for Sunday soirees. Also find ruffled string bikinis in sweet florals (pictured), delicate, mother of pearl jewelry by Margaux Carel and Hampton Sun skin care.
NEW & NOW The Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) highlights the work of local designer Deon Rubi for its first exhibit that focuses exclusively on design objects. “Love Always” expands on the Argentine’s established jewelry practice of mixing found objects and raw materials to encompass furniture, vases, mirrors and candle holders. The show, which is on view through July, also kicks off MCAD’s new project gallery. Hours are Monday-Friday and by appointment. If you haven’t visited Fredric Snitzer’s new gallery south of Wynwood, now through June 22 is a great time. “Seinfeld [a show about nothing]” features new works by six artists such as Hernan Bas, Jonathan Pylypchuk (pictured) and Alice Aycock, who’s been commissioned by the city of Coral Gables for a public artwork that will debut during Art Basel.