STEPPING OFF the elevators of the
parking structure at the new retail, dining and parking development
at the Mews, Miamis landmark upscale shopping promenade designed
by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, one does not
expect to be literally enveloped in the glittering kiosk Babalú
Miamieye candy is putting it mildly! Sumptuously arrayed with
luxury conveniences, you cant just rush by. Even if you are
running unfashionably late for a business meeting or smart lunch
or just about to browse the promenade, you feel compelled to stop
and peruse the goodies.
Babalús one-of-a-kind items provide a delightful
one-stop pop-up original concept store with an ever-changing offering
of luxury items, gifts and must-haves ranging from $2 to $2,400.
The sheer convenience of finding the ultimate in products in a busy
and on-the-go life proves irresistible to Miami visitors, world
travellers and the increasingly diverse cosmopolitan demographic
of Miami urbanites.
Forward-thinking owner-partners Greg Melvin and Paolo
Ambu, whose stellar reputations in creating global trends in the
fields of luxury retail and hospitality, took a chance on this unusual
space no one could figure out what to do with. Collaborating with
dream-team retail interior designers John Rawlins and Devinn Bruce
(credited with Fontainebleau retail and Bergdorf Goodman designs),
they created a modern kiosk spin on Miamis 1950s nostalgia
Trend-setting and sophisticated, the space has a casual
ambience yet evokes the romance of Miami: striped mirrored walls
inspired by ocean-side beach cabanas, light pink glows from afar
envelop the stores niches to accentuate the raw nature and
industrial character of the building. Portable displays and fresh
flowers extend into the passageway.
Every nook and cranny is open to treasure-hunting and
delightful discoveries, like their vast designer soap collection,
luxury pure silk sleep masks by Slip, tote bags by Carlos Falchi
and Eric Javets, Sail bags, Dosh and Dynomighty mens wallets,
Babalus cufflinks in gold and silver, Ecuadorian chocolates
Featured amongst their cache of amazing inventory is an impressive choice of fragrance, offering exclusive scents for Babalú by Nasomatto and Panama. There are also fragrances
by Oar Ito, Parisian Nez à Nez, Acqua de Parma, Bond No. 9, Boadicea,
Comme des Garçons, Costume National, État Libre dOrange,
Eau dItalie, Esteban, Odin, Santa Maria Novella and Six Scents.
An array of the worlds finest candles offers Avenue, Claus
Porto, D. L. & Co., the Hype Noses and, now, exclusively to
Florida, Ortigia, Italys interpretation of ancient Italian
herbology for home, body and soul.
World-class designers including Betony Vernon, Kenneth
Jay Lane, Laura Constantine, Miriam Salat, Monies and Noir represent
fashion, fine jewellery, accessories and small leather goods. John
Hardys (exclusive Miami Beach art-déco collection),
Paul Smith Accessories, Philip Crangi, Graf von Faber-Castell, Ten
Thousand Things, Carolyn Tyler, Diana Dunk and Tricia Kim are also
Babalus eponymous signature jewellery collection,
inspired by the international jet-set lifestyle and timeless beach
culture, offers an irresistible array of lovely universal symbols
and natural sea motifs. Masterfully sculpted charms in 18 ct gold
and silver are delicately adorned with hand-knotted mala strands
of semi-precious beads.
Get style: choose from their collection of cutting-edge
watches by top international designers, Brera Orologi, Eleven Eleven
Watches, Welder by Italo Fontana and Ice Watches, Belgium; accessorize
further with a pair or two of their stylish designer sunglasses
by Mosley Tribes, Paul Smith Sunglasses, Ray Ban and Super Retro.
How about a perfect home décor gift? Exquisite
offerings are available from Murano glass art from Salviati (US
exclusive), Forge de Laquiole and Fornasettis fabulous plate
themes (US exclusive) to Mission Home,
Paul Smith Accessories, Calvin Klein Home and St Dupont.
Top-of-the-line apothecary item brands includes Malin
& Goetz and Nasomatto (Miami Beach Exclusives). Anthony Logistics
Sun Care and Shaving, Elgydium, Geo F. Trumper, Marvis Toothpaste,
Shiseido Sun Care and Men, and Super Smile.
The magnificent Miami beaches beckon, so theres
no time like the moment to refresh. No suit, towel or lotion? No
problem. Take your choice from colourful Babalú Miami terry
velour beach towels, AussieBum (Miami exclusive), Eric Javits (hats),
FB Collection beach paddles, Havaianas
flip-flops (for adults and kids), Melissa shoes, Orlebar Brown,
Paul Smith Swim, Sundek and Swims. Grab the best electronics on
the market: a great headset by Dr Dre, the Beats Headphone; or the
Munitio Earphones or Jawbopne Jambox wireless speakers for the total
Available each day are freshly cut flowers, accoutrements
to accent evening cocktails, distinctive must-have gifts such as
sommelier knives from Forge de Laguiole and travel and design books.
Everything is uniquely sourced from essentials down to refreshing
Babalú Miami has become a strategic location
first point-of-interest and primary welcome point for visitors to
Miami Beach. Their service philosophy extends beyond retail sales
with its signature five-star concierge service: sales staff specifically
trained to provide visitors with local area information, directions
and even assist with restaurant recommendations.
This unexpected haven of luxurious convenience also
offers the ability for shoppers to order some of their offerings
online from the web store (www.babalumiami.com),
for worldwide delivery to home or workplace.
1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Telephone 1 305 831-4984
Anita Talbert, a well respected event producer, is a guest writer
Babalu Miami Designs: Pacific Māori 18 ct matte yellow gold chain
Babalu Miami logo and gift section
Bond No. 9 NYC High Line
Miriam Salat star-studded rings
Miriam Salat honey twig earrings
Miriam Salat double lion cuff
Salviati crystal tableware
Claus Porto Déco candle