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miami fashion blog : favorite boutiques

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Shopping at Emporium is like going to hang out at your best friend’s house, and picking up some amazing things while you’re there. Owner Sara Zamikoff has assembled an impressive collection of clothing, accessories and giftable items that will have you wanting to buy every single thing you see. Located in Coral Gables, Emporium has been around for just over 4 years. Zamikoff’s concept was a one-stop-shop where women could pick up everything they need including gifts for friends, baby clothes and accessories, home and body fragrances and even styling consultations and in-home closet assistance. The result is a warm, inviting environment where you can pick from an eclectic assortment of hand-selected items.

Zamikoff is passionate about supporting local and independent designers. “I like to find different artisans and learn their stories,” she says. “I find that people are really missing that interpersonal aspect of shopping. When they know the designer it makes the piece all the more special.” Zamikoff organizes regular trunk shows so customers have the opportunity to meet the designers and even order custom pieces.

You’ll find clothing from Bianca Coletti and Nikki Poulos and Judith March, accessories from TAudrey, and Alex Hunt, alongside mainstream designers like BB Dakota, Miss Me, and Blank NYC. “I keep a balance of trendy and classic pieces,” Zamikoff says. “It’s important that my customers can find that trendy piece they are looking for but also take home an item that will last them for more than just one season.” The best part is the prices are not outrageous. If something is priced in the higher range, it’s because it comes from an independent designer who put real craftsmanship into the piece.

MFbSort through the racks and you’ll find delicious chunky sweaters for fall, silky blouses and dresses, jackets and jeans for every occasion and lots and lots of amazing accessories. Emporium’s center table is stocked with incredible jewelry. From necklaces to rings and bracelets begging to be stacked up your arm, it is clear that each piece has been hand selected by Zamikoff’s expert eye. You’ll also find an impressive selection of handbags – the majority of which are made from recycled materials. Be sure to check out the scents from Tokyo Milk. The perfume, hand cream and lip balms are delectable and not to be missed.

When you leave Emporium you definitely won’t be empty handed. It is impossible to leave the store without taking a few goodies with you. And you can feel good about your purchases because you’re supporting talented local designers and a great local business. Once you’ve been to emporium, shopping at a department store seems just plain crazy.

Become a fan of Emporium on Facebook for information on events, sales, and new items, or follow them on twitter at @shopemporuim.


Photos by: Katherine McPherson / MFB