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May retail/restaurant roundup: Christian Louboutin, Estefan Kitchen open in Miami Design District |

May retail/restaurant roundup: Christian Louboutin, Estefan Kitchen open in Miami Design District

We’ll be seeing a lot more red in the Miami Design District now that famed French luxury designer Christian Louboutin has opened a new Florida flagship boutique.

The designer who creates those wildly expensive and beautiful shoes with the striking red soles celebrated on Tuesday the opening of his new 3,800-square foot digs at 155 NE 40 St. The two-story showroom houses a large collection of women’s and men’s shoes, handbags and small leather accessories as well as fragrance and beauty products.

If you’re shoe obsessed like me, or need a “Sex and the City” style release of endorphins, this store is the holy grail of stilettos. Prices, like the heel heights, are sky high. A pair of pumps with 120 millimeter heels (that’s 4.7 inches if you’re not up on your metrics) runs $500 to $2,500. If you don’t want a nose bleed, there are drool-worthy flats, sandals, sneakers and boots, too.

It doesn’t cost a penny to walk the red carpets in the boutique, where shoes and handbags compete for attention with interesting architectural details. The interior, which Louboutin said was inspired by the Palais de la Porte Doree in Paris, features a grand black iron staircase as the focal point, with a mezzanine balcony adorned with 8-foot feather artworks by a Key West artist. In a nod to tropical Miami and the beaches, tree bark covers the walls, a scalloped, tiered skylight tops the soaring ceiling to let in the sunshine, and bejeweled red-bottomed scuba fins playfully decorate the walls.

If your credit cards aren’t maxed out, stop in at the newly opened Estefan Kitchen, (yes, those Estefans, Glorida and Emilio) at 140 NE 39th St. for lunch, dinner or brunch. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays with deals on munchies, mojitos and more. Dine on traditional Cuban fare, including lechon asado, croquetas and pressed sandwiches. Finish with a Cafe Cubano and a Cuban (chocolate) cigar and you’ll be ready for another round of retail therapy.


This monthly feature lists retail stores and restaurants opening around South Florida. See April’s list.

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