Is it just us, or do you love how artistic and colorful Miami is year round? From South Beach, to Sunny Isles, to Wynwood and everywhere in between, Miamians and the brands they create have become more diverse than ever. Maybe it’s our Latin infusion or the worldly appreciation our residents encompass. Perhaps it’s the fact that while we’re in mid-November, our temperatures remain in the eighties and all we can think about is freely vacationing again one day.
Whether you’re our neighbor or love visiting Miami, we hope you choose to buy local and continue supporting our homegrown fashion heros this holiday season. Below are some of our favorite Miami Brands, who just so happen to have a special dedicated corner in-store and online at Frangipani. Happy Shopping friends!
A local lifestyle and swimwear brand, designed to showcase creativity and unique views on life, all while making the earth a better place. All designs are brightly colored, hand-drawn, and made from recycled materials like coconut husks and water bottles- so Miami, we know! Owner and founder Michael, is committed to giving back and regularly does so through beach clean ups and by providing school uniforms to those in need. Shop Mavrans this season at Frangipani or at his Aventura Mall Pop-up.
We’re obsessed with this dainty, affordable, and easily wearable jewelry line for women. Born and raised in Miami, local owner Lauren Turchin creates high end pieces for less. Every lady on your list will love her collections ranging from celestial, colored enamel, pearl and sea, and even the evil eye jewelry. From simple pieces to your unique statement pieces, you can find everything you want within Meridian Ave.
Animal lovers, you are in luck! We know your favorite furry friend has a personality all their own and artist/ fashion designer Valera Krasavina has found a way to highlight all their uniqueness through custom illustrations, prints and accessories. Inspired by the quirky personality of her own French Bulldog named Rabby, Valeria has created Fine Frenchie during a hiatus from the fashion industry. An idea that started with a small series of drafts soon blossomed into a full passion project full of different characters and, of course, lots and lots of pink. Who doesn’t want a custom portrait of their very best friend this season?
We’re a little (okay a lot) sad we won’t get to indulge in Art Basel this year and all of the artist’s beautifully showcased work. With that being said, Frangipani is proud to house the work of some of the greats, like AMLgMTED; a Miami-based collaborative studio established by Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova. Their work was recently featured at Levi’s Haus, Miami, FL and the Untitled Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL. We’re huge fans of their quirky points of view and clever use of unusual and overlooked materials. Keep an eye out for their WEBSTR stools on your next visit.
WYNWOOD COLORING BOOK
Did anyone not yet tap into their inner Picasso this year? There’s still time while paying homage to 44 of Miami’s favorite street artists such as Aquarela, Claudia la Bianca, Trek 6, Didi, Freaky Kiss, Kazilla, Marcus Blake, Chris Pyrate, Renda Writer, and SkottMarsi, to name a few. The Wynwood Coloring Book is a delightful escape for the Miami Local or aspiring Wynwood Visitor. Need another reason to love it? Owner, Diego, is so big on giving back that when you buy one, they give a textbook for free to a child in need.
If you’re looking to keep it sexy and smelling delicious, you’ve met your match. From the packaging, to using wooden wicks for that extra long burn time, we’re obsessed. This local candle, diffuser, and hand sanitizer purveyor offers scents like: peppermint eucalyptus, bittersweet symphony, and tropical escape as well as their use of all natural fragrances and essential oils. Name a better gift for anyone on your list… we’ll wait.
We can’t wait to help you shop this year and are confident we have something special for everyone on your list. Don’t miss the fun at Frangipani during Shop Small Weekend: November 27th-29th, in store at 2239 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127.
Written by Elizabeth Sander
Hotels in Florida have officially reopened! As of June 1st many ‘stays’ around the state have done their part to safely welcome visitors. In need of a road trip? The good news is Frangipani has all the essentials for the relaxing beach vacation that we’ve all been dreaming of this quarantine.
A trip from Miami to Sanibel Island is only a little under three hours in the car, and trust me, it’ll be worth it. Sanibel Island makes for some amazing family-centric fun. From amazing resorts such as the Sanibel Inn or the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, to beautiful beaches, wildlife refuges and shells galore- Sanibel Island is practically begging you to take this trip. And the best part? Frangipani has something for every member of the family - so you can all join in on this family-style weekend getaway!
Here’s our curated selection of 19 essentials for every beach vacation:
Feel like making a statement? This beach blanket will have all eyes on you and your family when you stroll in with this gorgeously-designed print in-hand. Made in San Francisco and hand-woven in Mexico, this is a unique piece you won’t want to leave the hotel-room without!
If you’re going on a beach vacation, it’s silly not to buy a new bathing suit, right? Right! So look no further than these seriously vibing prints from Spiritual Gangster. They come in a simple one-piece fit that is universally flattering, with beautiful details such as the scoop back and halter neckline.
Fedoras are back! Although you may be skeptical, one look at yourself in the mirror rocking this breezy straw hat, and you’ll be convinced. This Fedora by Hitch is the perfect hat for summer; it has enough shade to avoid a sunburned face, and the versatility to transition from beach to dinner - enough said.
A trip to the beach is not complete without? Sunscreen, of course! And Supergoop is the new hit-destination for a skin protectant that is clean and won’t cause breakouts. Specifically formulated to be easy on skin, while maintaining its efficacy, this is certainly the sunscreen to buy this summer season.
Doubling as a swimsuit cover-up, this dress, with a tasteful vintage twist, is perfect for your beach-day. Plus, you can even take the dress to dinner with a chic pullover and sandals!
As any beachgoer and parent knows, a tote is a must-have beach item. Not only is this tote bag stylish and fun, it’s also 100% plant-based and made out of jute fiber. And to make things better, this bag is the product of an initiative to empower women and help overcome poverty.
Now who says women get to have all the fun? Frangipani has a great line of menswear to spruce up any man’s vacation-wardrobe, and he’ll love the selection, we promise!
Duvin makes the best swim short - as coined on Frangipani’s website “Duvin makes the official uniform for people who hate uniforms,” and this print totally fits the bill. These shorts are fully water-resistant and have 4-way stretch, plus they double as leisure shorts for when swimming isn’t on the agenda.
And because matching is totally in, Duvin’s button up shirt is the perfect top to pair with these breezy new trunks. But his shirt’s colorful and effortlessly cool vertical stripe pattern is also incredibly versatile, giving any man infinite styling options. Frangipani loves pieces that multitask; it’s more ethical, and fun!
We’re absolutely loving Duvin this season, and they also sell a totally ~vibey~ Flamingo Baseball cap. It’s well-made, practical and will have you loving that summer sun (without the risk of a burn).
Every beachgoer needs a towel, and the Hina Beach Towel is a must! It features a hanging loop for optimal drying, and its print is a photograph taken by the photographer Alana Spencer, calling forth images of endless palm trees. Its manufacturer, Slowtide, partners with artists and photographers to curate the most unique prints for their products, and this model does not fall short of that descriptor.
Sold in three colors, these flip flops by Indosole are the beach footwear every guy should be sporting. Indosole’s dedication to natural materials and eco-friendly manufacturing processes are only the first reason to grab a pair of these men’s sandals. They’re also incredibly comfy with recycled tire soles, embedded arch support and a soft nylon toe thong. As the name suggests, they’re essentials.
Made of recycled materials, each tote bag sold by Clandestina is one-of-a-kind, and huge. With this roomy tote sporting two outside pockets, and the Jackson’s Jute Tote Bag, you will have all the storage space your family needs to have a great beach day!
And speaking of family, you can’t forget the kiddos! Frangipani has a fun selection of kidswear and merchandise, so the whole family can join in on the beach-prep shopping.
Designed in Stockholm, this pair of swim trunks from OAS kidswear is made of a fast-drying microfiber that optimizes comfort for all-day play on the beach or by the pool. Plus it has an interior mesh lining and a stay-in-place waistline; no slip-ups here!
Made in LA, this lightweight mesh baseball cap with a metallic silk-screened motif is the perfect sun-safe hat for any child aged 4-10. And for a road trip within the state of Florida, the ‘Local’ logo is right at home!
Couldn’t fit everything in mom and dad’s roomy totes? No worries, it happens! Thankfully, Frangipani offers a large selection of cool kids backpacks, so they can pack some of their own clothes and toys. This model from State also doubles as a great school backpack once Autumn rolls back around; it comfortably fits a laptop, school folders and S’well water bottle.
Made with FSC-Certified bamboo fiber, this pail and shovel set will have any child excited for a day of beach play! Each piece in this play set is designed with a specific animal in mind; from the turtle sifter to the manta ray shovel, this set will inspire creative play in the sand all-day long.
Now, we know that a vacation with the whole family can be difficult at times, which is why Frangipani carries a diverse selection of fun activities for kids to complete on the road, at the beach, or even in a restaurant. With this portable markmat, kids can have lots of restaurant fun, leaving the adults some much-needed time to enjoy a delicious post-beach day meal.
This poster, crafted by the french manufacturer Omy, is a great way to encourage some down-time creativity. Colorable on the floor or hanging on the wall, this poster will certainly give kids something to do in the in-between moments of your beach-stay.
We know that no road-trip is complete without some educational reading, so look no further than this Alphabet book. Featuring an A-Z list of some of history’s greatest artists, your kids will not only learn the alphabet, but also the backgrounds of art icons that our world wouldn’t be the same without. And with a portion of the proceeds donated to UNICEF, a purchase of this book proves even more worthwhile!
Hopefully by this point I’ve inspired each of you to take that well-deserved beach road-trip from Miami to Sanibel Island! And if you do decide to make the journey, don’t forget to stop by Frangipani to pick up some of these curated essentials. Now go forth and sunbathe; the beach is calling!
Wynwood, Miami is fondly known as the home of the Wynwood Walls, showcasing street art from renowned artists around the globe. But there’s much more to this thriving neighborhood than simply the art scene. From vibey coffee shops, to candle-making classes, Wynwood is the perfect place to take that first socially-distanced outing and enjoy shopping at small businesses as they reopen. Look no further than this detailed guide to find the best way to spend a day in the district in which Frangipani Miami calls home.
Looking for a way to kickstart the day? Panther Coffee is your answer! As the flagship of this specialty coffee retailer, Panther Coffee’s Wynwood location provides a great way to shake off your morning drowsiness and embrace the day. Opened in the Fall of 2010, Panther Coffee sources some of the finest coffees from across the world and seeks mutually beneficial partnerships for all their wholesale and retail producers. Not sure what to order? I suggest the cold brew with a splash of almond milk, or a cheddar, egg, and bacon biscuit sandwich (if you ran out of the house before grabbing a bite, of course). Masks are required to enter and order, but you’re free to remove them once sitting outside with a front row seat to watch Wynwood come alive for the day.
If Wynwood is known for anything, it’s the beautifully painted and delightfully colorful walls found across the neighborhood. Definitely not a stop to skip! Hard to do that though, because they are everywhere. These walls have been painted by artists from across the world and have a history of inspiring creative passion. Before the Wynwood Walls came to be, these warehouses may not have looked like much to any old passerby, but to an artist, they were made up of expansive canvases on which to showcase their artistry. ‘Inspirational’ is only a minimal description; you’ll have to see them to really get a feel for the beating creative heart of Wynwood. And don’t worry, with a mask and a great pair of sunnies, a self-guided tour of the walls is a great way to safely distance from others and enjoy some time outdoors. We suggest starting at the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and 26th Street.
Candle Land Miami
Next up is Candle Land Miami. Upon entering this brand new scent haven, patrons are greeted with ubiquitous millennial pink walls and decor that is both aesthetically pleasing and inviting. This candle-making studio is a great way to spend an hour choosing between a myriad of scents and beautiful candle-jars, all from a safe distance. Customers simply have to wear a mask (cuteness optional but encouraged), and capacity is limited, so you can safely enjoy making your very own personalized candle on the spot. Your future self will thank you when your house fills with luscious scents- all customized to your liking. Hopefully by now you’ve worked up an appetite candle-designing, because lunch at a delicious Wynwood cafe awaits.
Love Life Cafe
Did someone say plant-based? I’m not sure about you, but as a new vegetarian “The best veggie burger in America” seems pretty enticing. Whether you’re vegetarian or not, there’s something on the menu at this plant-based establishment that anyone’s taste buds can appreciate. From the BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich, to The Miami Breakfast, you’ll leave satisfied. Love Life Cafe asks that you wear a mask upon entry and ordering and takes care of all other safety precautions. Think: incredibly sparse tables in a giant warehouse, with a constant airflow and staff cleaning every surface between seatings. They also have continued their online orders and pickup, so customers can take their meals to a location that better suits their preferences.
Now, who’s ready to shop? These two Wynwood stops have got you covered with all your Summer essentials.
If BASE Retail didn’t catch your eye immediately upon entry, you’re probably still dreaming about that delicious lunch- or you need to go grab another espresso at Panther! The leading menswear store in Miami, BASE Wynwood features an effortlessly cool, industrial interior with a wide array of merchandise from clothing to sneakers, which are all incredibly on-trend. Have you been seeing those Veja sneakers everywhere and want to grab a pair? Check out their wide variety at the Wynwood location, along with their many other cult classics and cross-over labels.
A trip to Wynwood wouldn’t be complete without popping your head into Frangipani, a concept store featuring a playful, bright interior and sustainable brands. Let the crisp air and sweet scent draw you into this shopping oasis and imagine outfitting your next getaway- even if that means brunch. You can feel good about any item purchased in this store, seeing as Frangipani sources brands that give back to their community while and focus on showcasing smaller brands. A small business that supports other small businesses? Doesn’t get more rewarding than that. Chances are, you’ll leave Frangipani with an edgy new graphic tee, gorgeous jewelry, or some positively un-average stationery. We may not be entertaining as often during this pandemic, but that doesn’t mean your dining table has to be subject to a life of boredom. From bamboo dinner plates, to woven planters, Frangipani Miami will take your current set-up and spruce it up for the summer months to come.
Dasher and Crank
There’s no better way to end a successful day in Wynwood than at Dasher and Crank, an ice cream shop located at the neighborhood’s heart. Any ice cream establishment that boasts 225 original flavors in their first year of operation doesn’t seem like one you can miss, plus, who can resist the allure of a cool and drippy ice cream on a warm summer evening anyway? Dasher and Crank certainly has a flavor for every palate! If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to try the Garam Masala Curry ice cream with a vegan base. Perhaps you’d prefer Dasher and Crank’s most popular flavor, the Ube. Personally, in the spirit of Miami, I’d go with the Salty Beach, because coconut cream, sea salt and graham cracker crumbs? Mouthwatering doesn’t even begin to describe it.
A day such as this in Wynwood is hard not to enjoy. It’s time to take a day for you and your favorite post-quarantine crew while safely enjoying all the sights and small businesses Wynwood has to offer. Spending a fun day amongst these establishments will go a long way for the district’s future. So hop to it, and I’ll see you back here in a week or two for another blog post, this time featuring some of Frangipani’s summer-ready must-haves!
Written by Elizabeth Sander
After seven weeks sheltering in place, we could all use a design refresh right about now. With all of the meals we are cooking and enjoying at home, why not elevate your table with a new setting? Even better when the pieces are eco-friendly, bright and colorful, machine washable, safe to use outdoors, and affordable.
These chic dinner and salad plates come from Xenia Taler, a Canadian studio that has been designing bamboo dishes for the modern home. With about 8 mix and match patterns to choose from, you can put together a unique look perfect for Miami. Dishes are a mix of ground bamboo discards from a chopstick factory with a food grade melamine binder. BPA, Pthalate, and PVC free.
The bamboo cutlery, salad bowl, servers, and solid dishes is a comparable product made by French company Ekobo and comes in a range of colors. The two lines work very well to mix and match together.
To see all of the choices we carry, go to the home section of our website, www.frangipanimiami.com. Put together your new look and and show up to dinner in style!
Welcome, everyone, to the new Frangipani website and blog! It’s been a great ride so far, and we are excited to take this next step in our journey. We hope you enjoy this new portal into the world of Frangipani. Here’s a window into what defines us and what we love!
Color: At Frangipani, color is our first love, and we have a lot to offer, from a vibrant yellow monkey mask to an aqua patterned pillow, and it’s always changing!
Fashion: We love ourselves a little fashion, and our collection ranges from a large selection of Spiritual Gangster, to Jiva leggings and tanks, to your go to beach coverup from Star mela or Delfina, and espadrilles and beaded sandals to throw on for that day lounging by the pool or running around tropical Miami.
Handmade: Since the store opened in 2012, one of our main goals has always been to have items that are unique. We're drawn to objects hand crafted with love and with a story behind each and every one. Come check out our new Group Partners ceramic pots from Brooklyn. The makers pride themselves on “righting the wrongs of humanity, one pot at a time.” We like to think we are helping them on that journey.
Lifestyle: We know that the average person’s life can become routine… So here at Frangi, we aim to offer you items to brighten up that same old same old; something to make the life you live a little more vibrant. So now, every time you look down at your phone to see that annoying work reminder, smile when you see that ZeroGravity phone case covering it.
Well-designed: Quality is another key ingredient to the Frangipani mix. You don't want to buy an item that’s gonna fall apart in a month! We want something that’s gonna last you for the long run… Not only that, but it is gonna look cute, fresh, and modern at the same time. Try our multicolored and textured Baggus or our Mokoyubi backpacks and see and feel the design behind the product.
Sustainable: Living in Miami, the environment is an especially important part of our daily lives. We appreciate buying items made with sustainability in mind. So take a look at our new Carmine wallets from Japan, created from recycled scraps of highend and handmade wallet manufacturing. Surely it will be a decision you won’t regret.
Eclectic: As you probably know by now, Frangipani is not your average boutique. We pride ourselves on bringing product from all over the world, so you are guaranteed to find at least a few things you won’t see anywhere else. Not only that, but we always have something to satisfy the likes and interests of anyone, from a Russian Criminal Tattoo book for those tat-enthusiasts to handpainted skateboard helmets for our Mia skater boys… Stop by, take a look for yourself, and see what catches your eye.
International: Miami has always had a plethora of different cultures melting into the city as we know it. I mean, come on, where else can you get the best cafe con leche and pastelito, walk two blogs, and stumble upon a great sushi restaurant?? We like to reflect this side of Miami in the store. We take you with us on our travels and experiences here at Frangipani, from the shores of Havana, Cuba to the streets of Barcelona, Spain and everywhere inbetween. Become immersed in this beautiful world and check out our cool sarongs from Mr. Somebody Mr. Nobody from Ghana and our Star Mela totes and clothing from India.
One of a kind: Not only does Frangipani offer many one-of-a-kind items, but our creative mix is one-of-a-kind! All of our items are curated and handpicked especially to fit the aesthetic of our store and our philosophy. We travel near and far with plenty of research in the process to offer unique product that brings you quality, beauty, and fun. Visit us at our home in the heart of Wynwood. Thank you for joining us on the adventure of Frangipani's first four years, and here's to another four! Stick around for new blog posts every week. They will be filled with exciting Frangipani News and what’s going on in the cultural scene of Miami and the world. :)