luxury in a carpark

February 2, 2012 / Design / Style / Travel
the skinny

alchemist
1111 Lincoln Road
carpark level 5
Miami Beach

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I spent a ladies weekend in South Beach last month and enjoyed a day to myself strolling Miami’s Lincoln Road in search of Isabel Marant’s new spring pieces. I admit, Lincoln Road was one of the least likely places I would have thought to look but I had read about a shop – alchemist – which carried the line. Owned and run by a super chic couple, you can find a wonderfully curated selection of designers including Celine, Chrome Hearts, Proenza, Dries, Rick Owens and Alaïa. They have two locations bookending Lincoln Road. At the main shop I found the Isabel pieces I was looking for freshly unpacked from their UPS boxes. At the other end of Lincoln Road, I found myself walking to a very cool parking garage, really a 7-story architectural sculpture, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. With high end retailers such as Shake Shack, Nespresso, Journelle and Taschen on the bottom floor, I knew I was in for a treat as I stepped into the garage elevator. Stepping out on the 5th floor you are surrounded by concrete and cars but then you turn the corner and you catch a glimpse of a glass box that seems to float in the midst of this huge concrete construction. And you are amazed…