In the Know

SoBe Bathing Beauty

SoBe Bathing Beauty, Photo by Andrew Kaufman

Miami has always been a town of trends.

In the 20’s, Miami was the modern vacation spot for the wealthy and famous. This city became known for its Tropical and Nautical Art Deco style, the new style of the time. Bathing beauties were invented to promote Miami’s beaches as a playground for the young and beautiful.

In the 80’s, there was Miami Vice which led to a revival of South Beach, an area that was known as God’s Waiting Room (many retirees had relocated to Miami Beach) and that was blighted by poverty and crime. Miami Vice introduced the famous “T-shirt & Armani jacket” fashion statement. Soon modeling agencies followed, bringing in the “It” girls and “In” crowd.

In the 90’s, Miami became the getaway city for travelers from Europe and South America. Boutique hotels opened up such as the Delano Hotel with its ‘barefoot simple chic’ design. New restaurants and trend setting chefs began experimenting with fusion style cuisines, from New American, Pan Asian to Nuevo Latino.

In the 2k’s, amazing changes have occurred to place Miami on the map. The Mandarin Oriental opened, bringing luxury and 5 star service to the Brickell area and starting a revitalization of the Downtown area. Other hotels followed and hip trendy condo’s were built along Brickell Avenue, the Miami River and Biscayne Boulevard. Of course, since the first Art Basel Art Fair in 2002, Miami emerged as a leading contemporary art and design center creating the newest go-to neighborhoods: the Design District and Wynwood Arts District. To add to Miami’s growing popularity, our city boasts of fantastic features on Burn Notice and CSI Miami and the recognition for holding the yearly Winter Music Conference (with world renowned cutting edge DJ’s).

American Burger and European Coffee Bars have recently exploded all over Miami. And the most noticeable additions to our city landscape are Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony, the Herzog & de Meuron Pérez Art Museum and the ever changing graffiti walls in Wynwood.

And then, there are the hidden secrets that only a local would know of. Places that always have been around. It could be a seafood restaurant on the Miami River, a Cuban bakery in Little Havana, or a fruitstand in Homestead, something off the beaten track that is a true local favorite.

All Concierges hold the pulses on their cities. Being in the know and spotting trends are essential parts of being a Concierge. So join us and see Miami the way we do!

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