If you head to Miami to escape the winter blues this season, make sure to check out Cottage Miami. Located in the up-and-coming Sunset Harbour neighborhood, it’s one of the few stores dedicated just to men (and not the Versace wearing kind!).
Opened by a former lawyer, Ariel Burman who noticed a major gap in the market, he took the opportunity to transform a 1,000 square-foot garage along the bay into a cool destination for dudes to find preppy and well-tailored options for the modern gent who doesn’t find the neon tees and roller blades on South Beach necessarily appealing.
All of the merchandise is edited and curated by Ariel himself from brands such as APC, Band of Outsiders, Baxter of California, Michael Bastian, Mollusk, Saturdays Surf NYC, and Sunspel. The boutique will be, for the moment, the only place in Miami Beach one can find highly sought after collections by Stubbs & Wootton, Todd Snyder, Armando Cabral, Monsieur Lacenaire, Catherine Zadeh, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie and more. It will cater to surfers and sailors, to lawyers and professionals.
The Cottage will also stock books, magazines and luckily will feature a bar offering up craft beers from local breweries. The idea was to stock the shop as if it were a cabin perched in the hills anywhere from Nantucket to Malibu or Biarritz, France. You may find a canoe in one corner and a surfboard in another.
“Preppy style has evolved from less a costume look into something more wearable and relevant. If you’re wearing an outfit from my store, the first word that comes to mind is ‘gentleman’,” reflects Burman. “My signature style can be found among the racks: structured jeans with a single cuff to show off some bright colored footwear – dressed up for drinks on the beach with a sport coat or relaxed with a tie that looks – and feels – well-worn.”
Cottage Miami is located at 1784 West Avenue, Bay 5, Miami Beach, Florida. Store hours are daily from 10:30am-7pm.
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