WHAT’S NEW IN TOWN – Apr/May 2016


After more than twelve successful years dressing children in stylish, elegant and comfortable shoes and clothing in the wholesale market, the owners of the Elephantito children’s wear brand, Maria Frallicciardi and Alexandra Penso, opened their first retail store on Sunset Drive.

Since opening in 2004, the Elephantito brand is sold in 10 countries and in over 100 more than 100 multi-brand luxury boutiques, department and on-line stores.  In March, the brand opened the doors of a new “one-stop-shop” boutique that offers a wider selection of its high quality products, designed to dress kids “head to toe” and to show their own concept of Lifestyle.

Maria Frallicciardi & Alexandra Penso

As Maria noted, “we’ve been involved with manufacturing, importing, distributing and brand management, now we begin the retail component.”

Showcased are Elephantito’s latest collections of shoes, clothing and accessories and also a selection of the finest quality sterling silver pieces for babies, baptisms and communions co-produced in alliance with Camusso, a global company known for caring and preserving family traditions and “transforming silver into art” since 1933.

Elephantito collections appeal to discerning customers who want beautiful, European-style clothing for their children adapted to their all-American sensibility. Elephantito’s clothes and shoes are proudly “Made in Peru”, a socially responsible country and well-known for the quality of their raw materials and qualified craftsmanship.

5855-B Sunset Drive | 786.773.2408 | Hours: Monday – Saturday  10-6 | Sunday Closed

Known in the fashion industry for her sophisticated designs, directional shaping methods and high-end fit, Adriana Degreas creates sought after luxury beachwear with Brazilian flare.  From whimsical beach gowns made for beach glamor to vibrant bikinis with her signature palm tree print, Degreas promises cutting-edge sophistication and elegance in every piece.  Her couturier secret behind high-quality fit is the moulage technique, altering each design on a mannequin to ensure the most perfect fit.

The Sao Paulo based fashion brand’s iconic creations are shown every year on the Rio Summer runway.  To fashion critics, Adriana Degreas represents cutting edge designs in beachwear.

Adriana Degreas exports her bain couture for a select group of shops in Europe, USA and Middle East, such as La Bon Marché, Harrods, Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Selfridges, Boutique 1, and in exclusive hotels, like One and Only Resorts.  In Brazil, her shop at Jardins mixes the contemporary style with Brazilian women´s glamour. The designer is also present in Daslu the upmarket multi-brand boutique-department store in São Paulo.

Far from the tropical stereotype, the designer also extended her collection to the winter and created fur coats and pieces in knitwear, jacquard, cashmere, velvet, among others. Recently, the brand launched the Private Gym – an exclusive activewear line – and the Le Petit Bain – a children´s line developed for the little but demanding clients.

Now on Sunset Drive as its first retail store in the USA, discover the chic, modern designs of Adriana Degreas. 

Away from being simply a brazilian bikini brand, Adriana Degreas dresses sophisticated women, such as celebrities and trend-setters. The concept of her proposals since 2001 reinforces the positioning of a brand that understands its own work and gives a new definition for the brazilian beachwear.

1563 Sunset Drive  |  305.363.8686 | Hours: Monday-Friday, 9-7 | Saturday, 10-7

Three partners from Mexico have brought their established interior design accessories business from the wholesale phase to retail with the opening of their first location on Sunset Drive at 58 Avenue.

With some fifteen years in the industry Maricarmen Castillon partnered with Augusto Gutierrez, an architect, and Maria “Mini” Villalobos managing sales for the Akcento brand for the past three years.

The team has worked the trade shows in New York, Las Vegas and High Point, and Akcento has three showrooms in the USA, located in Las Vegas, Dallas, and in the Miami design district.  These are open only to the trade.

Business partner Augusto Gutierrez with sales associate Mariana Mendez.

In the partnership, the division of labor pretty much works out that Maricarmen manages the product acquisition, Augusto, handles the branding and styling, and Mini the sales.

Essentially, Akcento has two design lines: leather products imported from Istanbul, including personal accessories to furniture, and a second European line of home accessories, such as candles and vases, from Italy, Denmark, and other European countries.  Akcento has USA exclusivity for these products.   Price points range from $10 for a candle to $20,000 for a leather sofa.

Akcento also does interior design for residences and businesses with the products they exclusively carry.

5802 Sunset Drive | 786.703.8265 | Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-5 | Sunday 12-5


Nick and Teresa Sharp moved from “down under” to Coral Gables some four years ago.

They realized the need for a small café serving up carefully prepared simple foods and decided to open the Threefold Café on Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables.  The opportunity arose to open a second location in the South Miami area, and in February, they opened next to Shula’s 357 Grill on Red Road.

Threefold Café serves up breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and all-day breakfast on the weekend. As Teresa notes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we take that seriously.  In Australia, we take it very seriously.”  Check out the “Big Bad Aussie” breakfast item on their menu (www.threefoldcafe.com).

Their gourmet menu contains premium locally sourced seasonal produce prepared and presented in a unique way.  They serve barista prepared premium coffee, with love and care, to every customer, every single time, with freshly roasted beans sourced locally from Panther Coffee in Wynwood who share the Sharp’s commitment to quality and passion for premium barista style espresso.  Other local producers at Threefold Café are Lake Meadow Naturals, a local egg farm producing fabulous chicken and duck eggs from happy hens, Zak the Baker, the best artisanal bread in Miami, and Miami Smokers, a smokehouse on a mission to bring timeless curing and smoking techniques and heritage breed pork to consumers.

Stop on by, where they take coffee is a top priority.  After all, earth is the only planet with coffee.

6907 Red Road  |  305.456.6762 | | Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30a – 4p | Weekends, 8a – 4p

A new restaurant concept recently opened up where for decades Miami’s Best Pizza was located on US1 across from UM and a few blocks north of Sunset Place.

Spring Chicken is a casual dining concept developed by the masterminds behind Yardbird Southern Table, and features Southern cuisine, “where good friends, share good food with good values over good times,” as noted in their promo.  Many would know the traditional cooking of Lewellyn, the founder’s grandmother with her Fine Fried Chicken and other recipes.

Spring Chicken combines the farm-fresh goodness of home-style Southern cooking while still delivering a field-to-kitchen ethos that we call “friendly food.”

They serve up lunch and supper from 11a and open until 10p on Sunday through Thursday, and until 11p on Friday and Saturday.

The US1 location is the first of four now on the books with locations opening soon at MIA, Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.

1514 South Dixie Hwy. | 786.360.2553


Donuts are the new rage, and check out this new spot, located on the corner of Red Road and SW 74 Street, offering gourmet donuts and high-end coffee. From JEY Hospitality Group, the creators of ROK:BRGR, Public House and PizzaCraft, a new concept is getting ready to open at the corner street level of the South Miami Municipal Garage at 73 Street and 58 Avenue. Check out the new Arte Café opening up on Dorn Avenue SW 59 Avenue) across from Deli Lane.

And coming soon also… two new salons:
Tiffany on 73 Street and Men In Mind on Red Road.

Read more about these new SOMI openings in
our next issue.


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