4 Miami-Based Fashion Designers We Love

Miami has its fair share of creative lady bosses. Though there are too many to name, we want to introduce you to four women who are killing it in the fashion industry. Get acquainted with their work below—and then keep your eyes peeled, because you’re about to see them (and their products) everywhere.

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Gelareh Mizrahi

Gelareh Mizrahi Collection

Mizrahi, who spent time working at Chanel, is behind a cheeky handbag line that already has a celeb following. Made with sustainably sourced python, Mizrahi’s namesake brand can be found at Barneys New York and at her flagship store in the Design District. If you can’t decide which one to buy, go for the Thank You Bodega Bag, which was recently called out by Vogue as an “it” bag. (FYI: Kylie Jenner and Olivia Culpo have been spotted with Mizrahi’s designs.)

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Krel Tropical Knitwear

Krel Tropical Knitwear

Paris-born, Miami-raised Karelle Levy designs a one-of-a-kind line of high-end knitwear (dresses, skirts, tanks) that is hand-loomed in a Miami atelier with a blend of yarns ranging from eco-friendly cottons to metallics and polyesters. Did we mention everything she makes is meant to be worn even on the hottest of days? That’s right—her sustainably made pieces feature different yarns that are actually designed to cool you down. Um… yes, please.

Robe ($340)

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Ximena Kavalekas

Ximena Kavalekas Collection

If you want to match with Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra or Devon Windsor, it’s time to get yourself a watersnake clutch by Ximena Kavalekas. The Miami-based designer’s namesake collection of handmade python accessories can be found everywhere from Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s to Net-a-Porter—but lucky for us, we can get our hands on her gorgeous, celebrity-loved mini bags and top-handles right here at home, at her showroom in Brickell.

Top-handle bag ($880)

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Sea Lily

Sea Lily

You can never have too many beach cover-ups—at least that’s what Charlotte Althin Hicks thinks. Sea Lily, her Miami-based fashion brand, offers a host of resort wear from halter dresses to silk jumpers and caftans. Plus, every purchase contributes to the brand’s commitment to ocean conservation; a portion of proceeds is donated to various organizations and researchers working to save our waters. Tropical-print dresses for a cause? Count us in.

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Focused on food, lifestyle, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and...