Thank you! Julie Earle Levine for the article in The Financial Times on 'Marie France Van Damme Cool Kaftans' We were so excited to see our name on the front page cover of the weekend FT July 27th , next to the article of one important Swim event of the year.
My last trip to Miami dates back to the 80’s… I was staying at the Fontainebleau Hotel, everyone stayed there in those days, the 'glamour hotel' of the 50’s …well, everyone over the age of 60. Miami was then a city for people looking for some warm weather during the cold freezing months of winter in Montreal, New York…and many people retired there. Today, I discovered a city full of life; Art Deco houses, buildings and hotels, restored and looking absolutely stunning, Miami South Beach is buzzing! My choice of staying in the bungalows at the Delano Hotel was not a very good one .. for someone who was in Miami to work, I should have asked for a top floor bedroom! The bungalows, in this beautiful Art Deco Hotel, are gorgeous 2 storey suites at the pool. One needs to know, that The Delano pool turns every night into Miami’s top bar/ drinking spot / live DJ… until the wee hours of the morning and the music starts every day at exactly 9am! South Beach is no longer a town for retirees but for young party people. We participated at the Miami Swim Fair, which is a very important Swim trade show, at the Miami Convention Center 2 streets away. American, South American, Canadian, even European Buyers, Fashion Editors, everyone meets in Miami once a year. We met among many, the Fontainebleau buyers who loved our Resort collection, and bought it for their store. I was curious to see the 1 billion!!! USD dollar revamp of the Fontainebleau Hotel. We went for dinner at Alan Yau’s restaurant ‘Hakkasan ( if you love dim sum , this is a good address ) at the Fontainebleau.. which is exactly the same 'Hakkasan' as the one in London, except the portions are bigger in Miami ! told us the waiter. The new Fontainebleau is not as ‘bling bling’ as I recall it, but is definitely not looking like the minimalist Delano Hotel. I would not call it glamorous, I would call it big! one needs to see it!! The store where our goods will be stocked looks great, just next to the spa. Don’t miss it!
Good restaurants in Miami, not to miss :
Milos: Milos first opened in Montreal
over 30 years ago, and has been ever since , one of my favorite restaurant
for fish and seafood. I have never once been disappointed . Not to miss
Milos in New York on 55th.
Casa Tua : one street away from
the Delano, Casa Tua is a small intimate restaurant with a great outside
terrasse, good Mediterranean food, good service, just a really nice cozy
place to eat away from the Boum Boum scene.