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Right off the bustle of Lincoln Road's pedestrian mall, and set into the base of Herzog & de Meuron's breathtaking new parking garage, is a tiny white-walled oasis of high design at not-too-high prices. The shop is called Inkanta and the uninitiated might look around at the serenely arranged stock—quirky wallets, Alessi kitchen gadgets, Kidrobot figurines, Moleskine everything, modern vases and decorative objects from around the globe, a wall of fancy pens—and assume the entire operation was shoestring tiny.
Wrong: Inkanta has 25 stores all over Colombia. The Miami shop—their first bid at North American domination—opened this past spring. And the location is ideal: The main shopping artery of Florida's most design-obsessed city; a haven for credit card wielding tourists; and in a news-making, high-minded, starchitect-designed structure.
No wonder the gifts and gadgets lining each white-lacquered shelf are so clever, and stand in such contrast to the shredded Miami tee shirts and alligator bottle openers shoppers grab as gifts and souvenirs on the other end of Lincoln. But don't assume Inkanta's stock is dull or pretentious—we loved uber-practical, candy-colored Incase bags, Simpsons and Futurama figurines (only $8!), stick figure-shaped Black + Blum bookends, and whimsical cheese graters by Pylones.
· Lincoln Road, South Beach: The Good, The Bad, and The Trashy [Racked]
· All Miami Coverage [Racked]
· Inkanta [Official Site]