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Vintage shops can be depressing—the smell of mold and olds, knits that feel like asbestos, and confusingly cut clothing for the shortest, widest people you've never met. Meanwhile, consignment shops are often sparsely-stocked, snobbily-staffed and stupidly-priced. Then there's Fly—arguably Miami's top spot for pre-loved clothing and accessories.
The space—softly lit and chandeliered, with velvet settees, Oriental rugs, and framed bits of class and camp—feels a lot like your dream grandmother's boudoir; a fantasy space for playing dress up amongst mirrored vanities, shiny costume jewelry beckoning from shimmering glass cases, and a million silk scarves. And, my oh my, those silk scarves: If they aren't Hermès or Dior or Lanvin they are quirky and fabulous and fun. And that has to be the shop's philosophy: Designer is great, but great doesn't have to be designer.
So much great: Recent Manolo slingbacks share shelf space with early Mizrahi and vintage Fendi pumps. But it might be candy-colored strappy sandals by Nine West that beckon you over. In the men's department quirky, novelty tees from the '70s and '80s reside next to three Gucci-monogrammed, Dynasty-era suitcases. The tees are impulse-buy cheap; the luggage, quite appropriately, is not.
Elsewhere we spotted Lanvin, Chloé and Lagerfeld; not to mention brand-dedicated, glass-enclosed shelves of clutch bags, belts, sunglasses, scarves and jewelry by Gucci, Pucci, Dior, Prada and Chanel. The jewelry case up front holds what seems like an acre of glittering fabulousness and the party dresses along one wall range from four-figure '60s Pucci maxidresses to flouncy, sequined poofs at budget prices. Some lack a Pucci pedigree but—like many of Fly's no-name offerings—they are high on style and ideal for an Ocean Drive club-crawl test drive.
· All Miami Coverage [Racked]
· Fly Boutique [Official Site]