Thursday, January 24, 2008


Just when Miami's fashion insiders feared Lincoln Road was the turf of chain retailers, with high rents and national brands edging out independent boutiques, a funky store called Guapa came along and revived hope in South Beach's shopping scene. Owner Maria Isable Perez, a former public relations executive at Estee Lauder, focuses on Spanish designers offering ultra-femme womenswear from brands like La Casita de Wendy, Ailanto and Jocomomola. Many of the designers out of Barcelona and Madrid are exclusive to Guapa in the United States which translates to a unique selection for the competitively stylish set.

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