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The Hackett London store at Aventura Mall


Shop Talk

By Rebecca Kleinman



Hackett London brings British flair to Aventura Mall; new beginnings at Ermenegildo Zegna; out-of-the-box gifts await at Urben.

English Lesson
Anglophiles have a new chum—and a spiffy one at that—in Hackett London, a men’s and boys’ brand that just opened its second stateside shop at Aventura Mall. As a sponsor of the Henley Royal Regatta, Aston Martin Racing and British Polo Day (among other posh partnerships), one would think the brand goes back centuries, but it was actually founded in 1979 by Jeremy Hackett. “Most people assume I inherited it, which is a great honor,” he says of what started out as a secondhand shop on London’s King’s Road that eventually blossomed into an empire for polos, chinos and suits. These days, as Hackett puts it, the label is “at the heart of British luxury, encouraging gentlemanly dressing and values.” Miamians are likely to relate to fall themes like glass skyscrapers and a new capsule collection of jersey sportswear that includes everything from rugby shirts to caps. Hackett, who has family up in Georgia, says he’s familiar with South Florida style and wardrobe needs: “I visit often and love the art deco architecture that defines the city.” He’s also obviously aware of our tumultuous early autumn weather, thus the raincoats in the same material used on Fox Umbrellas and water-repellant navy suits. In other words: Dandy style that meets our tropic needs. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 786.332.6992 

Pelle Tessuta triple stitch sneakers, $895, at Ermenegildo Zegna, Bal Harbour Shops

New Beginnings
Talk about good timing. Later on this month, just in time for the holidays, Ermenegildo Zegna will unveil its remodeled Bal Harbour Shops boutique just as the men’s offerings of new Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori are hitting the shelves. The Z Zegna and Berluti alum created a stir at Fashion Week with his relaxed spin on the suit, which he calls “sports couture attire.” Looser silhouettes and cozy fabrics address current casual preferences, such as a blazer in light breathable Trofeo wool, whose weight is ideal for our Florida climate. The brand’s new direction touches on footwear as well. The house’s first-ever slip-on sneaker is made of of woven nappa leather strips and works equally well with suits or jeans. Bags, wallets and other shoe styles with the same Pelle Tessuta construction are also likely to catch shoppers’ eyes. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.865.8652

LED globe light, $120, at Urben Gifts & Gadets, South Miami

Present Tense
Finding personal and purposeful gifts for men can be a frustrating task, but the husband and wife behind Urben Gifts & Gadgets seem to understand that struggle well. Paulo and Tatiana Francez stock their 750-square-foot-shop with conversation pieces that include guitar-shaped wooden spoons, witty glassware, portable barbecue buckets from Gentlemen’s Hardware and a profusion of candles, books and hobby-themed wares. Their secret? “Shoppers are encouraged to spend time experiencing all these fun items they didn’t even know they needed,” says Tatiana. Here, it’s not about finding the perfect present, but deciding which one to buy. 5802 Sunset Drive, South Miami, 786.577.0151