The term up-and-coming may be applied to brands that have been in business for several years and even companies that launched within the same year. These up-and-coming local brands have launch dates as diverse as their offerings but they are all representing the area well. From swimwear for children to super stylish threads for teens and young adults, these brands promote design taste, quality and a zest for life. All of the featured brands may be shopped online while some are also available in South Florida shops and showrooms.

Carolina Amado
Isa Boutique
3400 North Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(754) 423-7032
www.carolina-amado.com

Carolina Amado’s brand is sold locally, online and in boutiques in Spain and Peru. The talented young designer creates jewelry with an almost futuristic feel but they’re most certainly inspired by nature and art. It’s a calculated balance of opposing themes of the rigid and the organic, the natural and the computer made. It’s no wonder with her exotic educational background spanning I.T., fashion design and silversmithing. While her designs may be considered intellectual, they are also a lot of fun with a number of witty designs added from a gorgeous rose gold wish bone necklace named “Wish Me Luck” to “Reptile”, a sandblasted ring that is equal parts tough and glam.

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Maaj
(800) 780-8842
www.maajboutique.com

Madhu Pallo brought Maaj, her luxurious resort wear line to Miami just months ago from Hong Kong. The collections of high quality and gorgeously detailed looks are perfect for the beach and include caftans and tunics with embroidery and hand beading. Maaj designs are comfortable and fashionable enough to be worn in any seaside locale from the islands of Greece to St. Tropez. It’s accessible luxury with exceptional handwork and a contemporary price point.


Sweet Lola Kids
Miami, FL
(305) 332-7798
www.sweetlolakids.com

Sweet Lola Kids is a children’s swimwear brand in Miami. The products include colorful and adorable bathing suits for girls in various styles including one-piece suits and tankinis. The suits come in sweetly feminine color combinations with such design details as cute bows at the straps to fun ruffles. Sweet Lola Kids was founded in 2011 and may be found online or in select boutiques in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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Blu Lua Jewels & Gifts
1410 20 St. Suite 204
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 498-3572
www.blulua.com

Founded in 2011, Blu Lua began as a response to a personal tragedy for designer Diana Perez. Something positive was able to emerge from the darkness when it led her to an awakening of sorts realizing her artistry could be better used for handmade work rather than her work in graphic design. The designs are meant to bring good energy to their wearers such as feather pendant necklaces representing an expression of celestial wisdom as per Native American culture and mesmerizingly-beautiful, chakra-balancing Druzy stone drop earrings. The designs are just alluring such as a scarf in navy blue and white featuring anchor motifs that begs to be worn at sea. Showroom visits are available by appointment and the products are also offered online.


Style Mafia
2324 N.W. 5 Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 801-0319
www.shopstylemafia.com

Simonett Pereira, co-founder of fashion blog Miami Style Mafia, is already a major style force to be reckoned with and her fashion brand, Style Mafia, is no exception. The first collection debuted less than two years ago and has already garnered legions of fans. Pereira is a serious talent with a vision of fun and funky high fashion designs available at low price points. The cool clothes are ready for anything and appeal to shoppers in their teens to older women with a mix ranging from flirty crop tops to stunning tennis skirts with endless styling possibilities.

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Chanoa Chen is a Fashion Merchandiser, Freelance Writer and Blogger. Chanoa has contributed stories to top firms including QVC Insider Germany and regularly contributes to CBS Local Miami and Examiner.com. She may be reached via: bokilovellc@gmail.com.