Small-Scale Shopping

Xavier Bejot

Go beyond the brand names at these luxe boutique destinations.

Alchemist, Miami

Think of it as a modern-day general store, albeit split in two. In a glass-encased boutique on the fifth floor of Herzog & de Meuron’s landmark parking garage in Miami are handpicked racks of Rick Owens furs, Givenchy cocktail dresses and trays of vintage jewelry. Looking for Isabel Marant trainers or a signed Damien Hirst? Head down to the ground level to the just-opened second outpost, which stocks ready-to-wear, obscure art finds and cult beauty brands, as well as organic elixirs by JugoFresh served from a Zaha Hadid–designed icebox. At 1111 Lincoln Rd.;

Barneys New York Shoe Department

The shoe department makeover at Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue flagship is a Yabu Pushelberg–designed modernist oasis, complete with Italian marble walls and sleek glass-and-steel displays. The renovation marks the first time men’s and women’s brands—such as Manolo Blahnik and John Lobb—are being housed together. At 660 Madison Ave.;

Muriel Grateau, Paris

The fashion designer turned design gallerist—who is often referred to as the queen of tableware—celebrated the 20th anniversary of her namesake gallery in Paris in September with renovated all-white interiors comprised of resin, lacquered steel and LED lighting to display new tableware, silverware and jewelry collections. At 37 Rue de Beaune.

Simon Teakle, Greenwich, Connecticut

The former Christie’s New York jewelry director spent the last seven years handling estate pieces for Betteridge jewelers, but this past fall he opened his own ground-floor salon in Greenwich, filling it with highly edited pieces that point to his vast knowledge of every jewelry period and design movement. (Our favorites include a pair of sapphire earrings from Chaumet, hammered-gold earrings from 1970s designer Jean Mahie and a diamond floral spray brooch, circa 1850, $39,000.) He is also the first to sell his former Christie’s colleague James de Givenchy’s Taffin collection outside the designer’s Manhattan showroom. At 4 Grigg St.;

Fivestory, New York

In an opulent townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Fivestory is New York’s answer to Europe’s most cultishly curated boutiques—think Colette in Paris or 10 Corso Como in Milan. Created by father-daughter team Fred (in his sixties) and Claire (in her twenties) Distenfeld, the shopping experience brings together rarefied labels like Hussein Chalayan and Jonathan Saunders and displays them like works of art. At 18 E. 69th St.;

Dovima Paris

Jane Pendry, a Brit in Paris and a 20-year veteran of couture fashion, is obsessed with the dress. She opened her atelier (pictured above) in September 2011 to focus on what she believes to be the workhorse of a woman’s closet. Starting with a limited number of silhouettes, which by-invitation-only clients may try during trunk shows that Pendry hosts around the world, she allows a choice of material and tweaks the final pattern for a perfect, personalized fit. “I want simple, sensual and colorful,” she says, “and being bling-averse, hidden and refined detail with a touch of the unexpected.” These are dresses you buy now and wear forever. Register for a presentation invite at