Celebrity Travel Guide to Florida
Courtesy of Behna Gardner
Bruce Weber’s Miami
In the mid 1980’s, photographer Bruce Weber put Miami on the style map when he began to shoot fashion spreads in the then rough-and-tumble area of South Beach. He still returns every winter to explore—and photograph—Miami’s vibrant neighborhoods, from the sophisticated Design District to the exile enclave of Little Haiti. It’s a city, according to Weber, full of “hidden jewels.” Here, a peek at his top spots, along with some of his personal photos.
“Little Haiti has all the exotic qualities of a unique destination—a rich history, amazing music—but you don’t have to travel far to get there,” says Weber, speaking of the 43-block district just north of downtown. Its center is the Libreri Mapou Bookstore & Mapou Cultural Center, with exhibitions by up-and-coming Haitian artists such as Jean Brierre and discussions by literary stars, including Edwidge Danticat.
In North Miami Beach, the 10,000-square-foot C Madeleine’s pays homage to all things vintage—1970’s Pucci floral-print dresses; Bill Blass gingham trenches; classic Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry. “Whenever I take designers there, I can’t get them to leave,” Weber says. In Coral Gables, Eutopia Books stocks hard-to-find tomes on fashion, architecture, and Miami history.
On lazy afternoons, he watches independent films such as Leon Ichaso’s Paraiso at Little Havana’s 1926 Tower Theater.