South Miami's Favorite Boutique Prepares for Fall
Walking into Kristine Michael, it’s easy to see why this popular South Miami boutique has been open for nearly two decades (they turn 20 this December). Owners Barbara Hinterkopf and Jeanie Bonner have filled the store with beautiful pieces from top designers including the ultra-sophisticated Theyskens Theory, Vince, A.L.C., Joie, Haute Hippy and Elizabeth and James, amongst others. Their staff is warm and friendly (they have only had one turnover in 15 years, unheard of in the boutique business), and will work with you to help curate the perfect wardrobe.
Sort through the racks and you’ll find silky, romantic blouses from Joie, chunky knits from Vince, colorful denim from J Brand and eye-catching dresses from Haute Hippy and Halston Herritage. The only problem? It’s all going to go in your “yes” pile.
“We offer lifestyle dressing for a customer who loves fashion and wants to look current, but not necessarily trendy” says Hinterkopf. “We cherry pick the best pieces from all the collections, so our customers get the finest of what each brand has to offer” she says. The clientele spans a vast age range - from 20-70 years old, Kristine Michael can make anyone look chic. “We get a lot of mothers who shop with us, and sooner or later their daughters become clients also” Hinterkopf explains, “from working professionals to grandmothers, they all shop here, and most of our clients are locals."
Because Hinterkopf, Bonner and their super stylish assistant buyer Erin Young have handpicked each piece, you are guaranteed to want to take home almost everything you see in the store. As you wander around you’ll find everything from amazing printed scarves from Theodora and Callum, accessories from Chan Luu and Dannijo, hats from Eugenia Kim, handbags from the beloved Diane von Furstenberg and über-chic clothing from interior designer turned clothing designer Kelly Wearstler. Sort through the racks and you’ll find silky, romantic blouses from Joie, chunky knits from Vince, colorful denim from J Brand and eye-catching dresses from Haute Hippy and Halston Herritage. The only problem? It’s all going to go in your “yes” pile.
© Katherine McPherson / MFbFor Fall, Kristine Michael has you covered for all your wardrobe essentials. “Fall is all about color” says Hinterkopf. “Colored denim, colorful prints, color blocking; it’s all meant to be mixed together to create a very chic look”. This trend is perfect for the notoriously flamboyant Miamians who usually shy away from the muted, grey-toned fall collections. Hinterkopf also recommends embracing the longer silhouettes to stay current for fall. Hemlines are dropping and maxi skirts and dresses are in abundance. Pair your look with a chunky statement necklace from Dannijo, and you’re good to go.
When you’re getting ready to plan your fall shopping list, here are the top five fall pieces to invest in from Kristine Michael: A black blazer from Theyskens Theory with the signature V cutout on the back neckline, colorful denim from J Brand, a silky printed blouse from A.L.C. or Theory (the white silk tie-up blouse from Theory is a must-have), a Dannijo statement necklace and a Theodora and Callum scarf. And voila! Fall chic.
Sign up for the Kristine Michael mailing list (you can join through their Facebook page or stop by the store) to get insiders info on events and sales. They host a not-to-be-missed Girls Night Out every second Thursday of the month.