The Last Word

New York res­i­dent Laure Héri­ard Dubreuil, the chic founder and CEO of multi­brand bou­tique The Web­ster, tells of her per­fect day in her other favourite city

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Mi­ami, Florida, is a very spe­cial place for me, not least be­cause it’s where I opened my first re­tail bou­tique (we now have four across the US). The city’s en­ergy is un­beat­able; it al­ways feels pos­i­tive, up­beat and op­ti­mistic. The com­bi­na­tion of the in­cred­i­ble weather and art deco ar­chi­tec­ture al­ways puts a smile on my face.

I gen­er­ally try to catch the sun­rise and start my day with an ocean swim, af­ter which I grab an or­ganic juice from Ju­gofresh or Manna Life and head to my South Beach bou­tique to spend time with the team and meet clients.

Once lunchtime ar­rives, we’re spoilt for choice. One of my favourite restau­rants, if in the mood for Cuban, is Cafe Ver­sailles in Lit­tle Ha­vana. The Man­dolin Aegean Bistro and Joe’s Stone Crab are also top places. The white walls, blue win­dows and at­mos­phere of the Man­dolin make you feel as though you’re in Greece, and I al­ways rec­om­mend Joe’s for the best seafood in town. For re­laxed beachside drinks and lunch, I head to the Lido Bay­side Grill at The Stan­dard or Soho Beach House.

Af­ter lunch I of­ten ex­plore the Wyn­wood Art Dis­trict. The Rubell Fam­ily Col­lec­tion is a must-visit, as is the Pérez Art Mu­seum, which was de­signed by Her­zog & de Meu­ron. The mu­seum has hang­ing gardens and swings fac­ing the ocean and its restau­rant, Verde, is ex­cel­lent. I also like Gallery Diet, which has mi­grated from Wyn­wood to Lit­tle Haiti.

I’d rec­om­mend wa­ter ski­ing on the bay. I’ve al­ways wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence kite surf­ing—it’s hugely pop­u­lar in Mi­ami—and plan to try it on a visit soon. Also, take a ride down Ocean Drive in an old-school con­vert­ible to re­ally im­merse yourself in the en­ergy of Mi­ami.

My suit­case es­sen­tials in­clude a clas­sic Eres swim­suit and a Lisa Marie Fernandez shirt dress for easy tran­si­tions from day to night. I al­ways pack a sim­ple pair of An­cient Greek San­dals and some brightly coloured Pierre Hardy heels. Sun­glasses are a must as the sun is very strong. I al­ways take a few pairs, in­clud­ing my vin­tage Ba­len­ci­aga frames and a pair of over­sized Cat Eye Sun­glasses by Stella Mc­cart­ney. Lots of gold jew­ellery from Aure­lie Bi­der­mann and a great clutch from Olympia Le-tan round out my must-haves.

I like to fin­ish my day with sun­set cock­tails fol­lowed by a walk along the beach and din­ner with friends.

Laure spends a lot of her time in South Beach where The Web­ster is lo­cated

Laure al­ways trav­els with a pair of An­cient Greek San­dals, sun­glasses and a great clutch from Olympia Le-tan

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