Marie France Van Damme, maker of luxury caftans, swimwear and other resort pieces, opened a permanent boutique in Bal Harbour Shops. Décor references her personal home’s exotic influences such as teak panels and embossed crocodile seating. Shop the full assortment from her Dolce Vita collection of essentials to limited-edition pet accessories like leashes and collars.
9700 Collins Avenue; 305.987.4087; mariefrancevandamme.com
Life of Louis
With all the talk of “Hamilton,” another musical’s world premiere may have slipped your attention. Miami New Drama presents “A Wonderful World” about the legendary Louis Armstrong through April 5 at the Colony Theatre. Fans will hear the jazz icon’s famous songs but discover his personal story through the eyes of the women in his life—per local playwright Aurin Squire’s neat twist.
1040 Lincoln Road; 305.674.1040; colonymb.org
Shopping for a steal just got a lot easier. Already operating in New York and Los Angeles, 260 Sample Sale expands to South Florida through a four-month-long pop up. The concept differs from traditional events, which tend to take place in a short time in brands’ showrooms, by running week-long sales in the same location. Upcoming sales include La Perla and Reformation (pictured), among high-end labels.
180 NE 40th Street; 212.725.5400; 260samplesale.com
Lotus House, a local, holistic shelter for women and children, hosts its Children First Gala on April 2. This year’s honorees include Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, while art collector Martin Z. Margulies has generously donated a cache of artworks for the silent auction. Bid on a premier selection by artists such as Vik Muniz (pictured), Claes Oldenburg and Diana Fonseca Quiñones.
591 NW 27th Street; 305.576.1051; margulieswarehouse.com. lotushouse.org