Best Men's Clothing Store Miami 2013 - Basico
Living in Miami Beach is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that you are just blocks from white-sand beaches dotted with bikini-clad beauties. A curse in that you must suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fashion sense: Ed Hardy hats festooned with fierce animals, swimwear splashed with beer logos, and an endless wave of neon "I'm in Miami Bitch" T-shirts. It's like an eternal acid trip. But one store has taken arms against this sea of troubling threads. Located around the corner from Slurpee staple Wet Willie's, Basico is an island of style in a South Beach awash with ugliness. The small menswear boutique has been around since 2000 under the name Lina Cantillo but was rechristened by owner Francesco Cianci when he remodeled last summer. Along with a new layout came new lines of clothes, carefully curated by Cianci himself. The Colombian has assembled sleekly cut summer garments in bright colors, such as vibrant Venroy board shorts ($80 to $95), Bogosse dress shirts with paisley print highlights ($189 to $228), and enough sneakers ($100 to $150) to make you salivate. "I like for my clients to have a little bit of fun when they dress up," Cianci says of his selection. Basico's clientele is a mix of tourist walk-ins and devoted locals. "It's like a little secret," Cianci adds. "Most people don't tell anybody about the store because they don't want anybody else wearing the same stuff." Oops.