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Wynwood’s first ethical fashion boutique opens tonight

Photograph: Courtesy Antidote

Art takes on many forms in Wynwood. Sometimes it’s scribbled on the sidewalk, other times it’s splattered on a wall. Often, you’ll find it as a beautiful garment, such as what’s hanging inside Antidote (2613 NW Second Ave), Wynwood’s new ethical fashion boutique. Founded by e-commerce vet and Parisian transplant Sophie Zembra, the store is meant for shoppers who value sustainability practices as much as they do knockout design.

From African-sewn coats and handstitched blouses to leather handbags, everything sold follows fair-trade principles or was made with recycled materials, among other ethical standards Antidote upholds. “Every piece has a story,” says Zembra, who plans to include QR codes on labels so that customers can scan and learn more about each garment.

Lining the rose-gold racks is Re/Done denim, a label that tailors vintage Levi’s into contemporary silhouettes, Makari hoodies made in Ethiopia and Maggie Marilyn’s cotton ruffled blouses. For the Francophiles, Zembra has sourced chic berets from Le Beret Francais, which are made from 100-percent recycled fibers. Though more in line with the arty ’hood is Antidote’s collection of statement clutches by Sarah’s Bag, known for its intricate beadwork and embroidery. These will run you about $400 and feature designs so out there they’ll never go out of style.

Eager to shop? Antidote opens to the public with a great big party tonight. Stop by between 7pm and 10pm for complimentary cocktails, beats by DJ EvaAva and live graffiti by Louis Maubon. 


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