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Fashion Forward: Dan Ward

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Angel sports Dan Ward at the Standard Hotel, Miami Beach

Babalu recently met with fashion designer and creator, Dan Ward at The Standard Hotel to discuss his men’s swimwear collection. When introduced to Dan we met with an outgoing and humorous personality. We were fortunate enough to also have Angel model some Dan’s swimwear for us under the beautiful Miami Beach sun. After many laughs (and some great pictures with Angel) we found out how it all began for the fashion veteran over a delicious lunch by the bay, and why his line is one to keep an eye on.

After 25 years of working and traveling all over Europe and with all types of fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Alfred Dunhill and Hermès, he decided it was time to branch out and design a line to call his own. He wanted to design something of quality that he, himself, would buy.

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The birth of the Dan Ward Menswear comes from his point of view; to create something luxurious, elegant and pleasing for men because, “It’s men’s time in fashion.” And if Dan was going to do something, he wanted to do it right! The line is designed and fabricated right in his backyard in Florence, Italy, where he chose the manufacturers to produce his line. The designer is a very hands-on kind of guy and likes to make sure every detail meets his vision. Dan describes his new line as the opposite from what other fashion companies do; he created for himself, versus having to create for a specific clientele or what’s trending now. It’s a daring move, but luckily, it’s been launching off quite well for him and is now out to some exclusive locations in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

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Babalu Miami is proudly featuring the Dan Ward Spring/Summer 2013 premier collection.  Come see what beauties we carry, with various styles and colors for just about every kind of man. To go with your new swimwear, we also carry the Dan Ward unique sandals that really can capture the attention of others. The sleek, modern and male-chic style is one that can be viewed as subtle yet fashion forward. So if you’re looking to be unique and find yourself wanting quality swimwear, Dan Ward’s collection is one to come by and try.

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Behind the scenes. Left: Angel and Dan Ward (right). RIght: Lunch by the bay with Pedro and Greg (right)

Dan Ward swimwear is currently available at Babalu Miami store.

Photography by Paolo Ambu

¡Nuestra Casa es Su Tienda! El Pais

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

As featured in El Pais this week, nuestra casa is “the” setting fit for exploring hedonistic pleasures:  all muscle, no clothing, which we’d like to think includes Miami’s best shopping!

Welcome to Babalu at 11 11 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.


Babalu Miami is the first point of arrival to Lincoln Road as parking visitors to 11 11 arrive on the Ground Floor Passageway, left. 11 11 Lincoln Road at evening rendering, right.

Babalu is located in the heart of the contemporary vibe in South Beach, the iconic  Herzog & de Meuron-designed world- recognized retail, dining and parking structure.


Two years ago Red Carter, the freckle-faced women’s swimwear designer whose ebullient persona could upstage Isaac Mizrahi at his mom’s house, licensed his private label, Red Carter, to fashion giant Amerex Group. (They’re behind Jessica Simpson’s swimwear line, which Red also designs.)

“I’m solely creative now,” Red says happily from his showroom in New York’s Fashion District. “Before I was designing and producing my swimsuits, doing sales, and packing boxes off to Macy’s! I was getting in my own way! We were a small machine — I had five employees.”

Flush from a rave showing of Red Carter Swim 2013 collection at Mercedes-Benz Miami Swim Week, the once South Beach local reveals his modus inspiration:

“One grouping is dedicated to Miami Beach’s art deco architecture. An asymmetrical, black-and-white bustier one-piece I call “Deco” has a hand-beaded, art deco frieze. The other grouping reflects is a homage to my new home — New York. Yes, I’m living in the jungle for the first time.”

His piece called “Disco Ball” is inspired by Studio 54: “It comes from one, very late night I don’t remember.”

Born and raised in LA, Red (nee Daniel William Red Carter) grew up poolside. As a young man, he trained as a competitive swimmer, diver and water polo player. But, forever enthralled by the lavish glamour of old Hollywood cinema, he enrolled at Otis/Parson School of Art and Design to study fashion.

After graduation, Red got his big break — designing junior sportswear and activewear for Esprit in San Francisco. He was on his way! Stints at Guess Jeans, Rampage, Mossimo, Victoria’s Secret, and Oscar de la Renta gave him the designer chops to launch his namesake line of swimwear in 2004 — Red Carter, all made and sold out of his South Beach apartment.

Asked if he misses those halcyon beach days in SoBe, Red says wistfully, “I miss all my friends, but I visit. Now that I live and work in Manhattan, understand the need to get away often. It’s imperative for my sanity.”

What Red Carter loves most about Babalu: “I love the candles, especially the ones by Malin & Goetz. I think the first thing I bought at Babalu was a Fornasetti ashtray with a big eyeball!

What does he recommend for a day at the beach, for the endless summer that only happens in Miami?

1. Soleil Organique sunscreen & after-sun products

2. Recycled Sails beach bag by Save the C

3. Ipanema flip flops

5. Orlebar Brown men’s swimwear

6. FB Collection line beach towels

7. Noir Patchouli by Histoires de Parfumes

Ground Hog Day, September

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Labor Day Weekend 2012.


It’s Elemental, My Dear Issac

We recommend a similar regime daily, but with Isaac as one of this week’s main topics, conquer the elements Babalu style.

Your guide to continued bliss in 8 easy steps:

1 – Set the tone – light up with a Bond No.9 Signature scented candle – Oud Extract, Rose, Tonka Beans and Musk. Cozy and romantic…

2 – Play a tune – choose your favorite play list and hit play.

3 – Start with good intentions – apply Malin+Goetz detox face mask and let it to the work for you.

4 – Lather up – enjoy a warm bath with your favorite Claus Porto bath soap.

5 – Languish in style – slip into a plush Missoni bathrobe.

6 – Do some reading – get some “Damn Good Advice” by George Lois.

7 – Be inspired – write your thoughts with your Lamy fountain pen in a pocket diary from Moleskine.

8 – Pop a cork – savour your wine with Salviati crystal glasses.

Let the wind run through your hair…

Wanna Play Hookie? The best lunch deal at The National Hotel

Playing hookie takes on a whole new dimension in South Beach and its not just for kids!  From now through the end of September, The National Hotel is offering a Lunch & Pool special at $19.39 to celebrate their birth year, yes you guessed it, 1939.

The salad buffet billows with a selection of crispy lettuces and grilled vegetables, cheeses, cold cuts and lots more, just pick and mix, make your own. To follow, a selection of hot dishes awaits. The selection changes daily and may include fish, chicken, pasta or truffle mashed potatoes, always a surprise and always freshly prepared. Finish off with a stop by the dessert cabinet, keep it light with fresh fruits, indulge with creme brulee or have both! Who’s watching?!

Last but not least, since you are already truant by this point why not naughty it up a cool quenching drink… or two. For only $10, imbibe in limitless Mimosas or selected beers.

After lunch – and that extra drink that you really shouldn’t have had – cool yourself off by the pool or hang out by the ocean. Enjoy the fantasy, reality can wait…


Monday to Friday from 12 to 3 p.m.

National Hotel

1677 Collins Avenue  Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 532-2311

Fragrance of the Week: Amazingreen

Fresh-squeezed and full of surprises: AMAZINGREEN. Launched this July, this new unisex Comme des Garçons scent delivers another brilliant combination of unexpected flavors that mix Palm Tree Leaves, Dew Mist, Gunpowder and Smoke that promises “a blast of green energy” to surprise and revive the senses.

Created by renowned nose Jean-Christophe Herault, AMAZINGREEN emits top notes of verdant natural wild leaves, settles with an elemental heart of flint and coriander, and finishes with an explosion of gunpowder and white musk. Unique!


Palm tree leaves, green pepper, dew mist, jungle leaves.


Ivy leaves, orris roots, coriander seeds, silex


Gunpowder accord, vetiver, smoke, white musk.

AMAZINGREEN Eau de Parfum is avalable in 100ml and 50ml signature spray bottles.

Hidden Graffiti Treasure

Hebru Brantley hit  Soho Beach House Miami with big cans of paint and abundant imagination.  The results, amazing!  This hidden treasure decorates the rarely used stairway connecting the ground and 2nd floor – for the graffiti lover this is a must-see. Check Hebru Brantley website and blog to see more of his work.

The art of defacing: the stairway at Soho Beach House in Miami

The Lock of Love

The secret to everlasting love? Keep it under lock and key! Forever-and-ever is as simple a placing a padlock over a bridge.

Trending now around the world, from Italy to Korea, France or Serbia! Where next? The Brickell Bridge? Be the first…

Love padlocks spotted on the bridge of the Warmemunde seaside resort in Germany during our recent visit.

… or simply follow the Babalu approach. Nothing says “I love you” better than a red silicone padlock designed by Harry Allen, Just make a wish and gift away.  Works best with the keys to your pad attached to it!

Flipping Pink

“Picasso had his pink period and his blue period.  I am in my blonde period right now.”  – Hugh Hefner

Over the past couple of centuries, the associations of pink and blue have flip-flopped as relating to gender.

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Wikipedia explains the gender-role flip of pink over the last century. Interesting read…

An article in the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department in June 1918 said: “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”[18] From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.[19][20][21] Since the 1940s, the societal norm was inverted; pink became considered appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century.[22]
Don’t be shy, child.  If it feels good, throw it on!

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