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features 30 Smart Moves Meet professionals from three extraordinary Doral educational institutions.

36 Urban Transformation

42 Put Some Prep in Your Step

Miami designer Hoby Buppert is popping colors instead of collars.

48 Sun, Sand & Stars We hit the desert to showcase the hottest swimwear of the season.




It’s official: Doral is the fastest-growing city in South Florida. And commerce is one of the main reasons.


everything else 20 From the Editor 24 Around Doral Openings, events and other stuff you’ll want to know about this month.

28 All Well & Good Looking after your physical health, fitness and all-around well-being.

60 Matters of Style A primer: how to soak up the sun in style.

64 Table Hopping Matchbox at Sawgrass Mills is the perfect place to fuel up on your next shopping spree.

68 Wheel Life Steve Siler compares the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country and the 2018 Volvo XC60.

72 Out & About A look at who’s celebrating, fundraising and socializing in and around town.



Congratulations, Class of 2017!

It has been a privilege to see another group of students reach this goal, to have taught and guided them to college and beyond. Divine Savior Academy graduates have been accepted to: • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) • Boston College • Boston University

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• Georgetown University • New York University • Northwestern University • Rice University

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MAU Park is the newest park coming to Doral as part of the new Police Substation project, thanks to a public-private partnership between the City and Millennia Atlantic University that was unanimously approved by the City Council at the May 10th council meeting. The Millennia Atlantic University will cover the capital cost for the construction and both entities will share operational and maintenance costs for MAU Park, which is slated to be open by this fall. The conceptual design for the park includes eco-friendly and educational features such as: wetland preserves, rain gardens, plaza area, and an art sculpture, as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths with educational signage. “At Millennia Atlantic University we are very happy to contribute to the development of this park and all the environmental, cultural, aesthetic and recreational benefits it will bring to the city of Doral and its citizens,” said MAU President Dr. Aristides Maza-Duerto. “The MAU family values the enormous support received by local authorities and everyone who has collaborated to bring this project to life, which will bring joy and fulfillment to those who are part of this beautiful city.”





Park it here to take in the fireworks for this year’s Independence Day Celebration. If you’re wondering where to go to watch the 4th of July fireworks this year, wonder no more: grab the family, some chairs or a blanket, and head over to Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave., from 6 pm-10 pm. Parking and admission are free; for more information, call 305-593-6600.









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in the swing Miami’s second Topgolf location will be right here in Doral.

In addition to the Miami Gardens location, Topgolf will be opening a second location now that the entertainment company has purchased a 12.6-acre site west of Doral for $11.7 million from a subsidiary of Prologis, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The new location will be west of the Florida Turnpike near the Dolphin Mall and is expected to be open late this year. Topgolf, which originated in the UK, is a technology-driven game in which players hit microchipped balls at targets while computers keep score. Unlike traditional golf, it’s fast-paced and exhilarating, which is why it’s becoming such a “thing” here (there are also locations in Tampa and Jacksonville)—addicts can even join leagues. The location will also feature a restaurant, bar and lounge, and even corporate meeting space. For more information, visit



Creative types, listen up: The City of Doral is now accepting submissions for Hispanic Heritage Doral 2017, where paintings, sculptures, printmaking, mixed media, textile art and photography from South Florida artists will be on display to the public at the Doral Government Center. The rules: Works should depict a connection or be influenced by cultural symbolic imagery, landscape, social and/or political perspective of Hispanic Heritage in relation to cultural identity. Entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, August 15, 2017 (and the deadline will be strictly enforced) and submissions must be dropped off by Friday, September 1, 2017, so don’t miss out. (Note: The artwork displayed is chosen at The City’s discretion and is subject to removal due to inappropriate content.) The submissions will be on display to the public at Government Center from 8 am to 4:30 pm every day except weekends from Friday, September 15, 2017, to Friday, September 29, 2017, at Government Center, 8401 NW 53rd Street. For more information, call 305-593-6611.

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This is not a spa. I repeat: this is not a spa. Thermae Retreat in Fort Lauderdale was created by owner Kelly Doyle as a daily refuge where locals can disconnect, relax their mind, detox their bodies in saunas and benefit from preventative or holistic treatments. Doyle discovered the benefits of saunas, especially infrared, during a month-long trip to Europe. “About three weeks into my daily sauna experience, my friend looked at me and asked, ‘What are you thinking about?’ And for the first time, I could answer, ‘Absolutely nothing.’ My head was completely clear. I came back a very different person,” says Doyle about what prompted her to open a sanctuary to help others deal with stress. Your experience begins in the Move Room, where you’ll jump on a mini-trampoline to promote lymphatic drainage and shake on a vibration machine to boost circulation, then move on to the core of Thermae, the Finnish and infrared saunas, to detox the skin—and end with quiet time in the Meditation Room. “People have forgotten how to be present and relax. We teach people how to be still,” says Doyle. You can also indulge in organic facials, dry scrubs, sound and crystal therapies and cupping massages. Memberships start at $109 a month and that includes daily use of the facility. Doyle recently expanded into Delray Beach (members can enjoy both locations) and has plans to open another Thermae in western Broward County by the end of the year. Thermae Retreat, 604 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954.604.7930,



Skin cancer is always top of mind in South Florida, and if you’ve ever had a cancerous spot, you know all the cutting (and scarring) from surgery can be just as scary as the diagnosis. Now, there’s a new, nonsurgical treatment called Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) for the removal of non-melanoma skin cancers. SRT uses lowenergy radiotherapy to penetrate just below the surface of the skin to alter the cancer cell’s genetic make-up and its ability to grow, which ultimately kills the cancer. “There is a 95-percent cure rate for non-melanoma skin cancers,” says Dr. Jason Green, a board-certified dermatologist who was one of the first to offer the breakthrough treatment. “This is revolutionary because it provides patients with an attractive alternative to removing their skin cancers without cutting, scarring, pain and downtime.” Dr. Green says SRT is especially suited for skin cancers on the head, nose, eyelids, lips and ears that would otherwise lead to a less-thandesirable cosmetic outcome if surgery was performed—and it’s usually covered by insurance. Dr. Jason Green, 954.481.0650,

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Forget the tank top and shorts at the gym—fitness has become fashionable, and now you can be dressed to kill from the athletic courts to the yoga mat. The Miami-based production company FUNKSHION (known for producing events such as Miami Swim Week) showed off the latest trends in activewear from top brands like Beyond Yoga, Luli Fit, Michi, Shape Active and Ultracor, along with interactive wellness events, nutritional panels and fitness classes, at a four-day event called THE RETREAT Miami. This summer, keep cool (and sexy) in mesh, whether it’s a top or a head-to-toe outfit. “I think the mesh trend is making activewear more feminine,” says Luli Hanimian, founder of  Miami-based company Luli Fit. “Mesh styles are comfortable, breathable and, most importantly, stylish. They can be worn to the gym over a sports bra, out and about layered over a tank, and for a night out, you can pair it with your favorite bralette.” When it comes to leggings or sports bras, take a cue from hair trends and choose an ombre style—and slouchy “joggers” are hot to trot, whether you’re really jogging, or just jaunting to Happy Hour.




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ELISABELA ALVAREZ-VALLS Communications Coordinator Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conservatory of the Arts MIAMI Tell us about Conchita Espinosa and why she was motivated to create this sort of learning environment for students, along with the family’s history within the school through the years. Conchita Espinosa Academy (CEA) began with a dream and a piano. In 1933, at the age of 19, Conchita Espinosa founded La Academia Musical Conchita Espinosa in Havana, Cuba. By 1959, what she began as a musical kindergarten with only seven students had become a K-8 school with over 450 students. Conchita Espinosa, the founder, believed that every child deserves and has the right to a complete education in the arts and sciences. She dreamed of a school where students would develop passion and character and have the opportunity to enjoy the precious years of childhood. In 1963 in Miami, history was repeated, and Conchita Espinosa reopened the school once more as a kindergarten, each year subsequently adding a school grade until it became a K-8 school. From the garage of her home, to the first campus in Little Havana, to the state-of-the-art 10-acre facility in southwest Miami-Dade, home to the school today, Conchita’s legacy has carried on for generations. Conchita’s daughter, Maribel Zubieta-Diaz (CEA Director), and her granddaughters, Carol Diaz-Zubieta (Upper School Principal) and Ana Diaz-Zubieta (Licensed Psychologist), continue the tradition and keep Conchita’s philosophy and mission alive. Times and books have changed, technology has evolved, but the essence of CEA has always remained the same: a school that offers an excellent academic program, sophisticated arts education for all children, a safe and nurturing environment, and fundamental human values. What makes Conchita Espinosa Academy unique? Conchita Espinosa Academy is more than a school. CEA is a community of thinkers, a community of learners, who are thirsty to discover, see, feel and live. Students and families are challenged beyond the traditional boundaries of learning and are exposed to a more vast variety of subjects. In addition to being academically advanced, the arts form a core part of the students’ daily curriculum. Music carries the same weight as math. Dance carries the same weight as grammar. The arts and the academics are not seen as separate areas of study, but as complementary subjects that work together to create a well-rounded and more educated and cultured individual ready to take on the challenges and expectations of a global society upon graduation. How are the teachers selected—what is the absolutely critical criteria for them in order to suit the curriculum or philosophy here? They are obviously a major part of the school’s success. It is critical that all CEA faculty and staff, not only the teachers, but all employees, believe in and live according CEA’s mission and philosophy. It is useless to expect students to behave a certain way if their leaders and mentors do not live what they are teaching. Children have a very acute sense of knowing when adults truly believe in what they are teaching as opposed to when they are just being “taught.” It is imperative that all members of the CEA community believe in the importance of a well-rounded education, the stimulating power of the arts, the importance of a strong academic foundation, the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit, the power of character, and the sacred partnership between the home and the school. Can you give some perspective from your own experience as an alumna? Conchita Espinosa Academy instilled in me the power to believe in myself and to appreciate life in all of its senses. It cultivated a deep appreciation for the arts, for learning, for listening, and for the joy of life. My teachers were the mentors I continue to think about each day, and I have the great joy of calling many of them my colleagues now. Academically, I felt that I was very well prepared for high school and university. Most importantly, CEA gave me a very strong foundation as a human being. The culture of the school really fostered a sense of compassion, empathy, and kindness in me from a young age, which define who I am today and how I now choose to raise my children. For information, visit or or call 305-227-1149.





ETIONY ALDARONDO Provost Albizu University DORAL You have a very impressive résumé; what was it about the school that made you accept the position of Provost at Albizu University? I had a great deal of respect and admiration for the vision and courage of its founder, Dr. Carlos Albizu Miranda. I admired the fact that, over fifty years ago, recognizing that the field of psychology lacked a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between cultural diversity and mental health, Dr. Albizu saw it as an opportunity to create a school specifically designed to help fill this gap. However, what made me want to accept the position was the enormous potential for growth and development I saw after visiting the Doral Campus facilities—including the largest community mental health services clinic in the area—meeting the faculty, and talking to students. I realized that AU was a hidden jewel in our community that I could help polish and make shine. What would you consider some of the most important changes you’ve made since you came in?    My main goals have been to strengthen the academic excellence of our programs, support the academic productivity of our faculty and students, collaborate with nonprofit, governmental and private organizations to promote the well-being of our communities in Doral and Miami Dade County, streamline our internal operations, and foster a supportive learning environment for students and staff. We have had great success in all these areas. For example, over the past two years we have had historically high numbers of publications in professional journals by faculty and students and historically high participation by members of the community at university events, with approximately over 12,000 visitors. Now, our most significant achievement during this time has been obtaining the highest levels of professional accreditation for our Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (7-year accreditation from The American Psychological Association) and our Master’s Program in Speech and Language Pathology (8-year accreditation from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). These are two national-caliber academic programs right here in Doral.  What should people know about Albizu University that they probably don’t?  I would say that it is that we are much more than a school that specializes in Clinical Psychology. In addition to the Speech and Language Pathology Program I mentioned before, we have undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice, Exceptional Education and Psychology, master’s programs in Teaching English as a Second Language, Family Therapy, Psychology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Doctoral Program in Human Services, and a program to learn English as a second language. Thus, the public should know that we have many academic programs to help them achieve their educational goals.   What is new or upcoming that you can share with us? Albizu University is moving forward with an exciting plan for growth and development which includes the construction of a state-of-theart Student Learning Center, a remodeled Student Launch, a vibrant New Wing Art Space, new healthy snack vending machines and a remodeled cafeteria. We are also working on a master building plan that we hope would allow us in the near future to bring college dormitories to campus.  For more information or to apply online, visit



SHAWNA MEHLBERG Early Childhood Director Divine Savior Academy DORAL What does the position of Director of Early Childhood Education entail and how did you come to that position at Divine Savior? I’ve had the privilege of serving at Divine Savior Academy for the past nine years. After growing up in the Midwest, I moved to Doral shortly after finishing my college education. I have grown to love this community, and especially this school and the families that we serve. As the Early Childhood Director, I am responsible for overseeing the education of the youngest students at DSA (PreK-3 through first grade). I work with our teaching staff, the children and their families to promote the best early education experience possible. I also work with the other administrators and departments at DSA to ensure that our curriculum and teaching practices flow seamlessly as children transition from our early childhood program to our elementary school, middle school, and finally to our high school. What do you think is at the heart of Divine Savior Academy that sets it apart from other Christian schools? Our work here is much more than a job to us. This is our ministry, our calling. Our staff is unified in our mission to provide excellence in education, rooted in the timeless truths of God’s Word. It is an amazing privilege for us to share the love of Jesus with the children that we serve. What are some of the programs for each category of students that they aren’t likely to have access to at traditional schools in South Florida? The students at Divine Savior Academy encounter a curriculum and program that is designed to support their development in all areas: academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual. This forms the foundation for their future success. There are a number of special programs offered to students at DSA that further support their development. Early childhood students have the opportunity to join a number of extracurricular activities, such as tumbling, chess, art, soccer, karate, drama, music, and a literacy club. Our early childhood program places a great emphasis on incorporating children’s families into their educational experience as well. There are numerous parent and family events held throughout the year in order to build strong collaborative relationships between children’s families, their teachers and Divine Savior. Elementary, middle and high school students complement their education by joining activities such as choir, chess, athletics, drama and music. In addition to a topnotch academic experience, what are the traits that Divine Savior Academy students are encouraged to develop? Divine Savior Academy is certainly committed to preparing children with excellent academics. However, it is equally important for us to provide children with the life skills they need to be successful in their future. Even with our youngest students, we strive to help them develop the social and interpersonal skills needed to become well-rounded citizens. For more information, call 305-597-4545 or visit





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It’s official: Doral is the fastestgrowing city in South Florida. There are lots of exciting reasons for that—among them, everburgeoning commerce. By Linda Marx

The Miami suburb of Doral is well known as a major hub in Florida for business startups, not to mention an epicenter of international trade and commerce. Due to its location and proximity to Miami International Airport—the number-one U.S. airport in international freight, and ninth in the world—it’s no wonder Doral is such a desirable city for companies seeking an ideal place to do business. “Our logistics and trade drives our economy because we are near the airport,” says Doral economic developer Manuel Pila. “The city began as an extension of the cargo area of the airport and still grows with bigger players, organizations and modernization. Plus, the economy is robust in different sectors and our education level is high.” It helps that Doral is centrally located in northwest Miami-Dade County. Bordered by three major highways, the city is one mile from the Hialeah Intermodal Rail Yard and 10 miles from the Port of Miami. It’s also home to the Free Trade Zone, one of the largest privately owned and operated general purpose foreign trade zones in North America. “Doral is economically booming,” says Pila. “In the past few years, the city has been the leader in job creation for all of Miami-Dade County, and it is not slowing down.”



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There are about 3,000 trade- and logistics-related companies, 250 company headquarters, 100 multinational corporations and 50 banking and financial institutions in Doral. Nearly every target industry has a presence in this well-versed city: aviation, creative design, hospitality/tourism, medical, information technology, international banking, finance, trade, logistics, film and communications. Some company names already thriving in Doral include Perry Ellis International, Univision, Miami Herald, BE Aerospace, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Carnival Cruise Lines, World Fuel, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Bottling Group (Pepsi), Telefutura Network, etc. And Telemundo is building a large facility west of the Turnpike that may be annexed into the city of Doral. Facts that are not so well-known are that Doral is a new and highly attractive retail and residential center, a cultural mecca, a green area with six parks (and more coming) combined with 121 acres of green space and recreational facilities, and a university hub with 10 colleges and technical schools. According to, Doral is number 2 of America’s top 25 towns in which to live for its pro-business environment, cultural amenities and highly educated workforce. New and smart businesses coming soon include industry leaders in IT, energy development, software design, medical manufacturing, data processing, pharmaceuticals and clean technology. “In the next few years, there will be growth of mixed-use lifestyles and modernization of advanced industries with higher pay and better-educated workers in Doral,” says Pila, who reveals there are more than two million square feet in approved commercial developments with 600,000 square feet currently under construction. “We have great potential to be a leading location in all of Florida.” Formed as a city 14 years ago, Doral got its start in the 1950s when real estate pioneers Doris and Alfred Kaskel purchased 2,400 acres of swampland between NW 36 St and NW 74 St and from NW 79 Ave. to NW 117 Ave. for about $49,000. In 1962, they opened a golf course and hotel and, combining “Doris” and “Alfred,” named it Doral. Between 1980 and 2000, the city started to experience growth, with developments like Doral Estates and Doral Park coming to fruition. From 1983 to 1985, there was a building moratorium to preserve the well fields. Once that was lifted, Doral began to grow, even though it was basically composed of cargo warehouses.  Then, about 20 years ago, Venezuelans fleeing socialist president Hugo Chavez and, subsequently, his successor Nicolas Maduro, moved

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in, along with Cubans, Colombians and Dominicans, according to the New York Times. Golf course communities were built, and businesses began to headquarter in Doral. Since 2001, 17 percent of all new jobs created in Miami-Dade County are located in Doral. In 2003, following a seven-year battle, 85 percent of voters in Doral were in favor of incorporation. They voted for it and finally got their own city, complete with a local government and more services for their tax dollars. While the basic infrastructure was there, the city’s continued growth has been due also to the pro-business stance of the city planners, permitting agencies and governmental heads. This attitude, geared toward growth, has never disappointed. “The city of Doral has helped facilitate the growth of new business here,” says Fabio A. Andrade, founder and CEO of Americas Community Center, Inc., an organization that teaches, educates and works with people to get businesses started in Doral. “Companies move to incorporate in cities with responses to their needs.” Growing rapidly with 100 new businesses per month—of all sizes—this robust economy continues to drive various sectors of the city’s growth. Doral has a population of more than 54,116, which has grown 77 percent in the last eight years. (The median age of residents is about 32 years old.) About 90.9 percent of residents speak a language other than English and 80.6 percent of residents speak Spanish. Doral is truly a melting pot, with residents from China, Japan, Central and South America, among others. Perhaps what’s most fascinating is that a whopping 150,000 people from around South Florida commute to Doral each day for work. “Doral is bullish on business and blessed with a business community,” notes Pete de la Torre, managing partner of the Doral Business Forum Group. “This gets people spending money in Doral and bringing more and more people to town.” With low millage rates, the location continues to excite new business potential. In addition to warehouse and light industrial areas, there is a new component of commercial, office, retail, residential and entertainment all around the city. This kind of mix encourages people to remain in town after work hours and even live there in apartments, townhomes, new houses, or houses in gated communities. “The mixed-use projects attract the younger generation, empty-nesters and residents who come here for business,” says Pila. “They want to live and work in the same place, so they discover Doral and stay.” For example, Downtown Doral, which opened last fall, is a 20-acre, mixed-use urban center with shops, restaurants, parks, residential housing and a government center; the project has changed the face of Doral. “This is a space with a great family component,” says Gustav Garagorry, a legislative analyst for Doral and activist with the Venezuelan Business Council. “With housing, schools, a city hall and a park, it is ideal for Doral.”

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“It’s amazing how far the town has come in just a few years. From walkable roads to new development, we are excited to be part of the urban transformation of Doral as an up-and-coming area.” Paulo Bacchi, owner of Artefacto

Then there is CityPlace Doral, which just opened, with its retail stores and boutiques, entertainment venues (bowling, restaurants, movies), pedestrian walkways, fountains and year-round events to attract families, couples and pet-loving visitors and residents. This entertainment hub is adding to Doral’s appeal as a destination city. “We are very pleased with the unique experience that CityPlace Doral is providing the community,” says Bill Shewalter, Senior Vice President of Development for Related Group, CityPlace’s developer. “Our urban village atmosphere creates a place for residents and locals to shop, dine, live and be entertained without ever having to leave the complex.” The Doral Design (Decor) District also attracts new residents looking to furnish their homes. In 2012, the Doral Facade Improvement Grant Program was established to provide financial assistance to businesses and commercial property owners to improve the appearance of buildings in the Decor District. The program’s geographical boundaries were expanded this year to include the municipality’s main tile, trade, industrial and commercial districts, stimulating private investment, encouraging beautification of the district, boosting economic worth and fostering job creation in the city. “We opened our warehouse showroom along Doral’s Design District to appeal to consumers who appreciate fine contemporary design,” says Paulo Bacchi, owner of Artefacto and its concept store


in Doral. “It’s amazing how far the town has come in just a few years. From walkable roads to new development, we are excited to be part of the urban transformation of Doral as an up-and-coming area.” Midtown Doral, similar to CityPlace but at a lower price point, offers residences, offices and commercial space for residents and businesses. All of this growth is an offshoot of the thriving economic climate here, which has also brought culture to the town. There are regular concerts, public art installations and lots of theater, including Paseo de las Artes, the performing arts theater. “We call this the ‘Broadway of Doral’,” says Andrade. “It is a beautiful presentation Thursday through Sunday each week. Fifteenminute plays for four days. Believe me, Doral is happening.” As a Spanish-language mecca, shopping, culinary and entertainment destination, and venue for the film industry all created out of the city’s steady economic growth, it appears that once people discover Doral, they want to stay in Doral. In five years, the city will reach a new level with more choices, more amenities and more opportunities for residents to learn and educate themselves. The city is growing yet surrounded on all sides, so the challenge of being flexible and growing in the right direction remains. But the city fathers have the right idea, and they are on the right path. “Doral is a city that is still growing, still defining itself,” says Pila. “People come here from all over the world to make their American dream come true.” inDORAL MAGAZINE


put some in your Miami designer Hoby Buppert is popping colors instead of collars, and his clientele is all about it. By Alison Ryan | Photographs by Ricardo Mejia

Hoby Buppert at work in his Hialeah studio.




A quick glance around Hoby Buppert’s showroom tucked away in an industrial area near Miami International Airport and your eyes are immediately drawn to racks of men’s pants in vivid, attentiongrabbing prints. But take a closer look around and you’ll discover details of the designer’s life sprinkled about the room: a mallet from his days of playing polo at Cornell University, a monogrammed silver cup that belonged to his great-grandfather, and a family photo of a younger Buppert with his mom and sister, decked out in cheerful pink and green attire that appropriately matches the wallpaper of an Old Florida-style resort behind them. Remarks Buppert, “My mother has dressed us in pink and green since birth.” The 44-year-old has lived in Miami since the late ’90s, but he grew up in the Northeast, where his mom always donned brightly colored Lilly Pulitzer designs, blue blazers were considered a wardrobe staple, and he could expertly tie a bow tie by the time he was in sixth grade. Buppert credits the combination of his “preppy” upbringing and the flashy South Florida lifestyle with leading him to create a men’s apparel line he cheekily named Preppy Pimp and, ultimately, for designing the line’s standout trousers, which he has dubbed “Party Pants.” “I’ve always had a thing for wild, printed pants,” he admits. “I had a large collection of my father’s Lilly Pulitzer pants that didn’t fit him anymore.” When Buppert ran out of places to purchase such pants, he started buying fabric and having them made. After garnering lots of compliments and repeatedly being asked at parties and events “Where did you buy those pants?”, the serial entrepreneur (who’s started four other companies in the past, including Bawls, a caffeinated drink made from Guarana) decided to create his own original prints. “I come from a background where everything is monogrammed, so I designed a monogram font that looks like a chain link. It’s subtly bold,” Buppert says of the font that offers endless options for customers. But when he first started designing the “Party Pants,” which are more of a relaxed fit than the trendy slim-fit pants that dominate stores these days, his unique monogram print led to another breakthrough. The side seams of the pants prevented the monograms from matching up properly, so Buppert asked the seamstresses to try out a rare, no-side-seam design. “There isn’t a cut in the side of the pants to interrupt the pattern, so the pants look sleek from every angle,” he explains. Buppert also designs and makes men’s swim trunks, bow ties, belts and bags—all in loud prints that defy the stodginess that’s often associated with the “preppy” label. “I like taking men’s designs out of the comfort zone,” he says of his prints, which range from waves and philodendron leaves to flamingos and Cuban tile. “I design the Party Pants for a certain type of man with confidence. Funny enough, most of my clients’ pant sizes are anywhere from a 36 to 42. I recently made my first size 50,” he says, then



Preppy Pimp’s eye-popping prints can be enjoyed in fullpants mode (left and opposite) or in details such as belts and linings (below).

laughs. “That’s a lot of print.” Buppert’s designs are made to be worn at polo matches in Wellington, a night out in South Beach or a vacation in Naples. “If a wife comes in to buy her husband a pair of pants, I always ask how adventurous the man is,” Buppert says. “If he’s more reserved, I suggest she buy her husband swim trunks or a bow tie. I want my customers to feel comfortable.” He also makes more subdued chinos with a printed fly and pocket welts called “Super Fly’s,” along with pants made of polo-shirt material, and soft Turkish towels. Although the designer doesn’t like the word “inspiration,” ideas often strike Buppert when he’s on his daily run (one of the first prints he designed was of a Miami Beach hotel gate that he would pass by every day); while on vacation (the Turkish towel idea came about during a trip to Turkey with his wife); and even in his work neighborhood, where he saw Cuban tiles being made and turned the idea into a print. Soon, Buppert will release new prints every month, and he’ll also create a custom print or color specifically for clients.

Made in Miami Just as daring as Buppert’s prints is his decision to make the entire Preppy Pimp line, down to the tropical shipping boxes, in Miami. At a time when most apparel is made overseas, aside from the fabric, everything is designed, cut and sewn in a Hialeah factory and the final printing is done in Medley and near the Tamiami Airport. Buppert’s showroom and factory is housed in a sprawling building, which is owned by the well-known Varat family; Morton Varat founded the popular womenswear line, Cover Girl, in the ‘50s and the building was also the headquarters of the women’s activewear line Tail, which was founded by Morton’s son, Andy. Now, the warehouse is still a Varat family affair, where women’s apparel is made. “There is so much history here with the garment industry, and since I’m the only menswear line in the building, none of us is in competition. Andy is very involved, and if I ever have a question, I have experienced people to help me,” says Buppert, who also points out that Lilly Pulitzer’s first facility was five blocks from his current office. Customers can come in for private fittings at his showroom or order from his website, where they can pick out their prints and desired colors. Ironically, for someone who makes center-of-attention apparel for a living, Buppert sticks to a daily uniform of a basic white button-down, khaki pants and flip-flops (of course, there’s usually a Preppy Pimp belt added for a pop of color). “When it comes to wearing my Party Pants, I don’t want that kind of attention when I’m going to Publix,” he jokes. Fortunately, that attention is just what his clients like. Preppy Pimp, 3300 N.W. 41st St., Miami; 786.360.6927;



Robe by OTT Dubai. Swimsuit by STAUD Solid and Striped, at Earrings by Elizabeth Cole, at





Sun, and S Stars PHOTOGRAPHY BY Keith Major/The Williams Image Group MAKEUP & CREATIVE DIRECTION: Valente Frazier WARDROBE STYLIST: Ashley Sean Thomas HAIR: Tara Copeland/Ken Barboza Associates MODELS: Brittany Churchill/Major Models NYC; Tyrie Rudolph/Wilhelmina L.A. PHOTO ASSISTANT AND PRODUCTION: Colin Jacob

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Bikini top by Kiini, at Everything But Water, Aventura, and



Baby-blue bikini by STAUD Solid and Striped, at



Multi-striped top by Caroline Constas, at Neiman Marcus stores. Polka-dot bikini bottoms by Dolce & Gabbana, at Nordstrom stores.



Pink knit swimsuit by Ashley Paige. Earrings by Elizabeth Cole.



Polka-dot strapless top by Dolce & Gabbana, at Nordstrom stores. High waisted bikini bottoms by House of CB, at





Bikini top by Beach Bunny, at



matters of style Statement Sunnies All signs point toward a new statement piece must-have: Sunglasses. Vibrant-colored eyewear, such as this pair by MCM, is the best way to throw shade this summer. $310; available at

Rainbow Right Ready to make some waves? Just grab your SPF and this Emma Pake lace-back suit and hit the beach. $375; available at INTERMIX stores or


Summer fun starts now—and these hot trends will help you slay all season long. By Maria Tettamanti

Pack Like a Pro

Packing bags for a weekend away is the kind of last-minute chore that could (almost) deter an airport-bound traveler from leaving altogether. But diptyque’s newest L’Art du Soin Pout Le Voyage travel set makes this task exponentially easier, as it’s brimming with travel-size face and body skin-care essentials. $85; available at diptyque retail stores and Nordstrom stores.

Tote-ally Awesome We’re all for a bag that’s customizable, colorful and roomy enough to store all our essentials. Goyard’s Saint Marie Clutch hits all those marks and more, seeing as it’s in the season’s go-to hue: punchy orange. $1,380; available at Goyard Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour.



#OOTD on Point Slip on a breezy caftan and this Valdez Panama hat and you’re ready for #SundayFunday. $375; available at INTERMIX stores or

Notice-me Earrings In case you were wondering who makes those dip-dyed ombré gumball earrings spotted on every girl about town, they’re by designer Suzanna Dai. And you need a pair of these showstoppers in your jewelry box, too. $220; available at INTERMIX stores or

Time for This-sssss Slither Bulgari’s latest interpretation of its Serpenti watch collection onto your wrist and make them green with envy (pun intended). Price available by request, at Bvlgari, 140 NE 39 St., Miami.

Patterned Pants Don’t shy away from a trouser that’s a little bit loud. These silk Gucci floral-print pants— when paired with a plain white tee—are everything. $1,200; available at

Tequila Time Summertime is synonymous with frosty margaritas, so up your tequila game with the ultra luxury spirit Clase Azul Tequila. Buzz aside, the bottle alone is a work of art. Cheers to that! $109; available at Total Wine stores. inDORAL MAGAZINE


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table hopping

fuel up here Whether you need a shopping break, a happy hour meeting spot or just want a memorable meal, Matchbox at Sawgrass Mills is the place to make your next pit stop.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Matchbox is situated among the designer Colonnade Shops; Prosciutto White pizza with kalamata olives, fresh garlic purée, ricotta, mozzarella and extra-virgin olive oil; the 3.6.9 Mini Burgers appetizer on toasted brioche, which comes piled with onion straws.



By Michelle Payer|Photographs by Ricardo Mejia


hopping can work up an appetite. Ask anyone who’s embarked on the ultimate quest for fashion’s Holy Grail at Sawgrass Mills’ tony Colonnade Shops, which resembles a mini Rodeo Drive and is a place where many have been lost for hours, only to emerge depleted in every sense of the word. Overlooking Barneys NY, Helmut Lang, Ted Baker London, Tory Burch and Furla, those in need of sustenance can now stroll into Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit, the company’s first foray into the Florida market. Though this Matchbox still sports the industrial-chic decor for which the chain is known, its indoor-outdoor setting takes advantage of South Florida’s toasty climate and unrivaled people-watching. The rectangular Birchwood bar seats 58, with the bar top resembling a shuffleboard table, a nod to Matchbox’s Capitol Hill restaurant that yielded a 1920s era shuffleboard in the original building and is a design element now incorporated into every location. Warm evenings lure guests outdoors to dine on a patio that seats 89 beneath propeller fans, or around a cozy corner fire pit that seems more luxury-hunting-lodge than mall locale. The bar is where Matchbox hosts a popular happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with more than 10 small wood-fired pizzas on the menu priced at $9 each, including the Matchbox Meat with spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni, crispy bacon and mozzarella, Pig + Peppers with capicola, mozzarella and marinated Fresno peppers, and

table hopping CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Tuna tartare tacos served with crispy malanga chips, honey-garlic sauce and wasabi oil; fresh pizza emerges from the oven; Chef Brock KurylChampine; mussels and shrimp in white wine broth with garlic bread.

Mushroom White, with cremini mushrooms, ricotta cheese, caramelized onions and mozzarella. Appetizer “Share” specials range from $5 to $9 and include not-to-miss spicy tuna tartare tacos, spicy mini meatballs and CAB mini burgers. Happy hour cocktails are all $7 and include wines and a selection of four cocktails, with the refreshing Patio Pounder Lemonade on the list. Made from house-infused watermelon vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon, it could very well be habit-forming. Inside the two-story restaurant are exposed pipes, brick walls and pine wood ceilings, and upstairs, touchable walls made from wood reclaimed from a Cincinnati, Ohio, cattle stockyard dating back to the 1800s. A private chef ’s table on the second floor seats eight to ten guests, while around it is a collection of booths overlooking the action below at the bar and pizza exhibition kitchen. An expansive menu offers something for nearly every mood, from light starters and entrée salads to pizzas, grinders, sandwiches and main favorites including Italian Sausage Rigatoni ($15), Braised Short Ribs with smashed Yukon potatoes, cornbread and honey butter ($25) and Mustard-Crusted Salmon with leeks, Yukon potatoes, kale and lemon ($21). Its popular Sunday Brunch sees standard favorites like crab benedict and huevos rancheros served alongside cheeky items like “The Walk of Shame Burrito.”



Be sure to try the “Table Bubbly Bar” with bottomless Simonet Spanish Cava, paired with juices and nectars for just $18. Did we mention it’s bottomless? Founded in 2003 with its first restaurant in Washington, D.C., Matchbox now has 10 restaurants in four states, generating a following for its brick-oven pizzas, miniburgers and comfort food, served at tables with matchboxes embedded beneath the glass top, a nod to the owners’ first collections. According to lore, the original shape of the first restaurant, inside an old grocery store, was designed like a matchbox, thus the name was born. If everything inside Matchbox, including the service, appears warm, inviting and convivial, it is—shopping respite not required.

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wheel life

2017 VOLVO

V. Country2018



Wide wagon or compact crossover: How do you prefer to get your cross country on?

By Steve Siler

Volvo XC60 interior


olvo is in the midst of a product revolution right now, starting from the top down with its “90 cluster” vehicles (a.k.a. S90, V90, XC90) that we covered about a year ago. The overhaul continues with the two cool crossover-type vehicles you see here: one sexy derivative of the V90 wagon called the V90 Cross Country and the first of the “60 cluster” cars to get redesigned and successor to its namesake, the XC60, which happens to be Volvo’s best-selling vehicle. With a fair bit of overlap between the two both in purpose and components, I crossed some borders myself to ferret out the differences.


Behold the V90 Cross Country, the sexy successor to the V70 XC, a.k.a. the V70 Cross Country, which commenced the skyward march of Volvo wagons two decades ago. But as the “90” in its name implies, however, Volvo’s newest tall wagon has gone upscale as well as up high. The V90 Cross Country is based on the wonderful 2017 V90 wagon, but is only one you will see in U.S. Volvo showrooms in 2017. The standard V90 wagon is available only as a special-order model, but since the Cross Country model, with its 2.6-inch higher ride height and two inches of additional width between the wheels, is likely to be the more popular model in the wagon-phobic U.S., Volvo is making life easier for its U.S. dealers by officially promoting the butch version and letting the true wagonistas and contrarians (who likely know about the V90 already) order the low-slung version if they want it.



Flared over-fenders in black along with matching lower sills and bumpers give the V90 Cross Country a rugged visual foundation, and customers who aren’t afraid of scratches and rock chips can have them painted to match the body color as part of the Luxury package. Beneath the skin is an air suspension and Volvo’s “T6” engine, a 2.0-liter fourcylinder engine that is aided and abetted by a supercharger and turbocharger, yielding an impressive 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Thus equipped, the car is rather swift, at least on paper—Volvo claims that the V90 Cross Country can sprint to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds—but with its quiet and unremarkable engine sound and smooth-shifting eightspeed transmission, it doesn’t feel terribly quick. Rather, it feels merely competent. Fortunately, it has three operation modes: comfort (acceptable), eco (sluggish), and dynamic (lively). Hence, we spent much of the time in dynamic mode just to feel the car’s pulse a little bit. Handling proved reasonably impressive for a vehicle with so much suspension travel, while impacts are absorbed with the suppleness you would expect of a luxurious station wagon that costs between $54K and $69K, depending on options. We also did some mild off-roading in the car, not exactly Rubicon Trail-grade stuff but more than we would muster in, say, a Ford Edge, and the V90 Cross Country never lost its footing nor did it scrape its underbelly. Volvo says that people who buy its Cross Country wagons actually do the stuff you see the models do in the glossy SUV brochures, and after our day with the V90 Cross Country in Arizona, we believe it.

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Volvo V90 interior

2018 VOLVO XC60

As Volvo prepared to launch its so-called “60-Cluster” cars, it told us how the designs would be very distinct, but what we discovered during our day with one in Spain is that some 50 percent of the XC60’s parts—including nearly all of its interior goodies—are interchangeable, and not surprisingly, much of its character evokes its big brother, the seven-seat XC90. That, by the way, is a compliment. Visually, the two trucklets are near clones. The XC60’s overhangs are shorter and the look is a big punchier, but the XC60’s design strays little from the look established two years ago by the larger XC90. While the XC60 conveys the same maturity and style as the XC90, its dimensions place it closer to that of the sporty Porsche Macan than the large Porsche Cayenne. I bring up the Porsche intentionally, since the gutsiest of its XC60’s powertrains, the 400-hp T8 plugin hybrid powertrain, produces roughly the same amount of power as the powerful Macan Turbo, currently most powerful compact luxury crossover in the segment. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to drive that one, nor the base model with its 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder; I only got to drive the 316-hp T6 powertrain, which, like the V90 Cross Country above, uses a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine to get about town. Compared to the V90 Cross Country, I would say that the XC60 felt livelier and more buttoned down, though I wouldn’t venture as far



2017 V90 Cross Country (BASE PRICE: $54,295)

•Relaxed dynamics • Vast cargo space • Luxurious and quiet interior • Impressive off-road capability

2018 XC60

(BASE PRICE: $42,495)

• Looks as slick as the XC90 • Same seats and interior technology as larger Volvos • Available plug-in hybrid with 400 hp • Sporty handling, standard all-wheel drive

off-road in the XC60 as the V90 Cross Country. On the back roads of Catalunya, however, the XC60 proved to be equally athletic and elegant. It corners with razor-sharp precision, yet absorbs bumps like a four-wheeled sponge, allowing the cabin to remain as Zen as all of Volvo’s other recent debutantes while letting the driver have all the fun he or she pleases. If you’re bent on a compact lux-o-ute, there are few as sexy and prolific as the 2018 XC60. And if the SUV is this good, we can’t wait to see what Volvo does with the rest of the “60 cluster” cars—S60 and V60—when they emerge in the not-too-distant future.

outጃabout Bocuse d’Or at Arsht Center

Micah Gustafson and Annabel Harvey.

Judi and Allen Susser.

BRAVA By Brad Kilgore welcomed Team USA to Miami after their historic gold medal win at the Bocuse d’Or (culinary Olympics) for a Gold Celebration Tour at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Bocuse d’Or gold medal winner Mathew Peters and assistant coach Robert Sulatycky joined Miami’s most talented chefs, including Brad Kilgore, Jeff Maxfield, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Seth Blumenthal, Jose Mendin, Diego Oka, Sean Brasel, Aaron Brooks, Manuel Echeverri, Gabriel Fenton, Craig Giunta and Soraya Kilgore for a culinary showcase attended by more than 100 of Miami’s die-hard gourmands. Guests enjoyed a mix of hip-hop and dance tunes by DJ Beach Boy Fresh while sipping on cocktails crafted by BRAVA’s Ricky Delva and Alter’s Gustavo Martinez.

Robert and Rachel Delarosa.

Chefs Robert Sulatycky, Brad Kilgore and Mathew Peters.

Olee Fowler, Kailey Harman, Sam Bob and Lauren Bernat. Jaimie Chew and Brad Kilgore.



outጃabout Luca Mencarini and Julyana Rodriguez.

Raw Residency hosted by Brickell Flatiron and Faith Connexion Agustina Casas Sere-Leguizamon, Sol Perez, Danie Gomez-Ortigoza and Iran Issa Khan.

Javier Lopez, Jessica Juliao, Miguelina Ramirez and Nelson Rios.

Maria Buccellati, Tara Solomon, Nick D’Annunzio and Michelle Areces.



Clarisa Brignone and Maria Molla.

Jose Forteza and Elysze Held.

The luxury condominium Brickell Flatiron and Faith Connexion hosted Raw Residency, a panel discussion about how beauty affects us and influences certain behavior in today’s world, with Maria Buccellati, president of Faith Connexion; renowned photographer Iran Issa-Khan, and Somy Ali, founder of No More Tears, a hands-on organization that assists and empowers victims of Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence. The discussion was held at the Brickell Flatiron Sales Center and was catered and produced by Michelle Areces of Petit Pois Catering + Design. Notable guests in attendance included Danie Gomez-Ortigoza, from Glamour México y Latinoamérica and Jose Forteza from Vogue México y Latinoamérica, among other wellknown leaders in the industry.

Leticia Grendene, Sam Bernstein and Linda Mondragon.


Juan Delgado and Carlos Rosso.

Eric Johnson, Donna Johnson, Nercys Cernuda, Ramon Cernuda and Rafael Miyar.

PAMM Museum Opening of On the Horizon:

Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Perez Collection

Mooli Freiman, Tami Katz-Freiman and Anthony Spinello.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) welcomed more than 750 visitors for the opening of On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, an exhibition showcasing a selection of works by contemporary Cuban artists donated to the museum by Jorge M. Pérez, the majority from a recent gift of over 170 pieces, as well as works previously gifted to PAMM in 2012 and several recent acquisitions purchased with funds provided by Pérez. The evening included a private tour for special guests, followed by cocktails and dinner and a live performance by Cuban-American singer CuCu Diamantes.

Teresita Fernandez and Kevin Taylor.

Robert Fabelo, Jorge Pérez and Mario Hernandez. Darlene Pérez, Alain Huy and CuCu Diamantes.



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inDoral Magazine - July/August 2017  

The Heat is On // Extraordinary Eductors / And So We Grow / Well-Suited / A Colorful Guy

inDoral Magazine - July/August 2017  

The Heat is On // Extraordinary Eductors / And So We Grow / Well-Suited / A Colorful Guy