It didn’t take long for fashion doyenne Laure Hériard Dubreuil to conquer South Beach. After attending New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and working as a merchandiser for Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, she moved to Miami in 2007 and, two years later, founded The Webster, the now-cherished multibrand boutique on Collins Avenue. Since then, new iterations of the shop—known for its nontraditional selection of pieces from top-tier designers presented in vividly hued, living room–like spaces—have popped up in Costa Mesa, California; Houston; and Miami’s Bal Harbour. Now, Dubreuil is ready to take on Manhattan, and is launching a six-floor location in SoHo this month. “New York operates at a really different pace,” she tells me by phone, before jetting to Paris for Fashion Week. “The energy there is so stimulating for me. It’s a magical place.”
For French-born Dubreuil—who moved back to New York in 2011 and shares an East Village row house with her husband, the artist Aaron Young, and their three-year-old son, Marcel—opening a shop in the city was a logical next step. Over the years, Dubreuil has amassed a devoted East Coast client base, and her New York customers have long begged her to bring a shop to the city. According to her, snowbirds who winter in Miami and the creative set that visits for Art Basel have become hooked on the Webster’s singular items. Dubreuil’s taste for eccentric products fuels the production of offbeat pieces that otherwise would not have been put into production due to lack of commercial interest. She carries pieces that she claims “people can’t find anywhere else.” That exclusive, carefully crafted experience runs through in all its initiatives: In Miami, for example, the Webster recently hosted a Valentino pop-up accented with black basketballs and pink yoga mats in its entryway. It was the only boutique outside major fashion capitals to host the brand’s pop-up shop, stocked with coveted limited-edition pieces and the Italian label’s resort 2018 collection of jewel-toned dresses and elevated, sports-inspired separates.