Concept & Mission
The House of Findings is a boutique located in the retail oasis of Upper Buena Vista in Miami, Florida. We specialize in mixing vintage, global, upcycled, and handmade women’s clothing and accessories, as well as similarly sourced home furnishings and art. We like to call it a "collection of collections".
Our selection ranges from the Victorian era through the 1990s. We’ve collected amazing pieces during our travels, from Paris to Brazil to up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Hence, the word "findings" - special, one-of-a-kind items we bring to your wardrobe and home.
It’s treasure hunting at its best!
The House of Findings’ evolving concept is rooted in the history of our owner, Mayra. She founded the original Miami Beach Findings boutique in 1989. Since the early days, we have committed ourselves to “vintage” sustainable creative fashion, always supporting multicultural artisans and crafters, providing a unique shopping experience for you.
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We look forward to seeing you in Miami but, in the meantime, enjoy our newly created website!
The Management Team
MAYRA GONZALEZ - CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MANAGER AND BUYER
Mayra has over thirty years of experience in the fashion industry. She developed high level skills while employed as a buyer in New York's Garment District from 1979 to 1989. She has also represented young designers, launching the careers of many now established professionals, and merchandised several designer jewelry brands. Born in Cuba and raised in the United States, Mayra is bi-lingual, bi-cultural, and a gypsy at heart.
Mayra has been an avid vintage collector since the 1970s when she discovered, with her Mom, the fantastic flea markets of New York and New Jersey. Mayra opened the original Findings boutique in Miami's South Beach shopping district, soon expanding to a larger venue, where the boutique thrived from 1989 to 1995. That Miami Beach experience is the inspiration for The House of Findings second incarnation established in Boston in 2012. The Miami store opened in 2018 and, now, in Spring 2021, we are happy to have launched our new website. This is Mayra's largest collection and continues to grow organically.
Biorn’s career in international development work and academic research includes overseas field projects, acquainting him personally with indigenous peoples and peasantries who are crafters, artisans, and designers. A Ph.D. in political science, Biorn has degrees from Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. He is from a family of Harvard anthropologists who dedicated their careers to ethnic minorities. He gained knowledge of the online arts and retail world from over seven years of experience administrating at commercial arts colleges as an academic dean.
Since 2004, has served, among other academic and research posts, as Executive Director of Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is now the Cambridge Institute for Brazilian Studies executive director and teaches political science, history college writing, and Portuguese online, as well as advising graduate students with their dissertations. He is the co-founder and president of The House of Findings since 2012.