During the Stone Age, dressing for distress was all the rage, because cave people knew tattered threads would make them less likely to be courted by a handsome triceratops. Dress for success with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of boutique apparel and accessories at Republic of Couture, plus 15% off purchases over $50.
Gaston Garcia, president of the Republic of Couture, stocks his boutiques’ shelves with high-end men’s and women’s apparel by designers such as Diesel, Hugo Boss, Mondo, and True Religion. T-shirts ($24–$36) leave room to flaunt rippling elbow muscles, and women’s dresses ($45–$65) keep claustrophobic legs unfettered in style. Fashion-seekers rest their legs in a sleek lounge before wandering through the South Beach–inspired shop in search of a pair of cozy leggings ($18) or an accessory ($9–$21) to wear to the discotheque. Garcia procures only small quantities of each garment to ward off wardrobe copycats and promote sisterhoods of traveling designer pants.