Jorge Cardenas—better known as DJ Cardi—brings the beats to major events worldwide. He’s known for his signature sound, combining a love of R&B and hip-hop with feel-good disco, tropical house music, and even live performers to create bespoke remixes that have everyone grooving. But his sartorial selections are making waves as well. Spot his snappy, homegrown style around Miami, where he lays down musical vibes at events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Miami Open, and pre-games for the Miami Heat. Love DJ Cardi’s style? Aventura caught up with him to get the scoop on the local shops he frequents to curate his one-of-a-kind look.
Cardenas shops small at this Wynwood spot that offers pieces with a comfy, boho-chic aesthetic. His favorites are made from recycled cotton that’s sustainably sourced. “The clothes are super breathable with excellent drape, perfect for humid Miami outdoor events,” he says. “Their ‘fits feel and look like silk, and the best part is it’s 100 percent shrink-free.”
Best known for men’s suits, Giorgio Armani in the Miami Design District is Cardenas’ favorite place to find high-quality sunglasses that are unique and eye-catching. “People just go to the mall to buy glasses, and that’s fine,” he says. “But when you go to the Design District, and Armani in particular, they just have eyewear pieces that really stand out from the crowd.”
In the Swim
Cardenas says he always visits Ted Baker in Brickell City Centre before his frequent gigs in the Bahamas at storied spots like Atlantis’ Cain at the Cove and Resorts World Bimini. “As a Miami-born and -raised guy, swimsuits with matching tops are a must,” he confesses.
You’ll find Cardenas ordering his signature hats at this locally owned North Miami mainstay. “As an entrepreneur, I always love supporting other small local businesses,” he says. “The milliners here customize my signature hat—the boater—just for me.”
When DJing galas and glitzy events from Miami to Thailand (and everywhere in between), Cardenas aims to dress the part—and this Brickell tailor is his go-to for modern suiting. “The way they tailor a custom suit just for you [makes it] a must-have for any major event in fashion,” he says.