Which Luxury Brands Will Soon Call the Design District Home?

Oct 04, 2013 October 04, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, and Valentino are just a few of the fashionable luxury brands that discerning consumers in Miami will soon see in the redeveloped Design District. Those names will soon be joining a range of well-known brands that have already taken up residence in the District, including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermès, and Cartier.

As most local residents are already aware, the Design District has recently entered a mad rush of construction. In the late-1990s, the potential of this neighborhood came to the attention of Craig Robins, an entrepreneur with deep roots in the city. After acquiring several properties in the district, Robins set out on a path to redefine those properties and position internationally-renowned art collections with designer brands and world-class restaurants. Given its central location in Miami and short distance to popular South Beach, LVMH brands quickly came aboard to assist in delivering a distinctive retail development project to the Design District. In short order, historic buildings already in existence received renovations while new buildings were erected. Designer showrooms from some well-known names as Holly Hunt and Ann Sacks nestled alongside exhibition spaces and art galleries. Architects followed suit by opening studios in the neighborhood. In the wake of such an explosion of growth, new restaurants opened their doors to patrons.

Following its full transformation, the Design District will easily be one of the most glamorous shopping destinations in the world. Landscaping has been enhanced and security that is more robust has been installed to befit the renovation of this neighborhood. It is anticipated that within 24 months, almost 120 high-end retailers will be in residence in the Design District.

Along with more than two dozen new stores, seven new restaurants are expected to debut in the district by next fall. Currently, there are already 15 top shops in operation. The district will receive its final touches by 2105. When everything is complete, the goal is for consumers and visitors to Miami to have the most comprehensive collection of luxury shopping possible in all of South Florida. While it is certainly a massive undertaking, everything currently seems to be on schedule for the Design District's impressive makeover. Two department stores anchor a pedestrian promenade spanning four blocks. Five massive parking garages are planned along with a condominium tower and a boutique hotel. Sidewalk cafes and expansive plazas shaded by mature trees will complete the picture. As the number of upper-income consumers continues to increase in Miami, it certainly seems as though the renovated Design District will certainly serve an important niche. 

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