Shopping Spots: The Miami Design District

Miami’s picturesque beauty and fresh, ocean breezes makes it the perfect place to shop til you drop. Throw in some of the world’s most famous high-end fashion and jewelry designers, and you’re in heaven. The Design District, located in South Florida, is a development set to feature over 120 upscale retailers for a fine celebration of shopping, fashion, design, art, architecture and dining.

The Design District

The Design District is located in Miami’s urban core. This once, gritty locale is under renovation to inspire the experience of a glamorous, international shopping spree. The area has already been redesigned to include more space, fresh, green trees, increased security and upscale retailers such as Hermes, Prada and Louis Vuitton, with over a hundred other upscale Miami stores expected to join the family in the upcoming months. The list of exciting appearances include Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Valentino, Miu Miu, Rolex, Harry Winston and more. The long home is also scheduled to include an assortment of furniture and home furnishing showrooms. According to Ina Paiva Cordle (Miami Herald, 2014) ” By next fall, 50 new stores will debut, along with seven new restaurants, adding to the 15 shops already in operation. Then, about 50 more will open in 2015, when the final touches are put on the revitalized shopping-and-dining destination.”

This creative neighborhood project is headed by Miami’s own Craig Robins and his partner, L Real Estate, whose investors include LVMH-the world’s top luxury products company. The district itself is being renovated to include towering shade trees lining the streets, a four-block boardwalk anchored by two department stores and rooftop gardens. A boutique hotel, condominium tower, and five parking garages are also planned for the area, along with a sprinkling of cafes and tree-shaded plazas.

Retail analysts predict the project will do well, considering South Florida is a high retail area. According to analysts, the onset of upper-income consumers along with this high-end opportunity makes this a great combination.