The Miami Design District could be easily called the mecca of design, fashion and culture in Miami. And the immense of it became bigger with every day. The development of the area was boosted when Dacra, founded by Craig Robins, teamed up with L Real Estate, an investment company backed by luxury mega-brand LVMH. However, the changes didn’t happened over night and it’s just Robin’s long-term investment and integration of art, design, architecture, and fashion what was the thing that made difference.
The start of transforming the district begun in the 1990s. when Dacra started to by property in the area. In 2011 it bought even more and started to housed here design, stores, low-key bars, restaurants, artist-run exhibition spaces, and artistic studios. The synergy of food, art, shopping, and design has made it a true community.
Later on Dacra created an art walk through the Design District, which was the continuation of Wynwood Art District art walk. This made the district nighttime-friendly.
The big changes in the district begun when in 2009 Christian Louboutin opened its store in the district. Within two years, Yohji Yamamoto, Cartier, Dior, Hermes, and Louis Vuiton announced plans to move their stores to the area, firmly ppositioning the Design District as a high-end luxury destination.
This was only the beginning. In 2012, Dacra and L Real Estate revealed an ambitious redevelopment plan that featured a four-block-long three-lined pedestrian walkway, a group of new restaurants, luxury condominiums, and 100 new retail stores, including Tom Fordm, Emilio Pucci, Berluti and Fendi.
After this the design district was honored to place Marc Newson outdoor project as well as Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome. With such creative investment underlying the core of the Design District’s urban plan, it is no surprise that the area remains a center of ABMB activity. For this year the calendar is already filled with high-profile fashion, art, and design events, including “The World of Mr. Somebody and Mr. Nobody”, an exhibition featuring fashion icons Walter van Beirendonck and Bernard Willhelm, a vintage fashion pop-up shop by Bravo’s “Dules of Melrose” star Cameron Silver, and the exclusive Design Miami/Design Visionary Award dinner, among others.
Now the District is proud to be seen as a hub of art, culture, fashion and design as well as a residence of luxury and class. Longtime Design District resident Luxury Living group is confident: “The style of this exciting part of a town, resonate well with the Luxury Living collections” and that means Miami Design District with some efforts finally reach its goal.