More than twenty years ago, Miami native Craig Robins recognized the potential of the Miami Design District, and started acquiring buildings in the neighborhood. His goal was to reinvigorate a forgotten part of Miami, transforming it into a unique creative community through exceptional architecture, design and experiences. This singular vision for the neighborhood has now been realized. Today the District is a vibrant community where residents and visitors enjoy amazing shopping, chef-driven restaurants, world-class museums and abundant outdoor space.
Through careful stewardship and rich cultural programming, the Design District began to attract design brands, important art collections and design installations, and great dining experiences. As new buildings were erected and historic structures were transformed, design showrooms flocked to the area, led by Holly Hunt, Knoll, Poliform and others. Central to the DNA of the Miami Design District has been a program of art and design that is both stunning, culturally enriching and functional as a neighborhood.
L Catterton (then L Real Estate) joined Robins as a partner in 2011 and encouraged the luxury brands of LVMH to recognize the unique potential of the community. Centrally located in Miami and culturally at the vanguard of global creative industry, the partnership believed that those brands could locate their flagship stores in the District and showcase their complete offering in abundant spaces that could reflect their brand via both architecture and design – all north of downtown and less than 10 minutes away from South Beach in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Today, there are more than 120 flagship luxury stores in the neighborhood and cultural institutions like ICA Miami, the de la Cruz Collection, and Locust Projects call the District home.
Like all true neighborhoods, the Miami Design District continues to evolve: more amazing shops, restaurants and galleries, and a boutique hotel and residences are all planned.