It all began 15 years ago when Miami native Craig Robinson saw a great potential of the Design District. Mr. Robinson saw a uniqueness and began acquiring properties and redefining them. It was through his careful management that design brands began to flock to the area leading to internationally known art collections as well as design installations. Both temporary and permanent art and design installations, followed by unique cuisines.
Both L Real Estate and the LVMH brands were impressed by the unique services and experiences related to the community. They saw how this could well become one of the finest boutiques in Miami. The location was also a large part of that vision. The District would be north of Downtown and 10 minutes from South Beach in a pedestrian friendly area. As new buildings were created and older structures renovated design showrooms began to open shops and galleries in the area. Some of these well-known groups would include: Holly Hunt, Knoll, Ann Sacks, Poliform and Waterworks.
Delpozo was very impressed with the Design District renovations that they chose the location for its first international expansion. The neighborhood became an area dedicated to innovations in fashion design, its unique architecture and cuisine. The District is owned by the Miami Design District Associates. They are in a partnership with the L Real Estate, a global real estate and Dacra. L Real Estate is a global real estate development and investment fund. They excel in creating luxury shopping areas. Dacro is owned by Craig Robinson. It’s known for its visionary view.
Soon galleries began appearing, among them the well-known Art Fusion, The Moore Space and Extra Fine Arts. Unique products were brought in by retailers. These would include Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Celine and Prada. The Design District was well on its way to becoming an award winning shopping district. The District became the first LEED NH Gold Certifies project winner in the Dade County area. It was also only the 33rd winner for the whole of the US.
Their goal is to turn a once forgotten area of Miami into one of the premiere shopping districts. Their plans include an excellent shopping and dining experience as well as a cultural experience for its patrons. Its felt that the District can be responsive to its historical experiences, but it’s Urban and tropical environment. The plans for the Design District were drawn up by the award winning planners Duany Plater-Zyberk
Their plans include public installations, more unique shopping experiences, a boutique hotel and residences. Like all authentic areas the Design District is expected to grow and evolve with time.