Dedicated to luxury fashion, architecture, dining experiences—and, of course, design—forward-thinking urbanists have spearheaded a transformation of the Miami Design District from a desolate neighborhood to a vibrant urban destination for residents and tourists alike.
With over 130 art galleries, high-end furniture showrooms, top-rated dining spots, and Miami’s biggest cluster of international fashion retailers, the Design District offers a strategic mix of design, fashion, art and architecture that sets it apart in South Florida and beyond. Indeed, the neighborhood encourages creative expression in both art and commercial real estate development.
The Design District has become known as the Miami version of New York City’s hip Soho or Meat Packing District. The neighborhood hosts a community wide Art & Design Night on the second Saturday of each month. A popular event, art galleries and design showrooms open their doors to the public for music and refreshments.
The Design District has an enviable retail presence. Craig Robins, one of the largest developers in the Miami Design District, has executed on his plan to bring 40 to 50 luxury retailers to the neighborhood by the end of 2014. This vision is positioning the Design District to compete with long-established Miami shopping areas such as Lincoln Road, Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops.
Luxury retailers like Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Maison Martin Margiela, Cartier, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Agnona, Dior Homme and Prada call the Miami Design District home. Burberry, Pucci, De Beers, Marc by Marc Jacobs and many more will soon join them.
Historically a slice of the 1920s Buena Vista neighborhood, The Design District is part of the Greater Midtown area. The Design District is in the crossroads of many prominent Miami neighborhoods, with the artsy Wynwood neighborhood to the south, Little Haiti and Buena Vista to the north, and the wealthy Upper East Side neighborhoods to the east. The area is roughly bound by North 36th Street (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west and Biscayne Boulevard to the east.