© Balenciaga / Photography: François Halard

The Design District in Miami has got to be one of the great success stories in luxury retail development in recent years. as a prestigious joint effort of L Catterton Real Estate, a real estate firm linked to the LVMH group, and real estate development company Dacra, the once bland neighbourhood has gained a global reputation as shopping grounds with an exceptional artsy edge in barely a decade. Obviously, warm relations with the luxury establishment has helped to put the project on the map, and one after the other name from fashion’s upper echelon has set up a new glittering outpost here. The area’s transformation is far from over, and the latest house to arrive on the block is Balenciaga. Housed in a purpose-built structure with a glass and steel façade, the store measures 1,590 sq.ft. (148 sqm.) set across two floors, and fully reflects the brand’s austere interior design codes as defined by its creative director Demna Gvasalia.

The glass façade is covered in decorative grids that look like small solar panels, and paired with bold Balenciaga lettering that’s visible from afar. The aesthetic takes cues from its flagship store on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, oozing a similarly strong industrial style captured by suspended metal frames that meander throughout the store, serving both as a decorative element and to hang up apparel pieces, chunky furnishings in the same material, flooring of polished concrete, and rows of tubular lighting. The ground floor presents Balenciaga‘s  women’s collection, while one floor up the full range of menswear items can be found. Location: 153 N.E. 40th Street (Design District).

© Balenciaga / Photography: François Halard