Monday, September 19, 2016

Gables’ Renovations

 When thinking about Gables, the first thing that comes to mind is: comfort and luxury. Coral Gables, or City Beautiful, is renovating its infrastructure every day to become the most comfortable city in America.

One on Gables’ most recent projects is the enhancement of Miracle Mile. This $21.6 million project’s main goal is to renovate the whole shopping, dining, and celebration experiences, by creating an artistic, pedestrian-friendly Downtown Coral Gables. The project has an approximate timeline of 18 months, which started in mid-April. 

This is not only a project intended to make Gables a better city, but it is also a project with artistic intentions. According to the company in charge of the construction, this project is an artistic masterpiece which will most likely result in an award. Natural stones cut from Spain are going to be used for the sidewalks, and the design mimics the effect of rain descending upon a pool of water.

Also, the Museum Parking Garage #2, at 220 Aragon, and Merrick Place Parking Garage #6, at 51 Aragon, are facing some major renovations. These include painting, lighting, repair of elevator lobbies, replacement of doors, and so much more. However, during renovations, the garages will stay open. Merrick Place Parking Garage will be the first one to be renovated and then contractors will move on to Museum Parking Garage.

The constant investments on Coral Gables City are what makes it one of the most beautiful and comfortable cities to live in. Every day, the authorities are allowing and investing on more and more new projects and renovations of old ones to keep perfecting this city for its inhabitants. Go, Gables!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Miami on the Runway

About five years ago, Miami was fascinated with the arrival of Naeem Khan, an Indian designer who moved to the US in the 70s to work in the fashion industry. Khan is eager to give back to America what it has given to him in his career. This is why the designer is now on the move to reinvigorate Miami’s fashion industry roots.

Nowadays, Miami’s fashion industry has to do more with nightlife and swimwear. However, Khan’s plan is to expand Americans perception of the city. He’s planning to build his company’s future headquarters. It will comprise a space of about 70,000sqft, along the Miami River. This project –design, production, and licensing, is estimated to be completed by late 2018 or early 2019. Also, designer Rene Ruiz has been running his brand in Miami for the past 25 years. He opened a 10,000sqft factory in 2013 in Miami. He currently oversees 60 employees.

Both Ruiz and Khan are laying Miami’s underground to finally establish the fashion industry in this city. This year, the Miami Dade College will offer a degree program in fashion design and merchandising, since without educated people the industry will never emerge.

 Also, Miami’s Design District is putting Miami as a major player on the luxury market. Dacra and L Real Estate joined to transform the neighborhood, with intentions of investing on its creative side and making spaces for business, for more and more brands to get inspired on these new concepts. In 2015, big brands like Herm├Ęs, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, Givenchy, Loewe, and Tom Ford, among so many others, were attracted by the Design District.

Every day, more and more fashion players are coming to Miami to continue their careers. There has been a special migration from New York to Miami, like in the case of Kelly Framel, also known as The Glamourai. It seems Miami is on its way out from just being a swimwear, nightlife city and on its way into the runway.

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