Like a fantasy mirage, Crystals at City Center, an ambitious new shopping “district,” has sprung up in the desert. Boasting 500,0000-square-feet of retail space, LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the largest Louis Vuitton and Prada stores in North America as well as first-time Vegas retailers from Miu Miu to Paul Smith, it’s hard to imagine anything more inviting for retail lovers.
Distinguishing itself from the typical Vegas experience with Daniel Libeskind’s imposing and angular architecture, the center features lots of light, air and space, as well as ever changing live flower carpets and hanging plants throughout. Sixty-eight stores are slated to be open by Fall 2010, including a yet to be found multi-brand store. But with Assouline, Marni, Kiton, Lanvin and Tom Ford already flocking to Crystals—the latter contractually bound to debut his women’s collection exclusively there for two years—brands such as Bottega Veneta and Fendi are now building large format stores that feature goods exclusive to their Crystals location. Even Roberto Cavalli has decided to make its Crystals store their largest location in the world.