By  on November 15, 2007

As part of its fifth anniversary celebration, Y-3 has opened a store in Miami, its fifth opening this year.

The collaborative line between Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto unveiled its 11th store and only its second in the U.S. at the end of October, and hosted an event to fete the new location last Saturday.

The 1,453-square-foot, two-story space in a landmark building in Miami's Design District boasts artistic features like high windows and a large balcony on the second floor, creating an airy and open atmosphere. The ground floor is the retail space, while the second floor is reserved exclusively for exhibitions, private dinners and events.

"Y-3 Miami has been designed to follow the global Y-3 signature retail concept, which is characterized by its contemporary white, black and orange minimalist style...customized to reflect the modern aesthetics of both Y-3 and the Design District," said a Y-3 spokeswoman.

The Adidas-Yohji Yamamoto collaboration launched its first collection in Paris for spring 2003 and three years later Y-3 made its New York Fashion Week debut.

The first Y-3 store opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2004 and the Miami unit marks the first in the U.S. since an Atlanta store opened in 2005. Reflecting Yamamoto's roots and aesthetic, seven of the stores are in Asia — two in Beijing and one each in Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hangzhao, China. This year, stores also opened in Paris and Manchester, England.

According to Adidas, Y-3 has had a strong retail presence in the Miami area since its inception, and there's been a growing demand for Y-3 products there.

"Located in the Design District, Y-3 is the first fashion retailer in an area that is quickly growing to become Miami's center for creativity," said the Y-3 spokeswoman.

Open seven days a week, the Miami store will extend its regular hours on the second Saturday of each month for those who participate in the Design District's biweekly art gallery event, Art & Design Miami. Plus, it plans to further support the art community with a large format video art installation and at least one event during Miami Art Basel in December.Adidas said it plans to open a Y-3 store in New York in February, and then units in Berlin and other major cities worldwide.

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