NEW YORK — Designer boutique owner Carol Levitt has packed up shop and moved to Florida from Long Island.
Levitt, who had a store bearing her name in Locust Valley, N.Y., for 10 years, will open a new store in the Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour on Aug. 1.
“I’ve lived all my life on Long Island, and I’m ready for a change,” said Levitt. “I fell in love with this mall and decided to open here.”
She projected first-year volume of over $1 million for the new 1,000-square-foot shop. It is opening in a space previously occupied by Yves Saint Laurent and Reuven in the prestigious shopping center.
Among the labels Levitt will carry are the Laura Biagiotti Collection, Sonia Rykiel, Claude Montana, Vivienne Westwood, Paco Rabanne and Krizia. The shop also has exclusive U.S. distribution of Krizia Poi, a secondary line by Krizia that currently is only in Italy.
Westwood, Rykiel and Manuel Canovas are among the names Levitt is carrying for the first time. She is also adding other Paris and Belgium- based designers, including Apostrophe, Sandrine Leonard, Kat Tilley, Renato Nucci and La Belle Poule.
The boutique interior is being created by Parisian designer Chahan Minassian. The walls are covered in parchment, floors are wood with scattered rugs, the furniture is handcrafted with a Forties flavor, and apparel and accessory areas are divided by floor-to-ceiling silver panels.
Levitt and her husband, Horst F.W. Fischer, will run the shop.