CARON CHERRY TO SHUTTER
NEW YORK — After 25 years in retail, Caron Cherry is closing her signature high-end designer store in Bal Harbour, Fla., and taking a break from the fashion business.
“It’s just time,” said Cherry, who said the demands of the business, including a heavy travel schedule, have become too much. Cherry grew up in retail, working from a young age at her parents’ stores on Long Island and here.
Her mother’s Upper East Side store, Poor Pearl, used to cater to clients like Jackie Onassis.
Cherry’s family moved to Florida in the Seventies, and her parents opened a store named after their daughter in Coral Gables. Cherry started working there about 20 years ago, and moved from the original location to a store in Coconut Grove. Eleven years ago, she opened the Bal Harbour door and four years ago, she closed the Coconut Grove store. Ever since stumbling upon Claude Montana, showing out of a hotel room 20 years ago, Cherry said that she’s been partial to European designers.
Her current vendor list includes international names such as Colette Dinnigan, Ann Demeulemeester, Narciso Rodriguez, Alberta Ferretti, Azzedine Alaia and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others. The 1,000-square-foot store will be holding sales in an effort to get rid of inventory, she said.