Bal Harbour Shops is an upscale open-air shopping mall in Bal Harbour, a wealthy suburb of Miami, Florida, known internationally for its collection of luxury retail. Bal Harbour Shops is one of the few remaining family-owned malls in the nation. For a business that is willing to lease, there is a two year waiting list at the mall, which has operated at 100% occupancy for more than two decades.
Bal Harbour Shops officially opened in 1965 with its first tenant being toy retailer, FAO Schwarz, which operated a store in the mall until its bankruptcy in 2000. Until the 1970s no upscale fashion brands had boutiques there aside from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, but Gucci was convinced to open its 5th US store there, after that an influx of major brands opened up including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci and more.