New York fashion designer Marisol Deluna will open a design studio, boutique and educational facility in downtown San Antonio’s La Villita Historic Arts Village just a short stroll from Alteza above the Grand Hyatt along the River Walk. The City of San Antonio invested $1 million in revitalization efforts to La Villita Historic Arts Village, and residents of this luxury condominium are excited about the announcement of the design studio.
Deluna, a San Antonio native, won the right to open a design studio in La Villita Building 22 that will house two of her business initiatives. The space will serve as a design and working studio for the Marisol Deluna New York and New York Designed Texas Made collections and the Marisol Deluna Foundation Inc., a Texas tax exempt nonprofit organization. She will offer educational art, design and fashion programs at the space.
“The opening of the Marisol luna boutique could not have come at a better time,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said in a news release. “The city is fully invested in making the improvements needed to re-imagine the retail mix and the quality of goods and services being offered at La Villita.”
The La Villita studio is the latest edition to a thriving Downtown San Antonio urban center that has captured national attention. The opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in 2015, Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden opened last month, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center expansion is scheduled for completion in the coming month. HEB will open its long-awaited Downtown location on December 2nd, rounding out the lifestyle sector. Entertainment, arts, dining, shopping, parks and convenience – Downtown has become a world-class urban address offering the walkable conveniences desired by today’s empty nesters and young professionals.
“La Villita is home to many events throughout the year,” says Dustin David with Alteza Residences. “Our residents are only an elevator ride and a short stroll from the village. Bringing a fashion element to the area is an exciting addition for everyone who lives Downtown.”
“We are proud to be home to the new Marisol Deluna New York boutique and the educational foundation it supports, which are sure to invigorate La Villita and inspire fashionistas of all ages,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a release. “We love witnessing the expansion of the fashion industry in San Antonio because we know it will be a vibrant part of our economy.”
“Mentorship is a privilege. Offering an educational studio space alongside our Texas based manufacturing facility will enable creative discoveries to unfold in a collaborative manner for people of all ages,” stated Deluna. “With an appreciation for history, our Director of Education Ida De La Rosa Spence and I agree that the 1880s house in La Villita is the perfect location for our inclusive public outreach and community partners to learn about more than fashion.”
Edited from an article by James Aldridge, San Antonio Business Journal