Louis Vuitton slated for the Mall at University Town Center
Louis Vuitton started his career in fashion in 1837 as a trunk maker, and its bags are sold at more than 480 stores on six continents. The company makes bags, luggage, clothing and a variety of accessories. Bags typically sell for upwards of $1,000.Officials with Louis Vuitton couldn immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday, and mall officials said Wednesday they weren at liberty to comment on the new addition.Louis Vuitton will join a strong line up of handbag retailers at the mall, which includes Kate Spade, Coach and Michael Kors. The Paris, France based company has a store at International Plaza in Tampa and one in the Mall at Millenia in Orlando nine in Florida but this will be the chain only store in the Sarasota Bradenton area.The retailer is the first new tenant announced for the 3 year old, $315 million mall in 2018, but last year it welcomed national retailers Soft Surroundings and Vineyard Vines as well as local players Mimmic and Enticing You.The mall has welcomed more than 30 new retailers since its grand opening in October 2014. Like many United States mall, the property has seen some exits in recent months, but had nearly all of those gaps were filled in time for the holiday shopping season.The UTC project was a partnership between Taubman Centers Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Manatee County based Benderson Development Co.