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Luxury retail pair form new firm

CHARLIE
KONIVER

Two players from the world of luxury retail real estate have joined forces to launch Odyssey Retail Advisors LLC.

Richard Johnson and Charlie Koniver announced that they have partnered in the new firm, which is an expansion and rebranding of Johnson Retail RE Consulting Inc.

Both had formerly worked in real estate for Kering, the global luxury group.

Odyssey Retail Advisros will serve an roster of luxury and lifestyle tenants, developer and landlord clients

An attorney and member of the New York State Bar, Johnson created Odyssey’s forerunner, Johnson Retail, whose clients have included Crown Acquisitions/Wynn Las Vegas, Boston Seaport, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Sergio Rossi, and Clarins.

RICHARD
JOHNSON

Johnson served as Kering’s head of real estate for the Americas, working with a portfolio of brands, including Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Volcom, and Puma.

Koniver previously collaborated with Johnson at Kering, as a real estate specialist for the Americas.

Koniver then went on to initiate the internal real estate program at Richemont, where he provided services to brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc, Chloé, and others.

“Charlie understands retail from the inside out, having worked with some of the world’s most successful brands,” said Johnson, managing director and partner, Odyssey Retail Advisors.

“This partnership allows us to combine years of operational experience and superior business analytics with the legal expertise that helps clients thrive in a constantly evolving business environment. ”

Daniel Lewis has joined the Odyssey team as vice president. Previously, Lewis implemented projects at Michael Kors.

He then focused on tenant and landlord leasing representation at GLA Real Estate, where projects included the Atlanta Braves’ mixed-use, ground-up development, The Battery Atlanta.

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