Robert Cohen has more than 28 years of retail real estate experience. He specializes in owner and tenant representation in major urban retail markets throughout the U.S. with a special concentration in Los Angeles and Manhattan. Robert previously served as Executive Vice President and led RKF’s expansion into Southern California in 2007.
Robert recently secured space for Dylan’s Candy Bar in the historic Farmers Market in Los Angeles; Swarovski in The Grove and in Union Square, San Francisco; Rosa Mexicano on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood; Topshop in Chicago; MAC Cosmetics in The Grove and on West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; and Adidas Y-3 in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. He also secured numerous locations for H&M, several locations for Ralph Lauren and its brands, and sites for retailers including John Varvatos, Restoration Hardware and drybar.
Robert began his career in Manhattan and, while now based in Los Angeles, he continues to play an active role in shaping the New York City retail landscape. Some of his more high profile transactions have included securing all three Manhattan Old Navy locations; stores for John Varvatos in SoHo and the Bowery; three retail locations and the U.S. headquarters for Adidas; securing Diesel’s largest flagship store on Fifth Avenue; six locations for Swarovski; multiple sites for MAC Cosmetics, including its Times Square flagship; multiple locations for Ralph Lauren and its Club Monaco and Rugby brands; and a Nordstrom concept store in SoHo. He was also responsible for leasing 25,000 SF to Prada for its SoHo flagship.
Nationally he has executed the expansion strategies for numerous retailers including Agent Provocateur, CH Carolina Herrera, Oliver Peoples, Swatch, Custo Barcelona, Swarovski, John Varvatos and Chrome Hearts. He has also secured national locations for many other internationally recognized retailers including Giorgio Armani, Dooney & Bourke, Tourbillon, agnès b., Montblanc, Luigi Borelli, Pleats Please Issey Miyake, Domenico Vacca, Stussy and Anna Sui.
Robert also represents an impressive list of landlord clients, including Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, Grosvenor, Broadreach Capital, CIM Group, Whitney Museum of American Art, Kalimian Brothers, Related Companies, ARI Investors and The Sherry-Netherland.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert was a managing director at Garrick-Aug Associates. Previously, he worked at Edward S. Gordon and Helmsley-Spear.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Miami. He is a licensed Associate Broker in the state of New York and a licensed Salesperson in the state of California. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Real Estate Board of New York, Urban Land Institute and The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.