Robert Cohen has 32 years of retail real estate experience. He specializes in owner and tenant representation in major urban retail markets throughout the US with a special concentration in Manhattan and Los Angeles. In 2007, Robert led RKF’s expansion into Southern California.
Robert recently secured space for Under Armour on Fifth Avenue in New York; Topshop at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA; John Varvatos at Copley Place in Boston and in Bal Harbour, FL; Oliver Peoples in Union Square in San Francisco, Greenwich, CT, and Prudential Center in Boston; and Sam Edelman at Westfield World Trade Center in New York, NorthPark Center in Dallas and Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas. He also secured numerous locations for H&M, several locations for Ralph Lauren and its brands, and sites for retailers including Marmot and drybar.
Robert’s recent notable transactions include the leasing of flagship spaces for Dylan’s Candy Bar in Los Angeles, Miami and New York; Charlotte Olympia in Costa Mesa, CA and Bal Harbor, FL; stores for Johnny Was throughout the country; two locations for J.Crew’s Madewell in Pasadena and Santa Monica; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Beverly Hills; and The Elder Statesman in West Hollywood.
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 and national 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 locations for Ralph Lauren and its Club Monaco and RRL 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 Charlotte Olympia, CH Carolina Herrera, Oliver Peoples, Sam Edelman, Johnny Was, 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, YSL, Pleats Please Issey Miyake, Oakley, Stussy and Gap Inc.
Robert also represents an impressive list of landlord clients, including Waterbridge Capital, Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, Grosvenor, Regency Centers, CIM Group, Glimcher, Kalimian Brothers, Related Companies, West Coast Investors and The Sherry-Netherland. In addition to several high-profile projects in the Los Angeles market, Robert is a member of the RKF team working to reposition and lease Block Thirty Seven in Chicago for CIM Group.
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 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.