You'll rarely catch Heather Caravella wearing a brand that's not Jimmy Choo, whose Crystals store she manages. But even Jimmy Choo insiders have a holiday wish list.
Jimmy Choo has been turning out its sexy shoes and luxe bags for more than a decade, and as manager of the Jimmy Choo boutique in the Shops at Crystals, Heather Caravella has been part of the brand’s Vegas residency for much of that time.
“Retail was my calling,” she laughs. “I love interacting and talking to people, so that aspect of my job comes very easily to me, but I also love the business aspect, where I can brainstorm programs and manage my team. I get the best of both worlds.”
The Connecticut-born Caravella began her career at Michael Kors and helped open its popular Boston-area boutique (the label’s 11th store worldwide) at the tender age of 18, but she always longed to move to the West. “I wanted to move west as soon as possible after graduation, and with Michael Kors’s boutiques out here, it was an easy transition,” she says. “After running his store out here for five years, I was ready for the next tier of luxury.”
After a two-year stint at Dior, Caravella was recruited by Jimmy Choo executives. Seven years later, she’s happier than ever, both professionally and personally.
“The Vegas suburbs are surprisingly similar to the small town in Connecticut where I grew up,” she says. “Everyone knows one another. There are a lot of natives mixed with transplants, and I think that makes us much more open to relationships and creates a stronger bond within the community.”
Caravella credits the meaningful friendships she’s cultivated, as well as Vegas’s ever-changing culture and unexpected landscape—and of course a great deal of hard work—for inspiring her to take professional and personal leaps of faith.
“Nature is so important to me. Snowboarding in Mt. Charleston, hiking in Red Rock—I love all of it. It’s a fantastic escape from the craziness of the Strip, and people don’t necessarily associate the great outdoors with Vegas, but off the Strip is even wilder!”
Jimmy Choo recently introduced its first eyewear category for men as well as a men’s fragrance that, according to Caravella, is flying off shelves.
“But what I’m most excited about is our limited-edition Cruise capsule collection called Vices,” she says. “It’s a partnership with artist Mat Collishaw, and it will be a mixture of super-glamorous shoes and handbags, with simulated rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. The collaborations with artists are special because it’s not just a shoe or a handbag; there’s real meaning and value behind it. It’s even better than art because you can wear it!”
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA JANA CRUDER