Commercial Real Estate & Advisory

Special Supplement – Rising Stars in the Industry

March 1, 2006

Christopher OwlesChristopher Owles, Sinvin Realty Corp.

Christopher Owles, managing director at Sinvin Realty Corp. is a preeminent tenant and landlord agent in downtown Manhattan who has played a bigger role in the Meatpacking District’s transformation than probably any other commercial broker.

In the Meatpacking District alone, Owles has negotiated leases for over 150,000 s/f. These include deals for design giant Vitra, Bumble and bumble, Soho House, Wachovia Bank, and a new building with a retail store and offices for Theory, among others. Because there are only about 100 small buildings in the Meatpacking District, Owles’ activity accounts for a very large portion of leases done in the area.
Owles is currently marketing 22,000 s/f of space at 446 West 14th Street for developer Charles Blaichman. The companies that occupy the building will further transform the area.

Owles is also notable for finding luxury and innovative retailers unique space that bolsters their branding efforts. For instance, Owles was so successful at negotiating leases transactions for Marc Jacobs and James Perse in New York that they later asked for his help leasing stores on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.