The re-opening of Toronto's adidas store on Queen Street West coincides with a re-think of the brand's global store concept. Dubbed "Neighbourhood," the design aims to be a reflection of the local scene (whatever that may be around the world). In Toronto, the store features artwork by local artist Gyimah Gariba. The second floor will host acitvations with local artists and creatives, in keeping with the neighbourhood-hub feel. The concept will arrive in Montreal and Vancouver soon too.
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Danish brand ECCO, known for minimal, practical leather footwear, recently opened its Yorkdale store—the company’s first in North America. The 1,150-square-foot space features an installation of the Toronto skyline made from leather and two seating areas (aka boyfriend couches). The store carries kids and sport shoe options as well as the full range of men’s and women’s shoes, including formalwear styles.
RW&CO. just re-opened their Yorkdale flagship store. The new boutique swaps the typical linear shopping experience (where all the merch is visible to the shopper at once) for one that’s more meandering and full of surprises. The men’s and women’s assortment is mixed throughout the store’s seven zones rather split evenly down the middle. Thanks to warm brass and copper finishes, a retro-inspired movie theatre marquis and lots of linen and leather details, the new boutique is a departure from the stark, industrial look that’s ruled retail décor trends of late. RW&CO’s president Lora Tisi sums up the look as “polished cool.” Oh and perhaps the best part? The fitting rooms have a designated spot for your coffee and purse. No more piles on the floor.