Canadian Store Openings You Need to Know

Jul 02 2019 by
Categories : Fashion / Shopping

Put these boutiques on your bucket list.

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    © Courtesy of Dior


    Dior’s first standalone boutique in eastern Canada has a minimal, contemporary aesthetic. Located in The Colonnade shopping centre in downtown Toronto, the store is also the first in North America to offer both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections in one space, in addition to women’s handbags, accessories and fragrances. Touches of the house’s signature elegance can be found throughout the boutique from fabric and leather toile de jour print walls (inspired by Mr. Dior’s original salon) to artwork by British artist Ian Davenport, known for his colourful abstract paintings.

    The Colonnade, 131 Bloor Street West, Unit 101, Toronto

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    WDLT 117

    WDLT 117, the brainchild of Jason Morikawa (Holt Renfrew and Saks Fifth Avenue are among his style creds) is a high-fashion dream spread over two floors, with lifestyle and home goods on the bottom and this season’s must-haves on the top. From home-grown to international, the brand list includes women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and jewellery from designers like Toronto’s own Daniel Gregory Natale, amongst other coveted labels like Ellery, Dion Lee and Rejina Pyo. It’s also the first Canadian boutique to carry selected pieces from buzzy Parisian labels, Y/Project and Davi. An espresso bar and a rotating series of events and collaborations (including with fashion and style photographer Adam Katz Sinding; watch this space for our interview…) anchors the store as a neighbourhood destination.   

    7 St. Thomas Street, Unit 101, Toronto

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    Jonathan Simkhai at TNT

    Jonathan Simkhai lands in Canada with his first pop-up shop. The women’s luxury designer and 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner—known for feminine silhouettes and romantic detailing—is showcasing select pieces from his Moroccan-inspired pre-fall 2019 collection at Toronto boutique TNT. From a rich turmeric-hued tiered maxi dress to a sequin-covered blazer and shorts combo, it’s the perfect vacation wardrobe. The pop-up is only here for a limited time this summer, so stop by before it’s gone.

    TNT at Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Road, Toronto

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    David Yurman

    David Yurman’s new space in Montreal’s Holt Renfrew Ogilvy is like shopping in a real-life jewellery box. At 1,200-square-foot, the new location is double the size of its previous boutique and complete with a wall that features the company’s journey from its art origins to jewellery.  Environmentally-friendly fixtures—made of up to 90 percent repurposed materials—are part of the brand’s sustainability initiatives.

    1307 Saint-Catherine Street West, Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Montreal

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    Getting dressed for a rainy day just got a lot more fun. The Denmark-based rainwear brand Rains opened its first Canadian store in Vancouver’s Gastown. Known for a function-first approach to design inspired by their Scandinavian roots, the line is sleek and minimal. It launched with just one product—a poncho—and have since expanded to a full collection of waterproof apparel and accessories, which will be available at this location, along with limited edition and collaboration items.  

    227 Carrall Street, Vancouver

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    Goop MRKT

    GP’s ever divisive lifestyle brand Goop opened its first Canadian MRKT store in Toronto at the super luxe Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville. The 1,300-square-foot space will stock all of the Goop-approved picks in home, fashion, beauty and wellness. A special edit of brands just for the Canadian location will feature pieces from La DoubleJ, SMYTHE, Rhode and the company’s own G. Label. Can’t get enough? Drop by for one of the various events held there throughout the summer.

    Goop MRKT is open from June 7 to September 22, 2019

    118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto

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    Silk Laundry 

    Looking for that perfectly cut ’90s slip dress? Head over to Silk Laundry’s first Canadian boutique in Montreal. The Australian label was started in 2015 after designer Katie Kolodinski decided to make the clothes she wanted but couldn’t find on the market. A flower garden, inspired by the designer’s own in Australia, hangs above the fitting rooms, while natural stone and wood details complete the space for a fresh and minimal feel.

    2465 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal 

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    Make note of this for your future wish list. The luxury brand has opened its first Canadian boutique in Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The 4,600-square-foot space takes inspiration from Italian architecture and the interior features materials like oak, glass and velvet, staying true to the house’s signature romantic and classical style. The store carries ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances for women and men.

    Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto 

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