New and noteworthy store openings in Canada
by : ELLE Canada- Mar 19th, 2019
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, 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
Snowboarding and outerwear apparel brand Burton opened their second Canadian flagship in Montreal last fall. The expansive space is a combination of a store, showroom and office for a total of 6,000 square feet. The store also features exclusive brand collaborations and limited release collections. Inspired by Burton's history, the design of the flagship pays tribute to both Burton's and the building's heritage. The brand opened their first Canadian flagship in Toronto back in 2017.
1420 Notre-Dame West, Montreal
New York City-based label Kenneth Cole opens their first Canadian free-standing store with a flagship in downtown Toronto. The interior features clean lines, artistic works and purposeful messaging that anchors the brand's aesthetic of modern classics in an urban environment. The 1,800-square-foot store will offer footwear, clothing and accessories for men and women.
315 Queen Street West
The chic Parisian brand continues its Canadian expansion with the first freestanding store in Vancouver at the Pacific Centre shopping mall. The store, which is set to open this month, will introduce Sandro's new concept to the west coast: Onyx marble fixtures, travertine stone storefront and a special focus on accessories with illuminated shelves. Sandro's second Toronto store is set to open at Sherway Gardens in November.
Pacific Centre, 701 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, Etobicoke
This Canadian direct-to-consumer fine jewellery brand is going brick-and-mortar with a new IRL showroom. Opening on July 14th, the Dundas West space is every millennial’s dream—think airy, inviting and open, with touches of brass, marble and pink throughout. Shoppers can pop in to try on Mejuri’s pieces in a casual, relaxed setting (no glass display cases here) and purchase items on the spot, which will then be shipped the following day. There’s also a special space for bridal appointments and “Fine Sessions”—aka one-on-ones with stylists who will advise on ring stacking and necklace layering.
906 Dundas Street West
Health and wellness footwear brand ASICS has officially opened its first-ever Canadian flagship store. Located at 364 Queen St. West, the store offers a new retail concept said to showcase both the technical aspects of the products, and the lifestyle elements that embody the brand’s new direction.
We may be living in the era of online shopping, but the smart people at Dyson get that the majority of us still want to try before we buy our big-ticket purchases. Enter its flagship Dyson Demo store at Toronto's Yorkdale Mall, where you can test their vacuums, learn how their air purifiers work, and best of all, enjoy a complimentary professional blowout (using the Supersonic, of course).
Hunter’s first North American store, located inside Toronto’s Yorkdale mall, was modelled to look like a country barn. The flagship, which carries gear like rain and snow boots as well as jackets and bags suitable for any weather, features a 180-degree screen displaying a cloudy sky and the “weather” displayed on this immersive screen will change seasonally. Fashion nerds should pay particular attention to the displays toward the back of the store, which demonstrate all the components of the brand’s iconic Balmoral boot.
Toronto’s Chanel boutique has a new home. The flagship has moved from Bloor Street to the slightly quieter (but no less chic) Yorkville Avenue. The new location was the former site of Mount Sinai hospital, and before that a tony private residence—the original façade dates back to 1871. The interior design takes cues from Coco Chanel’s famous Parisian apartment, with a black, white and gold colour palette, bespoke furniture, Chinoiserie motifs and even a portrait of Chanel herself engraved onto black granite. The two-floor space is divided into dedicated salons for leather goods, shoes, and ready-to-wear. Yorkville Avenue will never be the same.
98 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
If you wear glasses and live in Toronto, you’re quickly becoming spoiled for choice when it comes to buzzy new eyewear destinations in the city. The latest spectacle store to open its doors is SEE. The first Canadian outpost of this eyewear chain puts the focus on exclusivity. The brand produces a limited amount of each style (sometimes as few as two of a certain colour) per store, so the chances of getting caught in the same pair of high-shine silver wayfarers with ombre lenses is slim.
153 Cumberland St, Toronto
The haute outerwear brand has opened its third outpost in Canada. The new Bloor street boutique is expansive, and features four distinct salons, each dedicated to a different assortment, from the performance-focused Grenoble collection, to shoes and womenswear. Paris-based husband and wife interior designers (and longtime Moncler collaborators) Gilles & Boissier created the store concept, which features three hammered brass walls made exclusively for the new space.
Toronto’s Bloor Street Prada boutique has reopened with a newly reimagined store concept and decor. The two-story space houses womenswear, menswear and accessories. The carpeted floor has been replaced with chic black and white marble checkerboard and the green velvet couches by the legacy Italian furniture brand Osvaldo Borsani were made especially for the space.
131 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Frank And Oak
Last year, Frank And Oak launched its first womenswear collection, sold solely online. Now, the brand is giving its female customer base a brick-and-mortar option in Toronto and Montreal. The Toronto shop, located on Queen Street West, opens its dusty pink door today. Montreal’s location, on St Viateur Street, opened last month. Inside the Toronto boutique, clothing is displayed on individual racks on either end of the store and on lower platforms in the middle. The current selection consists of double-breasted coats, chunky angora knits, basic denim and twists on classic tailoring. For the interior of the store, the brand tapped three Montreal-based start-ups—Mobillier de Gaspé, Élement de base and D’Armes Luminaires—to furnish the space, from custom-built counters to couches made from renewable materials and lighting. Both the Montreal and Toronto spaces will also function as community studios and encourage local creative to come together.
634 Queen Street West and 160 St-Viateur Street East, Suite 110
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.
389 Queen Street West
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.
CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Wilfred boutique has a new home. The store’s expanded new digs (opened on October 20th) are across from sister store Aritzia. The interior design of the 5,200 square foot store is just as eclectic yet effortless as the clothes that fill it.
We couldn’t think of a more perfect Canadian flagship for a brand famous for its red-soled shoes than a little red house. The two-story boutique houses men’s and women’s footwear and leather accessories. The interior is inspired by an enchanted forest —fitting for a place where fashion fantasies come true. 99 Yorkville Av, Toronto.
Canada's third Ferragamo boutique opened at Square One in Mississauga. The 4,500 square foot boutique is a luxurious wonderland of ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, eyewear and more and oozes the brand's storied Tuscan heritage.
100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga.
Aritzia opened its largest boutique in Ontario on August 18th. The 10,000 square foot space in Yorkdale Mall is a stylish marble and concrete home for artwork, a reading lounge and everything on your fall shopping wish list.
This New York-based eyewear company, which helped revolutionize the affordable-glasses game, arrived in Toronto. The store carries shades and specs that are all designed in-house from premium materials like Japanese titanium. You'll even find styles that are only available locally.
684 Queen St W, Toronto.
Canada's first Saint Laurent boutique opened on Vancouver's Thurlow street. The store concept was designed by Hedi Slimane when he joined the house. The monochrome marble and concrete space houses men's and women's ready-to-wear, accessories and the Palladium collection—Slimane's glammed-up ode to California rockers.
746 Thurlow St, Vancouver.
Vancouver's newly renovated Chanel boutique in the downtown Holt Renfrew store is the first in Canada to to showcase pieces from the house's watch and fine-jewellery collections.
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