Fashion News – Canada Goose to Open in Downtown Vancouver

The exceedingly popular Toronto-based company Canada Goose has announced they will be occupying a 4000 square foot space in the upper level of Vancouver’s Pacific Centre mall. The store will be located near the Apple Store – across from Harry Rosen and will feature fun Canadian themed décor such as marble polar bear sculptures made by Jason Carter, a Canadian Indigenous artist. The company, known for its down-filled coats have boosted business exponentially at department stores in Vancouver such as Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, with some styles of jackets being pre-sold-out before even reaching the store. Local fans of the brand and tourists alike will be welcoming the store excitedly, which will be open in time for Christmas 2018. Continue reading “Fashion News – Canada Goose to Open in Downtown Vancouver”

Fashion News – Bottega Veneta to Open First Canadian Standalone

Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre is quickly becoming a coveted spot for designer brand’s looking to open standalone stores. The latest to announce its Canadian debut is Bottega Veneta, expected to open this coming winter. The 4700 square foot space will open across from Holt Renfrew Men’s and beside Hugo Boss. Vancouver International Airport carries a range of Bottega Veneta accessories in their concession and you can find smaller collections of the luxury brand at department stores across the country, however, this will be the first full-line store to land in Canada. Continue reading “Fashion News – Bottega Veneta to Open First Canadian Standalone”

Fashion News – Real Housewife Roxy Earle Launches Clothing Collection

The extravagant and ever so bubbly Roxy Earle is launching a collection with Le Chateau that drops today. Best known for her stint on The Real Housewives of Toronto, Roxy quickly became the most lovable lady on the show and caught the eyes of fans with her inspiring personality. Earle is now an avid body positive activist and is taking steps to change the fashion world. After being sent clothing from Canadian retailer, Le Chateau and being impressed by their inclusive size range, Roxy sat down with the team to create an “all sizes” collection including pieces made to fit every type of body. “This is the first time in North America that a big girl can walk into a store with her best friend and shop off the same rack. That’s a big deal. This is a moment in Canadian fashion and I’m proud that I’ve somehow created it.” Continue reading “Fashion News – Real Housewife Roxy Earle Launches Clothing Collection”

Fashion News – Maison Simons to Occupy Former Sears Space

Large retail spaces formerly occupied by Sears are starting to get scooped up. The latest announcement – Maison Simons will be settling into its new quarters at CF Fairview Pointe Claire in Montreal. This will be the French Canadian company’s 16th retail location. Maison Simons is excited about their expansion of physical spaces through Canada. President of the company, Peter Simons says, “As we continue to grow inside and outside of Quebec, we know that physical locations are a vital part of the retail experience and go hand-in-hand with the growing digital economy.” The two-level, 100,000 square foot store will be one of the first steps in a new project to build a city centre on Montreal’s West Island. Continue reading “Fashion News – Maison Simons to Occupy Former Sears Space”

Fashion News – Allbirds Shoes Opens Queen Street Pop-Up

San Francisco based Allbirds, which claims to be the world’s most comfortable shoes, has opened up a temporary retail space in Toronto’s fashionable “West Queen West” area. After launching their Canadian e-tail in March and hosting two pop-ups in Nordstrom in Vancouver and Toronto earlier this year, the new space is being used as a test to determine if the company’s next move will be to place permanent brick-and-mortar locations in Canada. Founded in 2014 by former professional soccer player Tim Brown and biotech engineer and renewable materials expert, Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds is formed on the philosophy of using natural materials, and an “ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way.” Continue reading “Fashion News – Allbirds Shoes Opens Queen Street Pop-Up”

Fashion News – SOIA & KYO Opens First Retail Location

Founded in Montreal in 2004 by creative director, Ilan Elfassy, Canadian outerwear brand SOIA & KYO is known for its simplistic styles that reflect timeless and classic designs that are made in Canada with high quality, luxury materials. SOIA & KYO carries a variety of men’s and women’s outerwear including down coats, parkas, wool coats, trench coats, windbreakers and leather jackets. Their first Canadian retail location is set to open in August at Square One shopping centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Vancouver to Host Canada’s Biggest Sneaker Convention
If you live in the Vancouver area and are a die-hard sneaker/streetwear fanatic, this event is for you. The Vancouver Sneakerheads Group and Vancouver Streetwear Community have collaborated to bring Hype City 3 to the Harbour Convention Centre on June 3rd. This is the biggest sneaker convention in Canada and brings the most popular streetwear brands to your fingertips such as Jordan, Yeezy and the largest collection of Supreme in Canada. During the event, the brands will sell exclusive merchandise like limited editions and rare vintage pieces. If you’re not in the mood to shop you can also spend the day admiring the spread of pop-ups, hearing the stories behind some classic sneaker models, jamming to a live DJ and participating in activities throughout the day.

Nicolas Ghesquière Staying Put at Louis Vuitton
After some speculation that Louis Vuitton might be considering a change of direction, it has been announced that Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of womenswear is renewed. The design house’s owner, Bernard Arnault calls Ghesquière “one of the best designers in the world today” and says he is “very happy that we are continuing our Louis Vuitton womenswear journey with Nicolas.” Since taking over from Marc Jacobs in 2013, Nicolas has been credited with the revival of the French luxury brand. In five years he was able to introduce rejuvenated classics and breathe fresh air and ideas into Vuitton.

Gucci to Show at Paris Fashion Week
The Gucci Spring 2019 collection will be showcased in Paris instead of Milan during Fashion Week on September 24th. The move will tail-end creative director, Alessandro Michele’s French-inspired narrative that began with the Pre-Fall campaign tribute to the Parisian student protests of 1968. The Italian designer staple will also be staging its Resort 2019 collection in Arles, France at the end of this month. But Milan will not have to worry about losing one of their most audience pulling shows for long, luckily Gucci’s move isn’t a permanent one. CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri says they are “looking forward to returning to Milan in February 2019”.

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Fashion News – Is the legend herself, Naomi Campbell retiring from runway?

After 32 years storming the runways, Campbell has hinted that she may be trading the catwalk for a cozy seat in the audience and let it be “carried on by the younger generation”. At the Fashion for Relief fashion show in Cannes last weekend, which helped to raise money for important causes like the Times Up legal defense fund and Save the Children charity, the supermodel stated she wasn’t sure how much longer she could walk. Naomi became the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue, founded the Fashion for Relief charity, starred in a Michael Jackson video and was a favourite and friend of major designers such as Giannni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaïa. She will be deservingly honoured next month with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 CFDAs. Retired or not (but we hope not yet), Naomi Campbell will remain a key icon in prominent fashion history. Continue reading “Fashion News – Is the legend herself, Naomi Campbell retiring from runway?”

Fashion News – Luxury Children’s Wear Brand Opens in Canada

Bonpoint, a Paris-based kidswear brand is branching into Canada by opening a standalone store in Vancouver. Located in Vancouver’s affluent West Side, Bonpoint has situated itself to target wealthy families, with some items costing hundreds of dollars. The store will open in a 920 square foot space on West 14th Avenue. Bonpoint carries a full line of upscale fashions with sizes from newborns to children as well as footwear, sunglasses, perfume and skincare. If the standalone store sees success in Vancouver, we can expect another Canadian location pop up soon in Toronto. Continue reading “Fashion News – Luxury Children’s Wear Brand Opens in Canada”

Fashion News – Nordstrom Rack Canadian Flagship Revealed

The new Nordstrom Rack store opened Thursday morning in Toronto’s popular shopping area, Bloor Street. The beautiful glass exterior floods the two-story off-price department store with ample natural light over racks and racks of neatly placed (for now!) products. At street level, you’ll find home goods and accessories, head upstairs for footwear and fashion from a selection of designer brands and Nordstrom house brand favourites. Nordstrom Rack carries product made specifically for Rack stores as well as discounted items from full-line Nordstrom stores. The new, almost 40,000 square foot space will become a go-to location for Toronto shoppers, as this particular Rack location is stocked with items from luxury brands such as ChloéStella McCartneyKenzoProenza Schouler and Balenciaga. Continue reading “Fashion News – Nordstrom Rack Canadian Flagship Revealed”

Fashion News – Chloe to Open First Canadian Stand-Alone

We can expect to see the Paris-based designer brand open in mid-June, located in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto – sitting pretty between Saint Laurent and Mr. and Mrs. Italy. After only operating at a wholesale level through luxury retailers such as Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue, this will be Chloe’s first standalone location in Canada. The 2200 square foot space will mirror the brand’s new concept and will offer the full collection of ready-to-wear, leather goods, handbags, accessories, sunglasses, and footwear. Happy shopping, Toronto! Continue reading “Fashion News – Chloe to Open First Canadian Stand-Alone”