Moncler’s humble beginnings originate from quilted sleeping bags. Now, the French-Italian lifestyle brand is known as the luxury go-to for down jackets and sportswear. Perhaps not necessary for Vancouver’s temperate weather, but Moncler is definitely a great luxury option for cold Canadian winters.
It takes one touch to fall in love with Brunello Cucinelli’s ultra-soft cashmere. Their jackets are only partly lined because the brand is so proud of their construction; they don’t want to hide any details. Plus, you’d want to have as much contact to cashmere to stay cozy.
Vancouver is home to Canada’s first Versace Home store and now home to the country’s second free-standing Versace store. The boutique offers the best of the Italian brand’s accessories: handbags, footwear, eyewear, and jewelry, and timepieces.
Dior opened its first Canadian flagship store in Vancouver, with interior design inspired by the original Paris Avenue Montaigne store. The two-level boutique is your one-stop shop offering ready-to-wear, accessories, a shoe salon, and even a VIP selling and fitting room.
Shoppers, rejoice! No longer will we need to face hour-long lineups when cross-border shopping. This year, the outlets came to us. Designer outlet, McArthurGlen, opened its first phase with stores such as Banana Republic, CK, and Coach offering deals up to 70 per cent off.
This year we were blessed with not one, but two new department stores when Quebec-based Simons opened up at Park Royal. The family-owned company is known for supporting up-and-coming contemporary designers, but also check out their super affordable and stylish in-house brands like Icône, Contemporaine, and Twik.
Nordstrom entered with a bang, bringing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Anna Wintour, and Ivanka Trump within days of its grand opening. Aside from cool celebs and brands, it has everything else you need like a phone charging station, blow dry bar, shoe shine stations, and even a bar. Now try coming up with a reason to leave this store!
If you want a booty like Beyoncé, Freddy pants are the non-surgical way to go. The Livify store on South Granville carries a great lineup of butt-lifting pants that feature curved bum seams and a silicone waistband to keep your best assets nice and lifted.
In a health-conscious city like Vancouver, we’re always on the hunt for fitness apparel, but RYU (aka Respect Your Universe) isn’t typical workout gear. The style borders closer to edgy streetwear, and they offer the type of sweatpants you’ll actually want to be caught dead in.
The Kate Spade store is heaven for girly girls—think black-and-white stripes, pink flamingo prints, and vibrant colours painting everything from handbags to clothing. If their mantra were “put a bow on it,” we’d gladly oblige.
Check out Kate Spade at Pacific Centre and Park Royal
Another British fashion retailer invades! Known for its biker leather jackets and grungy glamour, AllSaints has started offering a good selection of sinfully sexy separates, like classic men's dress shirts and sleek pencil skirts.
This irreverent British lifestyle brand captures the imagination with colour: find brush strokes and blooms all year round on Ted Baker’s popular full skirts. We’ll tip our hats to a fun pop of colour anytime during Vancouver’s rainy season, which is pretty much all the time.
Everybody loves a little luxe for less, so what a bonus is it to have vintage luxury reseller LXR & Co located in the heart of downtown. Get great deals on Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and other “it bag” brands. Gotta love high fashion for a fraction.
Good news: there’s no need to go through an entire Aritzia store for Wilfred’s minimalist pieces when there are now free-standing Wilfred stores. Plus, the store is designed like an airy Parisian loft. And Paris is always a good idea, right?
Check out Wilfred at Pacific Centre and Robson Street
Fifteen new (inter)national retailers landed in Vancouver in 2015, and the shopping scene has never been hotter. Click through to check them out
Need a new party dress? This Montreal-based boutique is the place to get all your trendy statement pieces. At Maska, you’ll find Italian brands exclusive to Canada, plus each location offers a different assortment of styles, so you’re sure to stand out without needing to shop around.
Check out Maska at Oakridge Centre, South Granville or Park Royal
Marketer by day, writer by night, what Miranda loves best is working with the written word. Her writing has appeared in The Georgia Straight, Huffington Post, and Vitamin Daily. She also runs Style by Fire—a Vancouver fashion events and retail news blog. When not working, you’ll find Miranda practicing handstands, obsessing about retail design, and figuring out what to do next with her hair.