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With shopping giants Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue making their way to Canada in recent years, designer retail is showing no signs of slowing down up here in the in the Great White North. And guess what? The Canadian fashion scene’s about to get even more crowded. You don’t need to shell out dollar bills to appreciate the design, decor and merchandise of these chic boutiques. Whether you just want to window shop or #TreatYoSelf, check out the best new fancy flagships to visit next year.
83 Yorkville Ave, Toronto
This coveted streetwear brand made waves in the fashion world when celebs like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Drake, Jay Z and Canada’s own Justin Bieber were seen rocking it. It helps that Off-White’s founder Virgil Abloh has a longstanding relationships with one of the biggest names in fashion today—he’s the creative director for Kanye West. Off-White currently operates six stores globally in Asia and the U.K. Their upcoming 2,400-square foot Toronto flagship, acts as the brand’s first foray into North America, with a New York City location to follow.
505 Queen St W, Toronto
This home-grown business started as a men’s jewelery maker but has since expanded to a full design house with clothing, shoes and watches. The brand is already carried at over 400 fashion retailers around the world, and only opened a Toronto physical retail store this year. The distinct minimalist aesthetic of the brand is matched with high-quality construction, making Vitaly’s basics closet staples for any fashion lover.
98 Yorkville Ave, Toronto
Iconic French brand Chanel is trading its Toronto flagship on Bloor for a larger location just two blocks north in Yorkville. Opened in 1989, the current Chanel retail space is the only freestanding store in the country. The new location, opening next year, checks in at over the 8,700 square feet, and finds itself on the chic (and much-desired) Yorkville Avenue streetscape.
131 Bloor St W, Toronto
Fellow French brand Dior will take over the space left behind by Chanel. Opening next year, the store will have over 13,000 square feet across two floors. The new flagship is part of the brand’s expansion in Toronto, which also opened a boutique in the Eaton Centre’s Saks Fifth Avenue location back in September.
100 Bloor St W, Toronto
Hermes is another posh retailer upgrading to a bigger and better location in 2017. Its current 4,000-square foot Bloor Street location will relocate a few doors down to where Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma are located. The new store takes up a whopping 10,000 square feet, making it one of North America’s largest Hermes locations. The only other Canadian freestanding store is only about a quarter of the size, and is located in Vancouver’s luxury district.
723 Burrard St, Vancouver
Earlier this year, the New York-based jeweller announced it would be overhauling its freestanding Vancouver flagship by adding a second level. The store’s façade is in the process of being completely re-done with a rounded corner entryway, an Atlas figure holding a clock and Tiffany-blue awnings to replace the current glass canopies. On the interior, the store will expand with new spaces for bridal pieces and the country’s first watch salon.
742 Thurlow St, Vancouver
French brand Saint Laurent Paris is opened its first freestanding Canadian location earlier this summer in downtown Vancouver. Located in the budding Luxury Zone of the city (Alberni Street, between the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Shangri-La Hotel), the Saint Laurent store is 5,000-square foot, two-level unit nestled between the new Prada and Moncler storefronts.
3035 Boulevard le Carrefour, Laval
After building a worldwide business with stores in New York, London and Paris, the duo behind the Montreal-based brand Mackage have finally opened a store at home. Located Carrefour Laval, this freestanding Mackage store is their first Canadian flagship, with plans to open two new locations in Toronto to follow.