Haute Shopping Vancouver
The heart of downtown Vancouver has become a beacon for luxury shoppers, where smaller fashion boutiques featuring one-of-a-kind pieces mix with acclaimed international design houses. Here are four spots you shouldn’t miss.
The concentration of high-end designer stores along Burrard, Alberni and Thurlow is a luxury zone indeed, playing home to many shimmering, high drama favourites. Here you’ll find Christian Dior (900 West Georgia St), the brand’s first Canadian flagship location. In addition to accessories, watches and fine jewellery, explore Dior Homme for the latest in menswear and men’s cologne. With the irresistible excitement of its legendary “little blue box,” Tiffany & Co. (723 Burrard St), staying true to Charles Lewis Tiffany’s vision of brilliant beauty that has redefined glamour around the world, showcases dazzling pieces of art with legendary jewels and milestones at its standalone store on Burrard Street. At Tory Burch (1092 Alberni St), the American lifestyle brand draws a crowd to try on the popular ready-to-wear shoes, handbags and accessories. It’s hard to miss the sparkle next door at De Beers (1088 Alberni Street), the world’s leading diamond company teams up dashing designs with 125 years of experience and unrivalled expertise in mining diamonds.
Within walking distance of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is Pacific Centre, featuring a wealth of stores for all budgets and tastes including an influx of top designers and their latest collections. Drop by Kate Spade New York (609 Granville St.) and peruse the brand’s distinct graphic prints and crisp, colourful ready to wear pieces, as well as jewellery, handbags, stationery and shoes. Visit Hugo Boss (737 Dunsmuir St.) for tailored menswear, sportswear and activewear. Don’t forget to drop by Nordstrom (799 Robson St.), where the upscale department store boasts its own culmination of luxury brands, including Michael Kors, Emilio Pucci, Nina Ricci and offers personal shopping services.
With origins as a modest hat shop established in 1837, Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir Street) flourished in the late twentieth century to become Canada’s premier destination for luxury retail. From haute couture, to handbags, to handkerchiefs, “Holt’s,” as it’s affectionately known, stocks leading designers, such as the classic but fearless Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci and Burberry. Immerse yourself in the impressive cosmetic counter experience and discover your new favourite eau de toilette from one of their signature fragrances, many of which were inspired by the smell of an English garden after a fresh rain.
On the southwest corner of Thurlow and Alberni streets is the 745 Thurlow Tower. Achieving Sustainable LEED Gold Design, the tower is a seven-minute walk from the Hotel and is the Vancouver home base for Brunello Cucinelli. Known for its luxurious cashmere apparel (think sweaters, scarves and outterwear), this designer also offers a crafted assortment of leather goods, bags, shoes and sportswear. Facing Alberni Street is Strellson (674 Granville St.), a Swiss brand whose proud heritage inspires the smart-design of its men’s sportswear collection. And on the corner of Thurlow Street and Alberni Street is Versace, featuring the latest of the Italian brand’s collections, from jewellery and perfumes to clothing and accessories.
For more Versace pieces, visit the upscale retailer, Leone in Vancouver’s historical Sinclair Centre (757 West Hastings St.), or discover a new one-of-a-kind piece of art or furnishing at the city’s first free-standing Versace Home (310 W Cordova St).
–– Text by Sarah Sams