The third Canadian Tory Burch location officially opened in Vancouver on 1092 Alberni Street on Saturday, October 19th. Locations in Toronto and Calgary preceded our city’s store. (If you’re thinking “Calgary before Vancouver?!” you’re not alone. Apparently the Chinook Mall in Calgary is quite the hot spot.) Aprecursor to the public launch was a friends & family gathering on the night before. I was surprised to learn of such a low key opening for this coveted brand.
The store occupies 2 floors separated by type of product: the entrance level houses the latest clothing and accessories like gloves while merchandising in handbags. Up on the second floor you’ll find a beautifully ‘gold-plated’ handbag room with built-in shelving. According to Dress to Kill Magazine, “White-washed oak floors, gold leaf chandeliers and raffia walls serve as neutral backdrop for a one of a kind mix of furnishings in a vibrant palette – teal velvet sofas, seafoam taffeta drapes and green lacquer shelving.” Stepping into the shoe parlour, you’ll find a distinctly different feel: two face to face love seats anchor the room, creating an intimate shopping experience for the serious shopper. Row upon row of Reva ballet flats line the shoe section so you don’t have to worry about a lack of colour choices or running out of your size.
The one thing I narrowed it down to was the Robinson mini shoulder bag. Given that most handbags I have are black with gold detailing, I tried to stay away from that colour combo. And the next best thing was the one in “Luggage.” But when it came down to it, my friend convinced me that this was too “daytime” of a colour if my goal was to get an evening clutch. Oh well, back to black and gold?!
Whenever you get the chance to pass through Alberni Street (aka Affluent Alley), leave us a comment below of what you think of the new store!
By Miranda Sam