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Isabel Marant for H&M

H&M x Isabel Marant-15

H&M’s latest designer collaboration is with French fashion darling Isabel Marant and Style by Fire was onsite yesterday, November 14th, for the launch date.  Not wanting to join the massive line-up and stampede of fashionistas bearing down on the Pacific Centre store at opening hour, I waited to test out the waters at about noon.  To my utter shock, there was no line-up and in fact from the outside, the store looked completely like business as usual.

Inside the store was a different story.  There was a definite sense of frenzy in the air with mostly 20-something women swarming around the designated Marant floor space.  Despite the bustle, my second utter shock was the fact there were still lots of good stock available for the taking.  I got a pretty thorough overview of the collection and nothing seemed sold out.  So this means good news for those of you who weren’t able to make it out yesterday – looks like it’s still definitely worth your while to head downtown and snag a piece of this highly coveted designer!

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Hot Fall Looks From Holt Renfrew at FLARE Magazine’s World Runway Tour

Holt Renfrew Fashion Show

Aurora & I had the opportunity to attend the FLARE Magazine World Runway Tour, and the fashions were fabulous! Looks from Holt Renfrew and Pacific Centre were shown on the runway. A full article will be updated in this post soon… we jus wanted to get the pics to you ASAP!

Pacific Centre Fashion Show

FLARE Magazine World Runway Tour Attendees

Photos by Aurora Chan

Words by Miranda Sam

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Pacific Centre Update in Photos

J. Crew in the house

 

Like I mentioned in January, J. Crew will be opening in PC. Not that I can afford a thing from that store, really… but it’s always exciting to see vibrant new brands take over lease spaces.

J. Crew poster

I kinda like those Chanel-y shoes though :)

 

Blue Ruby under renos

Let’s see what Blue Ruby, the accessories division of the Hill family,  shall soon unveil for us at Pacific Centre.

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J. Crew to open at Pacific Centre

J Crew

A little digging around reveals that J. Crew will be opening at Pacific Centre! In 2011 J. Crew was rumoured to open in PC, but instead chose the streets of Robson first, which opened earlier last year.

J. Crew logo

Anyone interested in a career at the American retailer? They’re looking for a Store Director and Associate Manager at the moment.

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DAVIDsTEA Opens in Pacific Centre

DAVIDsTEA Dec 2012

This comes as not entirely new, as many shoppers had experienced the Pacific Centre DAVIDsTEA location open before Christmas. I stopped by the store for the first time yesterday, and was experienced with what seemed like more of a lacklustre amount of product and merchandising.

Turns out that the store had almost been completely bought out, as associates started merchandising the top row with DAVIDsTEA take-away cups! I was so glad to have found one of two gift sets left for a friend’s belated Christmas/birthday party. Will definitely be back to experience the store in its full glory once they’re able to re-stock!

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David’s Tea to Open at Pacific Centre

It’s about time! I’m guessing that David’s Tea finally found an appropriate location in Pacific Centre, right across from Sephora on the Dunsmuir St side of the mall.

So we’ll be seeing them soon! Their customer service is always top-notch, products like tea cups and carry mugs are catered to their customer so well, and supplementary products like bottles of agave fit seamlessly into their selection. Oh yes, and their teas are so creatively yummy too!

Just one wish from this retail fanatic: please have some seating in store!

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Nordstrom to Open in Vancouver Spring 2015

Don’t hold your breath. According to Retail Insider, Nordstrom is slated to open at Pacific Centre in Spring 2015. I guess it’ll be cross border shopping til then. But for our fellow Torontonians, they will be getting Canada’s first Henri Bendel!

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AE & LB at PC: American Eagle and Little Burgundy Open

American Eagle opens at PC in the former MEXX space. It’s a little bittersweet as I used to l-o-v-e that European-chic brand.

As part of its store rebranding efforts, Aldo has swapped family-oriented Feet First/Globo to the multi-brand urban and casual shoe store, Little Burgundy. We’ll likely see more LB’s as to the surprise of many, prior to this one in PC there were only 2 locations: Robson and Metrotown.

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First International Splendid Store Arrives in PC

The first international Splendid retail store opened at Pacific Centre on July 28th, 2012, the 9th in total. It took only a quick one and a half months to construct, transforming the former Sterling Group shoe store into a Californian shopping oasis.

The odd times when a national fashion retailer decides to set up its first shop in Vancouver, I wonder why. But given LA and Vancouver share the same West Coast attitude toward lifestyle, it’s not hard to understand.

Store Manager Melissa Araujo says of our city, “The people from Vancouver are so laid back. They love yoga… And who takes the flag for being ecological, organic, and recyclable? It’s Vancouver. So that’s why we started here.” A big push came from the CFO, who’s actually from Vancouver.

What the brand all boils down to is the cotton and their lifelong quest to create the perfect tee. After 10 years in business, Splendid has narrowed down one of their blends perfectly: the 50% supima cotton and 50% modal (a type of rayon). It’s buttery-soft to the touch, light, and breathable.

Some of their best selling shirts that you’ll find at the front table feature cotton in the front panel, and modal in the back panel. Another free-flowing shirt had alternating transparent and opaque panels in its design that you can’t tell unless it’s on a body. Melissa is shown wearing the Double Pocket Long Sleeve in white ($120.00) and I thought it looked fabulous on her. It’s these casually understated details that make the product so appealing.

Items that are favourite staples you’ll find year round include the tanks, v-neck tees, and long sleeve tees in various solid colours. The solid stripes they’re known for show up in their fashion collections, which debuts a new collection monthly. So be sure to pop by the store often, as their merchandise changes constantly.

The men’s collection, which has been around for 5 years, offers cotton shorts that have an additional jersey lining on the inside. Seeing how dedicated they truly are to cotton, I can’t help but think that this company will do so well if they started a lingerie line specializing in bras with cotton lining, as opposed to what we find on the market: cotton bras with polyester lining.

Splendid is actually very actively eco-conscious, though it’s not something they’re public about. The store has live plants, a reclaimed wooden floor, tree stumps as seats, and sustainable lighting (more info to come later). Even in production, accessories are made from post-cutting fabric. So the scarf you see in store came from an act of salvaging materials: fun for us and friendly for the environment! “They just did it because that’s what they believe in. They’re not even thinking we can sell this as green marketing,” says Melissa.

Compared to their Californian peers next door, the store is a lot brighter and easier to shop. It’s got natural wood fixtures and a beachy feel that exudes effortless style. The only critique I have of the design is that although I love the Splendid branding and logo that frames the cash wrap, it also entirely blocks the vision to the fitting rooms, of which there are only two. Since stripes are used on the back wall, turning those into shelving that come out a cut-out in the wall would add instant visibility.

The entire line is also designed and produced in LA, Melissa, the self-proclaimed “cotton child from LA” tells me. She’s such the perfect fit for Splendid, having come from another cotton-based company. Hailing from Brazil and having studied fashion, she has such a passion for textiles that really shows when she talks about Splendid. Be sure to stop by the store soon and check out the brand yourself. Melissa and her wonderful staff are sure to take good care of you while they inform you more about Splendid.

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First Canadian Splendid Store Arrives July 27th

Another American retailer to make waves in Canada! The first Canadian Splendid location comes to Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver on July 27th.

The idea behind California-based Splendid is the quest to make the perfect tee in soft material. It’s been 10 years in the making which has resulted in a lifestyle brand of effortlessly chic styles for the whole family. You’ll find plenty of tees in a variety of colours and its signature stripes. Also expect to see also polos, maxi dresses, tanks, and other key pieces.

I’ve seen the brand at many department stores whenever I travel to the States, and have seen it often enough that I expect it to be in a store’s lineup. However, I’ve never tried anything on, so it’ll be exciting to see for myself how comfy these perfect t-shirts are.

Be sure to hit up the new store between August 3rd – 5th as there will be a weekend long celebration for its arrival. Stop by for summer sips and coveted chocolates from Thierry. As an extra bonus, with any purchase you can receive a limited edition super-soft beach towels.

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