Having emerged as Canada‘s most cashed-up city in recent years, living in Vancouver comes with plenty of perks if you have the means. The tidal wave of foreign capital comes with buying power, and this has reshaped the local retail landscape, especially in the top segment, turning the area around the previously dowdy Alberni Street in the heart of town into one of the most prestigious shopping arteries in North America. Hermès first arrived in Vancouver almost 25 years ago, and has relocated from modest premises one block down the road to a much larger 460 sqm. (4,951 sq.ft.) two-level space inside the landmark Burrard Building. Following extensive redevelopments, supervised by the iconic French fashion house’s longtime collaborator RDAI, the store has finally opened its doors to eager shoppers.
These days, Hermès flagship stores no longer look the same, and subtly embed elements inspired by local culture and nature. Here on the Canadian West Coast, cues have been taken from the city’s skyline and mountains, and this translates into a moulded concrete white terrazzo façade asserts its height and resonates with a certain mineral quality. Inside, the emphasis on natural materials and tonal accords creates an airy ambiance that evokes the land and sea. The signature Hermès ex-libris marks the entrance, and on this floor shoppers will find jewellery and watches on one, side and fashion jewellery on the other, followed by the silk universe and a perfume discovery section.
The leather goods area faces the staircase, and flows into the equestrian collection, while the men’s universe has been given ample room towards the back. A staircase of wood and glass, adorned with a flying Pegasus by sculptor Christian Renonciat, leads to the upper floor where the homeware, tableware and wallpaper collections are presented, in addition to women’s apparel, accessories and shoes, and a private salon. In celebration of the opening, Hermès is pleased has released store exclusive merchandise inspired by Vancouver, such as roller skates celebrate the activity of the city, a triptych of Kelly bags inspired by the beautiful local landscape, and a limited-edition Twilly scarf.
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