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Fashion Jobs – Weekly Retail News Recap

Friday, March 16th, 2018

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Asics Opens First Canadian Flagship
The Japanese athletic brand, widely recognized for their footwear has started global expansion by opening new flagship locations. Following the opening of a flagship in Manhattan in December, Canada is joining the Asics crew with a 4,400 square foot, two-level Asics store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Sports-geared brands are becoming more prominent on this popular Toronto Street. The new Asics store is surrounded by the likes of Lululemon, Adidas and Reigning Champ and will be joined by a new Mountain Equipment Co-op location later in 2018.


Canadian Beauty Brand Launches into Retail
Toronto-based beauty guru, Brittny Robins has teamed up with retail expert, Bonnie Brooks to launch her skincare brand, Flawless by Friday into retail. They will be participating in 14 different pop-ups across Canada this month in popular areas in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Since 2015, when Robins founded her beauty brand, Flawless by Friday has been sold in approximately 100 retailers across North America, but this will be the first time the brand is stepping out on its own. Flawless by Friday combines effective skin-care ingredients with the simplicity of use to create confidence and “flawless” looking skin.


The World Waves Goodbye to Hubert de Givenchy
A great loss was felt in the fashion world this past Saturday when legendary designer, Hubert de Givenchy passed away in his home at age 91. The founder of the iconic fashion house, Givenchy, was famous for his elegant designs, his quintessential take on the “little black dress” and his creations worn by his friend and muse, Audrey Hepburn. Who could forget Audrey’s classic on-screen wardrobe from films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face? People will continue to look at his respected masterpieces and career as inspiration for years to come.


Kit and Ace Decreases Store Count in Canada
After closing all of its international locations in spring 2017, Canadian brand Kit and Ace has decreased its store count to just six locations and one coffee shop. Vancouver-based Chip Wilson and wife Shannon Wilson, the family that also owns Lululemon, founded Kit and Ace in July 2014 and took on a fast-tracked expansion internationally, bringing the store count to more than 60 stores globally. In March of last year, that number decreased to 41 stores around the world and the announcement came a month later in April 2017 that only nine Kit and Ace stores would remain open. Since then, locations in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto have closed their doors as well. The six remaining stores are currently operating in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Oakville. 


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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay

Fashion Jobs – Weekly Retail News Recap

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Fashion News Update


We, Style Nine to Five launch our first Fashion Career Workshop March 24. Tickets on sale TOMORROW, March 10 at 10am PST. Here are a few details: Very limited seats – only 12! Our Founder Christie Lohr will share with you in two hours what you might learn attending fashion school (crash course!). She’s compressed everything she’s learned to get her to where she is today.


• What company do you want to work for? She’ll help make the intro.

• What’s the first step you should take?

• How to write a kick ass cover letter and resume to get you that interview.

• One-on-one time with her.

Visit this link tomorrow at 10am PST:


DVF Celebrates International Women’s Day
Diane Von Furstenberg kicked off a four-day, celebratory event in honour of International Women’s Day. The event began with a cocktail party at the DVF House in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, featuring multiple panels shining the light on women in charge. Guests such as Natasha Diggs, Chelsea Leyland, and Fran Lebowitz were present, joining in on customizing #InCharge T-shirts and listening to a diverse group of professional women speak. Diane Von Furstenberg herself was joined by psychotherapist Esther Perel, multidisciplinary artist Prune Nourry, model Paloma Elsesser and actor-writer Franchesca Ramsey to discuss what it means today to be a woman in charge. 


New Celine Accessory Boutique Unveiled
Competition between two of Vancouver’s biggest department stores heats up as Holt Renfrew unveils the new Celine accessory boutique. The Canadian luxury department store opened another leg of their long-running renovation when they opened the Granville Street facing boutique last week. Products are at street-level view, enticing customers to enter into the new architectural space. The Celine shop features sharp angled design and custom pieces made by FOS, the Danish artist including an eye-catching copper chandelier. Nordstrom was holding a strong edge on Celine customers since they were previously the only shop-in-store accessory boutique in Vancouver. My guess is loyal customers may be curious about this stunning new space.  


Judith and Charles Expand Street-Front Presence in Canada
The Montreal-based brand is opening two more standalone stores this spring. The first will be opening on April 1st in Montreal and will become both a flagship location as well as the first standalone store in the company’s home base. The second, expected to open in May will be replacing the former Ella Shoes store on Vancouver’s well-known Granville Street. Before 2014, Judith & Charles stores only operated out of large shopping centres, but since seeing success in venturing out with the first Kitsilano location, the company has been gradually moving away from malls to expand their street-front presence.  


Highlights from Paris Fashion Week
– This year, Paris Fashion Week had more female designers than ever showing collections. Women’s empowerment remained a huge influence throughout all the fashion weeks, and the momentum only continued in the “city of love”. Both female and male designers were vocal about the feminist movements whether it be through interviews or the designs they produced.  


– Chanel was once again a favourite among the PWF audience. Karl Lagerfeld continued his nature-themed sets with an above and beyond forest. Edwardian-style, long coats and classic Chanel tweed numbers with shimmering gold boots juxtaposed against a moss and leaf covered floor created an unforgettable atmosphere. 


– Maria Grazia Chiuri had what Anna Wintour herself is calling “her best collection so far”. Her set? Creatively splashed with 1960s magazines and protest art. Her clothing? An optimistic mixture of colour, detailed patchwork and slogans refurbished from the student protests of 1968 that still rang relevant today.  


– Newcomer Marine Serre impresses with her third collection, inspired by her “rollercoaster ride” of the few months at her own label. The collection, titled Manic Soul Machine, proved she’s in the game to stay.  


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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay