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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Friday, June 8th, 2018

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Maison Simons to Occupy Former Sears Space
Large retail spaces formerly occupied by Sears are starting to get scooped up. The latest announcement – Maison Simons will be settling into its new quarters at CF Fairview Pointe Claire in Montreal. This will be the French Canadian company’s 16th retail location. Maison Simons is excited about their expansion of physical spaces through Canada. President of the company, Peter Simons says, “As we continue to grow inside and outside of Quebec, we know that physical locations are a vital part of the retail experience and go hand-in-hand with the growing digital economy.” The two-level, 100,000 square foot store will be one of the first steps in a new project to build a city centre on Montreal’s West Island.

 

GRAIL Sneakers Opens in Vancouver
Vancouver has a thing for sneakers and the retail market is surely reflecting it. Granville Street is now home to GRAIL, a sneaker concept store involving an insane array of sneakers and streetwear. The 3100 square foot space will carry popular brands such as Nike, Puma, Adidas, Vans and New Balance as well as some more obscure global brands like Karhu, Colmar and Leather Crown. With an offering of approximately 350 different shoes, there’s a something for everyone. GRAIL considers sneakers a “mainstay in everyone’s wardrobe” and is staying on top of the growing trend of athleisure.

 

Remembering the Legendary Kate Spade
Sparkles floating in phone cases, animal shaped bags, necklaces with bright pink baubles, earrings with chandeliers of fringe, polka dot stationary and the iconic Sam bag – Kate Spade not only left behind her sparkling personality but her playful, extraordinary talents. The 55-year-old designer was found dead in her apartment in Manhattan Tuesday morning. As the fashion world mourns another loss and sends thoughts and love to the family and friends, we know we will always remember her unique style, her impactful designs and her bright smile.

 

Doublet Wins LVMH Prize
And the winner is…. Masayuki Ino of Doublet! The Tokyo-based designer tells Vogue after winning that he did not expect to win and is left feeling “a little shocked”. As the winner of the grand prize, Ino will receive a year of mentoring from the star-studded jury including the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, Jonathan Anderson, and Clare Waight Keller as well as €300,000 to grow his brand. His experimental and gender neutral designs were the right amount of stylish while impressing the judges with innovation and advanced textiles. As for now, the 38-year-old designer said he is going to focus on the basics – “just keep doing good design, and deliver it on time.”

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Friday, April 13th, 2018

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Off-White Joins Luxury Hub in Downtown Vancouver
Youth-focused, athleisure brand Off-White has opened its doors in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The two-story, 4300 square foot space is the second Canadian location, following a store opening in Toronto last year. Situated on “Eihu Lane” between Alberni Street and Robson Street, Off-White is surrounded by other high-end designer stores such as Moncler, Saint Laurent and Prada. The design concept of the store, created by Virgil Abloh himself perfectly mirrors the casual/luxury style of the clothing. Floors are mainly concrete with gold accent shelves and tables made of Italian marble slab sit on top of dishwasher crates, demonstrating the brand’s juxtaposition. The open concept space will also feature new art installations monthly, making every visit new and unique.  

 

Comme Des Garcons Launches Online Exclusive Brand
Adrian Joffe, CEO and creative director of the company announced the launch of their internet-based diffusion line, with the help of Rei Kawakubo who will be creating the website. This marks the 18th diffusion line for the unique Japanese design house and is expected to be just as successful if not more so than its predecessors such as Play, Noir, Homme and Plus. After launching the website, the new collection for men and women will be sold in six shops worldwide.  

 

Bensadoun Retail School Opens at McGill University
After receiving a 25 million dollar donation from Aldo Bensadoun, creator of major shoe empire, ALDO Shoes, McGill University in Montreal is launching a new program focused on the future of retail. The program will be offered at all different levels: BCom, Master’s, PhD and Executive and will provide students with the resources and tools to create a successful retail landscape. Bensadoun says in a brochure for the program: “I’m excited about the vision of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management to become a global center of excellence. We will be able to provide the next generation of retailers with innovative solutions for the industry’s transformation. As the consumer’s behaviour evolves, success in retail will depend largely on the integration of connected disciplines such as big data, artificial intelligence and neuroscience, and that’s what we’ll provide for our students”. The first intake of students will be for September 2018.  

 

Oomomo Planning Canadian Expansion
Following the opening in West Edmonton Mall last summer, Japanese “100-Yen” store, Oomomo plans to expand its Canadian presence in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The store’s vast inventory falls in to categories such as ceramics, beauty products, stationery, small electronics, cleaning supplies, kitchenware, organizers, gift wrapping and even snacks. A second Edmonton location has been confirmed and is expected to open at the end of the summer. These Japanese variety stores have already proved popular across the country and Oomomo could eventually open between 20-30 locations if the new stores continue these successful results.  

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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