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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Friday, April 20th, 2018

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Atelier Cologne Opens First Canadian Location
Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto has become home to Canada’s first Atelier Cologne location. The L’Oreal owned brand, which was founded in Paris in 2009 prides itself on being the first fragrance brand entirely dedicated to cologne. The scents are all considered to be unisex and come in other products such as candles, shower gels, body lotions and hand creams. This may be the first of many Canadian locations, as the company plans its global expansion.

 

Canadian Company Rudsak Expands into States
The luxury Canadian fashion company which now operates over 30 stores nationwide is expanding its presence in the US. The coveted outerwear and premium leather goods which were previously only wholesale in the States will now be available to American customers online at www.rudsak.com and at a brick and mortar location to be announced in the next 12 months. Rudsak, founded in 1994, is based on fusing style and functionality in their high-quality products such as the signature down coats and leather handbags.

 

Official Opening Date for MUJI Announced
The third Metro Vancouver location of this popular Japanese retailer is set to open on April 28th in CF Richmond Centre shopping mall. The new store will span across a 6355 sq. foot space. The Vancouver market has taken quite the liking to MUJI, creating the biggest store opening the company has ever seen at their Metrotown location. The unexpected success has accelerated their third store opening – arrive early to be one of the first 500 customers to receive a limited edition MUJI tote bag with the purchase of $20.00 or more!

 

New Chair of the School of Fashion at Ryerson University
Ben Barry has been announced as the new chair of the School of Fashion at Ryerson University in Toronto. Barry is known for his vast efforts and lobbying of inclusivity and diversity within the fashion industry. He became an assistant professor at Ryerson after graduating in 2012, then went on to become the director of The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change as well as director of the FCAD Design Network. His goal in his new position at the university, which begins in July is to teach young designers to not only be creative in their work, but sensitive to cultural and political beliefs and inclusive of age, race, and size in today’s fashion industry.  

 

Highlights from Coachella
– Beyoncé kills the crowd with a highly-anticipated performance topped with custom Balmain outfits
– Rihanna rocked looks planned months in advance, some straight from the runway, including a balaclava from the Fall 2018 Gucci Show
–  Jeremy Scott announces that Moschino is collaborating with H&M at his annual Coachella party
– This year it seems Coachella goers and celebrities alike are ditching the typical “festival girl” style for more adventurous and colourful outfits

 

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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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Fashion Jobs – Weekly Retail News Recap

Friday, January 26th, 2018

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Vancouver Nordstrom Hosts ‘The Force is Female’ Event with Nike. Last weekend, Nordstrom Pacific Centre in Vancouver hosted a Nike “The Force Is Female” customization event. The event gave customers three options of Nike’s classic Air Force 1 shoe to choose from: all white, all black or a Vancouver exclusive dip-dyed grey that customers were able customize with a wide selection of different colours and patterned sneaker felts, laces, stickers and that iconic Nike swoosh. “I think people really liked the creative and personal aspect of the whole thing” says Wilson Hui, a long-time employee of Nordstrom Vancouver. Alex Culos, another employee of Nordstrom’s shoe department was in for a busy few days. “All the appointments were filled prior to the event, so the traffic was always flowing. It was definitely a successful event”. Weekends are often busy in the Nike boutique but “The Force is Female” customization pulled in all types of sneaker-heads eager to create their dream shoe.

 

UNIQLO Announces Two More Vancouver Locations. Popular Japanese retailer, UNIQLO has announced the opening of two more locations in Metro Vancouver for later this year. Their second Greater Vancouver store will open on March 9th at Guilford Town Centre in Surrey followed by a third location at CF Richmond Centre sometime in the spring. Since the opening of UNIQLO in Metrotown, this core-classics clothing store has seen much success. According to Daily Hive Vancouver, the company is excited about expanding the brand to other locations after a large demand from Vancouverites. The two locations will be smaller in size than the first location, but will still carry UNIQLO’s most popular collections.

 

You have one weekend left to shop Kit and Ace’s outlet sale! The Gastown favourite is moving two doors down Water Street next month and to commemorate the move, they begun slashing prices last Wednesday, January 17th. A wide range of product is on sale, including everything from tops, sweaters, pants, dresses, swimwear and accessories. It’s a good time to stock up on staples that are made to look stylish while keeping comfort a priority. There’s still a few days left, so head down armed with cards in hand (the store is not accepting cash during the sale) and take advantage of these amazing prices while you can!

 

MUJI is opening its seventh Canadian location in Toronto’s Scarborough Town Centre in March. This East Coast store opening follows the two latest locations: Burnaby’s 7,770 square foot store that opened in Metrotown and August 2017, and a 14,507 square feet location on Vancouver’s popular Robson Street in December 2017. These were the first MUJI stores to enter the Greater Vancouver market and both locations have been attracting a large array of customers. Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods.” MUJI’s concept is to create minimalist style, high quality products including household goods, apparel and food. The simplicity of their brand is universally appealing and is predicted to continue to grow its success in Canadian retail.

 

Spring 2018 Couture season began in Paris began on Monday, January 22nd, bringing me back to my days as a Fashion Marketing student in Vancouver at Blanche Macdonald Centre. I have no doubt as it comes to a close; students from fashion schools across Canada are scouring Vogue Runway and studying the extravagant creations of their favourite designers. After three weeks of the men’s fashion shows, fashion takes a 360⁰ turn into a full swing of opulent, Oscar-worthy gowns designed and brought to life with impeccable precision and detail. We saw themes of cinched waists, sharp tailoring and delicate draping of layers prominent in many designers’ shows this year. It can be tough for students to fall back into the school schedule rhythm post-holidays (don’t I know it!) so if you find yourself needing a break from the projects, I promise you will lose yourself in the glamour of the pictures of Spring 2018 Couture.
 

By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay

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