Fifteen new (inter)national retailers landed in Vancouver in 2015, and the shopping scene has never been hotter. Click through to check them out

Fifteen new (inter)national retailers landed in Vancouver in 2015, and the shopping scene has never been hotter. Click through to check them out

Maska

Need a new party dress? This Montreal-based boutique is the place to get all your trendy statement pieces. At Maska, you’ll find Italian brands exclusive to Canada, plus each location offers a different assortment of styles, so you’re sure to stand out without needing to shop around.

Check out Maska at Oakridge Centre, South Granville or Park Royal

Wilfred
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Wilfred

Good news: there’s no need to go through an entire Aritzia store for Wilfred’s minimalist pieces when there are now free-standing Wilfred stores. Plus, the store is designed like an airy Parisian loft. And Paris is always a good idea, right?

Check out Wilfred at Pacific Centre and Robson Street

LXR & Co

LXR & Co

Everybody loves a little luxe for less, so what a bonus is it to have vintage luxury reseller LXR & Co located in the heart of downtown. Get great deals on Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and other “it bag” brands. Gotta love high fashion for a fraction.

Check out LXR & Co at Hudson’s Bay downtown

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

This irreverent British lifestyle brand captures the imagination with colour: find brush strokes and blooms all year round on Ted Baker’s popular full skirts. We’ll tip our hats to a fun pop of colour anytime during Vancouver’s rainy season, which is pretty much all the time.

Check out Ted Baker at Pacific Centre

AllSaints

AllSaints

Another British fashion retailer invades! Known for its biker leather jackets and grungy glamour, AllSaints has started offering a good selection of sinfully sexy separates, like classic men's dress shirts and sleek pencil skirts.

Check out AllSaints at Pacific Centre

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

The Kate Spade store is heaven for girly girls—think black-and-white stripes, pink flamingo prints, and vibrant colours painting everything from handbags to clothing. If their mantra were “put a bow on it,” we’d gladly oblige.

Check out Kate Spade at Pacific Centre and Park Royal

RYU
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RYU

In a health-conscious city like Vancouver, we’re always on the hunt for fitness apparel, but RYU (aka Respect Your Universe) isn’t typical workout gear. The style borders closer to edgy streetwear, and they offer the type of sweatpants you’ll actually want to be caught dead in.

Check out RYU in Kitsilano

Livify

Livify

If you want a booty like Beyoncé, Freddy pants are the non-surgical way to go. The Livify store on South Granville carries a great lineup of butt-lifting pants that feature curved bum seams and a silicone waistband to keep your best assets nice and lifted.

Check out Livify on South Granville

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Nordstrom entered with a bang, bringing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Anna Wintour, and Ivanka Trump within days of its grand opening. Aside from cool celebs and brands, it has everything else you need like a phone charging station, blow dry bar, shoe shine stations, and even a bar. Now try coming up with a reason to leave this store!

Check out Nordstrom at Pacific Centre

Simons
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Simons

This year we were blessed with not one, but two new department stores when Quebec-based Simons opened up at Park Royal. The family-owned company is known for supporting up-and-coming contemporary designers, but also check out their super affordable and stylish in-house brands like Icône, Contemporaine, and Twik.

Check out Simons at Park Royal

McArthurGlen Outlet, Richmond
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McArthurGlen Outlet, Richmond

Shoppers, rejoice! No longer will we need to face hour-long lineups when cross-border shopping. This year, the outlets came to us. Designer outlet, McArthurGlen, opened its first phase with stores such as Banana Republic, CK, and Coach offering deals up to 70 per cent off.

Check out McArthurGlen at YVR Airport

Dior
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Dior

Dior opened its first Canadian flagship store in Vancouver, with interior design inspired by the original Paris Avenue Montaigne store. The two-level boutique is your one-stop shop offering ready-to-wear, accessories, a shoe salon, and even a VIP selling and fitting room.

Check out Dior at Hotel Vancouver

Versace

Versace

Vancouver is home to Canada’s first Versace Home store and now home to the country’s second free-standing Versace store. The boutique offers the best of the Italian brand’s accessories: handbags, footwear, eyewear, and jewelry, and timepieces.

Check out Versace in downtown Vancouver

Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli

It takes one touch to fall in love with Brunello Cucinelli’s ultra-soft cashmere. Their jackets are only partly lined because the brand is so proud of their construction; they don’t want to hide any details. Plus, you’d want to have as much contact to cashmere to stay cozy. 

Check out Brunello Cucinelli in downtown Vancouver

Moncler
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Moncler

Moncler’s humble beginnings originate from quilted sleeping bags. Now, the French-Italian lifestyle brand is known as the luxury go-to for down jackets and sportswear. Perhaps not necessary for Vancouver’s temperate weather, but Moncler is definitely a great luxury option for cold Canadian winters.

Check out Moncler in downtown Vancouver