Helen Siwak

Helen Siwak is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Communications, publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, and specializes in the Luxury Lifestyle niche. She is the West Coast Correspondent for Retail-Insider and has a vast freelance portfolio including Montecristo Magazine, Boulevard English & Chinese editions, and Indulge.

Online Luxury Accessory Re-Seller Modaselle Thrives by Offering IRL Experience

The former pure-play online retailer, carrying brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, is seeing tremendous growth by offering a unique tangible experience and innovative business model.

Canadian Fashion Brand ‘JAC by JC’ Announces 35 Stores in China Amid Explosive Growth

Part 2 on JAC by JC: The Canadian brand left Canada for China where it has seen incredible success, and now has plans to open stores in Canada as well as worldwide.

BRIEF: Sports Experts to Open Futuristic Flagship, Endy Gets Physical with Urban Barn

Other News: K-Swiss collab for Black History Month, Aldo partners with Addition Elle on new line, Fast Time Jewellery Repairs opens 1st inline store, Cadillac opens largest location in North America in Calgary, Ripndip pop-up coming to Vancouver, Saks flagship to see beauty hall reno.

BRIEF: Jean Machine Closes All Stores, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Men Lands in Canada

Other News: IQOS asks us to pick its new name, ethical Canadian outerwear brand goes after Canada Goose, mattress-in-a-box lands at Sleep Country, Holt Renfrew to open rooftop outdoor event space.

BRIEF: More Store Closures for Canada this Month, Colton’s Couture Opens 3rd Store

Other news: Foodtastic Plans Substantial Growth, Roti chain opens 4th location, Planet Fitness enters Alberta, IDS Toronto happening this week, subscription tights, Starbucks expanding ‘Reserve’ in Canada.

Iconic Canadian Brand ‘JAC by JC’ Sees Explosion of Success by Moving Operations to China

On assignment in Hangzhou, China, Retail Insider’s Helen Siwak explores the journey of the iconic Canadian brand as it relocates to ensure its survival. It’s been a success to say the least, with more than 100 retail stores and plans for world domination.

BRIEF: Pusateri’s Fine Foods to Close Store, Drake’s OVO Opens to Crowds in Vancouver

Other News: Cadillac Fairview Launches ‘Gift Wrap Valets’, Hanes Brings Sock Drive to Toronto, CBD Water Brand, Jeweller Mejuri Opens 1st US Showroom.

BRIEF: Sweet Jesus Ice Cream Sold to Yogen Früz Parent, Baskin-Robbins Opens 100th Location

Other News: Square One Innovates Digitally, South Edmonton Common Launches Power Centre Shuttle, Hunter Partners with Disney at Yorkdale.

BRIEF: Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Files for Creditor Protection, Jeff de Bruges Expansion

Other News: First Luxury Jewellery Startup to Go Public, UK Tire Brand Expands to Canada, Céla Pops-Up at Saks, Sherwood Park Mall Seeks Tenants.

BRIEF: Gucci Launches Home Furnishings Shop-in-Stores, Redevelopment at CF Richmond Centre

Other News: Bayview Village Getting 13,000 sq ft Spa, Haute Couturier Guo Pei Limited Edition Dolls, Palladio Jewellers Relocating, Club Monaco Partners with Reigning Champ, Hill Street Beverage Milestone, Parka-Insulated Lodge.

BRIEF: Uniqlo Completes Fall Expansion, Pet Store Expansion, Burton Opens 2nd Flagship

Other News: Indigo opens Robson Street flagship, Online fashion brand partners with Michelle Romanow, Young Living holds conference, Bloor Street Entertains, Hudson’s Bay/Saks unveil holiday windows to thousands.

BRIEF: MUJI Expanding, Boucheron Boutique, J.Crew Closing Stores

Other News: Oakridge to Launch Exhibit Ahead of Redevelopment, Cashmere Collection for Breast Cancer, WAXON Launches Laser Technology, Walmart Opens at Metrotown.

BRIEF: UNIQLO Continues Rapid Expansion, Wicker Emporium Chain to Close After 47 Years

Other News: Bonpoint Opens 1st Canadian Store, Luxury Brand MCM Opens Unique Nordstrom Boutiques, Unique Jeweller Makes Moves into Canada, Rentable Maternity Wear Debut, Vogue Launches Holt Renfrew Pop-Ups, Vancouver Clothing Brand Closes Down Business.

BRIEF: Le Creuset Expansion, SAQ to Open Luxury Liquor Location

Other News: Indochino Expanding into Halifax, DCNOY Hosts luxury fashion presentation, Kensington Market Street Food product launch, The Ten Spot launches new line, Uniqlo Opens at Vaughan Mills.

BRIEF: Sephora Partners with Celebrity Make-up Artist, Nordstrom Rack Opens 4th Canadian Store

Other News: Mary Brown’s Announces 19 Locations, West Edmonton Mall Courts Chinese Visitors with AliPay and WeChat Pay, Montreal Startup Fashion Week Expands to Toronto, Ikea Launches Gigantic Vancouver Distribution Centre.

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