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Celine Exits Saks Fifth Avenue’s Downtown Toronto Flagship As Yorkdale Standalone Celine Store Opens 

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The accessory boutique space for LVMH-owned luxury brand Celine at Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Toronto (Queen Street/CF Toronto Eaton Centre) has shut to coincide with Celine’s opening of a standalone store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The closure of the downtown Toronto Saks Celine follows the brand’s exit from the fashion floor at Nordstrom Yorkdale last month

Prior to the pandemic, a Celine women’s fashion boutique on the third floor of Saks CF Toronto Eaton Centre also shut down, and the space is now occupied by Dolce & Gabbana. 

The Celine accessory space on the ground floor of Saks will be converted to a Balenciaga boutique according to a sales associate in the store. 

Celine was one of about a dozen shop-in-stores that opened on the main floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in February of 2016 — CF Toronto Eaton Centre was the first location for the luxury retailer in Canada with two other locations now operating at CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto and at CF Chinook Centre in Calgary. 

Former Celine accessory boutique on the main floor of Saks. Photo: Michael Muraz
Inside the former Celine accessory boutique at Saks in downtown Toronto — the space will be converted to a Balenciaga boutique. Photo: Craig Patterson on August 28, 2021

Other boutique spaces that have shut over the past two years at Saks CF Toronto Eaton Centre include two jewellery boutiques on the main floor — Boucheron shut its boutique prior to the pandemic and De Grisogono shut down several months ago. An Aesop beauty concession also closed its doors last year in the store. 

On the third floor of Saks, three of the original womenswear fashion boutiques have shut over the past two years and have been replaced with other brands. A space for Saint Laurent is now occupied by Balmain, the former Celine space is occupied by Dolce & Gabbana and the former Azzedine Alaia boutique is now occupied by Burberry. 

Article Author

Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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