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Versace Home Opens 1st Flagship in the World in Vancouver

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The world’s first comprehensive Versace Home flagship has opened in Vancouver’s historical Gastown area. It’s the Italian luxury brand’s first location to feature its entire home collection, ranging from furniture to fixtures. 

Located at 310 West Cordova Street, Versace Home carries furniture as well as tiles, lighting, bathroom fixtures, bath accessories, porcelain, glassware, textiles, carpets, bedsheets, fabric, decorative pieces and wallpaper. The store occupies about 2,000 square feet of retail space in a building measuring about 3,000 square feet. According to SpaceList, 310 West Cordova features 16 to 18 foot ceilings, as well as exposed brick on both side walls. It has access to a courtyard at the rear, and there are four large parking garages within two blocks. 

Versace Home was founded in 1992, initially as a collection of textiles for the home (sheets, duvets, pillows and cushions). Soon after, it launched its first range of porcelain dinner sets – the result of the strong collaboration with Rosenthal GMBH. The Versace Home brand has since expanded to include the product categories mentioned above. 

Versace plans to open as many as five Canadian fashion stores within the next several years, according to a source familiar with the company. Versace expects its new Canadian locations to break even within a year of opening, and expects them to be profitable within two years. Currently, Canada’s only free-standing Versace store is located at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The 2,800 square foot location opened this summer. Versace’s current Vancouver location, which opened in 1987, is a licensed shop-in-store within multi-brand luxury retailer, Leone. Vancouver’s Versace carried the home collection up until a couple of years ago.  

Vancouver has a history of Versace store locations, besides its current boutique inside of Leone. In 1993, the company opened North America’s first Versus by Versace store, occupying about 2,500 square feet at the southwest corner of Burrard and West Georgia Streets. In 1995, a franchised Istante by Versace store opened at 769 Hornby Street, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. Both closed several years after opening. 

All photos were provided by Versace Home/Major Global Interior Inc.

 

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Craig Patterson
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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4 COMMENTS

    • Excellent Question, Emmy. Istante’s franchisee operated under the name ‘Zolé Fashion Group’, and we’re not exactly sure what happened to them. They spent a considerable amount of money creating three adjacent retail spaces on Hornby Street, generally lacking visibility. Zolé also operated its namesake monobrand boutique, as well as an adjacent Romeo Gigli store – a the time, the only North American Gigli location outside of Manhattan.

      As to Versus’ 1008 W. Georgia Street location – we’re not sure what prompted the business decision to close. It was soon replaced by leathergoods retailer Furla, which also subsequently shuttered.

  1. Wow. The merchandise appears as to be God-awful ugly as was promised when they first announced this. It will be interesting to see if Vancouver has a sufficient market of stupid tourists to support this venture.

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