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COS by H&M Opens 1st Canadian Location

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H&M‘s upscale fashion brand COS has opened its first Canadian location on Toronto’s ‘Mink Mile’, and a second location in downtown Montreal will open on October 9. Two other Toronto locations are said to be in the works as the brand expands into Canada.

COS, which stands for Collection of Style, launched in London in 2007. The brand’s price point is marginally higher than that of H&M, and it says that its designs are timeless, tactile, functional, classic and modern. Collections include fashions for women, men and children. 

PHOTO BY PAUL AMATO, TAKEN IN FRONT OF HOLT RENFREW MEN AT BELLAIR AND BLOOR. HARRY ROSEN FLAGSHIP AT FAR LEFT.
WOOD PANELING ON THE STORE’S EXTERIOR. PHOTO BY GREG

COS’s first Toronto location opens today at 85 Bloor Street West. Measuring 6,738 square feet, COS occupies space formerly tenanted by jeweller Tiffany & Co., which moved up the street into 150 Bloor Street West in September of 2013. CBRE broker Arlin Markowitz negotiated the Toronto COS deal. 

COS’s second Canadian store, measuring in excess of 4,000 square feet, opens on October 9 at 1310 Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest in Montreal. The space was most recently occupied by fashion retailer Le Chateau

Sources also say that COS was recently in negotiations for space at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre and at Toronto Eaton Centre. We cannot confirm if negotiations concluded for either location at this time. 

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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