Black Goat Cashmere Opens Beautiful Government Street Store [Photos]

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Vancouver-based Black Goat Cashmere has opened a beautiful new store in Victoria, British Columbia. It’s the retailer’s fourth Canadian store location, and is located in a restored heritage building in a popular tourist zone. 

Located at 1008 Government Street, Black Goat Cashmere occupies 1,300 square feet of space in the historical Promis Block, built in 1905 and regarded as one of the most detailed examples of Edwardian renaissance architecture in Victoria. Designed by Hooper and Watkins Architects for Oscar Promis of San Jose, California, The Promis Block features a Government Street frontage of glazed bricks, molded terracotta decorative elements, recessed upper bay windows and cast iron columns. The building features facades on both Government Street and Langley Street, allowing for a unique retail floor plate with dual frontages. The building went through a comprehensive renovation which included a full seismic upgrade, prior to last week’s store opening. 

The store’s interior, designed by Black Goat Cashmere, is furnished with a mix of white wash and black waxed oak cabinets. Product (including sweaters, cardigans, dresses etc.) are neatly folded to display and showcase the brand’s range of colours, styles and textures. The wooden oak floors are partially covered with hand made wool rugs custom made for Black Goat Cashmere, the walls are decorated with mirrors, frames from the retailer’s photo-shoots and an antique safe behind the cash desk that was part of the original building.

Oberfeld Snowcap acted on behalf of Black Goat Cashmere in the lease deal for the 1008 Government Street space, and Colliers International represented the landlord. 

Black Goat Cashmere’s other three store locations include a downtown Vancouver store at 925 West Georgia Street in the city’s ‘Luxury Zone’, a second Vancouver location on Vancouver’s upscale South Granville strip (the company’s first, which opened in 2011), and a Toronto store which opened in the winter of 2015 at 131 Bloor Street West in ‘The Colonnade’, between Cartier and Agent Provocateur. 

Black Goat Cashmere’s products are designed in Vancouver and manufactured in Mongolia with the highest-quality cashmere. The company is vertically integrated, and sells a variety of cashmere products for men, women and children. Some garments have accents such as mother of pearl buttons and leather trim. The Mongolian cashmere used is from long strands, which are known for durability and high quality, according to CEO Robert Remy. 

*All photos were supplied, courtesy of Black Goat Cashmere.

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. 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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