Kartell Opens 1st Canadian Location [Photos and Video]

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Italian home furnishings retailer Kartell has opened its first Canadian location, in Montreal’s trendy Griffintown. A second Canadian store will follow soon after in Toronto, according to the company. 

Retail Insider’s Montreal correspondent Maxime Frechette visited the new Kartell store, providing photographs for this article as well as a video presentation of the new retail space. The 1,500 square foot Kartell store opened on Sunday at 1120 Wellington Street in Griffintown, alongside other home furnishing retailers such as EQ3, West ElmMitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Ligne Roset and others. Kartell features a front terrace that will be open from May to October, as well as an interior with soaring ceiling to display the store’s unique products.  

The company’s brick-and-mortar store strategy includes freestanding locations, as well as shop-in-stores within larger retailers. Kartell will utilize both, and will also soon launch a Canadian e-commerce site. 

Kartell was founded in 1949 and sells furniture, home furnishings, lighting and home accessories. The company collaborates with famous designers such as Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitlet to create pieces, which are often colourful and unique. Plastic is used in innovative ways in many designs. The company has over 130 freestanding stores, 250 shop-in-shops, and can be found in over 2,500 retailers in 130 countries worldwide. 

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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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  1. I love the video! Great retail concept, and I love the visuals and music. Please include more video content, this was terrific


    • Hello John,

      Kartell opened a pop-up shop-in-store at Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, in Toronto this week. The Kartell boutique is located on the concourse (basement) level of Holt’s, easily accessed from the smaller escalators that are part of the space that was formerly menswear/Polo, and is now cosmetics.

      We’ll write about it as part of a larger article discussing pop-up retail as a trend in Canada.




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