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BRIEF: UK Brand ‘Cath Kidston’ to Enter Canada, Michael Kors Opening Massive Montreal Flagship

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Cath Kidston Prepares to Enter Canadian Market

PHOTO: CATH KIDSTON VIA FACEBOOK

London UK-based lifestyle brand Cath Kidston is looking to enter Canada by opening stores, making it the latest international brand looking to enter the market. Cath Kidston sells a range of  moderately-priced ‘modern vintage’ designs including women’s and kid’s fashions as well as accessories and home goods. The brand is known particularly for its nostalgic floral patterns and its designer, Catherine Kidston, has also published several books. 

The Cath Kidston brand was founded in 1993 with a single store in London’s Holland Park area, selling hand-embroidered tea towels and brightly renovated furniture. The brand has seen remarkable success and now has more than 200 stores globally including in the UK, Ireland, Asian and the Middle East. Cath Kidston currently does not operate locations in the United States, which means Canada could see the first Cath Kidston location in North America. 

In Canada, Cath Kidston is working with brokerage Aurora Realty Consultants, and is seeking retail spaces in the 800 to 1,200 square foot range in large enclosed malls. This fall, Cath Kidston will open three pop-up retail locations in the Toronto Area.

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La Maison Simons Opens 1st Standalone Home Store

La Maison Simons PHOTO: CRAIG PATTERSON

Retail Insider was recently in Montreal and visited the first standalone home furnishings retail space for large-format fashion retailer La Maison Simons. The 4,800 square foot ‘Simons Maison’ is contained on the lower level of the 200,000 square foot Carrefour Industrielle Alliance complex at 977 Ste-Catherine Street West in downtown Montreal, which houses a multi-level La Maison Simons fashion flagship store upstairs from the new standalone home store. Designstead was behind the design of the new Simons home store. 

Simons relocated its homewares department as it expands other departments in its busy downtown Montreal flagship store, which is expected to see renovations. The store’s historical facade is already seeing updates including new awnings, updated lighting fixtures and revolving doors. The Carrefour Industrielle Alliance complex was formerly a Simpson’s department store which was built in 1928, and now houses Simons as well as a cinema, boutiques and restaurants that are connected to neighbouring shopping centres via underground walkways. 

LA MAISON SIMONS “MAISON” STORE PHOTO: CRAIG PATTERSON

Over the past seven years, La Maison Simons has been expanding its store operations nationally. In October of 2012 the retailer opened its first store outside of Quebec at West Edmonton Mall. Simons now operates stores in the metro regions of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. 

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