Luxury New York City-based fashion brand Thom Browne will open its second standalone Canadian storefront this spring in downtown Vancouver. Thom Browne will replace a Versace store that opened at 745 Thurlow Street in December of 2015.
The new Thom Browne store will span about 1,875 square feet on one level in a retail space featuring an angled facade at the base of a newly-built office tower. A Brunello Cucinelli store is located next to the future Thom Browne and retailers directly across the street include Moncler, Saint Laurent, Prada, Off-White, Rolex, and Burberry.
The Vancouver Thom Browne store will feature the brand’s collections of fashions for men and women including ready-to-wear, bags, accessories, footwear, eyewear, and fragrances. The design is expected to be similar to the Thom Browne store which opened in November at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre — that store spans about 1,430 square feet and was the first standalone Thom Browne store to open in Canada. The Yorkdale Thom Browne store showcases marble inside and out with high ceilings and a mid-century office theme to its design.
David Wedemire and Stan Vyriotes DWSV Remax Ultimate Realty Inc. negotiated the Vancouver Thom Browne lease deal on behalf of the retailer, as well as the Toronto deal. QuadReal owns 745 Thurlow Street.
The downtown Vancouver Thom Browne store will be the fifth standalone location for the brand in North America. Besides the new Yorkdale location, three other Thom Browne stores exist in the United States: one in New York City at 100 Hudson Street, one at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa CA, and one at the Miami Design District in Miami.
Globally, Thom Brown operates 40 retail spaces including a mix of standalone stores and concessions in department stores. The majority of Thom Browne’s locations are in Asia.
In Vancouver, Thom Browne is also available at retailers including Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen (menswear), Roden Gray on Water Street, and The Room at Hudson’s Bay carries the women’s line in Vancouver (and Toronto) as well.
American fashion designer Thom Browne founded his brand in 2001 with made-to-measure menswear. His background prior to founding the clothing line included a position as a salesperson at Giorgio Armani in New York City before designing for Club Monaco. He was said to be instrumental in starting the trend of slim-fitting menswear with collections inspired by mid 20th century American style that included details such as grosgrain trim and short trousers shown with exposed ankles. His first line of ready-to-wear menswear launched in 2004 and he won several awards early on before launching womenswear for Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece label in 2007. The first women’s Thom Browne collection debuted in 2011.
Vancouver to Lose Versace after 34 Year Run
The Versace store at 745 Thurlow Street, which opened in December 2015, will shutter this month after about five years in operation. Prior to opening the Thurlow Street store, Versace had a presence in Vancouver since 1987 via a licensed boutique at multi-brand retailer Leone at 757 W. Hastings Street which we announced last year would be closing. Versace also partnered to open a Versace Home location on Cordova Street in Vancouver in 2014 and that store has also since closed.