Italian Luxury Brand Furla Continues Canadian Store Expansion with 1st Vancouver Location: Interview


Share post:

Italian luxury brand Furla has expanded its footprint in the Canadian market with the opening of its third location in the country at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet retail complex at the Vancouver Airport.

Its first store opened October 2019 at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto then its second store was launched in October 2020 in the Toronto Premium Outlets retail mall in Halton Hills, Ontario.

Carole Teitelbaum, President of Halcyon Brands which operates the Furla brand in Canada, said it’s always been the company’s intention to take Furla nationally.

“With Toronto being our first foray into the market, we thought it was quite timely to now move out West. Vancouver is a very, very strong retail market. And this project in particular has a very high traffic component, particularly from the airport,” she said. “So as travel resumes we’ll only see that increase as well.

“There was also a demand for the brand out in Vancouver and we just thought in the climate it was really great timing.”

The Vancouver store is 1,500 square feet at the open air mall with a very bright and clean design that truly enhances the product.

“Customer reaction in the first few days has been phenomenal. We’re pulling the local clientele but as well pulling tourists and travelers from across Canada.”

The Vancouver store is the same square footage as the Yorkdale location but about double the size of the store in Halton Hills.

Halcyon, which is based in Montreal, was established in 2019. 

“We are very experienced in the Canadian market. I myself have brought in American brands and expanded them across the country and have a great passion for retail and opening retail shops here in Canada where we feel there’s white space. Furla is our first brand in this venture,” said Teitelbaum.

“We have a spectacular store in Yorkdale. Great location. Corner. We’re very, very pleased with that store. Then came the dreaded pandemic and things in Ontario were very difficult. We were closed probably in the last two years for about eight months due to government mandated closures but we’ve reopened in Yorkdale since July of 2021 and now we’ve just opened our third location in Vancouver which we’re very, very excited about.

“It’s another jewel in our crown.”

Furla at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet (Image: Furla)

Teitelbaum said notwithstanding the pandemic years the company is pleased with the results from the Toronto locations.

“Customer reaction has been extremely positive. We have a lot of Furla fans out there,” she said. “Furla is a premium luxury brand which sells handbags, designed and manufactured in Italy. They’re all proprietary designs from our design house in Milan and it’s a family owned business that was established 90 years ago. The head office is based in Bologna and the design and product development office is in Milan.

“The future is very cloudy right now in my crystal ball. But I really do foresee further growth for the brand (in Canada). Definitely. We just hope we have clear sailing as far as health and safety of Canadians and we no longer face restrictions in being able to conduct business and expand our brand across the country.

“What sets us apart in the marketplace is the Italian craftsmanship, the wonderful quality, price, the value quotient of the bags and that’s been really embraced by the Canadian consumer.”

Jeff Berkowitz of Aurora Realty Consultants is brokering lease deals for Furla as it opens this and other stores in Canada.

Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More From The Author



Subscribe to the Newsletter


* indicates required

Related articles

West Edmonton Mall Continues to Expand Luxury Retail with Addition of Moncler; Tiffany Marks 10 Years

Italian luxury brand Moncler is the latest to join the massive shopping centre with retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Gucci. The mall’s first luxury store, Tiffany & Co. is also marking 10 years. 

Canadian Consumers to Prioritize Brick-and-Mortar Retail into December [Report/Interview]

Electronics are among the top gifts, with moderate growth in the restaurant and grocery sectors expected while also noting a controlled promotional approach due to slowing inflation.

Salesforce’s Rob Garf Discusses Canadian Retailers’ Strategies Amidst Q3 E-commerce Slowdown [Report/Interview]

Garf discusses a report showing a 9% decline in Canadian e-commerce growth, indicating a consumer expectation for discounts in the upcoming months. He discusses a consumer shift and how retailers can address it.

Early Signs Point to a Strong Holiday Shopping Season in Canada Despite Economic Challenges

Reports indicate that last Saturday and Sunday saw the biggest surge in consumer spending so far, with predictions made as we head into December.

Specsavers Set to Reach 100 Canadian Locations in Early 2024, Expanding into New Markets [Interviews]

The eyewear retailer, which entered Canada in 2021, is rapidly expanding and looking to gain market share from established players.

Burton Snowboards Transforms Toronto Flagship for [ak] Collection as Brand Looks to Expand [Interview/Photos]

The high-performance AK collection is a new focus, with Burton planning to grow its retail presence in Canada with more stores in key markets.

Liz Rodbell Returns to Hudson’s Bay as President and CEO Following Sophia Hwang-Judiesch Departure 

Rodbell led Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor from 2013 to 2017, and she returns at a challenging time for HBC. 

Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket Adding Tenants as Area Sees Rapid Population Growth [Interview]

The super regional centre, considered the leader north of Toronto, is adding new retailers and concepts to attract consumers.

Lullaboo Nursery and Childcare Centre Expanding into Non-Traditional Locations Including Shopping Centres [Interview]

The company's CEO says that finding space is a challenge for the childcare concept, which is seeing significant demand from parents.

Gucci Opens Impressive Main Floor ‘World Of’ Boutique Concession at Holt Renfrew Calgary [Photos]

The approximately 4,000 square foot space houses the Italian luxury brand’s full collection for women and men. 

Lina’s Market Opens 1st Food Hall in Calgary [Interview/Photos]

The innovative space combines a grocery store, café, and food hall with nine diverse stations, introducing a fresh dining experience and contributing to the growing trend of European-style market halls in Canada.

PwC Survey Shows Canadians Ready to Boost Holiday Spending Despite Economic Challenges [Interview]

Canadian consumers are gearing up for a resilient holiday season, with a survey revealing an increase in holiday spending compared to the previous year — that includes a notable resurgence in in-store shopping, particularly among Gen X and Gen Z.