French luxury brand Vilebrequin, known for its colourful swimwear and fashions for men and women, has opened its first Canadian storefront in Montreal’s affluent Westmount area.
The store is located at 4912 Sherbrooke Street in a 1,148 square foot space. Included is a range of swim styles for men, women, boys and girls as well as ready-to-wear, accessories and beach day essentials.
The store design is inspired by the vibrant azure and white hues of the Mediterranean Sea. The brand said in a statement that the colourful environment “brings its signature sense of laidback, seaside cool while hinting at the glamourous lifestyle of the French Riviera”.
The brand is known primarily for its pricey swimwear. Vilebrequin has expanded into fashions for men, women and kids including an assortment of fashion and accessories and even flip flops priced at $110 CAD according to the retailer’s website. The brand says that it celebrates “the art of carefree living in the sun all year long” and that it is focused on developing and implementing sustainable solutions, fabrics, and processes “that only make an impact on vacation, not on the ocean”.
The Westmount storefront is owned by franchisee Cheryl Glense, who has been a staple in Montreal and Westmount fashion for decades. Glense owns two high-end independent boutiques a block away from the new Vilebrequin store. That includes Courval Fine Lingerie which she recently acquired as well as the 40-year-old Ritsi women’s fashion boutique.
No other Vilebrequin stores are planned for Canada at this time.
Vilebrequin was founded in 1971 in Saint Tropez by Fred Prysquel, a photographer and sports automobile journalist and his wife Yvette, a fashion designer. Interestingly, Fred is colorblind and Yvette picks out all the colours. In 2012 the company was acquired by US-based G-III Apparel Group Ltd. The company has over 170 stores globally in 62 countries as well as distribution in multi-brand retailers.