Resort Wear Retailer Revelle Opens 3-Storey Storefront in Toronto’s Yorkville Area [Photos/Interview]

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Revelle, an international resort wear retailer, has opened a new three-storey boutique in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, featuring exclusive international designers from Australia and Europe.

Owner Raana Kalpakji was inspired by her world travels to open the retail store.

Raana Kalpakji

“I’ve spent my entire life traveling to some of the most gorgeous destinations around the world,” she said. “After moving to Toronto, I realized this city needed an abundance of colour and resort wear, and quickly moved to bring exclusive collections to Canada and the US.

“We carefully curate resort wear from some of the most sought-after international women-owned small and midsize brands from around the world including Australia and Europe. What sets us apart is the inspiration taken from traveling the world, which fuses together culturally unique styles ripe with bold and bright colours. Our resort wear includes dresses, sets, patterned silk shirts, and handbags, offered year-round, so customers can find destination and travel-inspired wear each season. 

Revelle Yorkville (Image: Ryan Emberley / Revelle)

“We truly believe ‘one must always be different’ – so we’ve curated Revelle to offer diverse yet flattering styles for every woman.”

Kalpakji grew up in different countries and was exposed to diverse cultures from which she took inspiration over the years. In May 2021, she founded Revelle in Washington, D.C.. After moving to Toronto in October 2021, she recognized a void in Toronto’s fashion market, and brought Revelle to the city with its new Yorkville boutique. 

“A woman’s taste tells her story. Revelle is not only my story, it’s every woman’s,” she said, adding the brand serves the North American market, offering shipping to the US and Canada daily. 

“Revelle has Canadian exclusivity to many of the international designers it carries, making it the one-stop-shop for intricate and unique contemporary resort wear in Toronto. Inspired by the theme of travel, Revelle’s Yorkville boutique immerses its visitors in a tropical shopping experience, blending fashion, art and entertainment with its second-floor event space and exclusive outdoor patio. Revelle also serves as a destination for content creators with its exclusive VIP content creation room on the third floor, providing a space for influencers to showcase Revelle’s unique pieces on social media, which currently is by invite only.

Revelle Yorkville (Image: Ryan Emberley / Revelle)

“I chose to house Revelle in Toronto after moving here in 2021 and recognizing a void in the market, which brought about an opportunity for bold and bright resort wear from international designers – many of which have Canadian exclusivity with us at Revelle.”  

Kalpakji said Yorkville is a neighbourhood known for unmatched fashion and retail and its clientele is drawn to Revelle’s offerings of stunning contemporary resort wear and accessories, ranging from $50 to $1,200. It seemed a fitting and complementary choice to the other respective businesses in the area, and she feels the brand can be successful with a unique personalized one-on-one shopping experience. 

“While Revelle is available across North America through its online e-commerce platform, we plan on expanding into the realm of digital fashion through the NFT marketplace in the future. There are more expansion opportunities we’re exploring as well – more to come on that soon,” she said. 

Revelle Yorkville (Image: Ryan Emberley / Revelle)

“The pandemic provided Revelle with the opportunity to create a fresh and unique experience for consumers eager to return to travel and experience events once again. Capitalizing on this opportunity, Revelle brings unique contemporary resort wear for these re-emerging occasions. It serves as the perfect destination to procure one’s wardrobe before vacationing.

“It’s important to stay resilient, especially as a business owner. Life after the pandemic presented opportunities and new beginnings for Revelle in Toronto, ones I wouldn’t know existed had we pivoted early on.”

Revelle offers new limited edition collections each month, launching new products in the store and the company’s e-commerce site. It ships daily to North America from the Toronto store, with designers including Hemant & Nandita, Rococo Sand, Mackenzie Mode, Isla & White, Fillyboo and one of a kind Mexican bag brand Baní.

The store is located at 129 Davenport Road.

Article Author

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.

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