Craig Patterson

Swarovski Opens Unique One-of-a-Kind Canadian Concept Store on Bloor Street in Toronto [Photos]

Toronto is one of only a handful of cities globally to feature Swarovski’s new Instant Wonder concept store design. 

Louis Vuitton Opens Canada’s 2nd Men’s Ready-to-Wear Concession at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy in Montreal [Photos]

The luxury superbrand is growing its ready-to-wear presence in Canada in the country’s second-largest city, which will see even more clothing when a flagship Vuitton opens at Royalmount next year.

Pilgrim CEO Robert Hayes Discusses the Jeweller’s Expansion Plans in Canada: Video Interview

The discussion includes how Hayes brought the brand into the market, what makes it so popular, wholesale expansion, and what's in store for new locations in Canada including one at CF Toronto Eaton Centre opening in late June.

Jeweller Alan Anderson Discusses His Line, Atelier and Future Plans: Video Interview

Craig interviews Toronto-based jeweller Alan Anderson, who discuses how he got started in the jewellery industry, his new atelier on Jarvis Street, and future plans which will include the launch of a handbag line. They also discuss the recent Royal Coronation and jewellery seen on various attendees. 

Nordstrom Rack Stores in Canada Shuttered EOD Sunday as Nordstorm Stores Prepare to Close in June

The retailer’s off-price division ended its run in Canada after a multi-week liquidation via a receiver.

International Retailers and their Success in Canada: Interview with Randy Harris of Trendex

Craig and Randy Harris, President and Founder of Trendex North America, discuss the success of international retailers entering the Canadian market at a challenging time for the economy. That includes Nordstrom exiting Canada, and some success stories.

Women’s Fashion Brand Pink Martini Opens 2nd Storefront in Toronto’s Bloor West Village [Photos]

The brand started 16 years ago and is opening stores while growing its hundreds of wholesale accounts.

Retail Strategies Expands into Canada : Conversation with Jenn Gregory and Linda Farha

Craig has a discussion with Jenn Gregory and Linda Farha about consultancy Retail Strategies and its expansion into Canada. Jenn Gregory is President of Downtown Strategies at US-based Retail Strategies Group, and Linda Farha is Founder and head of Zenergy Communications in Toronto, as well as Chief Connector at pop-up go.

Large Food Hall to Open at CIBC Square in Downtown Toronto’s Financial District [Renderings]

The food hall in the Financial District will compete with others downtown at a time when many office workers are working remotely.

Alo Yoga Lands on Lululemon’s Home Turf with 1st Vancouver Store  

The US-based athleisure brand is looking to gain market share with a national store expansion that now includes Lululemon’s founding city.

Pop-Up Retail: INLAND Comes to Former Club Monaco Space on Bloor [Interview with Sarah Power]

Craig speaks with Sarah Power, Founder and Creative Director of INLAND, about the new Canadian designer marketplace launching later this week. The conversation also includes a discussion of experiential pop-up retail and its benefits.

AI and the Future of Retail: Discussion with Matt Crowell of GetInTheLoop

Craig speaks with Matt Crowell, Founder and CEO of GetintheLoop, about AI and its implications on malls and the retail industry as a whole. It's an interesting discussion on what the future of AI might look like as it becomes accessible to the public.

Fabricland Lands at Yonge & Bloor in Toronto [Photos]

Fast fashion shifts to slow fashion as Canada’s largest fabrics retailer opens in a prominent location at Yonge & Bloor, one of the most iconic retail corners in Canada.

What’s Happening in Bloor-Yorkville, Exit of Nordstrom from Canada and the Future of Luxury Retail: Interview with Ashkan Yousofpour

Craig and Ashkan, founder of St. Ash, discuss some of the challenges seen in Toronto's downtown luxury zone, the threat of Yorkdale, Nordstrom's exit from Canada and what's happening with Saks Fifth Avenue, and what's being seen with luxury retail in Paris and Milan.

Airport Retail Needs an Overhaul in Canada [Video Interview with Larry Leung]

Craig and Larry discuss retail at airports in Canada, including the need to improve the customer experience and offerings in terminals. Leung says airports are missing out on major opportunities to drive consumer sales to grow revenue.

Yorkdale Breaks Records as the Highest-Performing Shopping Centre in Canada [ICSC Study/Analysis] 

The luxury-heavy Toronto shopping centre saw higher sales per square foot sales last year than ever, while surpassing two billion dollars in sales for the first time.

Craig Pike Discusses How He Founded Craig’s Cookies and Plans for Expansion [Video Interview]

Craig Patterson sits down with Craig Pike of Craig's Cookies. They discuss how Pike got started, how the business grew into multiple stores, and how he’s planning to expand the business under a new franchise model. 

J.C. Williams Group on Zellers 2.0 [Video Interview]

Craig interviews the team at J.C. Williams Group, who share their experiences at the new Zellers 2.0 locations. The conversation includes what The Bay has done right with the first 25 Zellers shop-in-stores locations, as well as some concerns and what could be improved.

Toronto Designers Market Relocates Permanent Storefront to the Holt Renfrew Centre on Bloor Street from Parkdale [Interview/Photos]

The retailer was founded in 2015 and has a unique business model that supports Canadian designers.

Iconic Retail Space Comes Available at Yonge & Dundas on the Busiest Pedestrian Corner in Canada

The space previously occupied by Adidas at 10 Dundas Street East is available for lease with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure an iconic retail corner in downtown Toronto.

Record Price Obtained for Yorkville Retail Building Containing Isaia Flagship Store

The historic building’s record-breaking price per square foot indicates confidence in Bloor-Yorkville retail, according to CBRE’s Arlin Markowitz.

Mark Cohen, Former Sears Canada CEO, Discusses Why Nordstrom Failed in Canada [Video Interview]

Craig sits down with Mark Cohen, Director of Retail Studies at Columbia Business School and CEO of Sears Canada between 2001 and 2004. They discuss why Nordstrom failed in Canada, what might happen with the spaces as well as a revelation that HBC attempted to get Sears to acquire it twice during Cohen's tenure.

Inside Zellers 2.0 and its Newly Secured In-House Brand ‘Anko’ [Photos/Analysis]

The new Zellers stores at Hudson’s Bay launch tomorrow, featuring Kmart Australia-developed brand Anko which is expanding globally after seeing commercial success in that country.

Upscale US-Based Women’s Fashion Brand Veronica Beard Expands into Canada with 1st Store in Toronto

Another international brand has entered the Canadian market, spelling confidence in brick-and-mortar retail in this country.

Luxury Brand Concessions at Nordstrom in Canada Shutter Ahead of Retailer’s Exit

Several major brands leased space within Nordstrom stores and the boutique spaces shuttered over the weekend.
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