Helen Siwak

Video Interview: Helen Siwak Discusses Luxury Retail in Canada Following Pandemic Slowdowns

Siwak talks about the importance of in-person shopping and activities for this sector of the market, how luxury has fared through the pandemic, what to watch for in the near future, and how brands are rethinking their PR these days.

Off-White Opens Unique Vancouver Pop-Up [Photos]

The luxury streetwear brand's pop-up is on one of the most interesting spaces in Canada.

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Fashion Marks Shift Amid Sustainability Movement

Luxury resale – buying and selling of preowned luxury goods – is a booming business that is fuelled by digital businesses that are also opening brick-and-mortar storefronts.

Poliform Furniture Launches Vancouver Flagship [Photos]

Located at 779 West Pender Street, in the former FedEx depot (closed 2017) and across from the popular Starbucks Reserve in CF Pacific Centre, Poliform Vancouver is in an ideal high-traffic location.

Canadian Furniture Retailer Leon’s Unveils Innovative Tech-Heavy Concept Store [Photos]

The first-of-its kind cutting-edge retail space will be used as a prototype for the chain as it embraces the future of experiential retail. Innovations allow visitors to see a vast assortment product not actually in the store by using augmented reality, video walls and touchscreens.

Innovative Canadian Company Creates Outerwear From Single-Use Plastic

The Montreal-based company aims to change the way apparel is manufactured after creating an innovative fabric made entirely from plastic waste.

Bell Canada Launches ‘Next-Gen’ Retail Experience Designed by Award-Winning Firm

The Canadian telecommunications giant has unveiled a high-end, next-generation store concept, that it will roll out nationally.

Upscale Australian Furniture Brand ‘King Living’ Opens 1st Canadian Location

The furniture retailer will mark its entry into Canada with a new storefront in an affluent area known for its pricey retail offerings.

Animal-Free Brand “Wuxly Movement” Seeks to Dominate Canadian Outerwear Market

Co-founders James Yurichuk and Anthony DeBartolo talk the company’s growth and plans to expand the brand’s wholesale distribution, including an innovative ‘trade-in program’ that has the Wuxly Movement going head-to-head with animal-based brands such as Canada Goose.

Designer Christopher Bates Launches at Nordstrom as Brand Expands Presence in Canada

We spoke to Mr. Bates about his plans for retail expansion in Canada, as well as expanding into a women’s line while streamline men’s wear and footwear.

IKEA Taps Virgil Abloh & Others to Design Limited Capsule Collection of Rugs Available in Canada

IKEA gets in on the collaboration game, launching a limited collection of rugs that can be a work of art or a workhorse in the home. The collection features work from designers like: Virgil Abloh, Chiaozza, and Seulgi Lee.

BRIEF: 2 Shoe Retailers Shutter in Yorkville, Simons Launching Private Label Collection

Hermes reveals orange hoarding for flagship in Vancouver, Duer Jeans launching Toronto storefront next month, Sleep Country Canada partners with Walmart for Bloom mattresses, controversy surrounds Vancouver Fashion Week.

Giorgio Armani’s ‘Armani/Casa’ Home Division Opens 1st Canadian Storefront [Photos]

The Italian luxury brand chose Vancouver for its fourth North American design showroom.

Online Luxury Accessory Re-Seller Modaselle Thrives by Offering IRL Experience

The former pure-play online retailer, carrying brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, is seeing tremendous growth by offering a unique tangible experience and innovative business model.

Canadian Fashion Brand ‘JAC by JC’ Announces 35 Stores in China Amid Explosive Growth

Part 2 on JAC by JC: The Canadian brand left Canada for China where it has seen incredible success, and now has plans to open stores in Canada as well as worldwide.

BRIEF: Sports Experts to Open Futuristic Flagship, Endy Gets Physical with Urban Barn

Other News: K-Swiss collab for Black History Month, Aldo partners with Addition Elle on new line, Fast Time Jewellery Repairs opens 1st inline store, Cadillac opens largest location in North America in Calgary, Ripndip pop-up coming to Vancouver, Saks flagship to see beauty hall reno.

BRIEF: Jean Machine Closes All Stores, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Men Lands in Canada

Other News: IQOS asks us to pick its new name, ethical Canadian outerwear brand goes after Canada Goose, mattress-in-a-box lands at Sleep Country, Holt Renfrew to open rooftop outdoor event space.

BRIEF: More Store Closures for Canada this Month, Colton’s Couture Opens 3rd Store

Other news: Foodtastic Plans Substantial Growth, Roti chain opens 4th location, Planet Fitness enters Alberta, IDS Toronto happening this week, subscription tights, Starbucks expanding ‘Reserve’ in Canada.

Iconic Canadian Brand ‘JAC by JC’ Sees Explosion of Success by Moving Operations to China

On assignment in Hangzhou, China, Retail Insider’s Helen Siwak explores the journey of the iconic Canadian brand as it relocates to ensure its survival. It’s been a success to say the least, with more than 100 retail stores and plans for world domination.

BRIEF: Pusateri’s Fine Foods to Close Store, Drake’s OVO Opens to Crowds in Vancouver

Other News: Cadillac Fairview Launches ‘Gift Wrap Valets’, Hanes Brings Sock Drive to Toronto, CBD Water Brand, Jeweller Mejuri Opens 1st US Showroom.

BRIEF: Sweet Jesus Ice Cream Sold to Yogen Früz Parent, Baskin-Robbins Opens 100th Location

Other News: Square One Innovates Digitally, South Edmonton Common Launches Power Centre Shuttle, Hunter Partners with Disney at Yorkdale.

BRIEF: Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Files for Creditor Protection, Jeff de Bruges Expansion

Other News: First Luxury Jewellery Startup to Go Public, UK Tire Brand Expands to Canada, Céla Pops-Up at Saks, Sherwood Park Mall Seeks Tenants.

BRIEF: Gucci Launches Home Furnishings Shop-in-Stores, Redevelopment at CF Richmond Centre

Other News: Bayview Village Getting 13,000 sq ft Spa, Haute Couturier Guo Pei Limited Edition Dolls, Palladio Jewellers Relocating, Club Monaco Partners with Reigning Champ, Hill Street Beverage Milestone, Parka-Insulated Lodge.

BRIEF: Uniqlo Completes Fall Expansion, Pet Store Expansion, Burton Opens 2nd Flagship

Other News: Indigo opens Robson Street flagship, Online fashion brand partners with Michelle Romanow, Young Living holds conference, Bloor Street Entertains, Hudson’s Bay/Saks unveil holiday windows to thousands.

BRIEF: MUJI Expanding, Boucheron Boutique, J.Crew Closing Stores

Other News: Oakridge to Launch Exhibit Ahead of Redevelopment, Cashmere Collection for Breast Cancer, WAXON Launches Laser Technology, Walmart Opens at Metrotown.
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