CityMash.com - This winter 2017, Vancouver will see an onslaught of a few world-renowned fashion and clothing stores that will call Vancouver home. This is good news and bad news, but it’s mostly really, really, good news.
These new additions to the Vancouver fashion scene are only bad news if you already love these stores and the clothes are the secret weapons of your stylish mystique.
Come winter 2017, the days of having exclusive statement pieces from faraway retailers will be gone, because they’ll be here. So, the jig is up. Now everyone will have access to beautiful clothes that the international market already loves the world over. And, come springtime, everyone in Vancouver is going to be looking much more fashionable thanks to ready to ware fashion institutions like COS, MUJI and Uniqlo.
The London based and universally loved COS or “Collective of Style” will finally open its doors this winter in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. And in light of this year’s brutally cold winter, the timing couldn’t be better. The fashion house is like an upscale H&M as they’re owned by the same company, but what sets COS apart is that COS is higher quality and more high fashion minded.
The store will feature COS’s full collection of menswear and womenswear, plus their beautifully designed shoes, bags, jewelry – everything. And of course, all items will feature their signature sleek European lines on ready to wear pieces. COS has been the “go to” retailer across Europe and some parts of North America for those statement staple pieces that look like a million bucks but don’t cost it.
We can all agree that Europeans have a certain je nais sais quoi, so it’s no surprise that COS is a well loved European staple for the brand’s trademark modern, clean lines and neutral palette. However as of right now, there are only a three stores in Canada, which makes Vancouver’s Gastown location the fourth. Sartorialists will rejoice, but exactly when is TBD. But with COS’s abundance of high quality fashion forward styles at a fair price point, it’s not opening soon enough.
MUJI, the popular Japanese store for everything you need and could possibly ever want, is slated for an exclusive pop up event at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel from January 27 – February 28. This historical event is part of the Japan Unlayered exhibition that highlights Japanese architecture, design and unique culture. As such, MUJI will set up a pop up shop alongside the exhibition where you can find their signature products available for sale.
Lovers of beautiful design and minimalist yet functional home affects will fall head over heels for MUJI. They sell everything from clothes to skincare to stationary – and MUJI package their products in ways that will make you never want to shop anywhere else. Plus, with their artfully curated retail space, why would you?
MUJI has often been described as a sort of Japanese IKEA, but think small scale and with an enviable monochromatic palette. Seriously everything they sell is beautiful, and they sell everything. They’re well known for carefully designed household products that look like art but don’t cost a fortune.
MUJI is already a celebrated store across the globe and it’s practically a sin we don’t have a permanent outlet in Vancouver. But rumour has it, that’s about to change. There are whispers that MUJI is looking to open a store in Vancouver and will do so in 2017, so stay tuned for details. In the mean time, do yourself a favour and delight in the magic of MUJI at the pop up event. You won’t be disappointed.
Uniqlo is another Japanese staple, and word has it that the company is flirting with the idea of opening a store in Vancouver. With a store in Toronto, the next city for the expansion of Japanese minimalist must have’s is of course, Vancouver. There’s talk of a Uniqlo taking over the rotunda at Pacific Center and they would be a welcomed addition to Vancouver’s fashion scene.
Their unique brand of cheap chic has made Uniqlo a popular fashion outlet in Asia and Europe but it’s the quality of the clothes and fabrics that really make the brand stand out as the king of casual.
Like MUJI and COS, Uniqlo shirks trends for functionality and classics. Even their wall of socks is so brilliantly merchandized that you will catch yourself marveling at the beauty of socks. Socks.