Vancouver’s most popular shopping district is getting a facelift this year. Gone are several restaurants and boutiques on the North side of Robson Street’s 1000 block. In its place, a flagship, multi-storey Forever 21 store will open later this year. The sprawling HMV at the corner of Robson and Burrard Streets closed its doors just last week, and in that same week, the city’s first CB2 store opened a few blocks down.
This spring, another major U.S. retailer will be opening its first Vancouver outpost: J. Crew will open at 1088 Robson Street. This is the second J. Crew boutique in Canada (the first opened in Toronto last fall), and the year will see two more boutiques moving into Canada (one in Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall, and a second Toronto boutique in Eaton Centre).
For those unfamiliar with J. Crew, the American company started as a catalog clothing brand in 1983 before opening its first flagship store in New York six years later. Today, the brand—which carries men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, as well as shoes, bags, jewelry, and wedding collections—has retail outlets across the U.S., and ships online items to Canada and Japan.
The Vancouver J. Crew location will carry items from both the men’s and women’s collections. Known for its preppy, modern American style and quality tailoring, J. Crew’s women’s collection includes Italian cashmere cardigans and sweaters (starting at around $200), dresses for all occasions (starting at around $80), outerwear from $115, shoes from $114, and more. Look for updated classics, like the Icon trench coat ($344), the perfect wool schoolboy blazer ($218), and fun and flirty spring dresses that work just as well at the office as they do for dates and weddings.
The men’s collection will include J. Crew’s popular Ludlow suit ($512 for the jacket, $225 for the pants), weekend denim (starting at $114), button-down cotton shirts ($74.50), and Italian cashmere sweaters (starting at $228).
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