Roots on Vancouver's Robson Street reopens with Taiwanese flair

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      Vancouver’s Roots flagship store (1001 Robson Street) hosted a grand re-opening party on Tuesday (May 3).

      The fashion retail storefront celebrated its official reopening after major renovation plans were announced in early 2014.

      Situated in a prime location at the intersection of Robson and Burrard streets, several millions of dollars were spent to remodel its interior and exterior.

      Inspired by a “modern cabin” design, Roots on Robson showcases wood panelling, natural wood fixtures, as well as ample lighting.

      The interior of the renovated shop.
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      In addition to the Roots store's variety of iconic apparel, consumers will also be able to find the brand’s full line of leather goods and special products—including the new Mother Earth Collection.

      Not only is the lifestyle brand notable across Canada, but it has also garnered significant success in Asia—particularly Taiwan (Republic of China).

      Roots is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Asian island nation, and there are almost as many Roots stores in Taiwan (107) as there are in Canada (110).


      The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver press-division director Vivian Li-Mei Lee and director-general Tom Chih-Chiang Lee enjoyed the festivities.
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      Several Taiwanese dignitaries were present at the Roots on Robson store event, including Tom Chih-Chiang Lee, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver.

      The Vancouver flagship Roots store exhibits images of Taiwan’s prominent buildings, including Taipei 101. The grand reopening event also showcased Taiwanese food and beer.

      An image of Taiwan's prominent landmark, Taipei 101.
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      A marketing campaign was launched earlier this year, featuring Taiwan’s popular landmarks, as well as Canadian and Taiwanese models wearing the brand’s new spring collection.

      Scroll through the photos below for a look at the renovated Roots on Robson store.

      The company's full leather and special collections can be found at the store.
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      Leather goods at Roots on Robson.
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      Notable Taiwanese figures—as well as Acting Mayor Raymond Louie, Deputy Mayor Heather Deal and Burnaby Coun. Anne Kang—were present at the Roots grand reopening event.
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      Various images of Taiwan's landmarks are exhibited around the storefront.
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      Taiwanese restaurant Dinesty served up dumplings at the event.
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      Various Taiwanese beers were available for sample.
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      The renovated Roots on Robson boasts plenty of wooden features.
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