Kate Spade has opened its first West Coast store at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. The 2,000 square foot location is in the mall’s southern component, called Park Royal South, next to the mall’s new Michael Kors store.
Kate Spade plans to open stores Canada-wide, according to a source at the company. Its first location outside of the Toronto area opened in the spring of 2014 at West Edmonton Mall. Spade’s two Toronto stores include a 4,000 square foot unit at 138 Cumberland Street in the Yorkville area, as well as a 1,620 square foot location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Yorkdale’s Kate Spade has relocated to a space measuring 2,860 square feet, located in the mall’s luxury wing between Michael Kors and Versace. Spade also operates two Canadian outlet stores, at the Toronto Premium Outlets, and the Outlet Collection at Niagara.
West Vancouver’s Park Royal has seen substantial renovations to its southern portion, recently adding retailers such as Brown’s Shoes, Anthropologie, J. Crew, and others. In the fall of 2015, Quebec-based La Maison Simons will open a 105,000 square foot store in the mall. According to Park Royal Vice President, Rick Amantea, the north side will also see substantial renovations, including an upscale 45,000 square foot Loblaws City Market grocery store.
New York City-based Kate Spade is a popular mid-priced designer label that features handbags and accessories, women’s ready-to-wear, footwear, stationery and address books, fragrances, eyewear and a home collection. Given the company’s variety of offerings, it has become referred to as a ‘lifestyle accessories and fashion brand’. Kate Spade herself left the company in In 2006 when she sold her shares of the company to Neiman Marcus, relinquishing creative control. The Kate Spade brand is now owned by Kate Spade & Company.