Dior continues its Canadian expansion: opens 4th location

 Photo: Holt Renfrew

Photo: Holt Renfrew

Christian Dior's fourth Canadian boutique has opened within Holt Renfrew at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Featuring Dior's updated boutique design, the concession is modelled on the interior of the brand's Paris flagship. The shop carries primarily women's accessories, as there are currently no Canadian Dior stores that carry women's ready-to-wear. That will change next winter, however, when Dior's first Canadian flagship opens at the Hotel Vancouver. A Toronto flagship is also anticipated. 

 Dior joins Holt Renfrew's concessions for Louis Vuitton (4,000 sq ft), Gucci, Chanel and Prada. Lease plan: Oxford Properties, published with permission.

Dior joins Holt Renfrew's concessions for Louis Vuitton (4,000 sq ft), Gucci, Chanel and Prada. Lease plan: Oxford Properties, published with permission.

Dior's other three Canadian boutiques are all shops-in-store concessions, within Holt Renfrew's Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto (Bloor Street) stores. Montreal's Dior concession recently renovated, despite the fact that it will close in 2017 when Holt Renfrew merges with an expanded Ogilvy store, two blocks south. Montreal's current Holt Renfrew store will close as a result. 

Dior's first Canadian flagship will open next winter at the Hotel Vancouver. The two-level boutique will carry Dior's women's and men's ready-to-wear collections, as well as accessories, children's wear and luxury features including a private shopping salon. We'll provide further details on Vancouver's Dior closer to its opening date. 

Dior is also shopping for flagship retail space on Toronto's Bloor Street West, and we'll update you when we learn of further details. 

There are 11 free-standing Dior women's ready-to-wear boutiques in 8 American cities (including 4 in Las Vegas), as well as 12 Dior accessory shops-in-store located within 9 Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 2 Bloomingdale's stores and 1 Nordstrom store. 

There's no word yet if Dior will open within Saks Fifth Avenue's new Canadian stores, the first of which is expected to open late next year

*banner photo: George Pimentle for dresstokillmagazine.com

CANADIAN RETAIL NEWS: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 (Updated Continuously)

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