Italian luxury brand Moncler will open its second free-standing Canadian location in Vancouver this fall. It will join other premium brands in the city's rapidly expanding 'Luxury Zone'. Its first Canadian store opened last summer.
Sources at Moncler confirm that the Vancouver store will be located within luxury retail complex 'The Carlyle', with Moncler's entrance facing Thurlow Street. Luxury brands in the same complex include De Beers and Tory Burch and later this year, Prada will open its Vancouver flagship in the The Carlyle's corner retail space.
Founded in Milan in 1952, Moncler is an apparel and lifestyle brand most known for its down jackets and sportswear. Moncler took its name from the abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, an Alpine town near Grenoble, France. In 2003, the brand was bought by the Italian entrepreneur Remo Ruffini. Although founded in Italy, Moncler’s flagship store is on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.
Moncler currently operates eight free-standing stores in the United States, including locations in Aspen CO, Atlanta, Bal Harbour FL, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Honolulu, New York City and Seattle.
Moncler's first free-standing Canadian store opened in the summer of 2014 at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The 2525 square foot boutique is located between Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo in the heart of the mall's 'luxury wing', alongside brands such as Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Versace, Ferragamo, Mulberry, Montblanc and others.
Various Canadian landlords have told us, off the record, that they have been in talks with Moncler to open stores. We'll update you as we learn of any completed deals.