Kate Spade Continues Canadian Store Expansion

Popular American fashion brand Kate Spade will open two west Greater Toronto Area locations this spring, including one which opened yesterday. Kate Spade will soon boast 10 full-priced Canadian stores as well as two outlets. 

Yesterday, Kate Spade opened a store at Mississauga’s Square One, in a new south expansion wing anchored by Harry Rosen and a 130,000 square foot Holt Renfrew (opening this summer). A recent City of Toronto application also shows that Kate Spade will open a store at CF Sherway Gardens in a space near Tiffany & Co. and Judith & Charles

Kate Spade’s first Canadian location opened in October of 2012 at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and its second location opened in May of 2013 at 138 Cumberland Street in Toronto’s Yorkville area. It now operates stores in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa. When the Square One and Sherway units open, the brand will boast five GTA stores. Kate Spade also operates outlet locations at the Toronto Premium Outlets, and the Outlet Collection at Niagara.

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 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

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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