Luxurious Vancouver-based cashmere brand Black Goat Cashmere is continuing its store expansion with a new location in Victoria, British Columbia. The store will be at the heart of the city’s tourist zone in a remarkable heritage building, and is scheduled to open in May of this year.
Located at 1008 Government Street, Black Goat Cashmere will occupy 1,175 square feet of space in the Promis Block, an historical building constructed in 1905. The building is regarded as one of the most detailed examples of Edwardian renaissance architecture in downtown Victoria. It was designed by Hooper and Watkins Architects for Oscar Promis of San Jose, California, featuring a Government Street frontage of glazed bricks, molded terracotta decorative elements, recessed upper bay windows and cast iron columns.
One of the most distinctive elements of the Promis Block is the continuation of the building through the entire block with facades on both Government Street and Langley Street, allowing for a unique retail floor plate with dual frontages. The building went through a comprehensive renovation which included a full seismic upgrade, according to Black Goat.
Black Goat's products are designed in Vancouver and manufactured in Mongolia with the highest-quality cashmere. The company is vertically integrated, and sells a variety of cashmere products for men, women and children. Some garments have accents such as mother of pearl buttons and leather trim. The Mongolian cashmere used is from long strands, which are known for durability and high quality.
Black Goat Cashmere currently has three store locations: a downtown Vancouver store at 925 West Georgia Street in the city’s ‘Luxury Zone’, a second Vancouver location on Vancouver's tony South Granville strip (the company's first, which opened in 2011), and a Toronto store which opened in the winter of 2015 at The Colonnade at 131 Bloor Street West.