Nordstrom to Expand Designer ‘SPACE’ Concept in Canada this Fall

SPACE  at Nordstrom, Vancouver. Photo: Aurora Chan  of   Style by Fire .SPACE  at Nordstrom, Vancouver. Photo: Aurora Chan  of   Style by Fire .

SPACE at Nordstrom, Vancouver. Photo: Aurora Chan of Style by Fire.

Nordstrom will expand its designer ‘SPACE‘ concept into its next two Canadian stores this fall, following the opening of SPACE at Nordstrom’s Vancouver flagship in September of 2015. What’s remarkable is that Canada will soon be home to three of SPACE’s eight locations company-wide, and that Toronto will be the only city in the world with two of them. 

The concept, developed last year by former Opening Ceremony VP Olivia Kim (now Nordstrom’s vice president of creative projects), features a collection of emerging and otherwise unrepresented designers, often found only in smaller niche retailers. Designer brands carried at SPACE include Vetements, Simone Rocha, Roksanda, Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Ellery, Koché, Brother Vellies, Marques Almeida and Undercover, among others. 

Chicago Michigan Avenue flagship ' SPACE ' department. Photo: NordstromChicago Michigan Avenue flagship ' SPACE ' department. Photo: Nordstrom

Chicago Michigan Avenue flagship ‘SPACE‘ department. Photo: Nordstrom

Nordstrom will open SPACE departments in its CF Toronto Eaton Centre store (opening on September 16 of this year) as well as at its Yorkdale Shopping Centre location, opening on October 21.

Nordstrom will also launch SPACE at two American stores this fall, including at its Mall at Green Hills store in Nashville and at The Grove in Los Angeles.

In the fall of 2015, SPACE’s first four locations debuted at Nordstrom’s downtown flagships in Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and in Vancouver at CF Pacific Centre

For both of the Toronto Nordstrom store launches, SPACE departments will feature exclusive capsule collections by several Canadian designer brands.

Tickets are still available to Nordstrom’s Toronto store opening charity galas, with 100% of all proceeds going to several prominent charities. The CF Toronto Eaton Centre gala takes place on the evening of Wednesday, September 14, with the Yorkdale store opening gala following on the evening of Wednesday, October 19. For more information and to buy tickets, visit:

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: August 23, 2016

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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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