Upscale Montreal-based fashion brand Mackage has secured a retail space for its first Vancouver boutique. It will be the fourth standalone store for Mackage, which opened its first location near Montreal in the fall of 2015.
Mackage’s Vancouver store will open in the fall at CF Pacific Centre in a 1,358 square foot retail space most recently occupied by Montreal fashion brand Rudsak. Mackage will be strategically located between the mall’s busy Apple Store and H&M, and across from Harry Rosen, Siba Jewellers, Pomellato and Max Mara. Jeff Berkowitz of Aurora Realty Consultants represented Mackage in the deal with landlord Cadillac Fairview.
Mackage opened its first freestanding Canadian store in October of 2015 at CF Carrefour Laval, near Montreal, spanning 2,133 square feet. In the fall of 2016, two Toronto locations opened — a 1,840 square foot unit at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, followed shortly thereafter by a 2,600 square foot store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
Toronto-based Burdifilek designs Mackage’s stores, and it recently won the prestigious International Store of the Year award for its design of Mackage's Yorkdale location. Mackage boutique interiors are reminiscent of a ski chalet with wood beamed ceilings and wood floors.
Montreal-based Axxys Construction, also a sponsor of Retail Insider, has been involved in building Mackage stores, including the award-winning Yorkdale space.
Mackage is in a growth phase that could see it operate 25 stores in the next five years. The company has reportedly partnered with InterLuxe holdings to facilitate financing for the rapid expansion.
In October of this year, Mackage will open a pop-up in downtown Boston’s prestigious Copley Place. Though the lease ends in February of 2018, a report in WWD states that Mackage might look to make it permanent. Mackage is also looking to open in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is also looking to open a second Montreal location, according to the same report.
Founded in Montreal in 1999 by Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan, Mackage is known for its detailed, tailored outerwear in leather, down and wool for men and women. It also boasts a successful accessories business, including a line of handbags featuring a signature arrow embellishment. The company is part of fashion conglomerate APP Group, which also includes upscale clothing brand SOIA & KYO. In Canada, Mackage sells its products in a number of retailers including Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Aritzia, La Maison Simons and Mendocino, among others. It is also available in the United States at upscale retailers including Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
*Top Photo: Yorkdale store in October of 2016, taken by Craig Patterson prior to the opening of the mall's new Nordstrom-anchored wing.