U.K.-based fashion brand Reiss has opened its second Toronto location at Sherway Gardens, and a recent ownership change for the chain suggests Canadians could soon see more Reiss stores across the country.
Reiss store at the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The upscale men’s and women’s clothing retailer, known for being a favourite brand of the Dutchess of Cambridge, made its Canadian debut in March with the opening of a store in the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The chain, founded by David Reiss in 1971, now has more than 160 locations in 15 countries.
In April, Reiss Holdings – the company that owns the retail chain – entered an agreement to sell a majority stake in the company to New York-based global private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC.
That transaction positions Reiss for further international growth, particularly in North America, Asia and Australia, with a goal of building Reiss “into a truly global fashion brand,” David Reiss said in a statement about the deal.
That could mean the new Toronto stores are just the beginning of a broader Canadian presence for the fashion brand.
Reiss is celebrating the launch of the new Sherway Gardens store with an opening party on Thursday, May 12, co-hosted by The Kit, complete with treats and drinks, and a chance to win a $1,500 Reiss wardrobe.
As the makeover of the Toronto Eaton Centre continues, new stores have been popping up at the mall continuously – including one new boutique which represents the first Canadian location of a prominent global brand.
Fashion chain Massimo Dutti opened a classy boutique on the third level of the busy downtown shopping hub on August 30, and the day before, members of the media got an exclusive sneak peek.
The classy store features both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. The merchandise is dressy and upscale, yet affordable, geared towards urban, contemporary and sophisticated professionals.
Massimo Dutti, founded in Spain in1985, began as a men’s fashion business. It was acquired by global fashion distribution house Inditex Group in 1991, and launched a women’s line soon after. The company now operates nearly 600 stores in 53 markets around the world.
The Toronto store is organized nicely. In both the men’s and women’s departments, the collections are divided into two lines: casual and formal. While there’s plenty of merchandise to peruse, it’s displayed in a way that’s easy to explore.
If you decide to check out the new boutique, be warned: you’ll be greeted by a large white horse statue at the front of the store. But don’t let that overshadow the plethora of fashionable finds that lie behind it.
Gentlemen, move aside. Your favourite Queen West clothing destination has a new collection, and it’s not for you.
Oliver Spencer Dartmouth Mac coat, $685.
British clothing brand Oliver Spencer has brought the designer’s women’s fall/winter 2011 collection to its flagship store at 962 Queen St. W. in Toronto.
The collection features eight pieces, including dresses, skirts, coats, jackets and shirts.
Similar to the menswear pieces that Oliver Spencer is well known for, the items in the women’s wear collection are crisply tailored and constructed with high-quality fabrics, but with a feminine twist.
Pieces in the high-end collection range from about $215 to more than $650. Wearable but elegant, I imagine the new collection will be warmly embraced by Toronto shoppers.
I particularly like the coats and jackets in the collection, which are simple but modern and beautifully tailored.