European accessories brand Paul Hewitt has secured a bigger presence in the Canadian retail marketplace through a new partnership with Hudson’s Bay Co.
Paul Hewitt, which specializes in nautical-themed watches and bracelets for both men and women, will now offer its products through the TheBay.com.
Paul Hewitt Phreps Bracelet, US$59.90.
The accessories brand first arrived in Canada approximately a year ago, with distribution through a variety of small watch and jewellery retailers. The new partnership with one of Canada’s most prominent retailers is set to boost the brand’s visibility and sales considerably in the Canadian market.
Paul Hewitt Sailor Line Watch, US$199.00.
Paul Hewitt was founded in Northern Germany in 2009, and the brand aims to reflect that region’s maritime flair through its styles. The company strives to produce timeless pieces that are handmade with high quality materials.
Paul Hewitt North Bound Bracelet, US$69.90.
The accessories boast simple, minimalist designs, with a variety of colour and material options that allow shoppers to customize items to their individual tastes – a feature that has made the brand popular among millennial consumers.
Trendy jewellery chain Links of London is opening its first Canadian standalone boutique this week in the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The British jeweler, which is owned by global fashion powerhouse Folli Follie Group, has more than 100 retail locations around the world. In the Canadian market, it operates a handful of kiosks inside Holt Renfrew stores, as well as one that recently opened in Montreal’s downtown luxury department store Ogilvy.
Although Links of London started out specializing in cufflinks in 1990, it now offers jewellery of all kinds – including watches – and is perhaps best known for its collection of so-called ‘Sweetie’ charm bracelets.
Sweetie Charm Bracelet, $295.
Links of London has also become affiliated with Britain’s world-famous Wimbledon tennis tournament, offering a collection of playful and sporty jewellery dedicated to the annual event.
The new store, located next to Michael Kors on the third floor of the Toronto Eaton Centre, opens on June 16th.
A second standalone Canadian Links of London store is set to open soon at Sherway Gardens. Although the jeweller has already been operating a kiosk in Sherway’s Holt Renfrew location, that store is preparing to shut its doors to make way for a new, larger Holt Renfrew location at Square One Shopping Centre.
Start counting the hours. A U.S. retailer specializing in fashionable, brand name watches is preparing to open its first Canadian store at Vaughan Mills shopping centre.
Texas-based Watch Station International, which operates about 20 locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, is aiming to launch the new store on June 1st.
The Watch Station chain is owned by popular watch brand and retailer Fossil, Inc. In addition to Fossil’s own watches, the stores carry such brands as Michael Kors, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani, DKNY, Burberry and Diesel.
It will be nice to have a new destination for watches in the GTA. Aside from department stores like The Bay – where there are often too few staff members available to assist shoppers – there aren’t too many stores carrying a good selection of watch brands.
The new store at Vaughan Mills will be situated near the mall’s centre court.
Once it’s up and running, other locations could begin to appear in other Canadian cities, as the chain intends on expanding across the country.