For those of you who are still new to the Canadian luxury scene, here is a little tip - when buying brand new designer items, there is only three places to go: Nordstrom’s, Holt Renfrew, or Leone. To take the guessing out of the game, we’ve compiled all the necessary information you’ll need when shopping at each location. So, all there’s left for you to do now, is hop in your car and head straight for your store of choice and experience the best shopping of your life.
As the new kid on the block, Nordstrom’s has a lot to compete with when it comes to capturing customers attention. This is one of the American company’s first ventures onto Canadian soil, and they brought with them their best ally – their return policy. Nordstrom’s will take back almost any item bought either in stores or online, with no time limit to it or exceptions for worn items. Basically, that white $30 t-shirt you bought 3 years ago? Yeah, you can bring that one back for a full refund and spend it in one of the department store’s three on site eateries. Now, if that is not enough to convince you try the store out, that’s ok because there is much more from where that return policy came from. VIP services, reward points card, one-on-one sessions with personal shoppers, special events, 24-hours express services for emergencies (lost your luggage? last minute movie premier?), as well as free two-hour delivery service within Vancouver are just some of the options Nordstrom’s offers its shoppers. And that people, is how you make an entrance.
799 Robson st, Vancouver www.shop.nordstrom.com
Holt RenfrewSomeone was thinking of Holts when they coined the phrase “one stop shop” because to walk out of there looking fabulous, all you need is yourself and a couple of hours to spare. Start by dropping your car off at the Valet Parking handily available at the door, then head straight for the concierge desk to ask for directions to the beauty service section for an all-out make up session with some of the greatest products from the best brands out there. Once you’re looking your best, it’s time for your personalized styling session with one of Holt’s several amazing fashion consultants who will help you pick out an outfit for anything from a night out on the town to your best friend’s wedding. With over 177 years of proudly Canadian retail experience, hitting any of Holt Renfrew’s 10 cross country locations is sure to become an exceptional fashion experience.
737 Dunsmuir st, Vancouver www.holtrenfrew.com
Located in the gorgeous Sinclair Center and dab-smack in the middle of downtown Vancouver, Leone is one of the top high end fashion destinations in the city. Spanning over 25,000 square feet and catering to both women and men, it carries anything from J Brand to Versace and everything in between. Not to be outshone by either of the previous two stores, Leone has its own instore Italian bistro offering a variety of options when you’re ready for a quick shopping break. Their instore services are even more impressive with offers for free of charge basic alterations, knowledgeable personal shopping staff, hotel pick-up and delivery, and –if you’re prominent enough – the shutdown of the entire store which will allow you to roam their racks freely and uninterrupted. Not bad for a 28 year old store in little VanCity, huh?
757 West Hastings, Vancouver. www.leone.ca