Luxury shopping will soon become more elite in Vancouver, British Columbia when Holt Renfrew adds an invitation-only 'Apartment' shopping concept – with its own rooftop terrace and party area to host private fittings – as part of a 40,000 square foot expansion of the flagship downtown department store. Customers can reserve private accommodations with guests to view all of the clothes in your size on models.
"People of Vancouver have great style and great fashion sense and this [kind of luxury] isn't new to them," according to company president Mark Derbyshire. "Our customers come in and say they were shopping in Selfridges or Harrods or Printemps or Lane Crawford and they want their hometown shop, us, to reflect that."
In addition to the 'Apartment' concept, the bigger store will include a branded menswear department with a separate entrance. The footwear, leather goods, jewellery sections will also have expanded footprints to boost upscale offerings. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016.