THE APARTMENT AND PERSONAL SHOPPING- HOLT RENFREW VANCOUVER
Vancouver- June 10, 2017 Holt, Renfrew & Co., Canada’s luxury specialty retailer since 1837 today raised the bar for retail experience, unveiling a new home for Personal Shopping. As part of Holt Renfrew’s commitment to revitalize and enhance its network of stores, this multi level enclave offers a bespoke experience for clients, whether in the new and expanded Personal Shopping Suites, or in its concept environment, The Apartment, a luxuriously appointed 1,200 square foot shopping and entertainment suite on the rooftop of the store.
About Holt Renfrew
Celebrating a 180-year heritage, Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an inspired shopping experience. Founded in 1837 as a modest hat shop, Holt Renfrew would soon become a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. In the 1930’s Holt Renfrew began to establish exclusive accounts with leading European designers, hosting Monsieur Christian Dior himself in 1947 as he launched his “New Look”. After many years of foreign ownership, Holt Renfrew was acquired in 1986 by W. Galen and the Hon. Hilary M. Weston. Under Weston ownership Holt Renfrew has become Canada’s destination for luxury retail. Visit us at www.holtrenfrew.com . Follow us on Twitter/Instagram at @Holtrenfrew and at Facebook.com/Holtrenfrew.
Holt Renfrew entered the Vancouver market in 1975. The current Vancouver flagship opened May 31, 2007. Approaching the 10th anniversary of the new store, the architects, New York based firm Janson Goldstein were commissioned to re-imagine the space, in a phased renovation, expanding and renovating all floors. The storewide project which will extend into mid-2018 has already seen the phase one opening of a 40,000 square foot annex; with stunning new shops for Louis Vuitton, David Yurman and Tiffany, and Holts Café (with interiors by Canadian design duo Yabu Pushelberg), and Holt Renfrew Men (September 2016) , an 8,000 square foot women’s shoe hall and Ladurée boutique and tea salon (February 2017).
Newly opened Personal Shopping suites span two floors and 6,000 square feet, with three suites and a reception area on the 2nd floor. A stunning glass staircase leads to an additional floor, boasting four more suites and The Apartment. Amenities within the space include private washrooms, two kitchenettes and full access to the food and beverage menus from Holts Café. Personal Shopping connects seamlessly to both floors via the passenger elevator to Holts Valet .
In addition to the seven suites and The Apartment, two additional Personal Shopping suites are located in Holt Renfrew Men, for a total of nine suites plus The Apartment in the Vancouver location.
The Apartment, the third of its kind in Canada (the concept was previously launched at Holt Renfrew’s Yorkdale and Square One stores), represents the ultimate in luxury experience. Residential in scale and design, The Apartment offers clients a private world of elegance, curated exclusives and private moments. The Apartment is a 1,200 square foot, sumptuously appointed space, complete with living room, dining area, expansive fitting room, private powder room, and even a wrap around outdoor patio, overlooking the cityscape of downtown Vancouver. The Apartment is a private space, reserved, by appointment for top clients of the store. I will also be home to unique events such as fine jewellery trunk shows and other curated experiences. The Apartment on occasion will serve as a private retreat for those requiring absolute privacy and the ability to shop in a discrete environment such as celebrities and other high profile individuals.
Décor and interior design concepts in both Personal Shopping and The Apartment speak to a chic, modernist sensibility, with custom chandeliers, custom furniture pieces and carpets. The palette is muted in tones of white, taupe, grey and espresso, with ample natural light flooding the space from the open staircase skylight. Designer furniture pieces were sourced from iconic designers Holly Hunt Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, B&B Italia and Toronto’s Avenue Road. Contemporary Artwork completes the space, with pieces by Kathryn Macnaughton, Yangyang Pan, Lizz Aston, Mia Weinberg, Jade Rude and Jonathan Severin.
Personal Shopping is a complimentary service at Holt Renfrew, available at all stores. In the Vancouver store, seven Personal Shoppers serve clients by appointments coordinated through Personal Shopping reception. Spacious suites accommodate extended appointments where a curated assortment is prepared in advance for the client’s review based on needs and preferences. Walk in clients are welcome and accommodated when scheduling permits.
Soon to be revealed future phases of the Holt Renfrew renovation and expansion include the redesigned women’s and contemporary floor in mid July and the launch of a stunning new home for beauty, a 12,000 square foot Beauty Hall on the lower level in late July.