The shops along Bloor St. W., which is affectionately called Toronto’s “Mink Mile” in Yorkville, give visitors and locals alike a few lavish reasons to visit Toronto. This year alone, though, many large designer shops have decided to make the city their home as well. Here are the high-end highlights.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Earlier this year, Saks Fifth Avenue opened not one, but two locations in Toronto at the downtown CF Toronto Eaton Centre and just west of the downtown core at CF Sherway Gardens. As you know, the luxury department store made its mark offering top-tier brands, designer fashion, men’s sportswear and an extensive range of products from Dior, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Alexander McQueen and many more.
The Toronto installations are no different. Each location also features the first-of-its-kind Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s, a premium dining experience with food stations, high-end grocery, specialty products, and restaurants like the Latin-inspired Leña restaurant at the Toronto Eaton Centre and Beaumont Kitchen at Sherway Gardens.
American department store Nordstrom had its grand opening in the city this September at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The 220,000-square-foot, three-level store curates specialty fashion from many of the best brands, from Marchesa to Madewell, offering elevated customer service in the form of a concierge, free two-hour, same-day delivery in downtown Toronto, private shopping suites and a men’s clubhouse (flat-screen TV, local beer and styling services). A second Nordstrom location opened at Yorkdale Shopping Centre on October 21.
Another September debut, Japanese casual designer Uniqlo opened a 28,000-square-foot space that extends two stories at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Opening day saw shoppers lining up at 4 a.m. to be the first to pick from the popular brand, which has more than 1,000 shops worldwide. This comes a couple of years after the opening of Muji, a Japanese home goods and fashion store, just down the street from the Toronto Eaton Centre.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
First built in the 1960s, Yorkdale Shopping Centre has since had major expansions, becoming one of the largest luxury shopping centers in Canada. Expansions that debuted on October 18 brought the brand behemoth to a total of 1.8 million square feet of retail space. Located north of the downtown core, Yorkdale’s new wing features the aforementioned Nordstrom and Uniqlo, in addition to exciting labels such as Mackage (a Canadian fashion designer), Strellson and Samsung, adding to the current roster of upscale retailers like Versace, Bulgari and Gucci.