Dolce & Gabbana Set To Launch Canadian Store
“...Alaïa, Dior, Alexander McQueen...Oh, and always Dolce & Gabbana!” Suzanne Rogers says, listing the designers she buys on repeat. “You put on a Dolce dress and you instantly feel glamorous.” Rogers, the wife of Edward S. Rogers, deputy chairman of Rogers Communications (FLARE’s parent company), known for her adherence to a rigorously feminine silhouette, has to travel to New York to find the Sera collection demi-couture pieces of theirs she loves. Soon, she’ll be able to buy them down the hill from her house, when Dolce & Gabbana’s store—835 square metres of black glass, smoky mirrors, walnut wood and Bordeaux-velvet and damask-silk furniture—joins Burberry, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Holt Renfrew on Toronto's Bloor Street.
“Holt Renfrew’s Dolce & Gabbana customers are among the best-dressed in Canada,” says Pat Di Bratto, senior vice-president of buying and merchandising for Holt’s, the country’s previous sole source. She cites the dresses as being particularly beloved because, behind the artfully tailored nips and gathers, is some old-fashioned, disarmingly forgiving figure-flattery in action.