ICYMI: 8 Retailers That Opened (and Some That Closed) in 2015

The Canadian shopping landscape saw some big changes this year, with long-awaited American and European imports setting up shop and some homegrown talents opening their first-ever boutiques

Tara MacInnis

FLR13_FASH_Stores9New: Christian Dior
Where:
Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver
The Scoop: Fresh-off-the-runway looks (grab Raf Simons’ romantic, scallop-edged final collection for the house before it’s gone) and seasonless baubles (the Mise en Dior earrings are a fave).

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NYX Full Throttle Lipstick, $10

New: Nyx Cosmetics
Where:
Queen Street West, Toronto; and Square One, Mississauga
The Scoop: Affordable full-colour pigments rival deluxe brands in performance, which explains why makeup artists hoard the brand’s glosses, blushes and eye palettes by the mittfull. See our fave picks here.

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COS Coat $450 (Photo: COS)

New: COS
Where:
Bloor Street West, Toronto; and Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
The Scoop: Well-crafted workwear—cocoon dresses, wide-legged trousers, crisp white shirts—for Scandi-style minimalists, from H&M’s sister brand.

MACKAGE bag, $550

New: Mackage
Where:
Carrefour Laval, Montreal
The Scoop: Designed-in-Canada carry-everywhere purses; sleek puffers that keep you warm without making you look like the Michelin Man.

FLR13_FASH_Stores4New: Marc Cain
Where:
Carrefour Laval, Montreal; Place Ste-Foy, Quebec City; and Chinook Centre, Calgary
The Scoop: European day-to-weekend essentials, like timeless cashmere coats and stylish yet comfy ankle boots.

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(Photo: Aesop)

New: Aesop
Where:
Queen Street West, Toronto; and Gastown, Vancouver
The Scoop: Botanical-rich Australian skincare, hair care and fragrance with a focus on antioxidants and high design. Toronto’s apothecary-style shop was designed by local architects Superkül to reflect the building’s industrial roots.

FLR13_FASH_Stores6New: Reiss
Where:
Eaton Centre, Toronto
The Scoop: British high-street favourite for both flattering daywear (Kate Middleton is a fan of its demure dresses with tailoring that hugs—rather than hides—curves) and party staples.

LONGCHAMP bag, $1,540

New: Longchamp
Where:
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto
The Scoop: Ready-to-wear (sumptuous leather outerwear, silk dresses), footwear and luggage alongside the French label’s ubiquitous handbags.

RIP: This wasn’t an easy year for every retailer in Canada—we’ll miss seeing Target, Mexx and Smart Set at the mall.

Up Next: Confirmed openings in 2016: luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue (and Saks Off 5th outlets for bargain hunters); Japanese basics juggernaut Uniqlo.

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