Fall Fashion 101: Meet the New Stores on Robson Street

J.Crew is now open at 1088 Robson Street. Photo credit: J.Crew

September means fall fashion. Vogue debuts its door stop fall fashion guide. Vancouver celebrates its first Fashion’s Night Out, Sept. 6, when retailers offer deep discounts for one glamourous night. Main St. hosts the autumn local designer show case Spend on Trend, Sept. 14-16. But more on those events later.

In this post, I’ll cover the latest store openings in Vancouver’s main shopping corridor: Robson Street. If you’re shopping in Vancouver, Robson Street is the favourite retail and strolling thoroughfare. It’s the second-most-expensive retail street in Canada after Toronto’s Bloor Street. Although some speculated that Vancouver’s retail corridor would shift, Robson Street has rallied with some exciting updates.

Even if you don’t need a first day of school outfit, there’s an irresistible urge to banish cut-offs and browse the richly-hued, new season window displays.

Here’s where to look.

As Vancouver prepares to celebrate its first Fashion’s Night Out, a sure sign of growing style scene, some big name retailers have opened doors on the Robson strip.

J.Crew, the prom queen/king of American classy, opened doors in late April at 1088 Robson Street. J.Crew does office appropriate and casual wear for guys and gals. According to this article, J.Crew aims to open as many as 25 stores across the country.

Camper, the Spanish shoe mega brand that proved orthopedic comfort can be stylish, opened this August at 1101 Robson. CB2 (furniture, not fashion) opened spacious digs at 1277 Robson this February, attracting a crowd with their mod furnishings.

Forever 21, where flick young folks enter and emerge hours later, clutching bulging yellow bags of inexpensive fashion, is set to open this September. If you feel like you’ve seen the “coming soon” sign up for ages, you’re right. They originally said April.

When HMV (the 35,000-square-foot, two level store at Robson and Burrard) closed, they left a gaping hole. But good news: The Vancouver Sun reports that Victoria’s Secret will set up a flagship store in the former HMV.  “After nearly a year of negotiations, the company will take possession in September, and is expected to open for business in May 2013.”

Nearby, the downtown Sears (701 Granville St.) is closing doors by October 31. Media buzz indicates upscale department store Nordstrom is moving in, bringing with it high end labels like Diane von Furstenberg and Jason Wu.


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