Although Saks Fifth Avenue already is performing exceptionally-well at its just-launched Queen Street location, a first-of-its-kind foray into the Canadian market, Suburbanites can soon look forward to the even bigger and more fabulous Sherway Gardens location! The upscale retailer is set to open this Thursday over three shopping levels in the 138,706 square foot space. The top floor alone had 36 dressing rooms!
Balmain, Derek Lam, Thakoon, Marni, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Lanvin. These are just some of the high-end brands featured at Saks Fifth AvenueSherway and how it is determined to set itself aside in the Canadian fashion landscape are the risks it takes. Above this, Saks also will have offerings from their exclusive SFC Collection available too. Beauty, jewelry, handbags, sunglasses and accessories also are highlighted in addition to apparel and shoes.
Store Manager Michael Armstrong greeted an ultra-exclusive group of influencers today, giving us a chance to see what insiders are calling among the best Saks stores in the world at Sherway Gardens. Formerly of Holt Renfrew, Armstrong knew working for Saks Fifth Avenue was something he absolutely had to pursue after word got out that Saks would be launching in Canada back in 2013. After several rounds of extensive interviews which saw him flying to the U.S., including a car crash in a cab moments before a crucial go-see, he eventually would receive blessing from the President of Saks Fifth Avenue, beating-out almost 150 other candidates for the position.
The retailer makes its expansion north based on exceptional numbers indicating that Canadians are willing to shop Saks when it is the right product. Armstrong asks me, “Did you know that 80% of Canadians hold passports?”. Sales numbers showed that a significant number of Saks consumers were trekking to the U.S. to buy their unique and exclusive fashions.
He reveals what makes Canadian Saks Fifth Avenue stores different from its American counterparts is its intensive focus on service. Saksat your Service, they call it. Throughout the fashion haven, we see sculptures of Bellboys balancing layer upon layer of garment boxes. With 30+ personal shoppers (complete with individual bios) available as part of their Fifth Avenue Club, offering an exquisite and sophisticated private shopping experience to customers, Armstrong says “It doesn’t matter if you shop just once a year, the FAC is available to clientele of all types.”. We are given a tour of the Club’s impressive, spacious and cozy lounge, complete with a pantry. Colour tones are muted, contemporary, elegant, letting the customer shine. Customers also have the potential of getting customized alerts sent straight to them before stock are placed on display.
Let’s talk about dining. Oliver & Bonacini‘s legacy is well established in the City. Beaumont Kitchen, attached to the retail space offers fashionable dining all day long with West Coast flare by District Chef, Michael Hay.
Want something quicker? Pusateri’s Fine Foods have become synonymous with the best in the City. A Food Hall by the top-tier Grocer is almost ready to launch on Saks Sherway’s bottom floor complete with Sushi, Nutella Café, Greenhouse Juice, a Champagne, Prosciutto and Raw Bar … and then some!
Saks Fifth Avenue Sherway opens Thursday, February 25, 2016.
It is located at 25 West Mall in Toronto, operating 10 AM to 9 PM Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM to 9 PM Saturday and 11 AM TO 6 PM Sunday.