Get in loser, we’re going shopping! Malls of Toronto are having a serious moment right now and, well, we’re just excited to have another excuse to shop. With winter coming, shopping outside on busy city streets is going to lose it’s curb appeal real quick, and it’s time to move our shopping dates inside. Thankfully malls in Toronto have been stepping up their game and are now delivering seriously #goals-worthy shopping experiences that make it more exciting than ever to hang out at the mall. From visiting a gigantic bedazzled Miu Miu handbag to stopping by the world’s first ever tech-focused scent bar, here are 5 major fashion and beauty openings in Toronto that you don’t want to miss this holiday season:
MIU MIU x MIULady The Stage
Ever wanted to see a larger-than-life version of a Miu Miu bag in person? Obviously the answer is yes, so head to Yorkdale asap because the restyled Miu Miu boutique located in Holt Renfrew is not only beautiful, but offers the best photo back drop of all time (the gigantic Miu Lady Bag) just for the holiday season. Not only is the new pop-up glam in every way but guests will learn the story behind this iconic handbag. Did we mention you can actually walk through the oversized handbag to watch short films playing inside? The Miu Miu x Miu Lady pop-up will be at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale now until November 15!
Square One has always been our favourite reason to visit Mississauga, and now we’ve got a new excuse to visit thanks to the opening of the new YSL Beauty pop-up. This 1100-square-foot shop features lip, face and fragrance products with exclusive first access to the latest limited edition must-haves. Customers can even create their own personalized lip wardrobe and enjoy complimentary custom engraving on every lipstick, fragrance or Touche Éclat you purchase. Hello, best gift idea ever, right? The YSL Beauty Pop-Up will be open at Square One now until December 31!
As one of the most talked about brands this year, Moose Knuckles has finally brought us a space of their own at Yorkdale Mall. The 2,750 square foot store represents a historic moment for the brand and gives customers access to the full range of the FW17 collection and new product categories such as footwear, bags, puffers, the Player’s Light—a new group of non-fur options, and styles that can’t be found anywhere else! Don’t worry, the Moose Knuckles store is open now and here to stay.
Iconic British heritage brand, Hunter Boots, is opening their first store in North America this month and it’s happening at (you guessed it) Yorkdale! As huge fans of this 161 year old brand (that’s worn by HM The Queen btw) we could not be more excited to shop in a all-Hunter-everything store for the first time. This new space will be showcasing their weatherproof outerwear, footwear and accessories from the Hunter Original and Hunter Field collections, alongside the full Hunter Kids range. The Hunter Boots store will open to the public on the afternoon of November 14th.
FUME SCENT LOUNGE
Prepare to experience perfume shopping in a way that’s never been done before and will seriously blow your mind. Coty, one of the largest beauty companies in the world, has introduced the first ever Fume Scent Lounge at Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale –the first of its kind in the entire world. This new concept brings a fragrance experience that’s beyond any other, and combines their unique scent technology to help inform the consumer on the spot. Large touch screens provide more information about every scent and unique non-spray “inhalers” allow you explore the more fragrances without overwhelming the senses. The Fume Scent Lounge is open now.
PS. Should you find yourself spent from shopping at Yorkdale Mall, be sure to check out the incredible new location of Restoration Hardware. Not only can you stop in for a drink and a snack at their stunning cafe, but there are so many giant couches within the four-storey retail space that you can easily take a rest (aka nap) without anyone noticing.
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)