25 August 2017 0 Comments Posted By : Aileen Lalor, Westender

The secret life of Vancouver department stores

You know where you are with a beauty hall. It’s a large room – a hall, you might say – and it sells beauty products. Same goes for the men’s department, or the lingerie section. But department stores also have secret spaces, with names that give no clue to their purposes. They all sound the same, and they’re all a bit different, so we found out the lowdown, and now, we’re sharing it with you.

Holt Renfrew

The Apartment

This is Vancouver’s newest personal shopping suite, and its swankiest. At 1,200 sq ft it’s bigger than most downtown apartments and has its own kitchen, washroom, living and dining areas and a private wraparound patio. Reserved for top clients and visiting celebs, it will also be used for private events and trunk shows. The store also has seven smaller personal shopping suites, and another two in the men’s section. These are open to all customers, free, by appointment.

H Project

A collection focused on storied products, mostly with a sustainable, eco-friendly or charitable bent (the ‘H’ stands for Humanity, Health and Habitat). For 2017, Holts is honing in on Canadian talent, and products include the Binu Binu x Smythe five-piece soap set created by design duo Smythe, soap brand binu binu, and Haida artist Bernard Kerrigan.

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