The iconic British fashion house that made the world go hysterical with its recognized Haymarket check (aka. Burberry “classic check”), Gabardine trench coat (that Thomas Burberry invented and patented in 1888) and recently from the creative helm of Christopher Bailey‘s brilliant mind, a more refined and cutting edge image, is slated to finally open shop in Toronto.
Burberry in Toronto was only available through other retailers (Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen) and dictated by their respective buyers. Come this fall, all that will change. Burberry is slated to open 2 shops in Toronto, one in Yorkdale (where the mall was recently blessed with Tiffany & Co., Michael by Michael Kors and Coach) and the other on Bloor Street. We can tell you that the 2 shops will offer the usual Burberry London pieces (the collection with the checks) but we are very curious to know if the Bloor Street location will also offer the Burberry Prorsum collection (the “runway” collection)? These 2 shops in Toronto will mean more variety and personalized attention from Burberry. It’ll also be interesting to see how Holt Renfrew (the top retailer for Burberry in Canada; they carry most Burberry London pieces and are exclusive in carrying the Burberry Prorsum pieces in Canada) will react to the store openings. I predict that their Burberry clientele will eventually flock to the 2 shops based on offerings and exclusivity. We will post any new info on the 2 shops as they become available. But for now, the scheduled opening is, Fall 2009.
Now, if we can only get YSL in Toronto!