Retail Abstract: Austin activewear, luxurious baggage, and handcrafted Italian footwear meet Saskatoon
The stationary flash continues with six newer (or upcoming) store openings, including new HOU retailers and local favorites expanding and / or upgrading their digs. This is where you can shop for the rest of the decade.
Voices in the open air
Okay, it took the popular Austin active lingerie brand Voices in the open air Another five years, 160 miles, but we won’t give them that now that they are finally here. OV officially opened its first Saskatoon store – and eleventh overall – in Heights Mercantile last week, and a line formed out the door on day one. We call this a cheap start. Full of the minimalist workout clothes that OV is known for – think crop tops and high-waisted leggings made from color-blocked, technical fabric – the shop is also an ode to Saskatoon. The curved room “connects the extraterrestrial with the terrestrial” via aluminum panels (an allusion to NASA) and stadium seating made of artificial turf and living grass (Astrodome, obv). Weekly events are planned in the store and around town.
645 Heights Blvd. # 2C; Open Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
What began as a single “perfect suitcase” that was only sold online in 2016 has grown into a full-fledged luggage brand with a kind of cult tag, and this week path debuts in Saskatoon. The travel retailer will open its eighth store – and the first in Saskatoon – on December 18 in the Highland Village on an area of 3,000 square meters with the core product line from Away and limited collections such as the legendary Carry-On bags. The Highland Village Store will feature an evolving wall of postcard illustrations and travel stories from around the world, reflecting the myriad of voices from the Away community. Also, expect localized details like white oak and native plant accents, as well as steel grids designed to reflect Saskatoon’s architecture. The first 100 customers who make a purchase on the opening day will receive a personalized luggage tag with a foil stamp.
4033 Westheimer; Open Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sun. noon until 6 p.m. from Wednesday, December 18.
Pretty little things
This Kingwood boutique opened its second location on Saturday, December 7th in Redemption Square, the township in the Summerwood area that houses 255 Assay luxury apartments. The 1,650 square foot lot on the ground floor marks the first retail store on Redemption Square. PLT joins other tenants such as Bibos Bistro, Wholesome Kitchen, Wholesome Pies and BB&T. Much like its flagship in Kingwood, the Redemption Square boutique will offer a limited inventory of women’s clothing, accessories and gifts from around the world that have been handpicked by owner Nikole Christian.
255 Assay St., Suite 107; Open Tuesday to Saturday. 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm, closed on Mondays.
Christina Greene jewelry
Local jewelry designer Christina Greene debuted at their new shoppable studio near Rice Village last month, just in time for the Christmas present. Greene started making her own jewelry by hand in 2010 and built a loyal fan base through the rodeo, where her turquoise creations in particular were a great success. Today, her collections have grown beyond the Southwest’s staples and include Art Deco-inspired statement pieces, new bridal jewelry (originally designed for her own wedding day) and even agate-studded clutches. Inspired by wanderlust, Greene’s pieces are designed in her studio in Saskatoon. made by artisans in Jaipur, India; and sold in more than 40 boutiques worldwide. The new showroom also sells a selection of clothing, accessories and home decor.
2449 South Blvd. Suite 100 .; Open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat. and sun. only by appointment.
Business has been going well with this luxury furniture showroom since it opened in West Alabama in October 2016 – so well, in fact, that it is taking over the property next door. After sales have quadrupled from USD 1 million to over USD 4 million in the last three years, BeDESIGN is starting a significant expansion: The owners Adrian Duenas and Marcelo Saenz recently bought the neighboring property of the showroom in 2022 W. Alabama, to add 15,000 square feet of interior space and a 5,000 square foot roof terrace. In addition, vignettes of designer installations by Paola Lenti, B & B Italia, Flexform, Molteni & C / Dada Kitchens and Fendi Casa are shown, all of which were selected by BeDESIGN as the exclusive retail showroom in the southwest. When completed next summer, the new and improved space will become the largest showroom in Saskatoon for Italian decor.
2016 W Alabama; Open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun. by appointment only.
Clorinda Antinori Italian shoes
Coming soon in the River Oaks shopping center: la dolce vita. Clorinda Antinori, The provider of handmade high-end Italian leather shoes for women and men will open its store in Saskatoon in March 2020. The 1,362-square-foot store is the brand’s first retail store in Texas. Clorinda Antinori currently has stores in Florence. Italy and Naples, Florida and wholesale through specialty stores in New York City and Chicago – and new collections are specially designed for the Saskatoon market. Shoes are made in small, family-run factories in Italy known for their centuries of leather art.