This Month in Luxury Lifestyle

Sneak Peek of Kimberlite Diamonds NA Flagship [PHOTOS]

Sneak Peek of Kimberlite Diamonds NA Flagship [PHOTOS]

China’s Kimberlite Diamonds will open the doors of its North American flagship at 2828 South Granville on Friday – but who wants to wait for the official opening? EcoLuxLuv was granted a sneak peek of the elegant interiors, designed by Vancouver’s Cutler Design Consulting Ltd, and share […]

Herschel Creates Innovative Heritage with Flagship Launch

Herschel Creates Innovative Heritage with Flagship Launch

Vancouver-based lifestyle brand Herschel Supply Co. soft-opened its first North American flagship on the edge of the historic Gastown, steps from the high-traffic Seabus Terminal. The 5,000-square-foot space at 347 Water Street location is one of the rare retail spaces that have not been broken […]

Kimberlite Diamonds Bringing Diamond Jewelry Extravagance to South Granville

Kimberlite Diamonds Bringing Diamond Jewelry Extravagance to South Granville

Last fall, giant sky-scraping tiara’s twinkled at Vancouverites from the muddy sides of BC Transit buses and downtown billboards with ‘Kimberlite Diamonds Coming Soon.‘ A half a year has passed and not a peep. I wondered if somehow a luxury diamond company had opened with […]

Int’l Photographer Kristy Sparow Shoots 1st Arab Fashion Week

Int’l Photographer Kristy Sparow Shoots 1st Arab Fashion Week

Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Fashion Week was held at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton in mid-April and American Kristy Sparow was the only photographer on the runway. The Paris-based fashion photographer was hired by NOWFASHION to shoot on behalf of the Arab Fashion Council during Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Fashion Week. It was a request, but also […]

Dilawri Hosts 2nd Annual Ride & Drive Gala [PHOTOS]

Dilawri Hosts 2nd Annual Ride & Drive Gala [PHOTOS]

Brad Laviolette, Regional Marketing Manager of Dilawri Group of Companies knows of our city’s love of fast cars, living the luxury lifestyle, and his clients’ generosity when it comes to great causes. At the 2nd annual Ride & Drive Gala, presented by Allwest Insurance, Dilawri‘s guests […]

Whisky Wisemen Presents #BeWise 18 with Drew Green & Jill Earthy

Whisky Wisemen Presents #BeWise 18 with Drew Green & Jill Earthy

The Be Wise Whisky Festival hosted #BeWise18 of the Speakers Series at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Drew Green (CEO of Indochino) and Jill Earthy (CGO of FrontFundr) shared their stories and vision, brand ambassadors delivered a whole lot of whisky wisdom to an enthusiastic […]

All that Glitters is Jimmy Choo Gold

All that Glitters is Jimmy Choo Gold

Standing in a half circle outside 1035 Alberni Street, Vice President of Retail Baldo Larussa and members of the marketing team of Jimmy Choo, assess the boutiques’ interior presentation from the street. I see what they see – an abundance of sparkle and the golden […]

Couturier Andrew Gn Presents Luxury Trunk Show at Leisure Center

Couturier Andrew Gn Presents Luxury Trunk Show at Leisure Center

Internationally renowned couturier Andrew Gn presented a two-day trunk show in Vancouver’s most engaging retail space, Leisure Center. With a selection of over 150 pieces from his Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, PreFall 2018, and a limited amount from Fall/Winter 2018 (which debuted at Paris Fashion Week […]

Judith & Charles Leave Pacific Centre for Granville

Judith & Charles Leave Pacific Centre for Granville

Judith & Charles brought its unique client experience to a new and exciting downtown setting when they opened a new store at 640 Granville Street this week. Laid out over 2293-square-feet, the location opened on May 1st and reflects Granville’s distinct character and architectural elements.  […]

West Van’s Park Royal Welcomes Taiwanese Brand Douchanglee

West Van’s Park Royal Welcomes Taiwanese Brand Douchanglee

Taiwanese luxury fashion brand Douchanglee opened their first Canadian location at West Vancouver’s Park Royal in April. Launched in 1995 by Dou Teng-huang and Zhang Li Yu-jing, the duo presented their first concept store in 2003. Canadian licensee Jack Wang invited media and VIP guests to a celebretory afternoon […]


Seen on the YVR Scene

All that Glitters is Jimmy Choo Gold

All that Glitters is Jimmy Choo Gold

Standing in a half circle outside 1035 Alberni Street, Vice President of Retail Baldo Larussa and members of the marketing team of Jimmy Choo, assess the boutiques’ interior presentation from the street. I see what they see – an abundance of sparkle and the golden glow is deliciously overwhelming.

Jimmy Choo, Baldo Larussa, Luxury Zone, Alberni Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancity, BC, YVR, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv, Luxury Lifestyle
Glowing gold exterior from Alberni Street | Image by Helen Siwak

In Vancouver, to oversee the finalizing of the location and attend a private VIP event later in the day, Larussa is welcoming and guides me through the boutique. The walls are woven gold fabric fronted with golden shelving, and strategic lighting created a shimmery world filled with shoes, shoes, and more shoes!

Jimmy Choo, Baldo Larussa, Luxury Zone, Alberni Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancity, BC, YVR, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv, Luxury Lifestyle

Jimmy Choo, Baldo Larussa, Luxury Zone, Alberni Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancity, BC, YVR, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv, Luxury Lifestyle
The selection of footwear and handbags against a backdrop of suede, mohair, and marble | Images by Helen Siwak

I always find it so thrilling to visit and photograph a new luxury boutique before the doors open to the public. To be engulfed in the brands’ design vision of colour and texture, to observe everything in its place before the background music is turned, and the excited voices of shoppers take over.

Jimmy Choo, Baldo Larussa, Luxury Zone, Alberni Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancity, BC, YVR, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv, Luxury Lifestyle
No chunky heels here! | Image by Helen Siwak

The 1,549-square-foot space, formerly occupied by Montreal’s m0851, is glittering with more crystal shoes and handbags than any Jimmy Choo location in the world. Why? Our west coast Asian luxury shoppers have an insatiable appetite for all that glitters.

Jimmy Choo, Baldo Larussa, Luxury Zone, Alberni Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancity, BC, YVR, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv, Luxury Lifestyle
The exquisiteness of The Cinderella Edit ‘Ari’ shoes takes your breath away | Image by Helen Siwak

In fact, the only pair of ready-made* ruby red Cinderella Edit ‘Ari’ heels available in North America, are on display for the soft opening the next morning, waiting for a real-life Princess to come and scoop them up.

* The Ari Line is one of Jimmy Choo’s made-to-order collections.