This Month in Luxury Lifestyle

Doing Luxury & Supercar Weekend Up Right! [PHOTOS]

Doing Luxury & Supercar Weekend Up Right! [PHOTOS]

Every September, this incredible event rolls up with a shimmery purr to the gates of Vancouver’s incomparable VanDusen Botanical Gardens and this year it unleashed the power of $250M in automotive excellence on the city’s four-wheel enthusiasts. The 9th Annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend featured […]

Dea Fortuna Tasting Event at Longtable Distillery & Urban Winery [PHOTOS]

Dea Fortuna Tasting Event at Longtable Distillery & Urban Winery [PHOTOS]

Vancouver-based members-only club Dea Fortuna ventured out for an exclusive tasting event that began at the city’s only small batch gin and spirits distillery. Long Table is Vancouver’s first micro-distillery co-founded in 2010 by head distillers Charles Tremewen and partner Rita. The Tremewen’s focus is […]

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018 [PHOTOS]

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018 [PHOTOS]

On August 23rd, the seventh edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver was celebrated with over 4,500 revelers in the shadow of a 30 foot replica of the Eiffel Tower, on the lush manicured grounds of VanDusen Botanical Garden. Once again, this year’s edition gave Vancouver a […]

‘Tiffany Save the Wild’ Jewelry Collection now in YVR

‘Tiffany Save the Wild’ Jewelry Collection now in YVR

Tiffany & Co. has unveiled its Tiffany Save the Wild Collection with brand new designs. The collection has expanded to include lions and rhinos in addition to elephants, all in support of the Wildlife Conservation Network and it’s innovative crisis funds to save endangered African wildlife. As part of Tiffany’s ongoing […]

OMEGA Releases the Perfect Addition to Canadian Tuxedo

OMEGA Releases the Perfect Addition to Canadian Tuxedo

The reissue of the original OMEGA Railmaster of 1957, fits in with fashion credo ‘what was old is new again’ and this world-class watch company is proudly paying tribute to its industrial past, with a new denim-inspired model. Although they are now a fashion item […]

Leisure Center Launches Café in Mini Garden Oasis

Leisure Center Launches Café in Mini Garden Oasis

The Leisure Center Café launched with a mid-day event where Co-Owner Mason Wu and Scott McKeown, Senior Event Manager, introduced the concept and, once again, apologized for no coffee being served (yet)! Yu’s explanation (for the lack of coffee) is that the vision for Leisure Center is […]

Laduree’s Chef Mickael de Monte Relocates to Vancouver from Paris

Laduree’s Chef Mickael de Monte Relocates to Vancouver from Paris

Upscale French bakery and sweets maker Laduree has expanded its offerings at its first two Canadian locations in Vancouver, courtesy of the new purposely built Pastry Laboratoire located in Burnaby. Chef Mickael de Monte, a Laduree International Pastry Chef relocated from Paris to Vancouver to oversee the […]

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 […]


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.