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.