Canada Goose has its first ever flagship inside of Yorkdale Mall. With an expanding selection of ultra high end brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Coach, over 19 million visitors a year walk through this mall, so this location makes sense for a luxury brand with international appeal. 35 employees are available to help shoppers in 13 languages including French and Japanese.
The store is 4000 square feet, with the sales floor on one side, and then beyond a little fireplace there's an area with baby clothes, accessories, and custom down-filled furniture made in Montreal's St-Henri neighbourhood by Montauk Sofa . The reception desk was carved from a single piece of British Columbia marble, and changing room benches, the same Ontario soft maple log.
Accessories include these watch caps made from merino wool ($55), and they have scarves made out of merino wool too ($125).
They also have ballcaps for warmer weather ($35). If you want to get a gift for someone from the Canada Goose store but aren't quite sure you can afford it, go for something like this.
Behind this accessories area, there's a towering display of Canada Goose's "archival pieces," which include a Toronto Police jacket and a Canadian Rangers Peacekeeper Parka. There's also their "Skreslet" style jacket, named for Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to ever summit Mt. Everest. Hers was pink, but you can own their lightest, warmest parka in another colour for $1050.
This is emblematic of the Canada Goose brand: walk in expecting to drop a chunk of change, but to get a down-filled coat you could climb a dang mountain in.
Also, some of the hoods on Canada Goose jackets like this Trillium parka ($900) are lined with real sustainably sourced coyote fur that never freezes or holds water, and naturally protects skin from frostbite.
This sweet aviator hat with a cool black Canada Goose label ($325) has coyote fur too.
Over 100 styles and 40 colours are always available, so if you're not a fan of red, you can try out the stylish Trillium parka in Algonquin green.
Each different coat also has a "TEI" or Thermal Experience Index that could be anywhere from "3" or "Fundamental" (made for -10 to -20 degrees celsius) to "5" or "Extreme" (field tested in -30 degree weather).
Photos by Hector Vasquez