Saks Fifth Avenue's first Canadian location has taken over much of the Hudson Bay Building at Yonge and Queen streets. Walking into its 169,000 square feet is just like entering a museum or gallery thanks to its open floor plan, bright lighting and selection of art pieces -- but at Saks, you're allowed to touch everything.
All three floors are souped up with only the most luxurious custom-made furniture, fixtures, lighting and artworks by talent from all of the world (including Toronto's own Moss & Lam , Unit Five and Avenue Road ).
Aged marble floors, hand-knotted Tibetan wool & silk rugs and an OLED sculpture programmed to perform a light show every hour are some of Saks' most notable design details.
Aside from looking obnoxiously shiny, Saks is stacked with fashion and beauty products from the highest of high profile designers. ChloĂŠ handbags, Maison Margiela sneakers, Acne leather jackets (my favourite style comes in pink), and every existing Tom Ford fragrance are among their extravagant stock.
They carry everything from designer sweatpants to evening gowns; running sneakers to glittery pumps. It's no surprise it took me a whopping two hours to see absolutely everything.
The basement level is home to the first of its kind Saks Food Hall by Pusateri's , 25,000 square feet of food and drink from all over the globe. Different stations adorn the space, including one dedicated to the glory of Nutella.
And, if any of this overwhelms you, the store has debuted Saks At Your Service - a new level of personalized service - in tandem with its Canadian launch. Personal shopping, made-to-measure, alterations, meals, beauty treatments and more can be enjoyed in extravagantly designed VIP suites (one suite includes a living room, bathroom and fitting room dazzled with silver leaf wallpaper).
Moreover, if store hours are inconvenient or you'd like to bring this service elsewhere, a Saks At Your Service Mercedes-Benz can travel throughout the region, delivering goods, bringing associates to your door or transporting you wherever you need to go. This is high end shopping that will like make the folks over at Holt Renfrew nervous.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.