Robert Menard; and Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy president and local philanthropist
Brian Jessel, Brian Jessel BMW owner; and Babita Kumari, real estate agent
Jamie Nordstrom, Full Line Stores president; Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Kathleen Bartels, VAG director; Bruce Munro Wright, VAG board of trustees chair; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and Chri
Jamie Nordstrom, Full Line Stores president; Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and Chris Wanlass, Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager
Natasha Sarai; and her husband, Jason Sarai, Style by Sarai CEO and gala co-chair
Lillian Hum, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation VP; and Leslie Diamond, philanthropist and co-founder of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre at VGH
Brandy Nordstrom; and her husband, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president
Sam Nordstrom; Erik Nordstrom, Nordstrom co-president; and his wife, Julie Nordstrom
Anne Gittinger, Nordstrom co-owner/shareholder; and her daughter, Susan Dunn
Tom Wells; his partner, Chris Wanlass, Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager; and Karen McKibbin, Nordstrom Canada president
Arden Krystal, Provincial Health Services Authority COO and EVP; Teri Nicholas, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO; and Leslie Arnold, Provincial Child Health VP and BCCHF director
David Podmore, Concert Properties Ltd. chairman and CEO and BCCHF chair; and his wife, Janice Podmore
Coco Rocha, model and Nordstrom Vancouver “We Like Your Style” campaign ambassador
Hamid Eshghi, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation president & director; and his wife, Arya Eshghi
Dennis Gocer, The Collective You creative director; and Jackie Kai Ellis, Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe owner and Nordstrom campaign ambassador
Gala co-chairs Judy Leung, Westbank senior executive; and Jill Krop, Global BC news director
Shay Merritt, JillianHarris.com managing editor; and Jillian Harris, Love It or List It Vancouver host, interior decorator and gala co-chair
Isabelle Diamond, BCCHF board member and Order of BC recipient; and Teri Nicholas, BCCHF CEO
Dr. Jan Christilaw, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation president; Tamara Taggart, CTV News at 6 co-anchor; and Laurie Clarke, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation CEO
Jill Krop, gala co-chair; Judy Leung, gala co-chair; Jamie Nordstrom; Blake Nordstrom; David Podmore; Teri Nicholas; Erik Nordstrom; Leslie Arnold; Pete Nordstrom; Arden Krystal; and Chris Wanlass
Zachary Quinto, actor who plays Spock in the Star Trek films; and Sofia Boutella, actress. Both are in town filming Star Trek Beyond
Hamish Bowles, Vogue European editor-at-large; Olivia Kim, Nordstrom director of creative projects; Lisa Love, Vogue and Teen Vogue West Coast director; Camilla Belle, actress; Peter Nordstrom; and Karolina Kurkova
Nordstrom Pacific Centre store manager Chris Wanlass addresses the crowd
Camilla Belle, Karolina Kurkova, artist James Conran and his wife, Coco Rocha, Teddy Charles, Zachary Quinto and Sofia Boutella watch the fashion show
Local businessman/philanthropist Jimmy Pattison and his wife, Mary, were spotted in the front row
The sold-out Nordstrom Pacific Centre grand opening gala and fashion show attracted more than 2,500 guests and raised over $420,000 for local charities to celebrate the launch of the 230,000-square-foot flagship store
Nordstrom Pacific Centre Grand Opening Gala & Fashion Show
Vancouver Art Gallery/Nordstrom Pacific Centre
September 16, 2015
More than 2,500 guests attended the sold-out fashion show and grand opening of the new 230,000-square-foot Nordstrom flagship store at Pacific Centre. A red carpet was rolled out as VIPs, celebrities and fourth-generation Nordstrom family members did interviews and posed for paparazzi upon entering the cocktail reception at the VAG. Stars included supermodels Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova, Amber Valletta, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and actress Camilla Belle.
The party continued in a transformed and tented Robson Square, which became a high-end-fashion runway as 38 models showcased 85 looks from top designers. Following the fashion show, the party moved across the street to Nordstrom Pacific Centre where models posed as mannequins, Sean Jones rocked the dance floor, DJ Leanne played upstairs, and food and drinks flowed freely. A gorgeous bistro overlooks Robson Square on the third floor while there is a permanent bar in the second-floor women's clothing section open year-round for weary shoppers.
Kathleen S. Bartels, Jillian Harris, Jill Krop, Judy Leung, Jason Sarai and Tamara Taggart were co-chairs for the gala which raised $420,000 for local charity organizations including BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Nordstrom is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 304 stores in 38 states, including 118 full-line stores in the United States and Canada; 178 Nordstrom Racks; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store plus online shopping through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook.