Retail

Jun 18, 2018
Entry Level: A day in the life of swimwear maker Julia Church
Nathan Caddell

Julia Church launched her “swimwear brand for everyday women” in 2014, hoping its crowdfunding campaign would hit $10,000. Nettle’s Tale raised more than $70,000. Church has since opened a flagship store in Vancouver’s Gastown and sold thousands of swimsuits, posting...

Jun 12, 2018
Herschel Supply opens North American flagship in Vancouver
Felicity Stone

Herschel Supply’s new North American flagship, which opens on Saturday, June 16, at 347 Water Street in Gastown, will showcase the largest physical collection of the company’s products anywhere in the world. Lyndon Cormack, who founded the company with his brother...

May 29, 2018
5 B.C. brands that are making the case for sustainable fashion
Jessica Natale Woollard

When Vancouverite Sarah Stewart learned that the average American tosses away more than 30 kilograms of attire and textiles each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, she rolled up her sleeves and started researching the sustainability practices of various...

Apr 20, 2018
Watercooler: Price-fixing isn't what it used to be
Steve Burgess

Earlier this year, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. offered customers $25 gift cards as recompense for the grocery retailer’s part in a price-fixing scandal. The product involved was bread. This is not corny slang referring to the thing at the heart of...

Mar 5, 2018
Victoria's Secret: How the government city is attracting notable retail names
Jessica Natale Woollard

Last June hundreds of shoppers lined up along Lower Johnson Street in downtown Victoria, waiting for hours in the blistering heat, to attend the opening of John Fluevog Shoes. The new store, in American Apparel’s former space, was a homecoming...

Feb 5, 2018
Lululemon CEO Laurent Potdevin resigns
By the Editors

Vancouver-based clothing manufacturer Lululemon Athletica Inc. has announced in a statement that CEO Laurent Potdevin has resigned effective immediately for falling short of the company’s standards of conduct. Potdevin took over from the previous chief executive, Christine Day, four years ago. Lululemon...

Dec 20, 2017
Office Space: Custom suitmaker Indochino finds new digs tailor-made for its needs
Felicity Stone

Dean Handspiker, VP design for Indochino, is used to quick moves. When the Vancouver-based online custom menswear retailer opens a retail showroom—18 to date, eight in 2017 alone—the design team usually takes possession of the space on a Monday and...

Dec 20, 2017
Many Happy Returns: How B.C.’s Big Box Outlet Store keeps other retailers’ unwanted merchandise out of the landfill
Felicity Stone

For most retailers, sales peak in November and December, accounting for 20 per cent or more of annual revenue, according to the U.S.-based National Retail Federation. But for B.C.’s Big Box Outlet Store, Christmas arrives later. “The volume in January...

Nov 21, 2017
5 most popular biz books from the week of November 13 to 19
Munro’s Books

Best-selling business titles provided by Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria, B.C.

Nov 6, 2017
Retailers can’t see the way forward in online-dominated market
By the Editors

In the wake of the recent Sears Canada bankruptcy, it seems that every brick-and-mortar retailer is fighting to survive against the swell of online purchases that dominate the market. According to a new report from accounting and advisory firm Deloitte Canada, more than 60 per cent of retail executives know they...

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