Inside Moncler's Vancouver boutique — Photo courtesy of Moncler Boutique
It's no secret that the right clothing makes winter weather not only bearable, but downright enjoyable. If you can look good while braving a snowstorm or hitting the slopes, it's even better. As luck would have it, Vancouver's "Luxury Zone" has recently received a new addition and with cold weather here, the timing of Moncler Boutique couldn't be better.
Luxury brand, Moncler brings high-end clothing, jackets and coats to Vancouver and is calling The Carlyle building home. Neighboring Moncler is Tory Burch, DeBeers, Burberry, Christian Dior, and Escada to name just a few other well-known brands.
Though it's now headquartered in Italy, Moncler was founded at Monestier-de-Clermont, France, in 1952 by René Ramillon and André Vincent. An interesting tidbit about the company's history is that Ramillon and Vincent were tent and sleeping bag makers, which no doubt gave them insight into the importance of warmth and quality.
In 1954,, they designed their first down jacket. While their employees were the first to wear this style, Lionel Terray, a well-known mountaineer helped make it a popular choice for those who spent much time in the harsh winter weather.
Over the years, Moncler has worked with experts in the field to create their outerwear collections. Moncler's down coats couldn't be more suited for Vancouver as it seamlessly blends technical properties and warmth needed to brave snowcapped mountains and style for city living.
Having been Moncler's Creative Director, Remo Ruffini took over the company and became the Chairman and CEO in 2003, and revived the business. Today, Moncler has locations around the world and is a thriving luxury brand. This Vancouver store is the second location in Canada for Moncler – the first location can be found in Toronto's Yorkdale Mall.
While they may be best known for their outerwear, they also have a clothing line that's much sought after. The women's ready-to-wear couture collection was launched around the time Ruffini became CEO and is under the Moncler Gamme Rouge label. A few years later, Moncler Gamme Blue launched for men.
Some pieces from the women's collection — Photo courtesy of Moncler Boutique
Moncler's Vancouver boutique
Vancouverites can expect a solid selection of accessories, ready-to-wear couture collections and outerwear at the stunning Thurlow Street location. The pieces are beautiful, as is the space itself. Chêne fumé wood panelling and Grigio Carnico marble adorn the boutique that was designed by Gilles & Boissier, an architecture studio Moncler has worked with before.
This new boutique is sure to become one of the city's favored high-end boutiques.