THE BEAUTY OF DESIGNING INTERIORS WITH HIGH END FASHION HOUSES
Interior design and fashion trends have always been intertwined, from colour schemes to prints and patterns, to overall style; many decor musts-have’s have been inspired by high end runway looks, and it continues to be a stellar way to transition personal style to the home.
Recently, some big names in the fashion world have become not only influencers, but destinations, for Vancouver’s interior design scene - and we are seeing everything from polished classics to the bold & brazen take over our city’s hottest looks for the home. In 2014 the highly publicized opening of the Verace Home store took to the streets of Gastown, bringing us some of the most lavish and fashion-forward decor that we’ve seen in the city. The brand, best known for over the top elaborate fashions, offers everything one might need to create an opulent home: from exquisite furnishings to tableware & decor accessories to lighting and even wallpaper. While some have observed that the neighbourhood was an unexpected choice for the brands first home retail boutique (the location previously housed deLuxe Junk consignment for over three decades), Versace Home has continued to thrive within our high end decor market.
Continuing the trend of luxury brands branching into beautiful interiors, one of my personal favourite labels has just debuted their home collection… and it’s not surprisingly, stunning. In November, Tiffany & Co. announced the launch of their home and accessories line, which includes lifestyle accessories and decorative pieces for the polished home. With a fashion-focused influence, the Tiffany Home & Accessories Collection brings bold colour blocking and geometric patterns to the line, finished with the classic Tiffany & Co. elegance that brings an element of luxury, home. The inspiration behind the collection was the notion that beautiful things should not be limited to special occasions; “I think what makes the collection unique is that it incorporates the best quality, craftsmanship and design with a level of functionality that allows you to use these things every day,” says Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer at Tiffany & Co..
Vancouver’s decor scene is not a surprising choice for these labels to join; with longstanding luxury interior retailers like Atkinson’s Home and Provide Home offering exquisite furnishings and home accessories to our market for years, the city has shown not only the interest but the affluence to support high end retail for the home.
Atkinson's, a South Granville luxury destination for 35 years, offers high-end European decor, tableware, bed linens, and gifts for discerning Vancouverites. Known not only for their luxury goods, but equally for their top tier customer service, the second generation family business continues to evolve with our city, bringing both modern design and old-world global brands to our interiors.
Provide Home, which recently relocated to Vancouver’s Armoury district, is a go-to for both designers and a design-savvy clientele for a curated collection of high end decor lines. With each object of distinct elegance, the boutique brings our city the best of decor from around the globe, as well as our very own streets - it notably the best destination for local luxury designers, including Martha Sturdy. and Barter.
It appears that we are set to see more fashion influence on the Vancouver decor scene - signage is up on the corner of Pender and Hamilton indicating that Fendi Casa (the furniture and decor arm of high end fashion house, Fendi) and Bentley Home is soon to open in the heritage building where the two streets intersect. With Fendi owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE and Bentley renowned for its luxury vehicles, it will be a sight to see what the boutique brings to our city.