Tiffany & Co. opened at 723 Burrard Street (corner Alberni Street) in the fall of 2006. The one-level 4,700 square foot store included 3,322 square feet of retail space. Last year, Tiffany leased a second-level space formerly occupied by Japanese restaurant Kamei Royale, allowing for a significant expansion. Tiffany & Co.’s Vancouver flagship now spans an impressive 9,762 square feet of selling space, which impressed guests at the gala launch.
The Vancouver store’s granite facade is inspired by Tiffany’s iconic Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City (including an Atlas figure holding a clock), with a nod to American Deco skyscrapers and luxury high-rises of the 1930s and 1940s. Tiffany Blue features prominently on the store’s new branded awnings, as well as its halo-lit signage.
VIP guests were serenaded by special guest Canadian chanteuse Chantal Kreviazek, noshed on nibbles by Hawksworth Restaurant, and tickled their noses with ever-flowing bubbly Champagne.
New soaring double-height ceilings off the store’s front entrance were created by blasting through the concrete floor above — not a simple task, and no doubt costly. A metal balustrade punctuates the new second floor mezzanine above, with hand-leafed and hand-forged Tiffany Magnolia chandeliers (by New York-based artist Michele Oka Doner) hanging overhead. Interior accents in the store also include marble, cerused walnut paneling, velvet drapery and upholstered walls.
The expanded Vancouver store allows Tiffany & Co. to showcase a broader range of product. The store features a Fine Jewellery Salon, as well as Fashion, Bridal, Gift and Private Sales Salons. Private shopping areas were expanded in the new space, and the store also features Canada’s first Tiffany watch salon. The Burrard Street store also features the new Tiffany HardWear collection which officially launched this month.