Holt Renfrew new discount store
It is a major schlep to get to hr2, the premium off price offshoot of high end Holt Renfrew at Vaughan Mills shopping centre. May through September and on Black Friday.
Hr2 is located in the former Last Call, final resting place of items that didn sell at Holt Renfrew locations. Its press release say michael kors s hr2 offers 150 brands and on trend styles at irresistible prices. In the sprawling purse department, I spot a sassy Kate Spade nylon bag ($108, down from $248) bearing the Dorothy Parker quotation cure for boredom is curiosity; there is no cure for curiosity. There are Kooba, orYANY, Dooney Bourke and Marc Jacobs brands, but only two bags are in lockdown: an orange Mulberry for $479 and a brown Burberry for $725.
An unrepentant shoe slut, I am underwhelmed. I spy Sam Edelman, Cole Haan, Splendid, Rachel Zoe, Dolce Vita, Vince Camuto, Uggs, House of Harlow and Hunter brands. I might as well be in Town Shoes.
Navigating the clothing racks which include Ma michael kors x Mara, Michael Kors, Tahari, Nicole Miller, Diane Von Furstenburg and a sprinkling of Armani Collezioni line I have a brief flirtation michael kors with an Alice Olivia sequined olive cocktail dress ($278 from $495) but nothing jumps up and wraps itself around my neck. Clearly, Two Ladies Who Lunch are having better luck. Their arms loaded with clothing, one enthuses not last season stuff.
The men department at the back is compact in relation to the women but is well stocked with labels including Ted Baker London, Ralph Lauren and PRPS, a luxury denim line with a sense of quirkiness. I find a cool pair of Andrew Marc men boots in grey or brown canvas available up to size 13 priced at a reasonable $76.
The men sunglass selection is better than women Fendi, D Persol. An impossibly handsome youth tries on a pair of Ray Ban aviators. look like a bug, his girlfriend says. No sale.
Killer soundtrack notwithstanding Mumford Sons, Of Monsters and Men hr2 is rather a lacklustre experience. It doesn need to be messy with clothing on the floor, but it should be a treasure hunt like pig to truffle; there shoul michael kors d be an eureka moment when you bag that pair of Gucci pinstriped pants at a fraction of the price at Holt downtown.