There is a new British import in Canadian retail and it's Accessorize. Open for about 2 weeks now I decided to take a quick look at their new Queen street store this morning.
I was pretty impressed with the selection as it totally overwhelmed me when I walked in. It's not a big store people, but it's packed to the gills with product. I was also happy with the layout of the store. They organize items by colour combination, making it easy to find items that will work well together. They have a ton of handbags, scarfs, shawls, hats, earrings, and necklaces. Everything in the store is private label and you won't find it anywhere else. The selection changes weekly so accessory nuts will always have something to look at.
Accessorize is huge in Britain and Europe, and are doing well in Canada. I was told their expansion goal is 10 stores a year in Canada. So far the GTA, Vancouver and Ottawa are lucky enough to have stores. After some googling, I found out that the previous owner of Body Shop Canada is the one responsible for bringing Accessorize to Canada. (source) I also discovered that Accessorize tried and failed to break into the American market in 2002. (source). Another good article can be found here.
Accessorize - map it!!!
320 Queen Street West
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