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10 Dec 2014
Their wellheeled clients to a part of downtown that was then a retail wasteland. "When we first canada goose outlet arrived here, retail specialists had been saying 'they've lost their minds,'" says Maria Leone, elegant in a muted silk Prada jacket and black trousers. "There was absolutely nothing about here it was the monetary district." But there was something about the historic developing once home to the city's primary post office that produced the danger seem like 1 worth taking. "When the space became accessible, it was like magic," she says, pointing out the intricate mosaic tile flooring, arched ceilings and stained glass windows, all cautiously preserved from the authentic building finished in 1910. "It is extremely goedkope uggs European in really feel." In their Pacific Centre days, there had been few merchants specializing in the highend European designers the Leones favoured. When their early clients started telling them they usually had to go to Seattle to discover the type of fashions they were searching for, they listened, expanding their line to include women's and men's footwear. But they eventually felt out of location in the shopping mall as the pendulum swung in the direction of youthoriented chain shops. The timing of the redevelopment of Sinclair Centre in the mid1980s was kismet. "It was bigger than we were thinking of, [but] canada goose outlet nederland I think the idea expanded with the area. And it has served us nicely simply because that is exactly where the retail mode was going," Maria Leone says. Their initial coup was opening a Versace boutique, which is nonetheless 1 of the store's leading lines along with Prada, Dior, Jil Sander and Burberry. Then they added a shoe boutique, men's clothes and cosmetics. Maria and Alberto's children, Marcello and Patrizia, have now joined the company business. 8 many years ago, the family opened a downstairs boutique woolrich outlet jas catering to a more youthful and more cuttingedge clientele, first called AWear and since renamed L2. As the shop grew, Maria Leone says the family members took some of its inspiration from retailers like Henri Bendel in New York, which was a constellation of exclusive boutiques below one roof, and Colette in Paris. "My spouse experienced a vision, and it labored out well," she says. That is obvious from the wall of autographed pictures in the mainfloor cappuccino bar. They operate the gamut from Sharon Stone and Uma Thurman to Ozzy Osbourne and the members of Motley Crue, who do not appear like they store for their heavymetal onstage wardrobe at Leone. Vancouver's development as a centre for film manufacturing has definitely assisted increase the store's celebrity clientele, but Leone says the outlet woolrich primary reason for its achievement is its reputation among locals and returning visitors. She estimates that about sixty for each cent of the store's clients are Lower Mainland citizens. The reality that Leone now has oodles of competitors in the highend designer market serves both to keep the family on their toes and to


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