Hello, Vancouver: Welcome to Our New Store

The wait is finally over! On the morning of September 18, we opened the doors to our new store at Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver. Come along on some of our favorite moments in the videos below—from a dynamic duo patiently (and so cheerfully) waiting in line to the opening gala fashion show to a tour of the new store.

In the months leading up to this big day, we’ve been exploring the city with some of its famous citizens. Get a glimpse of our conversations with folks like model Coco Rocha, actress Diana Bang, editor Ryan Willms and others. Then read our interviews with them for their tips on making the most of your time in Vancouver.


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Watch This: The Coveteur’s Jake Rosenberg Answers Our 5 Ws

Jake Rosenberg shoots Coca Rocha for the Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening campaign

To celebrate our new store in Vancouver, we’ve been catching up with some of our favorite Canadians. One of whom we submitted to a friendly on-camera interrogation.

Cofounder of the closet-obsessed website The Coveteur, creative director, fashion photographer and Torontonian Jake Rosenberg fessed up during a session of our video questionnaire, 5 Ws. Rosenberg shot the other celebrities and personalities we interviewed in anticipation of the Nordstrom Pacific Centre opening. Then we turned the camera on this digital-media maestro.

The Coveteur's Jake Rosenberg answers Nordstrom's 5 Ws



Coco Rocha, Camilla Belle and More Fête the Opening of Nordstrom in Vancouver

In less than 24 hours, the doors to Nordstrom Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver will open to the public. Last night, however, attendees of a tented fall fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery—just across the street from the new store—also enjoyed a festive preview of the new location during an in-store gala.

The sold-out event raised $420,000 for local organizations BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Guests included supermodels Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova and Amber Valletta; actresses Camilla Belle and Diana Bang; Inventory Editor-in-Chief Ryan Willms; Vogue Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles; Vogue West Coast Director Lisa Love; Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim and fourth-generation Nordstrom family members and co-presidents Blake Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom and Erik Nordstrom, and President of Full-Line Stores, Jamie Nordstrom.

Nordstrom Pacific Centre Gala, left to right, Hamish Bowles, Olivia Kim, Lisa Love, Camilla Belle, Pete Nordstrom, Karolina Kurkova

L-R: Hamish Bowles, Olivia Kim, Lisa Love, Camilla Belle, Pete Nordstrom, Karolina Kurkova

During a pre-gala fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, guests watched as 38 models wore 85 looks from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bibhu Mohapatra, Marni, Simone Rocha, Yohji Yamamoto and others.

Fashion Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Nordstrom Pacific Centre

A model shows a dress from the Burberry Prorsum fall collection on the runway at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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DJ Jayda Guy Uncovers Vancouver’s Vibes and Clubs

If you needed a personification of Vancouver’s practical-meets-cool aesthetic that person might be student scientist and DJ Jayda Guy. During the day, Guy pursues research in environmental toxicology at Simon Fraser University. At night you might spy her spinning at the city’s clubs; her playlists are as eclectic as her fashion.

Before our exploration of Vancouver’s stylish and knowledgeable citizens comes to its culmination Friday, September 18, with the opening of our new Nordstrom store—hooray!—we wanted to sit down with Guy to hear what makes a good sartorial and musical mix.

Jayda Guy


What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Sporty, eco, casual.

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

I would probably lounge at “Kits” Beach or take a hike in Lynn Valley, go record digging at Beat Street and then have drinks and food at the Alibi Room. That would definitely be a perfect day!

What’s your favorite Vancouver hot spot at the moment?

The Projection Room is an awesome little spot upstairs at Fox Cabaret. It has great drinks and always fantastic local DJs playing.

How would you describe your sound?

Very funky and soulful. I play a lot of house music as well. I am always looking to bring up the energy of the room with a positive vibe.

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Actress Diana Bang Talks Shorty Style and Life in Vancouver

Before appearing in 2014’s most controversial film, The Interview, and A&E’s spine-tingling Bates Motel, Korean-Canadian actress Diana Bang honed her comedic chops at home with Vancouver’s sketch comedy troupe, Assaulted Fish.

Bang still maintains her Pacific Northwest sangfroid while residing in Vancouver. As we await the opening of our Vancouver store (September 18! September 18!), we spoke with the petite comedienne about her success and her hometown.

Actress Diana Bang

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Cool, casual, comfortable.

Has life at home changed since you’ve become more famous?

No. I still hang out with the same people and go to the same places. I do get a few more opportunities that come my way, and I get recognized every so often, but for the most part everything is exactly the same.

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

Visit my friends and family. And, assuming it’s summer, I’d take my bike for a ride and go to some breweries, eat dim sum and sushi, take a yoga class, go to the night market, watch a live show, and then take a stroll around the seawall with some ice cream.

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Dapper Restaurateur James Iranzad Goes Out in Vancouver

If anyone knows where Vancouver’s cool restaurants are it’s the guy who puts them there. Co-owner of Wildebeest and Pizzeria Bufala, James Iranzad sits at the head of a small dining empire like he would a table, commanding the attention of the city’s food enthusiasts with his charm and energy.

Part of Iranzad’s charisma derives from his fashion sense. In preparation for our new store opening next week (September 18—like you didn’t know), we’ve been talking to some of Vancouver’s citizens about style and the city’s highlights. Here’s what this bon vivant shared.

James Iranzad

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Hyper-casual, moody, improving.

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

Early dim sum for sure. Then head to Granville Island for oysters and load up on salami, pâté, cheese and good mustard from Oyama, pick up a bottle of rosé, rent a boat, and head behind Bowen Island for a picnic and a swim. Afterward come back, freshen up, head to Gastown for cocktails then Bao Bei for dinner—and hopefully there’s a good show at Fortune or the Commodore.

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Vancouver Bakery Owner Jackie Kai Ellis Brings a Bite of Paris

Ingredients aren’t the only things Jackie Kai Ellis juggles: She’s a multi-hyphenate professional. In addition to owning Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery & Café, Ellis leads tours through Paris’s pâtisseries and writes about fashion, design and food for several top Canadian publications.

The École-Gastronomique-Bellouet-Conseil-trained (a mouthful, albeit a delicious one) pastry chef often looks just as delectable as her creations. So, in anticipation of our new Vancouver store (September 18 is just around the corner!), we asked her to dish on the city’s style and best restaurants.

Jackie Kai Ellis

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style? 

Breezy, feminine, purposeful.

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

Wake up early. Get coffee first. Then take a leisurely hike to Lighthouse Park or around Buntzen Lake with my dog, Polly. Back in the city, I would go to Granville Island for some inspiring flowers and food. It’s not a day without putting on a beautiful dress, so I would meet with good friends for cocktails at West or L’Abattoir, then have some beautiful conversations over dinner at AnnaLena or Farmer’s Apprentice. Finally have a good night’s sleep with Polly beside me.

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Inventory Editor-in-Chief Ryan Willms on Vancouver’s Aesthetic & Fall Fashion

Amid the white walls and clean lines of his office, Ryan Willms, editor-in-chief of the design magazine Inventory, cuts an equally crisp silhouette. His hair hangs in a sharp fringe just below his angular chin. His nose truly is aquiline. His selection of a white shirt and black pants might be austere if he weren’t so relaxed.

To celebrate the opening of our Vancouver store on September 18, we’ve been exploring the city through the eyes of its fashionable residents. Get a glimpse of what British Columbia’s big city looks like to Willms in the interview below.

Ryan Wiliams

Your job takes you all over the world. How does Vancouver stack up?

I always enjoy coming back to Vancouver. The air here is amazing. I try to appreciate these days. Being able to run the seawall or go to the mountains is certainly unique to the city. There are some interesting people and things happening in Vancouver, but you have to hunt them out on your own a little more than in bigger cities.

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Casual, comfortable, inoffensive.

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Vancouver Vibing with Niña Mendoza | Listen Up!

Image by Ameris Photography

Niña Mendoza’s suit by Manuel Mendoza

We’ve been rocking with 100% Vancouver deejays lately, with our new store opening September 18 in that majestic Pacific Northwest metropolis.

One recent set by Vancouver’s Niña Mendoza gave us life (shout out DayShiftSEA, one mile from Nordstrom HQ in Seattle) and we highly recommend her funky, right-now-meets-1983 mix “Love For Free,” promoting her September 10 show with Dâm-Funk. It’s been sustaining us throughout the week.

Stream the mix below and download it here so you don’t kill your data while you’re in the gym. Hit READ MORE for the track list and Vancouver-focused Q&A.

And if you’re in Vancouver, catch Niña Mendoza Fridays starting in September at the Projection Room inside the Fox Cabaret.

Love For Free Mix • Niña Mendoza by Blueprintlive on Mixcloud

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Nira Arora, Virgin Radio Morning Host, Talks Up Her Town, Vancouver

Forget toast and scrambled eggs. Most mornings we scramble to get out the door in a reasonable outfit that won’t raise eyebrows at the office (clean, appropriate, not chosen from the floor). But Nira Arora, host at 94.5 Virgin Radio and mother of two, has to be a morning person. Not only is she cheery and perspicacious over the a.m. airwaves, but she always looks great too. In advance of our Vancouver store opening (did we mention it’s September 18?), we chatted with Arora about her look and her city. As usual, she had plenty to say.

Nira Arora

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Chic, casual, sophisticated.

With 24 hours in Vancouver and no plans, what would you do?

I would shop on West 4th Street, have lunch at Granville Island, go for a walk at Stanley Park, then have dinner and drinks in Gastown.

What is the best time of day in Vancouver?

I love the afternoon, the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s so lively on a patio, just people watching.

Do you have a favorite date-night destination?

Going for a walk at White Rock beach, hitting a patio with a view of the ocean for fish and chips and wine.

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