Pomellato Vancouver Pacific Centre store opens as first Canadian location

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Luxurious Italian jeweller Pomellato‘s first Canadian location has opened at Vancouver’s Pacific Centre. The 1,050 square foot boutique is the brand’s fifth free-standing North American store.

Pomellato is located in the retail space adjacent to the mall entrance of Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel. It replaces the Pacific Pen Shop as well as a portion of the retail space previously occupied by watch retailer La Swiss.

Pomellato’s Canadian franchisee, Vestis Fashion Group, also operates Vancouver’s three Max Mara and two Bluebird stores – including Max Mara’s recently expanded Pacific Centre location.

Vancouver, “the coolest city in North America,” in the words of Pomellato CEO Andrea Morante, “will be our first freestanding store in Canada, and with its exposure to the Pacific it is a perfect place to start. The brand already has a  strong following in the North American market, which I am convinced will continue to grow over time.”

Catherine Guadagnuolo, owner of Vestis, says Pomellato approached her to open in Vancouver, given her knowledge of the market and resultant success with Max Mara’s Western Canadian franchises. Vancouver sells more Max Mara clothing than any city in North America, and it also has the highest density of the brand’s stores. Whereas most luxury jewellery purchases are made by men for women, Pomellato’s customer is about 85% female, according to Guadagnuolo.

“It is thrilling to work with Pomellato ITS to open its first standalone boutique in Canada and introduce this iconic Italian luxury jeweler to Vancouver,” said Guadagnuolo. “On my buying trips to Milan during Fashion Week, I would visit the Pomellato boutique to admire the stunning collections. Over the years I’ve collected a few personal Pomellato pieces and love them so much. I am sure my Vancouver clients will love the brand too.”

The boutique features large windows that reveal views of an interior bathed in tones of gold and sand, with geometric wenge wood shelves, marble tables and seating in black cherry wood completing the elegant decor. It is a refined, inviting space that will introduce Pomellato to Vancouver in formidable style.

The most expensive item in the Vancouver store is a one-of-a-kind $150,000 sapphire ring. Not all prices are as high – many silver pieces retail for less than $1,000, though rings with coloured stones tend to cost in the $1,700 to $3,000 range. Founded in 1967 in Milan, Pomellato is known for using coloured semi-precious stones in its jewellery designs. Owned by french multinational company Kering, Pomellato is one of Europe’s top five selling jewellers in terms of sales. It has four free-standing American stores, all in prestigious shopping areas: Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Madison Avenue in New York City, the Bal Harbour Shops near Miami, and East Oak Street in Chicago.

 

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