Simons officially opens its doors to Calgarians tomorrow, March 16 and Daily Hive was given the opportunity to get a sneak peak while catching up with La Maison Simons President and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Simons.
Spanning a total of 95,000 square feet with five floors in the Lancaster Building and three floors of TD Square, the only Calgary Simons store runs the entire city block on 2nd Street between Stephen Ave and 7th Avenue.
The 1919 building was restored and renovated, with local Calgarian firm, McKinley Burkart, leading Simons’ architectural and design plans. They did not disappoint. The space is aesthetically bright, clean, and full of colour giving off the perfect vibe to shop till you drop, or grab a quick essential while on your lunch break.
“For us, it’s always about the site and the partners. We’re a family business, family owned, and we need partners that understand what we want to do,” Peter Simons told Daily Hive. “Calgary came together for us and we think longer term. This is a great city with a great cultural and creative vibe.”
Upon arrival you can distinctly see the eight branded environments including Twik, Icône, Contemporaine, Miiyu, iFive, Djab, Le 31 and Edito.
The Quebec retailer also carries home fashions, Maison, for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, and has the Ève café, with its menu of hot and cold, sweet and savoury treats.
Welcome to accessible style, Calgary.
And if this hasn’t enticed you yet, here’s a beautiful wall mural by talented Calgarian artist Maya Gohill.
A few social medialites took to Instagram from yesterday’s sneak peak, and the little details are all the rave.
Hello to the new kid on the block! @maisonsimons Trend-spotting with the fabulous @brpirri at the sneak-peek @coreshopping this eve. Style galore – including fantastic local art installations throughout the space. The nerdy gal in me loves this giant abacus wall! 😉 ➡️ Head over to my Instagram Story for highlights! #SimonsYYC #iamdowntown #mavenandmention
The architectural glass weaving around the columns of the @maisonsimons building may not get all the attention, but it is a pretty amazing design detail!! Nice work on the interiors & exteriors of this 1912 heritage building 👌🏻👌🏻👏@mckinleyburkart #maisonsimons #architecturaldesign #interiordesign #designdetails #yycdesign #yycstyle #calgaryarchitecture #calgaryinteriordesign #heritagearchitecturedetails