Store Guide: hr2, Holt Renfrew’s new designer discount store at Vaughan Mills
The new hr2 store at Vaughan Mills breaks from now defunct Holt Renfrew Last Call’s packed racks of clearance merchandise and last season’s rejects. Instead, Holt Renfrew’s new lower-priced spinoff sells brand new merch from upscale brands at discount prices (for example, Rebecca Minkoff purses are all at least $100–$200 cheaper than the suggested retail price, while men’s Gucci loafers are going for $299 instead of $385). The stores also carry high-end designer’s diffusion lines, like Michael Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Weekly shipments mean the stock is constantly turning over, and the 150-brand roster also includes shoes and accessories by Burberry, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman, Mulberry and Valentino and clothing by Boss, Naked and Famous, Nicole Miller, Diane von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia and Pink Tartan. Though the 25,000-square-foot space still has the cement floor and barebones feel of an outlet store, it’s bright and well-organized, making the hunt for designer deals fun rather than frustrating. (Nordstrom—and its off-price shop Nordstrom Rack—should arrive in Canada braced for battle).