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Halifax- and Toronto-based Omar Gandhi Architect helped perfect the new all-white Rchmnd store in Halifax's Granville Block.Julian Parkinson

Halifax has a long history as a gateway into Canada, a tradition that fashion boutique Rchmnd has carried forward via clothing. Owners Kristi and Peter MacDonald crisscross the world to bring a taste of globally minded trends to their hometown. “We spend a lot of time travelling and are constantly inspired by cities and spaces and retail,” Peter says. “Bringing that back home continues to always be our goal because we love the life when we’re on those travels and we love the life we live here in Halifax,” Kristi says, pointing to Rchmnd’s considered selection of unisex fashion and lifestyle items from buzzy brands such as Acne Studios, Raf Simons, Off-White and Maison Margiela.

Rchmnd offers a selection of unisex fashion and lifestyle items.Julian Parkinson

Founded in 2012, Rchmnd moved to a new space in Granville Block, a car-free cobblestone courtyard near the waterfront, three years ago. The duo worked with Halifax and Toronto-based firm Omar Gandhi Architect to perfect their store, an all-white space dating back to the 1800s that combines historic details including oversized moulding and a temple-like doorway with elements of contemporary design. “It has a very nice, European feel to it,” Peter says.

What sets Rchmnd apart from their international retail contemporaries, such as the Broken Arm in Paris and Voo Store in Berlin, is a sense of connection and the personal relationships that develop between the retailers and their customers. “Halifax, as a city on a global scale, is quite small,” Kristi says. “If you’ve shopped here more than once, you’ve likely met the whole team.”

Rchmnd, 1869 Granville St., Halifax,

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