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Christian Dior's recently opened flagship store on Toronto's Mink Mile.Kristen Pelou

Toronto’s Bloor Street West shopping district has welcomed a new name into its luxurious fold. French fashion house Dior recently opened a boutique here, marking the debut of its first stand-alone store in Eastern Canada. Alongside tony neighbours including Prada, Cartier and Moncler, it’s located in the base of the Colonnade, a 1960s landmark that’s an early example of a mixed-use architecture in Toronto. The boutique is the first Dior shop in North America to stock ready-to-wear from both the men’s and women’s collections under the one roof.

Decorated in a clean and modern, yet traditionally elegant style, the interior of the multilevel space looks to the original salon of Christian Dior for inspiration and features fabric and leather wall coverings in the brand’s signature toile de jouy print. A commissioned piece by British artist Ian Davenport incorporates paint cascading down the walls and onto the floor in a multicoloured puddle. Accessories and fragrances are on display in glass cases, and a selection of fine jewellery is available on the second floor.

Fittingly for this Canadian debut, Dior’s current women’s collection features a bold buffalo check motif on everything from bucket hats to canvas tote bags. For the men’s collection, artistic director Kim Jones pays tribute to Christian Dior’s early career as a gallery owner through a collaboration with American artist Raymond Pettibon.

Dior, 131 Bloor St. W., Toronto, 647-362-6536,

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