Denim Store Review: Aritzia Boutique

by Jaime on July 15, 2009

Sometimes you come across a store idea that just works. Most of the time, however, the places just don’t pan out.

Aritzia, a primarily Canadian (the boutiques were started in Vancouver) boutique that focuses on high end clothing for women, is the kind of place that works. For starters, they have to die for denim bars.
I’m not kidding. Their denim selection fits the bill for virtually every woman, ranging from J Brand to Hudson, Current/Elliott to 7 for All Mankind, Nudie Jeans to Rock & Republic… with no shortage of styles (except, perhaps, when it comes to Nudies. But, since most stores don’t even carry the denim line, it’s amazing that they even have them).

When we arrived at the Vancouver one (and later, the Seattle one located in the Bellevue mall), it was busy. Not just kind of busy (we, of course, had to hit up the store on Robson, so it was kind of hectic anyways), but borderline wall-to-wall.

And, even with that, the customer service was impeccable. I’m so used to going into stores and being ignored or treated like a 15-year-old (since I tend to look that age), but the girl who was helping us out (A. was looking desperately for a pair of Nudie High Kai jeans) was nice, attentive and really knew what she was talking about… big points for me when it comes to denim.

Plus, they were having a sale, so the prices were stellar.

We didn’t end up buying anything at the Vancouver Aritzia. The Seattle (or rather, Bellevue) store got our attention though, and A. ended up picking up a pair of Nudies there. This was the same place that I got to try on a pair of the Current/Elliott “The Legging” jean (which you DEFINITELY still want to size down in, just for future reference) as well as a couple other C/E styles (it is the middle of their Summer Sale, so a lot of the 25/26 sizes were gone) and I was swooning.

The atmosphere is wonderful, the salespeople are helpful without being demanding or too lurky and their selection topped virtually any store I’ve been to in ages. Only major downside? No online retail stores. Balls.

If you live near an Aritzia, hit it up. I highly recommend it. And, to see more, check out their website.


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