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Popular Canadian Chain Opens Doors to West Coast

Canada just got closer. The latest addition to the Westfield San Francisco Centre is Aritzia, a womenswear boutique that features a mix of modern classics from its own labels as well as others. The clothing chain hails from Vancouver, British Columbia and adds a new dimension to the well-represented European counterparts such as H&M, Zara, Reiss and Karen Millen.

Aritzia’s 2,500-square-foot space sprawls under a high ceiling with a captivating mural of painted ladies dancing around suspended chandeliers. Beneath the fantastical artwork lies a bevy of labels from Aritzia’s own house as well as other labels such as Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloé.

The sportiest line that Aritzia carries and owns is TNA. Plenty of functional pieces like basic tees and cotton leggings for layering year-round can be snagged right now. The label does well enough even on its own in Canada where TNA has its own stand-alone stores.

Community is the name of Aritzia’s eco-line that features organic cotton with a silky bamboo blend. The line appeals to anyone who wants style in sustainable fabrics. Cotton tees have been recently marked down from $60 to $30. Also on clearance are black drawstring jackets ($75) and black hooded wraps ($55).

With the young sophisticate in mind, Aritzia offers another one of its lines, Wilfred. This line’s strength stems from beautiful fabrications that offer comfort. A grey wool flannel skirt is now $70 (originally $89) and can be paired with the ultra-soft pima cotton rib tanks that come in either black or white ($20). The camel jersey dress ($55) is also an easy piece that could be played minimally or maximally with the right choice of accessories.

Twentysomethings may find the line Talula a welcome option for those wanting youthful styles that reflect runway trends. The long cardigans are a key feature of the winter collection as well as the cowl-neck tops. Brights such as cobalt tiered skirts ($42) and tanks ($45) add a bit of energy in color and movement to the Talula line.

The Talulu Babaton line seems to be the next step for the Talula girls who need something for their professional lives. The look is business casual with clean lines and a modern appeal. The charcoal wool trousers ($75) with matching blazer ($125) are a steal since both items have been recently marked down nearly fifty percent off their original prices.

Besides Aritzia’s multiple lines and boutique brands, they also carry a variety of denim in a range of styles from skinny, boot, to flare. Seven 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Rock & Republic, and other well-known labels are arranged in various indigo washes, cuts and sizes in the rear of the boutique.

Notably Aritzia strives to maintain a community with various artists as part of its retail expansion into the States. Look for the featured artist of the month as Aritzia collaborates with various artists to create designs screen-printed on dresses, scarves, or shopping bags.

The most recent visit to Aritzia followed the New Year’s celebrations so plenty of markdowns were in effect. With only two sales featured each year, those who are looking for polished looks at a bargain are going to be pleasantly surprised. The fashion-hungry should take note of Tuesday and Thursday when new arrivals from our Canadian neighbors hit the floor. Now that’s a friendly foreign exchange.