May 5, 2014 2:11 pm

Versace, Jimmy Choo to launch first stand-alone shops in Canada

Models wear creations for Versace women's Fall-Winter 2014-15 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

TORONTO – Two renowned luxury brands are entering the increasingly crowded retail market with the launch of their first stand-alone boutiques in Canada.

Italian fashion house Versace and famed footwear and accessories label Jimmy Choo are slated to open at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto.

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Nine West co-founder Vince Camuto will also open his first eponymous stand-alone shop in Canada at Yorkdale.

The three locations will open later this year.

Several high-profile retailers and brands have opened bricks-and-mortar locations in Canada over the past several years. Discount retailer Target is continuing its northern expansion, with Microsoft, Ann Taylor, Loft and J. Crew among the other companies that have also opened for business north of the border.

High-end U.S. retailer Nordstrom will be following suit this fall with the opening of its first store in Calgary.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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