British wellington boot and footwear brand, Hunter has opened its third global standalone store in Toronto. Set within Yorkdale Shopping Centre, this location is the brand's first store in North America. The 260 sq m store was developed by Hunter's in-house retail design team and demonstrates the brand's commitment to North America as one of the company's largest markets.
The interior architectural style anchored by a singular and focal moment, reveals the sky and exposes the space to the elements, with the store's internal envelope acting as a protective canvas to the external landscape lining the perimeter of the space. Visitors 'look out' from the contemporary barn architecture onto a backdrop of the Scottish Highlands – the birthplace of the Hunter brand. In addition to this, in-store weather elements will be changed seasonally.
The shopfront is reminiscent of a contemporary greenhouse, giving the sense that the sky is surrounding customers upon entry where they are immediately immersed into the brand world of Hunter. The store design is a celebration of the elements of Hunter's DNA, from its own values and storytelling to the pioneering spirit of the outdoors and weather.
'Toronto's diversity and vibrancy makes it one of North America's most exciting places to be and reflects the Hunter ethos, which is why it's where we decided to open our third standalone store and the brand's first in North America,' says Alasdair Willis, creative director at Hunter.