Great Spa­ces

Her­schel’s new flag­ship shop cel­e­brates art, ar­chi­tec­ture and wan­der­lust.

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For any brand en­twined with travel, Gas­town makes for a pretty on-point place to set up shop: it’s one of the pri­mary Van­cou­ver spots where lo­cals and tourists are con­stantly cross­ing paths. So when Omer Ar­bel, creative di­rec­tor of Bocci, be­gan his first-ever re­tail de­sign project for Her­schel Sup­ply Co. on Wa­ter Street, he had a clear di­rec­tive from both in­side and out to cre­ate a flag­ship store that would em­brace the glo­be­trot­ting spirit. “The space is a cel­e­bra­tion of art, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign,” says Lyn­don Cor­mack, who founded the brand along­side his brother Jamie.

In the 5,000-square-foot store you’ll find the big­gest se­lec­tion of Her­schel prod­ucts in the world—in­clud­ing 800 back­packs on dis­play—along­side a se­ries of hu­manoid sculp­tures by Cana­dian artists that Ar­bel com­mis­sioned for the space. No, th­ese aren’t man­nequins: they’re pieces in an “in­door sculp­ture gar­den,” crafted from ma­te­ri­als like con­crete, cedar, rat­tan, me­tal and even macramé. He also brought in modern el­e­ments to con­trast the orig­i­nal maple floor­ing of the lo­ca­tion, like gleam­ing white shelv­ing and a cash desk sur­rounded by co­ral-like me­tal wid­gets. One dis­play room is filled with in­fin­ity mir­rors, while large screens broad­cast mov­ing dis­plays of Van­cou­ver scenery.

At the rear of the store, the back wall slides open to pro­vide fresh air and moun­tain views. “For tourists and lo­cals alike, there’s a con­nec­tion to the out­doors,” says Cor­mack. “It just feels like we’re part of the city.”

The cash desk is reimag­ined as a cave, sur­rounded by chunks of co­ral- like me­tal de­signed by Ar­bel. Seascape

Racks of Steel Cus­tom fur­ni­ture, cloth­ing racks and hang­ers were forged from steel into sculp­tural forms.

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