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b hemmings & co.

client: b hemmings & co.
location: yorkville - toronto, ontario
type: luxury retail

B Hemmings facade, luxury retail yorkville, Toronto, Ontario
B Hemmings window display, luxury retail yorkville, Toronto, Ontario
B Hemmings train car, luxury retail yorkville, Toronto, Ontario
B Hemmings, luxury retail yorkville, Toronto, Ontario
B Hemmings Globe Trotter modular wall detail, Yorkville - Toronto, Ontario
B Hemmings facade night, luxury retail yorkville, Toronto, Ontario

dkstudio was chosen to be executive designer and PM for the upscale luggage and leather goods retailer Betty Hemmings, who rebranded as B Hemmings & Co and relocated to an impressive new store in Toronto’s Yorkville district; a high-density neighbourhood renowned for its high-end shops, boutiques and chic restaurants. An upscale multi-brand leather goods and luggage retailer, B Hemmings carries a range of exclusive artisanal brands, some over 100 years old.

A unifying theme of the brands is that they all represent a tradition of hand craftsmanship from a by-gone era. It was an era of travel by boat and train where luggage was hand stitched and crafted, as were the train and boat rooms and cabins one would take to embark on a journey like, the Orient Express. 

The design concept draws from the tradition of luxury train cars from this romantic age of the train travel. 

Each room of the boutique became a different compartment of a classic train. The main central room floats a vaulted ceiling, bronze trims, wood and leather, reminiscent of the grand days of the Orient Express. This room features a floating arched ceiling framed by riveted bronze trim plates. This central train car houses the Globe-Trotter collection, the boutique's most iconic brand.  Much like classic steam trains, each component of the boutique is precisely milled and crafted, and carefully assembled by hand on site. 

The central feature wall utilizes 480 pressed and molded corner pieces of luggage, perfectly fitted on a sculpted 3-dimensional backdrop, a sculptural composition alluding to a stacked wall of luggage. 

The arched train car roof was featured in different parts of the store: the curved portals highlighted with metal frames leading into each room like compartments of a train; the façade display windows, and the main entrance arches. The same language is explored throughout the façade, where the language of classic 19th century train stations made of riveted steel girders was re-invented with new materials.

  • Interior Design Magazine 2019 Best of the Year Honorable Mention

  • Canadian Interiors 2019 Best of Canada Award



  • 'Take a look at the 'B Hemmings & Co' Impressive Yorkville Retail Space', Stefano Sanchini, 4URSPACE, 4 Dec 2018

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