In celebration of the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR’s two-night residency at Toronto’s Rogers Centre – Holt Renfrew, Canada’s top fashion and lifestyle retailer, will welcome the ‘RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIP’ to Toronto’s iconic Bloor Street. Overlapping with the launch of the North American leg of the acclaimed RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR from global superstar, Beyoncé, the RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIP experience in Toronto will transform the third floor of Holt Renfrew’s 50 Bloor Street West store from July 5 to July 11, 2023.
First conceived in London, the RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIP is an immersive installation produced by Parkwood Entertainment that celebrates the fashion of the RENAISSANCE album, era and tour. The mesmeric installation lands in Canada, as Holt Renfrew becomes a fashion and lifestyle retail partner for the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR Collection. A chromed formation houses a 21-piece memorabilia edit, featuring never-before-seen apparel and accessories, sold for the first time in North America (priced from $25 to $325 CAD).
Available only at the Flagship and exclusive to Holt Renfrew, is the WE SHUT THIS CITY DOWN tee, an homage to the Grammy™ Award-winning artist’s forthcoming Toronto takeover, timed with the flagship. Other pieces new to the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR collection include a white ON AIR tee with artwork inspired by a segment from the tour, GREEN SCREEN HORSE long-sleeved tee, the SUMMER RENAISSANCE HOODIE with oversized “B” detailing, and a silver RENAISSANCE COWBOY hat that imbues the collection with wit. At the centre of this edit is the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR Art Book, an 80-page self-published work with exclusive imagery.
The RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIP – Toronto also includes an exhibition of RENAISSANCE COUTURE by Beyoncé x Balmain. For the first time in North America, a selection of couture looks from the historic collection, co-designed by Beyoncé and Olivier Rousteing, will be on display in the flagship. Inspired by tracks from the act i: RENAISSANCE album, the exhibition, within Holt Renfrew, will be the first time these exceptional pieces have been seen publicly in North America. The collaboration, unveiled in March by French Vogue, marks the first time a Black woman has overseen the couture offering from a historic Parisian house.
Accompanying the exhibition is a four-piece, limited-edition product extension titled RENAISSANCE Beyoncé with Balmain. The range draws inspiration from the couture pieces that are on display at Holt Renfrew and includes two oversized tees, a dropped-shoulder hoodie and giant tote emblazoned with the collection’s moniker. These pieces will debut as first to North America exclusive at Holt Renfrew and will be available only for the duration of the Flagship (priced from $200 – $600 CAD).
Sebastian Picardo, President & CEO, Holt Renfrew commented, “We, at Holt Renfrew are thrilled and honoured to be the home to the RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIP in Toronto. At Holts, we stand behind empowering self-expression and igniting positive change and we truly believe that the RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIP is an incomparable Illustration of this spirit. We can’t wait to welcome all to this unforgettable experience in partnership with one of the greatest icons in entertainment.”