Holt Renfrew celebrates 175 years with specially-designed pieces from Christian Louboutin, Bobbi Brown, Michael Kors and a special appearance by Elton John!

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We might as well pitch a tent and set up camp outside Holt Renfrew’s sleek Bloor Street entrance, because come September, it will be the place to be. Not only is Holt’s taking part in Fashion’s Night Out festivities September 6 (stay tuned for details!), but the store is also ringing in it’s monumental 175th birthday. In true Holt’s fashion, the Hot @175 anniversary will be rung in in style, with a slew of designer collaborations for sale in (what else?) signature magenta.

From its start in 1837 as a hat and cap shop in Quebec City to the go-to luxury mecca it is today, Holt’s has undeniably had a starring role in Canada’s retail legacy. To fête the occasion, everything from high-fashion designs like Christian Louboutin’s magenta-platform sling backs to fun finds like Pantone’s “Holt Renfrew Magenta” notebook will prove that even at 175, Holt’s still has it.

Aside from its anniversary and FNO events, Holt’s somehow has yet another top-bill event in September: at 11:30 a.m. on September 8, none other than Sir Elton John himself will be stopping by the store. Along with his partner David Furnish and NEST Fragrances, John will be teaming up with Holt’s to debut two exclusive candles to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundatiom, which is also ringing in an anniversary this year of 20 years. L’Orangerie, a citrus-based fragrance, and Jardin de Fleurs, a floral blend, will be on sale exclusively at Holt’s for $50 a pop, with proceeds going to the foundation.

Whether it’s to catch a glimpse of John, party in style for FNO or shop the limited edition designer collaborations, we have an inkling that we may very well live at 50 Bloor Street West for a week or two.

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