VIP shopping is the new black

Members-only club offers private showrooms and designer discounts   

Ladies' showroom, Colton's | Photo: Tourism Richmond   

Tired of fighting for the change room mirror with midriff-baring teenagers?

Sharing is so last year!

Enter Colton’s private couture in central Richmond, a members-only luxury retail club that boasts a shopping experience like no other — oh, and a $950 entrance fee.

Instead of sales people, members get access to a dedicated image consultant and are free to peruse Colton’s curated collection of shoes, accessories, custom diamonds and other bling at “insider prices” without interruption in grand chandeliered showrooms for him and for her.

(Image: Men's showroom, Colton's | Photo: Tourism Richmond)

They carry more than 50 of the current season’s designer brands including Stella McCartney, Prada, Tom Ford and Chanel, and this elite club’s membership comes with exclusive access to new products, complimentary tailoring, car pick-up service, and invitations to special club events including wine tastings and fashion shows.

(Image: Men's showroom, Colton's | Photo: Tourism Richmond)

The details:

Price: Either spend $8,000 within a year and get an annual membership for free, or pay $950 upfront and enjoy a 5% discount.

Kids too: One membership gives club access to partners and children (up to 18 years old).

Location: Suite 1500 - 6081 No.3 Rd., Richmond

Free personal shopping

Vancouver’s longtime hub for designer fashion, Holt Renfrew, actually offers personal shopping services with dedicated consultants for free.

Simply call or stop by the personal shopping department to book a private appointment and have access to styling experts for everything from adding contemporary fashion twists to old outfits, to building the foundation of an entirely new wardrobe that truly works for you.

(Image: Personal shopping services, Holt Renfrew | Photo: Holt Renfrew)

The details:

Price: Free

Location: 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver (at Pacific Centre mall)

Call: (604) 681-3121