WANT — the mere word makes you, well, want more. West Coasters will no longer have to pine for WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie’s exclusively curated brands, as the high-end lifestyle company has expanded its apothecary retail concept to Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood. This is its third location, following Montreal and Toronto.
Founded by brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is an upscale lifestyle brand characterized by exquisitely crafted leather goods designed by the brothers, rounded out with a fine-tuned selection of fashion, beauty and home decor items carried in select apothecary stores. The one element that the new Vancouver outpost has over the others is an integrated washbasin on the sales floor where customers are invited to learn more about the products by experiencing them firsthand in a tactile and interactive way.
WANT Apothecary carries cult-favorite beauty brands like Aesop, Ursa Major, Stop The Water While Using Me! and Astier de Villatte as well as conceptual fashion labels Acne Studios, Filippa K and Maison Kitsuné. There’s also the WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie collection of bags, accessories and small leather goods, which will expand to include a women’s collection this fall.
The 1,400-square-foot space is as meticulous and stylish as the company’s founders, and features custom-designed oak tables, aged herringbone-patterned floors along with Roll & Hill smoked bulb chandeliers. It’s just the kind of warm, inviting and tantalizing store you’ve always, well, wanted.