By  on November 9, 2012

When Miranda Purves, Flare magazine’s newly installed editor, returned to Canada after living in New York City for more than a decade, she found a new retail landscape. An influx of outside retailers, including H&M, Zara, J. Crew and Anthropologie, have all set up shop there. They are a welcome sight, says Purves, but Canadians are still longing for the bounty of choices that Americans enjoy. After all, some of beauty’s most highly sought after brands have yet to make the trip up north, says Purves, pointing out that Tom Ford Beauty and Dolce & Gabbana makeup are not yet available in Canada. In fashion, it’s the same story. “You can’t get [Maison Martin] Margiela shoes unless you order them online,” she laments.

“There still are what feels like limits.” That may soon change, as a host of U.S. retailers have dubbed Canada the land of opportunity.

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