About Us - History

Our History

Everyday Luxury had to begin somewhere.
Once upon a time, the Hill family started a special something called “Aritzia” inside their 70-year-old department store in Vancouver, Canada.

Then, in 1984, Brian Hill opened the very first standalone Aritzia boutique in Oakridge Centre — an upscale shopping mall in his hometown.

The idea was simple:
offer beautiful clothes in aspirational spaces with exceptional service.

1984 The very first Aritzia boutique opens in Oakridge Centre, a shopping mall in Vancouver, CA.
RIGHT THIS WAY
1994 We launch our first-ever exclusive brand, Babaton — building a strong foundation, one piece at a time.
1999 Opening our doors to more and more clients, we go national with Aritzia boutiques across Canada.
2004 We launch a new exclusive brand, Tna delivers premium comfort for the innately cool.
2007 Hello USA — we open our first boutique (of many, many, many) in the United States.
2007 And another new exclusive brand, Wilfred reclaims the romance of everyday with feminine silhouettes and all the fine details.
2012 Fashionably late, or right on time — we launch our innovative eCommerce platform.
2014 We launch yet another new exclusive brand, Sunday Best delivers playful silhouettes and responsible fabrics for the everchanging individual.
2016 Everyday Luxury around the world — we launch international shipping, opening to markets outside of North America.
2016 Aritzia for all — we go public, ATZ hits the TSX, and the growth continues, want a piece?
2018 We open A-OK Cafe — an in-house coffee shop with an exclusive, curated menu. Because what’s better than shopping with a side of caffeine and croissants?
2018 With a commitment to doing denim differently, we launch Denim Forum — making jeans that are better for the environment and better on you.
2021 Dipping our toes into the deep end of Men’s clothing, we acquire premium athletic wear brand, Reigning Champ.
2022 Jennifer Wong is promoted to CEO. As a women-led company, we know there’s no force more powerful than women working together to achieve a common goal.
2022 Aritzia Community™ has donated $50 million of product, financial support and volunteer hours to non-profits and our Community Partners, positively impacting over 550,000 people. Feel good stuff.
A few decades later, that original idea from 1984 hasn’t changed, we just have a name for it now — we call it Everyday Luxury.

With over 100 stores across North America and a global eCommerce platform, Aritzia continues to deliver Everyday Luxury to communities near and far.

We'd say the rest is history.
But we're just getting started.