About

A Brave New World beyond luxury retail. Leisure Center is a boundary pushing physical platform in Yaletown Vancouver, offering a modern-day definition of leisure time, specifically focusing on the following areas: fashion, art, music, books, homeware, cosmetics, food and drink in a stylish space.


Inspired by Vancouver’s forward-thinking, innovative reputation - and the hardworking yet balance-seeking individuals who live here - Leisure Center combines luxury and leisure in a beautifully designed environment that strives to elevate the city’s cultural identity. Bringing together the best brands, artists, architects and luxury concepts, Leisure Center offers an experience: specifically, the idea of what we should strive for in our leisure time if we redefine leisure time in our everyday life. Put simply, “life doesn’t begin and end with the objects we purchase.”

Garment

Men


Luxury today is that extra something; that so often unassuming touch of refinery found in the subtleties, be it in the way a shoulder drapes, or a shirt collar that falls just right. Enter a redefining of worth: clothing, footwear, and accessories that place talent before trend. Thoughtful craftsmanship before quick-fix fashion, with elevated offerings come from the mainline visionaries of Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, and their kindred spirits. We push forward with true artisans and uncompromising new creatives, such as MA+, Guidi and Devoa. At the same time, remaining grounded by a meaningful selection of responsibly made products from John Alexander Skelton, Petrucha Studio, and Story MFG.

Women


Fresh styles off the runways from the likes of Loewe and Rick Owens meet here, amongst new and less widely known designers such as Amiri and Avant Toi - with pieces rooted in and chosen for personal significance and an alluring quality—and perhaps, wonderfully unrecognizable by even a friend who is well astute in the world of fashion. High fashion meets high street. Don a hand-crafted blazer by Toogood over a SueUndercover shirt and Geoffrey B. Small skirt and you’re set for that much needed brunch date with dear friends or that important Monday meeting. Craft above all else. We support and celebrate makers and movers who place an emphasis on savoir-faire and individual expression.

Communication

We believe that culture expands our horizons and broadens our minds, and we take a meditative approach to the media we consume and the mindfulness that we aspire to. It begins with the subtleties, such as the background music that sets the feel and tone for the store. And that's why we have teamed up with Jonny Nash (Melody As Truth) and Vancouver’s thriving, boundary-pushing music scene - to produce original store soundtracks. A tightly curated book selection comes from world renowned dealer Donlon Books, who brings tangible, subversive offerings of new and rare publications. Our dedicated seminar space is an intimate setting for bringing our culture to life. A space for collaborating and lively conversation, for sharing forward-thinking ideas and inspiring concepts, for relaxation, for quiet moments of repose. We’ve had the honour to have hosted a range of events - from meditation events in partnership with Equinox to forums with Women in Tech.

Environment

Put simply, Leisure Center embodies the world we want to create in, to dream in, to live in. A vast space extends into the interiors, art, and technology with which we surround ourselves - from custom built vintage audio systems and vintage Klipsch speakers to art installations curated by Professor Patrick Andersson, and furniture from Finn Juhl and Christien Meindertsma. We are always looking to acquire cutting-edge products and technologies that both elevate and compliment our environment - with memorable touch points to create a lasting, relatable experience that brings people closer to the soul and craft behind the items they grow to cherish.

Nourishment

The things that are necessary for growth and good health, rebuilding our relationship between human needs and nature’s essence. This is encapsulated in our wellbeing bar from The Alchemist’s Kitchen - the first outpost outside of their New York home. True to its name, the objective is transformation—not of iron into gold - but of the self. It offers a celebration of the power of plants via a contemporary, evolving selection of whole-plant tonics and power foods. Beyond consumable goods, there sits a curated range of cutting-edge home appliances, as well as a natural beauty & cosmetics selection that includes products from the likes of Haeckels and La Bruket. Health from the inside out.

Service

Real service is built on thoughtful, interpersonal service, and we believe that the building of relationships does not end at the store front. Our VIP pods encapsulate this approach by focusing the attention on each individual client rather than of the products. Only then can we cater to individuals, individually. In contrast, our “Kids’ Office” is a truly fun place that goes against the overly serious trappings of most luxury environments. Life doesn’t begin and end with objects - we know that. Because first and foremost, Leisure Center is about offering an experience and questioning how we might ideally spend our leisure time if we stepped away from digital distraction and into more meaningful interactions. What would our day look like?

An Introduction to Leisure Center

CMK established in 2010 by architectural practices Mueller Kneer was chosen to design Leisure Center in 2016. CMK has garnered prestige in producing spaces for the arts, culture and fashion.

Ground Level

1. Iconic Corridor

Leisure Center is a destination for forward thinking souls from all over the world, a place where clothing, art and inner wellbeing can be experienced in a wholly new way, far from the mundane shopping centers and retail chain scene. Casper Mueller Kneer used Lshaped aluminum paneled walls to keep the space both open and labyrinthine.

2. Pop-up Space

Culture at its best expands our horizons and broadens our minds at Leisure Center, we provide a space specifically for artists and designers showing their work.

3. Library

Our book selection comes from world renowned dealer Donlon Books, who brings a tangible, subversive offering of new and rare publications.

4. Tonic Bar

Inspired by New York’s progressive concept Alchemist’s Kitchen, which works with the best plant based ingredients to conjure innovative, revitalizing food and drink.

5. Lifestyle

Put simply, Leisure Center is the world we want to live in, and this extends to the interiors, art and technology we surround ourselves with the best lifestyle product.

6. Garment

A redefining of luxury clothing, footwear and accessories that places talent before trend; thoughtful craftsmanship before quick fix fashion.

7. Ground Pattern

Commissioned by Canadian paper company Barber-Ellis in 1931. In keeping with their previous works the firm employed an art deco theme throughout the building, much of which is still intact today.

Lower Ground

The practice works with a wide range of briefs and scales, from cultural spaces and buildings, to private and commercial interiors, down to the design of bespoke furniture.

8. Seminar Room

seminar space is an intimate setting for bringing our culture to life. It is a space for announcing and sharing the forward thinking ideas that resonate with our ethos.

9. Vip Pods

Real service is built on thoughtful, considered service and the building of human relationships that don’t end at the store front. Our uncompromising VIP pods encapsulate this approach.

10. Kids Office

“Kids Office” is a truly fun place that goes against the over serious trappings of most luxury environments.

11. Vintage Audio

Custom built vintage audio system, vintage Klipsch speakers; it is about a 360 degree, relatable experience that brings people closer to the soul and skill behind the items they cherish.