The exclusive shopping club that costs $25,000 to join (but you do get $17,500 worth of store credit)
22:10 GMT, 18 May 2012
An exclusive Canadian shopping club is offering membership priced at $25,000.
Colton's Personal Couture, an appointment-only personal shopping service, opened in Vancouver yesterday.
The membership cost, which entitles a shopper and their family to one year's access to the club, includes $17,500 store credit. The remaining $7,500 goes to membership alone.
Plush: A shopping club founded by Howard Colton (above), has launched in Canada. Membership is priced at $25,000 which includes $17,500 of store credit. The men's showroom is pictured above
As a member of the club, which was founded by Canadian businessman Howard Colton, shoppers can browse apparel, shoes and accessories for both men and women.
Fashion labels such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Hermes, Tom Ford, Etro, Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci and Balenciaga are all found on-site.
The collections are showcased in a private penthouse located in Richmond, British Columbia.
The luxury range of goods contained in the penthouse has been valued at more than $500,000.
Extravagant: The stunning client liaison room, featured above, doubles as Mr Colton's office
Luxury: The penthouse also features a spacious balcony area where shoppers can put their feet up and relax
Ritzy: If the outdoor lounge is not enough for exhausted shoppers, there is also an atrium (above) on-site
The penthouse itself features plenty of luxury details.
A spacious balcony provides a rest area for shoppers to relax after giving their credit cards a workout. There is also a men's showroom and a women's showroom as well as a client liaison office.
Personal shoppers, who are said to cater to a shopper's need like few others, are also on hand to help shoppers purchase goods that are suited to them.
The club promises an exclusive shopping experience without the hassle of shop assistants.
Its website states: 'Imagine a luxury shopping experience where you develop personal relationships with people who understand your tastes, where there are no sales associates, only partners and confidantes.
Spacious: The club is intended to be a 'bespoke' shopping experience, according to its founder
Fit for a king: The club is offering membership to 200 people but Mr Colton hopes to increase placings to 400 once the business takes off
'Where the very best couture products from the most celebrated fashion houses are specially selected for you.'
Mr Colton told Canada.com: 'I wanted to do it in a bespoke kind of way.
'We don't want 5,000 people to come through every day… we want one-on-one. And that we should become their fashion confidantes.'
The club is offering membership to 200 people but Mr Colton hopes to increase placings to 400 once the business takes off.
He claimed that more than 400 people, who range from private bankers to luxury car dealers, have shown interest in joining.