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Special delivery: Express opens its first B.C. location in the Pacific Centre.

Hot on J. Crew’s heels, another American retailer has set up shop in downtown Vancouver. Last night, Express unveiled its new 6,500 square-foot store in the Pacific Centre with a party hosted by Glee hunk Mark Salling and Little Miss Degrassi-meets-90210, Shenae Grimes. The stars may already be headed back to L.A., but there’s still plenty to see in store.

If you’ve never heard of this particular American clothier for guys and gals, now’s the time to get acquainted. Think trendy and reasonably priced — like Joe Fresh, only ratcheted up a sexy notch — with styles ranging from club casual to weekday office.

And speaking of the office, are you as fed up with boxy and bulky dress shirts as we are? You worked hard at the gym to get that V-shape, so why hide it under a blousy sack, right? Enter the 1MX shirt, (pictured). Express’ most popular menswear item, the 1MX is a sleek, collared dress shirt with three distinct cuts (Extra Slim, Fitted and Modern Fit) that’s available in a host of fresh colours. But the best part is that it fits like a dream, right off the rack.

Don’t you want to Express yourself?

Pacific Centre Mall (701 W. Georgia St.)