A Guide to The 2016 Spring Shop Hop – Gastown
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Shopping & Style

April 19 2016

A Guide to The 2016 Spring Shop Hop

Many of the stores will offer special promotions on the season’s best clothing. Come celebrate the start of spring fashion. 

Here’s a guide to help you navigate the neighbourhood.

Welcome to the Shop Hop newcomers!

Say hello to Gastown’s newest clothing store /017. The European and Asian inspired indie label establishment is an important Gastown addition. They have beautiful clothes, refreshments and 35mm. Love the skin you’re in by experiencing Aesop – the Melbourne based natural skin care provider. Their hand cream is akin to ambrosia and their water street store is like a quasi LOTR hobbits house. Capilano Tea House is a delightful place to frequent – they make and bottle their own sodas. There are beautiful hats to be found at the Cappelleria Bertacchi Italian Hat Crafter – imported from the land of style. Frank & Oak, purveyors of stylish, relevant menswear are next on the tour. Their mission is simple: help a generation of men dress and live well at affordable prices. And we’re proud to welcome LBV Lifestyle Boutique – an intruiging environment in black & white, fur and gold which can only be truly appreciated in person 

Gastown is the heart of fashion.

Gastown is well known for its abundance of menswear shops, each carrying a cool array of casual and dapper attire. As usual, premium purveyors – Roden Gray and Neighbour will partake in this year’s festivities and are set to showcase their latest arrivals for the event.

Over on Cordova Street, Rowan Sky features a stylish shoe collection including sneaks from Onisuka Tiger. For inexpensive business-friendly fashion, try on the tailored button ups from Motherland’s private label collection.

Of course, there’s Strike MVMNT – they have a cool name and a whole lot of awesome athletic shoes. It’s getting pretty warm hey? – Hello!…..Its only April? Time for Tees.ca – a cool store that deals a wide variety of t-shirt designs from well known brands and local artists.

Serious denim heads can feast their eyes on Dutil‘s great jean suppy, containing over 2,000 pairs of fresh denim. Speaking of denim, visit Niftydo for raw selvage jeans and quality leather accessories.

For limited edition street wear proceed to Menu Skateboard Shop for stuff like the New Vans Sk8 Hi Reissue Pro “77 in cinnamon. Mmmmhhhh…..cinnamon.

John Fluevog is here again, as always with totally unique designs and just really stylish shoes – they are having a contest to win 10 years of free shoes. Nice.

Nika Design will be open and you simply must check them out. They make their own shoes and have celebs going in there all the time. 

Gastown’s women’s fashion boutiques deliver a stylish spectrum of high-end contemporary fashion. Artemisia displays trendy frocks suited for a girls night out. If you’re a little more daring, Ego Closet carries sport luxe outerwear and edgy looks from UK and Korea.

Those chanelling the trendy 70s can find affordable threads at Community Thrifty & Vintage

For fashion that’s effortlessly cool, Nouvelle Nouvelle carries casual styles from up-and-coming brands. One of a Few’s curation favours European-chic designs from established brands like Rachel Comey and Karen Walker – along with locally made jewellery.

If you’re shopping for versatile clothing, browse through Oak & Fort‘s new spring collection – and make your way to M0851 Vancouver for soft leather goods. The Block carries classic fashion from well-known global brands and local designers.

For the latest in contemporary women’s fashion, keep an eye out for colourful party skirts, Canadian-made lingerie, and natural beauty products at LYNNSteven.

Neighbour Woman, sister store to Neighbour will be unveiling their Belgium In The Spring – STEPHAN SCHNEIDER / WOMENS SS16 “Flattering Flags” Collection.

Then a visit to Nicole Bridger – a women’s fashion line for the effortlessly chic and environmentally conscious woman where the environment is as valuable as style. 

The Latest Scoop is a lifestyle concept store with a rich cornucopia of fashion, furniture, home décor, accessories, footwear and gifts. Their buying is not based on brands, but on what they believe to be beautiful, affordable and desirable.

And for the bride to be, Truvelle Boutique is pure magic in white come to life. Their upper floor boutique is like a midsummers night dream.

Inside Wardrobe Apparel you’ll find an atmosphere that brings a dynamic and cosmopolitan vision to the fashion and e-commerce market. If you love stores with two names and an ampersand, you’ll love Kit & Ace with their cashmere variations and Poppy & Rye – a fashion and lifestyle boutique with classic and boho-chic design.

Angel Vancouver has a great selection of shoes, sandals and flip flops from Desigual’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection.

Frames, barbers, jewellery, home fashion and unicorn tattoos at the Hop.

Shopping for new frames? If not, you’ll probably end up buying some anyways when you see Baily Nelson’s affordable fashion specs and Bruce Eyewear‘s premium selection – or consult with Sara at Eyeland Framemakers to have unique pair made just for you. And while you’re there, you should head to the back and into Dream to see what they have to offer. Durant Sessions may take a healthy portion of your evening as their eyewear is simply stunning. You must insist that this store be part of your evening.

The gentlemen who value haute-grooming can sojourn with the consortium at FortKnight and their merry band of in-house barbers.

Artina’s Jewelery boasts the world’s largest selection of hand crafted West Coast Native and contemporary Canadian jewellery. The hop also has the sparkling Silver Gallery with an exclusive collection of rings, hand crafted by Haida Artist – Norman Bentley.

You’ll find high end, premium quality sex toys and lingerie in the realm that is Honey Gifts. In the fairy forest of whimsy one can discover Meadow Gifts + Apparel with nostalgic gifts and cute things like Fox & Hare mugs and unicorn tattoos.

LUMAS Gallery is quite pleasant and gripping at the same time – have a look at their prints especially WERNER PAWLOK.

Like you, your home deserves to be fashionable. Espace D, Old Faithful Shop, Litchfield, L’Atelier Home, Orling & Wu are by far, some of the finest places in the neighbourhood to make your sanctuary beautiful.

Dinner time….ring my bell.

Once you’ve completed your shopping rounds, wind down at one of Gastown’s eateries. 

Enjoy Bambudda’s dim sum plates and old world style Neopolitan pizza at Nicli Antica Pizzeria.

And, if you’re looking to wet your whistle with fine wines and and maybe an appy, try Water Street Cafe or head to Tacofino for a spicy fresh burrito and some hot fried churros.  For impeccably crafted cocktails, perch yourself on a barstool at Pourhouse and then head over to Revel Room to play cocktail roulette and listen to some live music.

Everything is as fresh as daisies at Brioche – try their coastal antipasto platters, cioppino stew and daily scratch homemade soups. The Greedy Pig will delight with it’s seasonal menu and a unique whiskey & bourbon cocktail list created by local barman Nick Devine.

Mosquito has the best house made desserts in Gastown and The Old Spaghetti Factory is perfect for big portions at great prices –classic Italian comfort food.

And remember friends…always share your #GastownShopHop moments on TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

A full list of participating shops and restaurants can be found here: