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October 15 2014

A Guide to the Gastown Shop Hop

Bailey Nelson displays the art of spectology at their first Canadian flagship store in Gastown

Mix and mingle with fellow stylish locals as you peruse independent fashion in one of the most stylish neighbourhoods in the world. The Shop Hop is a great chance to check out one of a kind boutiques that might be off your radar, in addition to popping into your favourites. 

Newcomer, Bailey Nelson will partake in the upcoming Shop Hop displaying their in-house line of chic, affordable eyewear fashion starting at $145 a pair. Other spectology experts like custom frame shop, Eyeland Framemakers, and premier boutique, Bruce Eyewear will feature special surprises in store.

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As the night continues, make sure to explore Gastown’s menswear hub. FortKnight Boutique’s is a must-visit for top notch barbering and stylish GQ-worthy items like Cuban cigars, Caparison guitars, fountain pens and whiskey decanters.

More curated men’s fashion can be found at premier menswear boutiques Roden Gray, Neighbour and Inventory, who carry hard-to-find labels and designer fashion. If you like locally made fashion, shop Motherland’s in-house line of tailored button ups and stylish slacks.

For streetwear, surf and rockability, check out Menu Skateboard Shop‘s limited edition Santa Cruz and Star Wars skateboard decks, Hitz Boutique’s killer sneaker collection and Stussy’s labelled apparel and special collaboration merchandise.

Fall is an important season for new denim threads and you can find an incredibly selection of over 3,000 pairs of jeans at dutil’s denim library and some of the best Japanese selvage denim at Niftydo

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In search of new fall footwear? Discover unique soles for unique souls by innovative shoe designer, John Fluevog, and catch a glimpse of the design team at work on the upper floor. The Block stocks classic fashions and chic European footwear displayed at their grand shoe wall. More stylish footwear is available next door at shoe boutique, Rowan Sky, who carries both affordable and upscale footwear by international brands. If you want to get your hands on quality leather goods and shoes, visit Nika Design 

There’s an incredible mix of exclusive ladies fashion in the neighbourhood. Alfie Italia houses chic Italian-made apparel and new fashions by emerging Canadian designer, Travis Taddeo. If you like clothing with an edge, check out Ego Closet’s Korean sportswear luxe, and Mi Kemistry’s assortment of daring street-inspired partywear. New World Design offers 1950s-inspired dresses and pinup makeup services at their in-store beauty parlour. Nouvelle Nouvelle is a great place for locally crafted accessories and a curation of hip fashions by independent labels.

For one of a kind fashion, Montreal-based designer Clayton Evans showcases his distinctive, multi-wearable clothing at complexgeometries. Over at Angel Vancouver, you can find hand painted apparel and the latest collection of colourful bohemian styles by Spanish brand, Desigual.

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If you’re looking to revamp your space, L’Atelier Home offers upcycled vintage furniture and European-inspired decor, while Meuse Boutique carries baroque home fashions and dreamy dresses. Orling & Wu offers a range of cheerful home décor, elaborate wallpaper, and gourmet kitchen items. Litchfield has a thoughtful collection of quality everyday tools. Old Faithful’s selection of finely crafted housewares is also worth scoping out.

And why not get a head start on Christmas shopping? Meadow Gifts + Apparel has a lovely curation of unique cards, novelty prints and illustrated children’s books. If there’s a graphic T-shirt enthusiast on your list, check out Tees.ca’s collection of exclusive tees designed by local artists.

Once you’ve made your shopping rounds, end the evening by grabbing a bite and drink at Gastown’s best dining establishments. Those who have shopped at one of the participating retailers will receive food vouchers with exclusive deals to use at 16 Gastown restaurants including Blacktail Florist, Irish Heather, The DiamondPourhouse, and Water Street Cafe.

And don’t forget to share your #GastownShopHop moments on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. You can join in on all the Shop Hop festivities tomorrow, Oct 16th, between 5-9pm and look out for the gold balloons at entrances of each participating retailer. Check here for the full list.