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Shopping & Style

June 30 2016

An Alternative Guide to Shopping for Canada Day in Gastown

If red, white and maple isn’t your thing, wearing big cheesy hats, waving little paper flags or just hanging out in your moose motif onesie- there are lots of other ways to say Happy Canada Day here in Gastown.

Tees.ca keeps it simple and sticks to what they’re good at. Many of their unique shirts are designed here in Vancouver. Known for carrying one-of-a-kind designs, Tees.ca collaborates with up-and-coming artists from around the world, printing their unique artwork onto T-shirts, in exclusive, limited edition collections. Some of the Vancouver artists Tees.ca has collaborated with include Luc Latulippe, Robbie Vergara, and Mia Hansen who have all created T-shirt graphics that are exclusive to Tees.ca – located at 227 Abbott Street. Buy Canadian, wear Canadian.

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Kit and Ace is a Canadian apparel brand founded in 2014 by the former lead designer of Lululemon Athletica Inc. Shannon Wilson and her stepson JJ Wilson.They are relatively new in the hood and were born here in Gastown. They have created ‘technical cashmere’ clothing that combines everyday styled clothing that you can run, workout and do yoga in. Their summer t-shirt line is made here in Vancouver. Canadian style and craftsmanship that you can wear long after Canada Day.

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The Old Faithful Shop stocks good quality goods for simple, everyday living. Step back in time to when the simple necessities of life were built to last. These are tasteful, well made things – and of those which are made here at home, you’d be proud to say: “Made in Canada”. A signature piece – The OFS Linen Apron – comes in a few soft colours (sorry – no red) and is made in Canada. Perfect to wear with shorts and a tshirt while BBQ’ing on Canada Day.

As if walking through a time machine, local dress store  New World Designs is a portal looking into the mid century of ladies fashion. Owner Heidi Schmidt has her own private line of 1950s-esque dresses, designed with the ever-so flattering hourglass silhouette.

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Gastown newcomers, The Basement by Loyal Coalition on Cambie Street is a platform for local emerging streetwear-esque and casual wear brands from Vancouver, allowing designers to showcase their goods and be part of a collective of Vancouver businesses and entrepreneurs. You can’t get more local than that.

Custom Canadian dressmaker, Ric Yuenn has his own atelier on Cordova. His style is unique and you can catch him always sewing something interesting. Browse through his collection of vintage-inspired gowns with the idea of that holiday soiree in mind.

Also on Cordova, Motherland carries a casual assortment of menswear essentials. Their in-house label gives gents an affordable option for sartorial suiting and a majority of the line is produced at their Vancouver studio.

Nicole Bridger is a well-known designer throughout Canada. Her flagship store on Water Street, showcases her line of coveted eco style couture. Her designs are a true testament to eco-fashion, manufactured locally using sustainable fabrics.

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A number of Gastown shops feature a stylish selection of lifestyle wares by local up-and-comers.The Block is where style-conscious shoppers can find chic threads by established local designers. 

You’ll find beautiful jewelery at One of a Few. Many pieces are hand made here in Vancouver pictured above – a Noon Pearl Silver Choker Necklace with a drop pearl detail. 14.5″ diameter with a .5″ pearl drop.

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LYNNSteven carries lovely candles for your your July 1st patio party. There are 7 local neighbourhood inspired premium soy wax blends to choose from. The Vancouver Candle Company crafts locally-made soy wax candles with a modern aesthetic. Each candle is hand-poured from their Vancouver studio using only the finest local ingredients. 

Artina’s Jewellery offers an extensive collection of handcrafted, eco-friendly jewellery and supports aboriginal carvers and local jewelers like Victorian Harper and Carrie Maltilpi.

Silver Gallery showcases gold carvings by Robert J. Walsh along with genuine silver & natural gemstone jewellery, and exclusive, story-telling pieces by West Coast Native artists.

However you choose to celebrate, we wish everyone a Happy Canada Day!