Board of Trade Co
206 Carrall Street
Board of Trade Co carries hip, one-of-a-kind fashion by emerging designers from all across the globe. Look out for a knitwear collection by local label, Hendrik Lou. All pieces are hand knit and designed by Stephanie Nan Oliver in Vancouver, using high quality, natural, and sustainable fibers, including fair-trade sourced alpaca yarn from Peru.
Lovers of local design will find their shopping paradise at Dream Boutique. The Gastown boutique carries only local designs including Vancouver womenswear brand, Allison Wonderland. The local brand has an eco-friendly collection called Pillar by Allison Wonderland, using all biodegradable material including organic cottons and silks, and recycled or natural fibers. Designer Allison Smith and her team make all the clothing in Vancouver.
dutil is a place you can count on for all your denim needs. In dutil’s denim library, there’s a wide array of styles by cool brands, like Nudie jeans. It’s not often you find fashionable denim made entirely from sustainable fabric. All designs by Nudie jeans are made entirely out of organic cotton. Nudie jeans is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, helping to ensure that the production teams are working in fair and ethical working environments.
Are you a Fluevog fanatic? Beloved shoe brand, John Fluevog, designs and produces creative, deco-inspired shoes and boots using eco-friendly materials and traditional methods. Around 60% of John Fluevog’s shoes are produced in small family owned factories in Portugal. A majority of soles are made with 100% biodegradable Havea Tree Latex and cemented using water-based glue. All of John Fluevog’s shoeboxes are made with recycled materials printed with soy-based inks. If you want to see where all the design magic happens, watch John Fluevog and his design team in action at their Gastown shop at 65 Water Street.
LynnSteven is currently carrying A Peace Treaty’s collection of ethically produced artisan level scarves. With a social enterprise approach, A Peace Treaty’s creates employment for skilled artisans from all over the world that are working in places of socio-political strife. Every season, A Peace Treaty travels and sets up intervention projects with local village artisans, helping to kick-start small, family-run village businesses that had been shut down or were suffering due to competition with factory-based manufacturing. By working with master artisans, A Peace Treaty is reviving ancient handmade textiles techniques into their line of stunning scarves.
This menswear boutique houses modern interpretations of classic menswear, with 80% of all clothing made in Vancouver. Motherland sells their own line of well-priced mens shirts made with quality cotton/canvas, under the name National Standard. Everything is designed entirely in-house, with 95% of manufacturing done in Vancouver.
Neighbour is no stranger to carrying quality fashion by thoughtfully conscious brands. One label to keep on your radar is British fashion designer, Christoper Raeburn. This up-and-coming designer uses re-appropriated military fabrics sourced throughout Europe. All garments are produced in England with high ethical standards. Neighbour is the only shop in Western Canada carrying Christopher Raeburn’s innovative garments.
Nouvelle Nouvelle houses a wide collection of stylish items made by local, independent designers, such as Ora Bags, based in Vancouver. Ora Bags are made and designed entirely by Randi Obernauer, using high quality luxury leather hides with a few designs made with recycled leather, sourced from vintage leather garments. Each handbag is handmade one by one from Randi’s studio in East Vancouver.
One of a Few is a place to find coveted fashion by international brands and independent designers. There’s a beautiful collection of handmade accessories by local designer, Andrea Wong. Each item is handcrafted by Andrea Wong and her team in Vancouver, using reclaimed materials like traditional vintage textiles and leather, whenever possible.
Among Rowan Sky’s selection of quality footwear you will find stylish, African-made boots by Oliberte. Oliberte is the first fair trade certified footwear. Each pair of shoes are made with premium African leather and natural rubber, and is handcrafted by their team at their factory in Ethiopia. Oliberte supports sustainable jobs by providing fair wages to staff and monitoring work conditions at Ethiopian manufactures, and paying farmers above market prices for raw materials. Oliberte’s footwear is stylish, ethical, and built to last.
The Block has a wonderful collection of international and locally made items for style conscious men and women. One of the local designs found at The Block is a line of leather bags by Erin Templeton. All designs by Erin Templeton are handmade in-house using recycled leather, imported cowhides, or a selection of exclusive and locally tanned elks and bison.