January 14 2014
Gastown Style Scene: Tees Designed in Our Hood
Written by Gastown Admin
If you’re looking for an original graphic on your T-shirt, be sure to check out Tees.ca. 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. A couple of Vancouver artists Tees.ca has collaborated with include Luc Latulippe, Robbie Vergara, and Ian Adams of Done Creative, who have all created T-shirt graphics that are exclusive to Tees.ca, located at 227 Abbott Street.
Sharks and Hammers
At Sharks + Hammers you will find a unique selection of hard-to-find apparel, toys, music books, hip hop zines, and other cool things. What sets Sharks + Hammers apart from other shops is their knack for carrying local brands representing East Vancouver, such as T-shirt line, Welcome to East Van. The community lifestyle brand from East Vancouver pays homage to the neighbourhood, incorporating names of signature streets and Ken Lum’s East Van cross in their designs. If you’re from the hood, or simply want to rep your city, check out the line at Sharks + Hammers at 54 Alexander Street.
Menu Skateboard Shop
For decks, apparel, and footwear by some of the best skateboard and streetwear brands, Menu Skate Shop is your shop. Menu carries Lords of Gastown, a Vancouver-based lifestyle apparel brand born out of Pacific Northwest motorcycle culture. Menu has recently collaborated with Lords of Gastown to produce a limited edition collection (pictured to the left). Along with Lords of Gastown, Menu also carries Vancouver brand, RDS. Check out the selection in person at 114 Water Street.
Like a female barbershop, Queens Boutique is a great place to sit back, crown your nails with statement designs, and scope out the selection of statement streetwear and jewellery. Along with a great selection of vintage tees, Queens Boutique has a private label line of bold T-shirts designed for urban divas from all walks of life. Check out their line of ‘Crown the Queens’ apparel and more T-shirts designed with an attitude at 12 East Cordova Street.
Angel Vancouver gives new meaning to wearable art with owner Jackie Hailburton’s exclusive collection of custom, hand-painted shirts. Jackie’s hand-painted shirts have been sought-after by many celebrity clients including actresses Dakota Fanning, Uma Thurman, and rockers Steve Tyler of Aerosmtih, and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. If you’re looking to commemorate your furry loved one, check Angel’s hand painted, dog and cat portraits in person at 2 Powell Street.