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Shopping & Style

December 10 2014

How to Extend the Life Cycle of Your Fashion Items

Give new life to an old pair of specs. Along with her house line of unique frames, Sara Moshurchak offers eyewear repair services at Eyeland Framemakers. Whether it’s adding nose pads, refurbishing vintage eyewear, or major repairs like hinge replacement, Sara can spiff up any old frame to your liking. Bring them in and check out Eyeland’s in-store collection of unconventional frames made of sundrenched wood and palm tree husk.

If you’ve decided to invest in new frames, Bruce Eyewear’s premier collection will impress even the most selective fashionista. The boutique’s selection is a cut above the typical luxury brands found at your standard retailer, showcasing logo-free designs and rare collaborations from fashion houses like Thom Browne and Dita Eyewear. Since glasses are an important investment piece, each frame has a lifetime guarantee – so you can feel free to wear it with pride and without the usual worry of damage.

Denim was designed to last, but sometimes life happens. Perhaps you’ve made a few rips doing air guitar splits – don’t worry, we’re not judging. If that’s the case, get yourself to Dutil and take advantage of their repair and alteration services. The shop offers patch-and-sew repairs for the knee and crotch, and chain stitched hems done on a vintage Union Special machine.

Prevention is key to making your footwear last. Weather proof spray protects your shoes from being damaged by Vancouver rain and other daily rigors. Rowan Sky carries Mr. Walter’s line of weather guard spray, shoe cream polish, and cedar shoetrees to preserve footwear shape and eliminate odor. You can also find Otter Wax Fabric Wax, an all-natural heavy-duty wax that offers a long-lasting water repellent seal on canvas shoes, hats, backpacks, and more.

nika-designDo you have a leather piece or shoes with extensive damage? Nika Design offers complete in-house repairs, along with a wide selection of quality leather footwear, replete with hand-stitched leather soles – a traditional technique that’s hard to come by in contemporary shoe design. And if you need to invest in a new leather jacket, you can browse through their collection from Sweden, Germany and Italy.

Worn a dress once and already got bored of it? It happens to the best of us. Instead of tossing your frock in the hand-me-down pile, bring it over to Ric Yuenn. The local dressmaker specializes in dress alterations, so why not give your dress a makeover? Playing with a different hem or adding a new design twist can make it look new.

Speaking of style, it’s also important to refresh your home furnishings. If there’s a décor or furniture piece that needs some attention, you can re-work it to look brand new. L’Atelier Home provides a unique up-cycling service. It’s amazing what a little bit of painting and reupholstering can do to transform your old treasure into a new gem.