August 1 2014
Proudly Made in B.C.
Written by Gastown Admin
Board of Trade Co
Board of Trade Co is a purveyor of independent fashion. The hip ‘trading post’ carefully curates their selection to include exclusive styles made by talented designers from Korea, Italy, and beyond, but discovering emerging Vancouver-based brands is a true highlight when shopping there. Drop by and check out their selection of London Alexander, a contemporary menswear line featuring tailored apparel that’s designed and manufactured in Vancouver.
FortKnight Boutique is no stranger to men’s grooming. The lifestyle men’s boutique is a true gentleman’s quarter, carrying one-of-a-kind items like fountain pens, Cuban cigars, and premium guitars. If you’re looking for a quality product to tame your facial hair, FortKnight’s Moustache Wax and Beard Balm are great options. Both are made in Vancouver using 100% all natural ingredients.
A favourite destination for local style connoisseurs, Nouvelle Nouvelle stocks all that is hip and unique from Tai fish shaped soaps to vintage footwear. There’s a great collection of locally made fashion from independent designers, including stylish leather bags by Ora Bags, handknit wool accessories by Hendrik Lou and handcrafted, pre-tied bow ties by Beaux (pictured here).
Beaux bow tie in paisley floral
For chic shoes and accessories, make sure to visit Rowan Sky. This stylish footwear boutique carries a growing list of independent local brands. Keep an eye out for Wolf Circus, a unique line of jewellery designed by local artist, Fiona Morrison. Her pieces are unique and bold, designed with an edge, and handmade in Vancouver.
Dace peach button up (left) and willow short (right), both available at The Block
Vancouver men and women will discover great classic fashion at the Block. This stylish boutique stocks an incredible variety of wearable fashion designed by internationally established brands and emerging local designers. Come by and shop their collection of Dace clothing, a sophisticated womenswear line that is designed, produced and manufactured locally.
Get the party started with Partyskirts. The Vancouver-made brand creates high wasted, 100% silk taffeta party skirts that easily make an outfit celebration-worthy. Shop for your own Partyskirt at LYNNSteven, a local favourite providing stylish ladies fashion from both emerging and establish brands all over the map.
A lady length Partyskirt in Wild Strawberry
Dream Boutique is a great shop for discovering rare, locally designed treasures. Showcasing items made by independent Vancouver talent, everything inside is stylish, unique and limited edition. Dream is currently carrying Cuche, a line of locally designed, hand-built bikinis. These classic bikinis are made in limited runs for those who like to stand out from the crowd in a one-of-a kind creation.
Cuche ‘Darcia’ bikini, found at Dream Boutique
Sharks + Hammers
Ken Diamond Keychains
Sharks & Hammers is not your average shop. Inside, there’s an assortment of finely crafted products from creative zines and hip hop memorabilia to 3D skull-shaped keys and clothing patches. You can always find rare, locally designed items including this line of high-quality leather goods, handmade in Vancouver by Ken Diamond.
One of a Few
One of a Few carries a variety of fashion options for the modern woman, showcasing emerging and established brands. Shop their selection of curated vintage items, European footwear, and locally designed jewellery. If you like statement jewellery, look out for Anita Sikma’s line of stunning Art Deco-inspired jewellery, designed and handcrafted in Vancouver.
Anita Sikma Suspension Pendant