LOOKCITY: On Decking Your Closet, Public Tattoo Spectacles And Chinatown Pop-Ups

November 30, 2012 

by Robyn Yager | The Chinatown Experiment on Columbia St. is currently holding a pop-up from military/biker denim designer Cotte d’Arms. If you’re up for some high-quality denim, the shop is around until December 2nd. Keep yourself updated on future pop-ups at the space here.

Was there something weird in the air at the Margiela for H&M launch? I thought so, too. Here’s an interesting retrospective on the questionable designer collaboration.

The photos above…

1. Double denim will always catch my eye.
2. Layering can be essential — leather jacket over an Mexican blanket-detailed cardigan.
3. Twofer. Camel coats are chic and I liked this guy’s modern take on the Cosby sweater.
4. An unexpected bow detail to tidy up a top knot.
5. I have a soft spot for toques. Guy had this bright red beanie paired over a cozy grandpa sweater.
6. This is Martin from Dominion Barbers in Gastown, and I love the bit of flannel peaking out from his leather.
7. Red heeled leopard print pumps — two classic shoe elements combined into one.

Exciting news for Aritzia fans: the Vancouver-based (now international) retailer has launched online shopping for the first time. Their idea combines the Lookbook and the Catalogue, making shopping their online store more intuitive than most others.

On Saturday December 8th, the Museum of Vancouver will be transformed into a real life tattoo parlour. Love you forever: a (pop-up) Tattoo Spectacle is a collaboration between the MOV and Chad Woodley of Sanitary Electric Tattoo. Wherein a select number of individuals will have the chance to be tattooed with designs inspired by controversial Vancouver designer and artist, Tobias Wong. Details here.

Scott Schumann is in town on December 3rd for a book signing at Secret Location. Go to their website and RSVP your attendance. In the meantime here’s 50 of the Best Street Style photos as chosen by some of the industry’s elite.  (UPDATE Due to some unforeseen travel delays, the Sartorialist book signing will now be Tuesday, December 4, from 4-7. )

Fall and winter means flannel and plaid. How cool is this coffee bag all decked out in plaid? That’s one bag of stylish Yirgacheffe from Bow Truss Coffee in Chicago.

Calling all Vancouver Fashion Bloggers and fans alike: on Sunday December 9, those adorable girls behind The Style Common are hosting Deck Your Closet, a holiday shopping event at the Four Seasons in Vancouver. Tickets are $10, get them here.

For someone with an affinity for the Canadian headwear staple, I’m officially enthused about the annual craft fair and fundraiser, TOQUE 2012, at Western Front on December 7 and 8. Be on the lookout for publications, cards, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and chocolate. On the Friday, come thirsty for cocktails and other treats.

Main Street boutique, Lark, has a collaborative shop-in-shop with Will Leather Goods of Eugene, Oregon. The manufacturer is known for their use of high quality materials and excellent workmanship. Lark has undergone an extensive renovation to incorporate this brand into their store and will be available for the entire month of December. Expect some really amazing bags and accessories; Lark knows their stuff when it comes to style.

Finally, here’s a little bit of fashion history for you: 15 Moments in Menswear for Women’s History featuring the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and Annie Hall as highlighted by Bullett Media.

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Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She runs The Rain Season blog and is enthused by anything out of the ordinary. She loves art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.

  • Rachel M

    Pretty sure the Chinatown Experiment is on Columbia, not Union.
    Otherwise, great write-up!

  • Scout Magazine

    That was my edit. My bad. Thanks for the heads up and fix.