Our friends over at The Found & The Freed are pairing up with vintage clothing store Hey Jude for a holiday season pop-up of curated antiques and sweet duds at 3088 Main Street. The collaborative awesomeness starts December 7th and runs everyday through to December 21st from 11am to 7pm.
1. Etsy’s Industrial Revolution | The world of DIY and vintage has become a viable market for craft lovers and those preferring to purchase items with some hand-made flair. Etsy, the world’s vintage/craft epicentre, recently announced an upcoming change in policy that backpedals on everything they built their business on. A recent New York Times article states that the company is facing the same issue that led to the Industrial Revolution. Ultimately, it’s not Etsy’s policy change that is questioned, but rather what exactly defines something as “hand made”. It makes for an interesting read about the future of the craft industry in e-commerce as well as our changing appreciation for artisanal products.
2. Park Royal Re-Opens | November 30th marks the grand re-opening of the present mess of a construction site called Park Royal. Anthropologie, Sephora, Anne Taylor, J. Crew, and Zara are among the big name retailers set to be revealed there at the end of the month. So, expect more traffic, longer delays, and less parking in West Van than ever before come the holiday season!
3. Nicholas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton | The old assumption that the fashion industry is really incestuous is confirmed. Nicholas Ghesquiere, previously of the house of Balenciaga (which is now headed by that of Alexander Wang), moves to Louis Vuitton as creative director upon Marc Jacob’s departure. It is one of the biggest stories regarding high fashion this year and it will continue to be until the IPO for the Marc Jacobs line is released. Ghesquiere will hopefully “bring a new era to Vuitton in the same way he did at Balenciaga” (via Vogue UK)
4. Old Navy opens on Granville and Robson | Another giant chain moves onto Robson Street (and there wasn’t much rejoicing). Following the opening of Victoria’s Secret on Burrard and Robson, is anyone really surprised that the only store with enough dough to spend on Robson rent is a company that owns both The Gap and Banana Republic? Didn’t think so.
5. Hudson’s Bay Co. Jacket | As seen at the Grand Opening of Still Life on Main Street. Never goes out of style.
6. Isabel Marant for H&M | Why hasn’t my Instagram been flooded with boys and girls sporting the newest designer collaboration with H&M? This could be why: writer Alexander Fury claims that Isabel Marant is a “step down from the other talents H&M have tapped”. In other words, Isabel Marant doesn’t compare to the likes of Rei Kawakubo and Maison Martin Margela. However, her entry into the H&M designer collaboration hall of fame is not for her progressive designs; Marant is heralded for her knack of knowing who the modern French girl is and what she’ll be wearing. In any case, thanks to Fury, I don’t feel so bad for sleeping in on that fateful November 14th morning when the collaboration was launched.
7. The Bullet-Proof Suit | No, we’re not talking about an extra stylish suit to protect you from social media ridicule. We’re talking about an actual bulletproof suit made for super-heroes and gangsters. Garrison Bespoke in Toronto has launched a line made to withstand a spray of lead whilst looking dapper. The luxury tailoring house said, “after receiving requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work, we went out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath”. So if you’re in the market for a good suit and you want to feel like Batman (and you have an extra 20 grand burning a hole in your pocket), consider a bulletproof suit by Garrison Bespoke. Oh, and it also protects against stabbing. Yay.
8. Black & White Acre Projects | A minimal black and white outfit as seen at the Acre Projects Fashion Show last month.
9. Fur and striped jacket | Spotted at the Vancouver Public Library.
10 Leather and sparkle | Pair something harsh like a black jacket with a leather lapel with something more girly and feminine like a sparkle-embellished athletic sweater. This local girl pulled it off.
11. Polka Dots: This outfit is very Karen Walker Spring/Summer 2013, what with the light blue and white polka dot dress and white cropped blazer. As seen at Cavalier.
12. Obscenely Popular Shoes with Questionable Aesthetics Explained | It’s far too easy to adopt attitudes towards fashion trends and styles because we see it in popular media. Attraction towards something because someone else is wearing it seems perfectly natural but we’re just not entirely sure WHY we like it. Thanks to Bullett Media, current shoe trends and styles are analyzed from an outside perspective, completely disconnected from the blogs and magazines that influence taste. Give it a read; it’s funny because it’s true.
13. Cat Dress | Quirky prints and a coffee make an outfit more interesting. Seen at Revolver.
14. Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen | Damien Hirst has launched a capsule collection with Alexander McQueen. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of McQueen’s iconic skull scarf (emulated everywhere), the artist has created 30 different styles ranging from the Forgiveness scarf featuring butterflies in various colours and other flying insects surrounding a prominent skull image in the centre, to the purple Perfect Moment scarf with scattered butterflies joining in the middle to make up a skull image. The pairing of these two visionaries is perfect; they share an aesthetic that is dark, eerie, and mystical. The collection launched Friday and is available at Alexander McQueen boutiques. (via T Magazine)
15. Must See Fashion Documentaries | Rainy days call for spending much-needed time inside watching movies. This weekend, consider skipping that Lord of the Rings marathon and take it upon yourself to brush up on your fashion history. Check out this list of “Must See Fashion Documentaries” care of The Style Spy. Not included in the list (but very worthy of your time) is the Yves Saint Laurent documentary, L’Amour Fou and the biopic starring Andrey Tatou as Coco Chanel in Coco Avant Chanel.
16. Must follow Vancouver fashion blog: Style is Style | If there’s one thing I love, it’s a girl who can rock a style no matter the era. Lydia, of Style is Style, can sport anything from thrifted items and adorable boat hats to full A-Line skirts, oxford shoes, and vintage blouses. She’s got a thing for colour and she’s incredible at mixing prints, plus she has a talent for thrifting. So, to say that we should take a few style notes from Lydia would be a severe understatement. We should do ourselves a favour and take a lot.
17. Woody Allen | Woody looking like he’s waiting for a girl to try on a new dress at Oliver & Lilly’s new location near Beaucoup Bakery.
18. Toques & Muted Colours | Restrained colours are popular this winter; stick to more muted tones like beige, caramel, black, rusty red, and white. Toques, natch, are a staple.
19. Black Patent Heels | Spotted in Gastown – a pair of black patent leather oxford heels, perfect for the season.
Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She is enthused by anything out of the ordinary, loving 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.
by Robyn Yager | The popular Main Street consignment store Front & Company is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year by featuring four of their favourite displays in one collaborative window exhibit. Ranging from 1997 – 2008, the exhibit features a collection of white dresses made from paper, a glass waterfall, a lead submarine, paper cakes and delicacies of every size, all elaborate and stunning in thir detail. Well known for their beautiful and creative displays, Front & Company’s work rivals that of big timers like Holt Renfrew and The Bay.
Diana Li opened the store in 1993, starting out as a small vintage shop with accoutrements traditionally found in thrift shops. The next 20 years has see it grow into much more than Li could have ever dreamed, expanding into a consignment shop selling gently used clothes in addition to samples, new clothing, accessories, shoes, and all manner of eclectic gifts. A smaller novelty shop can be found next door that specializes in home wares, gifts, cards, baby items, and jewelry. So raise a glass with congratulations to Front & Company! Here’s to many more years as one of Vancouver’s best shops!
Pecha Kucha is coming up tomorrow night (watch for our ticket giveaway on Twitter), and as per usual we’ve sought out one of the interesting speakers for a sit down. Lyndon Cormack is the Co-Founder of Herschel Supply Co.. He launched the company with his brother, Jamie, in 2009, and the two of them have since changed the way we look at the humble backpack as an everyday fashion accessory. Herschel Supply products are sold in Canada, from the foothills of the Rockies and Europe to Australia and all across Asia (and everywhere in between). Their company was named after the small town in Saskatchewan where three generations of the Cormack family grew up. Scout recently took a tour of the Herschel headquarters in Railtown last week and spent some time talking to Jamie and Lyndon. Here is that conversation:
Herschel is an outdoor-focused brand. It’s in the DNA of the company. Tell us about your favourite local excursions. Where do you go? (Lyndon) I live in Deep Cove and I have kids, so I stay pretty close to home, I think our family is personally responsible for some of the cutaway trails that go to Quarry Rock. We use the trails all the time and run them. During the recent fog we were getting above it and going up to Seymour where it was scorching hot and sunny. Being from Deep Cove, it’s even an excursion to go to Granville Island. Places that other parts of Vancouver consider to be their backyards are excursions to us. Both Jamie and I have boats (Boston Whalers), so we’re boating around there all the time. (Jamie) Last trip in the Whaler? I use it weekly. I was out last week, fishing out by Bowen. We caught lots of pinks. Didn’t keep any, but it’s fun to get out there.
While we’re on the topic of Deep Cove, the two of you recently launched a side project – a new retail shop – there called A’hoy with your brother Jamie and Deep Cove business veteran Megan Curran of Room6. How on earth did you find the time and vision to start a side project on top of running Herschel? (Lyndon) We LOVE Deep Cove. I mean, we both live there. We boat there and spend a bunch of time there. With the geographic location of it, the beauty of it and the access to nature, it’s amazing to me that it’s just not THAT good. It hasn’t developed into something ridiculous. I mean, we have a fantastic, Vancouver-famous doughnut shop called Honey Doughnuts; we have a fantastic restaurant called The Arms Reach Bistro; and there is a great gift shop called Room6, which is also amazing.
So there is some good stuff, just not enough? Jamie and I were saying: “Rather than bitch, why not do something great here?” We had an opportunity to partner with Megan [Curran] and open something else with a different concept; something that would cater to men, women and kids. It’s a small space (800 square feet), but we fill it up with our favourite classic brands: Vans, Cons, Ray Ban, Levi’s, HBC, Pendleton and Herschel Supply. We wanted a business that could cater to the local community as well as have some cache for Vancouverites to come out for a visit. A’hoy aims to portray a picture of what Deep Cove is about: comfort, casual, classic.
So, Deep Cove is home, but you think that it could be a lot better. The new shop is a move in that direction. How else would you like to see it change? Why hasn’t someone opened the best fish and chips joint? A cute, organic fish n’ chip shop with perfect packaging and clever design. Why isn’t it there? I mean, there is a fish n’ chip shop there, but…put it this way, I think Bestie is a perfect example of something that has been able to come in and offer a fresh story. It was done through good design. Good design isn’t expensive. It’s the thoughtfulness and the passion that are the hard part. So why isn’t it there? I don’t know. I find it shocking and that’s why we need to fix it.
It’s about doing things differently. I think the clients in Deep Cove will spend money, if it’s worth it. If you’re just jacking up your prices because you feel you can, you’ll fail miserably because but it’s just not the community that is going to pay for that. They like value but they also care about quality. And they care about design. I’m probably guilty of thinking of the macro rather than the micro. I see the big picture of these businesses and I see the way that Deep Cove could evolve. There are a whole bunch of people who could do it better than us. They should come. Come to Deep Cove! Start a trend!
So, if you have a predilection for the ‘macro’ view with your hobbies, that’s probably true of your business as well. How do you draw the line and stay on track? Both Jamie and I are idea guys. We have to show a lot of restraint in not developing a lot of new products. We’re very focused. It’s not because we can’t. We have every opportunity in the world. We can, wether it be t-shirts, hats, footwear, or glasses or watches or what have you. We could do anything. Right now, what’s important for us is to solidify our foundation, because the foundation’s not set yet. Once we have that firm foundation we can built a lot on that.
The goal is to always worry about that that target on our back, continue to innovate, continue to create, change, continue to adapt . You’ve got to own your space in the market. We earned it, now we have to own it. Globally. That’s a challenge.
How do you avoid the trap of becoming a fad and burning out? We talk a lot internally about ‘getting too comfortable’ and I think that would turn us in to a fad and that would possibly have the ‘fizzle out’ affect. If we got too comfortable and started saying things like “Hey, we sold ‘this many’ black this year and we sold ‘this many’ navy last year” and all of a sudden you stop trying to innovate, stop trying to change, stop trying to be better and you worry about the anniversary of your business rather than creating new stories to tell.
There is a cycle that comes through. Someone who bought a bag in year one might not buy a bag the next year, but they might come through in year three. They need to have that same excitement and sense of discovery at that point. Sure, they know the brand, but now they want to know a new story or a new product within that brand. That requires innovation. That’s going to be the key. That’s the key for every brand. And any great brand that’s actually managed to succeed has constantly innovated, constantly changed. If we don’t do that, we deserve to fizzle out.
In order to make sure we stay on track, we rely on not only our eye and our travel but our partners’ eyes and their travels. We rely on our ‘reps’ who have eyes on the road and in retail stores, and we rely our design team who is well-travelled and well-versed in culture. We listen to what they tell us about what they see. We trust that – with the number of eyes that we have on things now [hundreds] – that we can come up with a pretty good sense of what will work. After that, you’ve got to just go with your gut.
(Jamie) Pushing in to new categories so that even if someone does own a bag and they are not looking for a bag that day, they are going to come back and buy a wallet, buy a computer sleeve, want that new duffle bag. Our range has expanded. That’s one thing that we knew right from our first season, we did not want to be pigeon holed. We wanted to offer range. It allowed us some creative freedom. It allowed us to be able go out there and think about more than just one thing. We had it on our minds because we were travelling.
At this stage, we’ve been able to stand back and look at things like: how do you us devices, how do you use an iPad, how do you travel with your bag? So our bags have a heritage feel for the user, but once you open them up, they function. Constantly innovating.
Is part of the plan to have a little boutique for Herschel, a flagship? (Lyndon) I would have to say yes. It’s definitely going to be something we do. We have some shops in Hong Kong and Taiwan, some kiosks in Korea. Eventually we would move to having a couple of flagships, but they have to be in the right place at the right time. We’re just getting started here in terms of our brand, we’re only 4 years old.
A new store called Litchfield is set to open later this afternoon at 38 Water Street in Gastown. Earlier today, the very personable owner, Jonathon Litchfield (above, right), unlocked the doors so I could take a quick peek while he and his boyfriend, Philip Turley (above, left), continued to stock the shelves, sweep up, and generally prep the space for its first customers.
Litchfield, it turns out, is the former President of Martha Sturdy’s namesake company, Sturdy (a fact that wasn’t volunteered as a boast, but rather discovered via Google). He took possession of the long, high-ceilinged rectangular space – which housed the Ishara boutique for some five years – on October 1st. It’s been a pretty quick turnaround.
The eponymous shop is geared towards men, particularly – I think – those who dig high quality projections of clean-cut masculinity. Expect everything from Juniper Ridge’s “Trail Crew” soaps and Burroughs Beard Oil to titanium camp cups and wood-handled Opinel folding knives. “It’s a concept store,” Litchfield says. “It was inspired by my family and how we lived when we were growing up.”
That makes sense. Jonathon is the oldest of five kids who were raised in a small city outside Osaka. The Japanese aesthetic/influence comes across loud and clear throughout the store. “We like well-crafted things that are made by nice people.” he said while waving at the stock around him. “Nothing is just decorative. Everything is as beautiful as it is useful.” This is well-evidenced by all the axes (made by Litchfield’s own brother), slingshots, bold ceramics, and so on. It ain’t just pretty.
It’s a precisely curated shop; I suppose a sort of retail expression of Litchfield’s own self. I don’t know him from Adam, but I suspect the shop’s tag line – “How We Live” – is likely super apt.
Check it out and say hi for us. The hours of operation aren’t firm yet, but it’ll probably be 10am to 6pm or 7pm.
If you’ve ever walked through the atrium from Water Street to Blood Alley in Gastown you’ve probably been a little seduced by Neighbour, the sweet-looking men’s clothing shop next to Boneta. The good folks at the brand new website Make Directory just directed us to a video they made that profiles the beautiful store and the tastes of its charming owner, Saager Dilawri. Give it a twirl.
by Robyn Yager | Menswear fashion label, Wings + Horns, opened their first retail space on November 1st in the industrial nook of West 5th Avenue. It’s a modern, minimalist looker of polished concrete, 100-year-old reclaimed fir, metal detailing and glass.
In addition to showcasing the W+H goods, it serves as a concept space for local line Reigning Champ. Right now, a pair of signed giclee prints shot specifically for the shop by Vancouver photographer Colin Adair hang as part of a dsptch collaboration that launches later this month (the 36” x 24” prints are available for purchase either framed or unframed in an edition of five).
Wings + Horns is a brand that epitomizes West Coast men’s fashion. Its clothes can be found in several shops around Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as in the US, Korea, Japan, London, and Switzerland. Founded in 2004, the line blends Canadian and Japanese fashion elements with clean, crisp results. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by the 1950′s modernist youth movement in London with outerwear, tees, shirts, vests, knit sweaters, and trousers in customized knits, textured wools and tartans all coming together in classic style with a utilitarian edge.
Check it out at 133 West 5th Avenue between Manitoba and Columbia.
by Robyn Yager | Do you ever find yourself standing in front of your closet, staring at clothes that seldom make the rotation? Do they haunt you because you know you have the need to get rid of them, but you just can’t find it in your heart (or your wallet) to simply give them away or donate them? Have you had previous problems with consignment shops, returning to the store only to find that only a portion of your items have sold and the gamble you took on lugging all of your old items in feels barely worth it? Well, we have found a store for you that can cure all of the above concerns.
Jigme Nehring is the founder of the new Mine & Yours Co., a carefully curated women’s resale shop (not to be confused with a consignment store) located at 1060 Hornby Street. What sets it apart from other stores is that they offer 30% up-front in cash on your items.
After spending the summer collecting inventory, they opened just a few weeks ago. Pieces in their current collection range from low-end to high-end (ie. from Topshop to Chanel). In addition to offering an extraordinary assortment of garments, they also get the community involved creating and fostering relationships with Vancouver’s talented stylists, bloggers, and local celebrities.
The Mine & Yours team is made up of three extremely smart and stylish women – Jigme Nehring (founder), Joanna Chaffin (buyer), Courtney Watkins (partner) – and each of them bring a broad knowledge of art, fashion, and business to the table. Check out the shop for some super nice wares that have been edited and pared down to only the best of the best. The prices are friendly, too, plus buying preloved and knowing you can swap it out later for something different is motivation in itself.
“We don’t really have any criteria when we take clothes from people, but of course we like things to be on-trend and in season,” says Chaffin. ”We also encourage people to come in with an accumulation of clothing, as opposed to one or two things. That way, as the seller, you get your money’s worth.”
The shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11-7pm.
by Robyn Yager | If you don’t have a trusty fall coat by now, have no fear – there’s still plenty of time and places to find one. Sourced from some of the best boutiques and shops around town here is an all-encompassing list of must have outerwear for the season. This list features coats all across the spectrum, from the trench coat to the leather jacket as well as a few more unusual pieces in between to keep you dry, toasty, and looking awesome.
1. Coloured Statement Jacket | Pink is having an unusual moment in this season’s fashions. And not just any pink. We’re talking about the pale blush variety that we’re more likely to associate with early spring. In a sea of dark colours that we’re prone to see walking the streets of Vancouver this time of year, what better way to stand out than to wear something less solemn? This Maison Scotch wool throw coat found over at Cordova’s Today You Are Special is the perfect piece to pull this trend off. The shape is reminiscent of those large, over-sized felt jackets Rei Kawakubo designed for Commes Des Garcons, but they’re more approachable. The lovely peach pink colour is on trend, but it holds some warmer tones, which makes it a little more appropriate for fall. It’s also the perfect length with exaggerated shoulders so you can wear it over layers and still look graceful.
2. The Parka | A Canadian classic, this jacket is not for the faint of heart. It will always keep you warm. People turn to it when all else fails and your patience with trying to layer and still look great has diminished. Thankfully, all style doesn’t have to go out the window when choosing to wear a parka – there are lots of great looking options that will make you feel like you’re living in a sleeping bag without looking like you are. Still Life on Main Street has really great options with brands like Canada Cross, Ganni, and Fjall Raven. I love this Canada Cross Miramichi parka with its contrasted fabric detailing on the sleeves and hood. It’s a puffy jacket without being too much of a puffy jacket (due to the cargo jacket-like front). It also gives off the mild impression of a Soviet spy, which is dead sexy. Still Life also carries parkas for men like this beige and black Dawson jacket (also from Canada Cross), which is similar to a standard down jacket but with more structure and sophistication. Feel free to wear this type of jacket over anything. If it’s really that cold, no one will judge you!
3. Boyfriend Jacket | Men can officially stop worrying about us sneakily (or not so sneakily) “borrowing” their cozy outerwear. Since the inception of “boyfriend-style”, this look has been available in nearly everything from button-up shirts and jeans to even last summer’s loose-fitting oversized shorts. For this season, we’re coveting the “boyfriend jacket”. Its allure is its casual quality. It can be worn with everything. It suits an everyday look or can be thrown over something more formal. The effect is chic insouciance, only heavy on the warmth. You can find some great pieces at Gravity Pope, particularly the Chalayan wool-blend, thigh-length coat. The trick with such exaggerated outerwear is to pair it with something slender and sleek on the bottom like slim fitting pants with a minimal boot.
4. Trench Coat | Such a classic piece! The trench coat is often advertised in the spring, but it’s a coat that can be worn year round. What’s tricky about the trench is the warmth that it typically provides. Generally, they are made with a lighter fabric which is great for those warmer rainy months. However, you can find ones in heavier fabric that lets the wearer indulge in this classic shape for both spring and fall. A perfect example is this wool-blend trench in a gorgeous beige colour by Steven Alan at Oliver & Lilly’s. It’s a hybrid of trench coat and classic camel coat. Wear it over a pencil skirt and a white button-up with a pair of classic black pumps. Alternatively, try it with a pair of wide-legged denim pants and some Converse All-Stars.
5. The Varsity Jacket | The varsity jacket is for someone who enjoys a more casual style, doesn’t mind layering up, and has an appreciation for retro looks. It’s an iconic piece associated with high school athletics. The style has come back around but has been tweaked and updated for a more modern look, yet it’s still highly reminiscent of the original. For the guys, Board of Trade offers this cool varsity jacket by Mark McNairy. It’s modern yet vintage and an all-around great option in terms of casual outerwear. The piece uses the classic fabrics of tweed on the body and suede on the sleeves, yet the structure still remains largely inspired by sportswear. Ladies: see “boyfriend jacket”.
6. Camo Jacket | The camo jacket is something that never seems to go out of style. We thought it would back in the early 2000′s, but it has yet to leave our minds or our closets. The camouflage print offers a unique pattern and can even be considered a neutral (like a leopard print). According to Leighann Boquist of Oliver & Lilly’s, “you either love it or you hate it”. We’re pretty much loving it. When worn over a heavy knit sweater with a pair of jeans, the look is complete for a day grabbing coffee and heading to and from work. On the other hand, when paired with a little dress and tights, it dresses down the outfit making it appropriate to go from place to place, like a style passport. Check out Oliver & Lilly’s new location right next to Beaucoup Bakery for this fun women’s APC Army Jacket, as well as Gravity Pope for this Maison Kitsune option for men.
7. Rain Jacket | Everyone needs a good rain jacket in Vancouver. Unfortunately, few fit the style bill. In fact, rain jackets are notorious for compromising aesthetic for function. Finding something that can perform well under wet conditions and still look great should be a no-brainer, and it is with Dace. The fashion brand is a favourite in the city as the line is both designed and manufactured locally plus it’s the perfect expression of West Coast style. This Thomas waxed cotton rain coat is perfect for wearing over a cable knit sweater and jeans on the dampest of days. It comes in three colours, but our favourite is this deep green.
8. Leather Jacket | The leather jacket is a staple in the fall closet and it’s the most bad-ass of all your outerwear options. It typically alludes to motorcycles, rock and roll, and rebellion, but it can also keep you super cozy. Mackage is Canada’s ground zero for the ultimate leather jacket. It has become one of the most prestigious outerwear brands in North America. Based in Montreal and New York, the company prides itself on creating pieces that are sexy, modern, and chic. Blubird on Alberni carries a variety by the label, from the classic leather motorcycle jacket in black to pieces that are more along unconventional lines. A personal favourite is this bright orange number with shearling lapel. The colour is spot on for fall, plus it adds some much needed colour in a cold weather wardrobe that usually leans towards darker hues. Although the colour is a bit tricky to pull off, the shearling lapel tones down its intensity. Wear it with dark denim, a basic white t-shirt and a pair of sneakers and you have the perfect weekend outfit.
9. The Fancy Blazer | Sometimes you just need that stand-out jacket that will keep you warm indoors when heavy outerwear is just too much. Consider an embellished blazer with a metallic pattern. Metallic fabrics are back this holiday season and have been seen in dresses, trousers, and shoes (even make-up). What better way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe than in a fine smoking jacket by Canadian label Smythe? This gorgeous metallic jacket with velvet lapel is the perfect piece to layer over your party dress or used to take a day outfit into the night. Although it’s not likely to keep you warm walking around town, it’s light enough to be worn underneath at least a few of the options listed above. This one is purely for looks and it’s available atBlubird.
10. The Unconventional Jacket | Aside from all the fall trends of this season, one way to express your style through outerwear is to completely throw all popular styles out the window and try something unusual. Capes, for example, are fantastic pieces to have in one’s wardrobe. They are old-fashioned, beautiful, and elegant, plus they allow for more movement than a traditional jacket. Board of Trade carries their take on the cape, but this one by A Kind Of Guise incorporates some athleticism into the design. The German brand focuses on providing and manufacturing products that are “long-lasting with original ideas and great quality”. Their Cape Cool jacket is a double-faced navy blue wool garment inspired by the cape but with the addition of a high-rise collar, zipper closures and three-quarter length sleeves that make it a bit more contemporary while maintaining the traditional silhouette. Wear this over a neutral coloured thermal and a pair of black denim pants finished with your comfiest pair of durable boots.
We visited the first ever retail location of Lifetime Collective at 4386 Main St. yesterday with company founders Reid Stewart and Trevor Fleming. The new 800 sqft. shop – formerly Abe’s Furniture – will showcase ‘Lifetime Collective Men’s’ and ‘Uniform Standard by Lifetime’ Holiday 2013 collections, a selection from their ‘Lifetime Collective Women’s’ Fall/Winter 2013 line, along with a curated selection of magazines, books and housewares (including a ceramic mug collaboration by local Lindsey Hampton). The address will also house the company’s head office.
On opening night (tonight), the space – aka “Little Mountain Workshop” – will see cedar planters given life by our good friends at Victory Gardens, flanking window displays showcasing new wares, a modular feature wall (engineered by Trevor), mural works by Mark Warren Jacques, a photography installation by Jennilee Marigomen, a live musical performance by Reuben Bullock, and good times galore.
The brand, which has been in existence since 2002, started off – in a basement suite – as a collaborative group of artists and friends designing t-shirts for Vancouver’s skateboarding and snowboarding scenes. Today, they design clothes from head to toe for men and women around the world, all while maintaining the same collaborative ethos that drove them to where they are today. “We always wanted to have a shop but the circumstances never permitted,” says Stewart, who was also happy to show us (and share) lovely bottles of Lifetime’s collaboration with Tofino Brewing Company (label by Mark Warren Jacques).
Considering Lifetime’s success, they could have opened just about anywhere, so it’s great to see them right in their own wheelhouse, in a neighbourhood that several of their collaborators call home.
Opening hours will be 11am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and Sunday 12-5pm. We wish them well.
by Robyn Yager | In Canada, plaid has long run especially rampant in Fall, but it’s also making a high fashion turn this season (see Hedi Slimane, Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney, Celine, et al). As a “look”, it has traditionally been associated with lumberjacks, bros, Judd Nelson and Jordan Catalano, but it has roots that run much deeper than any contemporary trend or champion. Its origins are actually wrapped up in identity politics and fierce (and not so fierce) rebellions.
By definition, a “plaid” (from the Gaelic: “blanket”) is a garment worn as a singular piece of tartan fabric around the waist with one end tossed over the shoulder and fastened at the front. In North America, the descriptor is used interchangeably with “tartan” in reference to particular textile patterns. The word “tartan” is thought to come from the French word “tiretain” (from the verb tirer – “to draw”). The plaids/tartans that we’re familiar today consist “of cross horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colours in woven cloth”.
Tartans can be found in many cultures across the globe, but in Scotland, their specific colours and patterns represent clans, sects, families, and institutions. They were such a part of Highland identity that the English banned them as part of their strategy to bring the Scottish clans under their rule. The tartan was actually made illegal for an entire generation (1746-1982) via the infamous Dress Act. In the modern era, they are used to differentiate events, governing bodies, military groups, and so on, evoking pride and a sense of belonging.
Plaid and Canada are of course very close friends. Like it or not, from Bob and Doug Mackenzie to Don Cherry’s awful suits, the pattern is entrenched in our DNA, much like the toque. Canada even has an official tartan, as do each and every province (you can find those here).
In today’s fashions, tartan has become commonplace, usually in the form of button-up shirts, pants, skirts, or accessories (hello Burberry), but it first re-emerged as an expression of personal style in the rebellious and very anti-fashion punk subculture of the 1970′s, when the Royal Stewart tartan was worn in ripped shreds – a figurative middle finger to the civility of high British society. Vivienne Westwood is largely symbolic of this movement and has been incorporating tartans (as well as safety pins and bondage gear) into her designs since the beginning of punk. The pattern simmered in the 1980′s, particularly in film, alternating from prep (Sixteen Candles) to rebel (The Breakfast Club), before Marc Jacobs brought it back to the high-fashion forefront in 1992. He was no doubt inspired by the Pacific Northwest’s grunge movement, sending Doc Martens, flannels, and thermals down the runway. And so it seems that plaid will always says something about identity, and because of that it is one of those fashion facets that will always return with new meaning and something new to say.
Finding plaid in the city this time of year is easy. Walk down any fashion-forward, boutique-heavy street in Vancouver and you’re likely to cross a window display featuring the pattern in some form or another. For really great selections of plaids and flannels, check out Community Thrift & Vintage on Cordova for men and the Frock Shoppe on Carrall for women. Who knows, maybe one of the shirts you find belonged to a legitimate Canadian lumberjack at some point, with his best girl at his side…
STILL LIFE Vancouver
2315 Main St. | Vancouver, BC | V5T 3C9 | 604-876-5659
STILL LIFE For Him
551 Johnson St. | Victoria, BC | V8W 1M2 | 250-386-5655
STILL LIFE For Her
550 Johnson St. | Victoria, BC | V8W 1M3 | 250-386-5658
Matt Jensen – Owner
Kim Jensen – Owner
Alex Chichak – Vancouver Manager
Jordan Stout – Media
Everyone can be emailed at: shop [at] stilllifeboutique.com
About Still Life
Still Life opened the doors to retail fashion on Victoria, BC’s historic Johnson Street in 1984. Offering locals and tourists a wide variety of vintage and modern fashion for more than two decades, Matt & Kim Jensen took ownership in 2007 breathing new life into the iconic business now nestled amongst a growing community of locally-owned retail shops.
Upon taking over the business Matt, an expert woodworker from Vancouver and Kim, a former product developer for a major retail fashion chain began work on renovations at 551 Johnson Street. What became of the original location was now Matt & Kim’s vision of the new Still Life, filled with quality modern retail brands from smaller, international fashion labels.
In the summer of 2011 the newlywed Matt & Kim expanded their reach, opening the beautiful, new Still Life For Her at 550 Johnson Street, directly across the street from the original Still Life, freshly rebranded as Still Life For Him.
Two short years later, in the summer of 2013, Still Life For Him & For Her opened up a brand new location, just blocks from where Matt & Kim first met in beautiful Vancouver, BC at 2315 Main Street.
With thirty years in business serving the needs of the fashion savvy of Victoria, and now Vancouver, the Still Life brand has never looked better. Continually striving for the absolute best in customer service, brand individuality and quality retail fashion styles from around the globe, Still Life For Him & For Her stand tall as a testament to hard work and quality goods.
1. These boots. (Native Jimmy Plaid Shoes) | Before it gets really nasty out, it would be wise to grab a good, sturdy pair of boots. These holiday edition Natives are the perfect pair to add to your shoe collection. With their warm plaid lining and waterproof exterior, they are bound to keep your feet toasty and dry for the winter. Get a pair over at the new Still Life boutique on Main Street or find the original Jimmy boot on the Native Shoes website.
2. This book. (Seeking Love, Finding Overalls) | You’ve seen her blog and most likely seen her picture. You might have even met her, but Leandra Medine’s newest work is definitely something any Man Repeller fan, fashion lover, and even humour-appreciating reader should read. Many of the essays in the book sub-titled Seeking Love, Finding Overalls are inspired by stories that Medine has touched on in her posts, but they offer more insight and thought provoking prose than before, giving reasons as to how and why her experiences have helped her get to where she is now. Her notorious and crude asides make for a book that is inspiring, funny, and an all around entertaining read on being a girl and finding your way through the fashion world.
3. This nailpolish. (OPI Dating a Royal) | Bring on the dark colours! Gone are neons and pastels! Yup, it’s time to whip out the big guns with hues of grey, deep reds, and of course, navy blue. This beauty was found at a local Winner’s; the perfect nailpolish to bring in Fall.
4. This jewelry line. (Army of Rokosz) | Army of Rokosz jewelry, designed and handcrafted in Vancouver, epitomizes individuality. With inspiration drawn from “environmental observations and childhood memories [these pieces] bridge an East Van perspective with a suburban adolescence”. Available at Cavalier on West Hastings.
5. This service. (Garmentory.com) | There’s no denying it – getting something gorgeous on sale beats the heck out of paying full price for it. If you share this shopping ideology you’re going to love this service. Garmentory.com lets you shop the sale racks of local boutiques and designers from the comfort of your couch, bed, or wherever else you enjoy online shopping. Vancouver boutiques such as Oliver and Lilly’s, One of a Few, Today You Are Special, and Holly all have a stake in the site, as well as a few south of the border from Portland and New York. So, support some local shops, get a deal, and grab some gorgeous new fall pieces – all in one place.
Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She is enthused by anything out of the ordinary, loving 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.