If you’re tired of cookie-cutter outfits and are looking to spice up your wardrobe with one-of-a-kind or limited edition clothing and accessories, shopping at Vancouver’s indie stores is for you. Whatever your style, you’re bound to find something you’ll love.
Here are some of your top choices:
511 Carrall St
Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown , Erin Templeton offers discerning buyers new and recycled leather bags featuring minimal hardware and vintage accessories. Erin, a vintage buyer by trade, is a native Canadian who studied and honed her craft in London and Australia. Each of her pieces is sent off to their new home with the hope that they become your lifelong friend.
John Fluevog Shoes
Gastown at 65 Water St
For over forty years, John Fluevog of John Fluevog Shoes has created shoes that make walking a pure delight. Fluevog’s shoes are art-deco inspired, designed in Canada but brought to life all over the world. His creations often include an engraved message. This delightful store is located in a two-storey, glass-fronted building in the heart of the Granville Shopping District.
Oak + Fort
355 Water Street
The Oak and Fort is a heaven-sent for those who want simple, well-tailored clothes. The store has beautifully curated and affordable womenswear and menswear. They also offer jewelry and accessories, as well as beauty products and items for the home.
2960 Granville Streeton
Misch is a designer boutique owned and curated by Lara Osen. The store has been open since 2004 and features high-end, hard-to-find labels from established and up-and-coming designers in Italy, France, and Japan.
3715 Main St
Barefoot Contessa promises to delight, and delivers on that promise in buckets and then some. Here’s where you go to find all things feminine, retro, and lovely. Eva De Viveiros is the boutique owner, and her store has been around since 1999. Eva’s style philosophy is that you should always “wear what you love,” and she is a passionate advocate of mixing vintage pieces with new items, and high-priced pieces with affordable ones.
350 W Cordova St
The Block is Gastown’s fashion mainstay, offering curated pieces for women and men from contemporary international and Canadian designers. The Block has been around since 1984 and is currently owned by Jennifer MacKay, who bought the boutique from original owner Erian Baxter in 1999. Jennifer’s husband, Kildare Curtis, owns Eugene Choo on Main Street and is her retail partner.
8th & Main
2403 Main Street
Starting out as a used and vintage clothing store named Flavor, 8th & Main got their new name when they expanded to a larger space in 2013. The store offers a little of everything, including reasonably-priced women’s and men’s clothing. They also sell accessories like bags, jewelry, and hats to complete your outfit. They’ve recently shuttered their online store choosing to only maintain their brick and mortar locations in Vancouver and Victoria.
Much & Little
2541 Main St
Much & Little features women’s clothes from designers in North America, Europe, and Australia, curated by store owner Sarah Savoy. Sarah, a formally-trained interior designer and yoga teacher, also offers timeless house decor pieces that she has personally picked from all over the world. Her eye for detail and quality craftsmanship has gained her a loyal following that continues to grow.
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