Local Fashion in Vancouver BC
› John Fluevog Shoes: Unique Soles for Unique Souls
Fluevog shoes was founded in the 1970 by John Fluevog and Peter Fox in Vancouver, and has since expanded to Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and New York.
There are two stores in Vancouver, but what is particularly fun about the Gastown location is that the shoe design workshop is located upstairs. You feel like you are stepping back in time to a place where shoes were designed locally.
Signature Items: All shoes have a signature Fluevog flair, and range from platform heels that hark back to a 60's style and boots which are reminiscent of a 90's Dr. Martin look.
Where: 65 Water Street (Main Store), 837 Granville Street (smaller outlet)
Store Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10-7pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Price Range: $150-$600 (per pair of shoes)
› One of a Few / Two of a Few
These trendy clothing stores are both owned by Michelle Rizzardo and showcase a mix of top international and local designers. Two of a Few carries more casual wear for men and women, shoes and accessories, whereas One of a Few has a selection of elegant clothing for women.
Signature Item: This store carries handcrafted recycled leather bags by local designer Ashley Watson.
Where: 354 & 356 Water Street
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm
Price Range: $70-$400 (per clothing piece)
›Little Dream : Apparel and Articles for People
Dream boutique, located in Gastown, has specialized in local designers since 1993, and similarly Little Dream has a commitment to supporting purely Vancouver-based designers.
Both Dream stores have a wide selection of women's fashion ranging from pendants, belts, earrings, dresses, coats, purses, pants and a variety of tops.
Signature Items: So much local talent to choose from Jesse Turner jewellery, Allison Wonderland dresses, Erin Templeton bags and belts and Bianca Barr's Bow Tie necklaces to name a few!
Where: The Net Loft, #130-1666 Johnston Street; 311 west Cordova Street (main store)
Store Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Price Range: $20-$400
› Ethical and sustainable clothing
Lav & Kush has flirty and luxurious dresses and evening wear for women, Kaia and Me makes colourful bamboo boy short panties and tights, shawls and scarves, andEcho Verde Fashions showcase stretchy and sleek blouses, skirts, and summer tops.
Where: You can shop online on the Lav & Kush and Kaia and Me websites. Echo Verde has several boutiques in the lower mainland and it is also at Twigg and Hottie on Main Street and Room 6 in Deep Cove.
Price Range: $10-$300
› Twigg and Hottie
Three local designers own this trendy store. Here, they sell their own local lines as well as those of over 50 young Canadian designers. The friendly store owners Glencora, Christine and Jessica support independent, Canadian and sustainable designers; the store labels focus on the following ingredients: sustainable fibre, locally made, recycled material, Canadian, one of a kind.
All three designers are involved in the design and production of We3 Designs. Christine works on her label Michael, Glencora creates clothing for her company twigg&hottie, and Jessica designs for her whimsical clothing label called Clementine.
Where: 3671 Main Street
Store Hours: Monday- Saturday 11am-6pm, 12pm-5pm Sundays
Price Range: $20-$400
› Narcissist Design Co.
This Vancouver based Canadian design label brings together high fashion and comfort. Narcissist's most well known piece is "Pamela," which is a jersey dress that can be worn in more than 12 different ways !
Signature Items: You can find a unique array of colourful bridesmaids dresses at Narcissist that are "made to order" in Vancouver.
Where: 2306 West Broadway
Store Hours: Sunday 12-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 11-6pm, Monday Closed
Price Range: $100-$400
This clothing company's mission is to "create components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives." Although a little pricey for stretchy material, you can get some colourful and fun yoga attire for your practice or everyday living.
Signature Items: Yoga pants - Lululemon has styles to suit different body types and activities. Also, if the pants are too long, they will adjust the length for you, free of charge.
Where: 2113 W4th Avenue
Other store location in Vancouver: 1148 Robson Street
Store Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Saturday-Sunday 10am-7pm
Thursday-Friday 10 am-8pm
Price Range: $8-$140
For a slightly edgier style, go to Lululemon Athletica at Cambie and Broadway - here you can buy yoga gear and take a class or two at the Lululemon Lab. Lululemon designers have a working space here, where they create new concepts for this specific store.
Where: 511 West Broadway
Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Price Range: $8-$140
› Moutain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
Since this is a Co-op, you will need to become a member. Once you are, there are some good deals to be found on everything you need for the great outdoors - hiking boots, canoes, tents and travelling backpacks, you name it, they have it! Compared to most outdoor stores in Vancouver, MEC has the best prices for the greatest value.
MEC also sells a variety of sustainable products - you can find gear made from 50% organically grown cotton and recycled polyester, or that is PVC free.
Signature Items: The outdoor gear selection here is quite diverse and reasonably priced - you will find most anything you need to explore BC’s wilderness for all seasons. This includes camping, kayaking, mountain climbing, snowshoeing, cycling and avalanche safety gear which can be rented by the day or week.
Where: 130 West Broadway
Store Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Price Range: $10-$1,400 (this includes clothing and sporting equipment)