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Vancouver's Best New Clothing Stores

Looking for a little retail therapy? Check out our favourite new men's and women's stores
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Gold lighting drips down the buttery wood and cream walls and reflects off the "bag bar" at Louis Vuitton Maison

Looking for a little retail therapy? Check out our favourite new men's and women's stores

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Charlie & Lee 
                    Michael Kors

Icebreaker                          Neighbour

James Perse                       Oak + Fort

Louis Vuitton                    Roden Gray

 

World Party 
Originally a Victoria-based boutique, Charlie & Lee (223 Union St., 604-558-3030. Charlieandlee.com) recently traded the quiet island life for an off-the-beaten-path Chinatown location. The fashion-savvy West Coast natives behind the shop love up-and-coming independent labels and bring us their favourite international lines, including Seneca Rising, Gar-de, and The Reformation (we love their Beirut tie-dye dress, $265). Also on shelves are Rebecca Minkoff bags (the MAB backpack is especially on trend this summer, $398), jewellery by local line The Woodland, and an apothecary stand stocked with Malin+Goetz goods. Fellas, don't despair—while it's mostly womenswear, head straight to the back to find "the studio," a room dedicated to quirky but classic menswear lines like Suit DK, Iro, and Them Atelier. The shop will also book after-hours private shopping parties for you and your friends, champagne included.

 

Sleek Sportswear 
In a fit frame of mind? Stop in at the new Kitsilano flagship store for New Zealand's Icebreaker (2089 W. Fourth Ave., 778-329-2710. Icebreaker.com) activewear label. Here, the high-end travel gear company crafts its cult products out of 100 percent merino wool, which looks cooler (and, to be plain, smells better) than synthetics. Check out their complete collection of breathable base layers and sleek outerwear (perfect for the autumn days ahead).

 

Best for Basics
James Perse (2717 Granville St., 604-736-4766. Jamesperse.com), the king of casual cool, popped up in South Granville for a limited run just before the Olympics, stocking an array of womens- and menswear, bedding, and 2010-themed merch. To the delight of comfort-crazy Vancouverites, the shop was granted a post-Games stay of execution. Minimalist designs in all shades of monochrome grace the racks of a suitably stark boutique, where the L.A. designer's trademark luxurious cotton basics reign supreme. Elevate your weekend uniform from the usual yoga gear to James Perse's self-declared "low maintenance, high fashion" aesthetic. We have a soft spot for the label's Japan Relief T-shirt ($69, with proceeds going to Japan), but the Cami Short Dress in solid black or striped grey ($149) also caught our eye for easy-breezy backyard summer wear.

 

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