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A collection of stores for fashion, home and more, all worthy of an afternoon’s diversion
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A collection of stores for fashion, home and more, all worthy of an afternoon’s diversion



Rebecca Bree
the stylist's closet

Party time and nothing to wear? Clever West Siders know to head straight to Rebecca Rawlinson's modern womenswear boutique. The former Holt Renfrew stylist has a Parisian-pretty sensibility (the warm-white boutique invites you to stay awhile) but stocks lines from around the globe like Sydney-based Camilla + Marc (structured dresses and tops) and NYC's 10 Crosby by Derek Lam (street-smart separates). Statement jewellery by Lulu Frost, beauty products by Tocca, coffee-table books celebrating iconic designers, and the most gorgeous, locally made Clutches of Karma add je-ne-sais-quoi to your ensemble.

3680 W. Fourth Ave., 604-714-0085.


Secret Location
revival of glam

Years after it shuttered we're still mourning the loss of Alberni Street's concept lifestyle store Bruce, so how thrilling that Carey Melnichuk has revived the notion at her (rather ostentatious, given the name) Secret Location in Gastown. The lineup of labels is provocative (Peachoo & Krejberg, Negarin, Gio Diev), and with special events like a book signing with Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist, and an attached restaurant where alchemist chef Jefferson Alvarez plates modernist cuisine, the experience is utterly transporting.

1 Water St., 604-685-0090.


Baracos + Brand
gentleman's helper

The ready-to-wear collections here are West Van luxe-Joe's Jeans, waxed cotton Bugatti bomber jackets, sweet linen shirts from Ingram-but it's their almost-bespoke suiting offers that are worth a trip over the bridge. If your build doesn't exactly match Alexander Skarsgård's then trust us: a made-to-measure suit ($795) will change your life. Head-scratchingly-low prices-$999 for a Hugo Boss number-are found throughout the shop, which means you don't need to pump and dump mining stocks to look killer.

1411 Bellevue Ave., West Van, 604-925-1812.


real deal atelier

Local design darling Dace Moore's line of modern clothing might be found in shops around Canada, Europe, and Japan, but her new East Vancouver studio concept offers something wholly different. With her husband's woodworking shop right next door (his tables are co-opted for clothing displays), Moore can now make patterns and sew samples in plain view. Drop by anytime for cancelled samples or one-off pieces made with leftover fabric-seasonal lines are still only available at select stores.

725 E. Hastings St., 604-694-2442.


The Board of Trade
the incubator

The no-frills Base Range line of underwear and swimwear made with soft, sustainable material is reason enough to rush to The Board of Trade, but we also love Grain Design's colourful Chi-Chi textile necklaces, modern swim trunks for men by Franks Australia, and the in-house women's collection Wu + Sen. The shop supports all manner of emerging designers, so alongside smartly cut neutrals you might find pottery by Brooklyn-based Suzanne Sullivan or handcrafted letter openers by Miller Woodturning.

227 Union St. and 206 Carrall St., 778-318-9697.


discount destination

Deep in industrial territory, TJX Companies (owners of Winners, TJ Maxx, HomeSense-aka the holy grail of discount shopping) recently opened the city's first Marshall's. On any given day you might find a Trina Turk cover-up lifted straight from her eponymous Palm Springs boutique (for a quarter of the price) or mini-me Tod's loafers for the kindergarten crowd well below market value. Look for the homewares department launch in late August.

8137 Ontario St., 604-322-1739.


Adore Fashions
label cradle

For a lucky few, the transition to Gucci happens after making partner or closing a big deal-now, it's for celebrating the first day of preschool. Adore Fashions' South Granville shop stocks designer lines-Dior, Prada, Burberry-that wouldn't feel out of place in the window of neighbours Boboli and Bacci. Here they come in pintsize versions only.

2814 Granville St., 604-620-8212.


Ella + Elliot
the modern nursery

Throw Junior into his Ugg booties and trot downtown to this Toronto-based kids boutique where bed, bath, and potty converge. In here, space-age egg (high) chairs by Bloom and rockers with tweedy fabric-straight out of Mad Men Central Casting-rule the modern nursery. Classic handcrafted Blablah dolls make great gifts for new additions.

126 W. Hastings St., 604-563-1845.


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