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Oct 22
2014 5:18 PM 0 Comments

Clifford Soft Goods

Established in 2010, Clifford Soft Goods arrived behind the scenes with their comfortable boxer briefs. The popularity of their cult-fave underwear soon prompted them to expand into leisurewear, which, after a round of Kickstarter, debuts today. We're happy to report that contrary to what Seinfeld says, these pants do not tell the world you're giving up. The Leisure Pant brings comfort without sacrificing style (there's a pocket for smart phones in front, a wallet in the rear) all while maintaining the same uber softness that made the boxers a hit.

Clifford Soft Goods is all about local (manufacturing is right down the street from their headquarters near Main St.) and eco so there's no need to get your knickers all in a knot: the signature bamboo fabric used for their boxers and now pants is not only ultra soft, but fully sustainable--bamboo trees require no pesticides, only 55 days of regeneration, little irrigation and are completely biodegradable.

Along with an updated version of the popular Boxer Brief and the Leisure Pant, the Cashmere Blanket (stay tuned for its online appearance) rounds out the new Leisure Collection. Time to get comfy and go shop.

-By Alice Chen


Oct 22
2014 4:19 PM 0 Comments

Fall Trends: It's Raining, It's Pouring

Just because it's dreary outside doesn't mean your duds have to be too; below, two outfits that keep the warm in and the cold out--while looking good to boot. 


1. Hackwith Design House - Charlie Dress from Charlie & Lee. As a Charlie & Lee x Hackwith Design House collaboration, there are only 12 of these beauties available. $209, 223 Union St.

2. Classic Fedora Hat from Topshop. Hats protect from a variety of things: wind, rain, bad hair days, and none do it so effortlessly as this Topshop Fedora. $25, 674 Granville St.

3. Alpaca Blanket Scarf from Hendrik.Lou. Everything one could wish for in a scarf: versatile and soft.  Delivering a throw, wrap, and scarf trifecta, this piece is made of the softest baby alpaca wool. $220, select retailers.

4. Coat 4048 from Oak + Fort. This coat is what tailored dreams are made of. Collared and made of a top-notch wool-blend, the piece boasts of clean lines and straight fit. $268, #355 Water St.

5. Mini Bega Satchel Bag from Aritzia. Structured and stylish is this bag's game. $298, various locations

6. Fulton Tiny Umbrella from Hudson's Bay. A tiny classic, patterned umbrella that fits discreetly in any bag. $30, 674 Granville St.

7. A.P.C Francoise Boots from Oliver + Lilly's. Strut your way around any puddles or pile of leaves with this extremely classy A.P.C boot. $545, 1575 West 6th Ave.



1. Hunter Pop Bubble Umbrella from Anthropologie. A cheery infusion of colour into what would otherwise be a dreary day. $48, 2912 Granville St.

2. Circle Scarf from Joe Fresh. Chunky knitwear heaven for your neck. $29, 540 Granville St.

3. Baggu Basic Leather Tote from Vincent Park. Tote around all your essentials in a soft, buttery leather gem of a bag. $188, 4278 Main St.

4. Kimchi Blue Bella Pullover Sweater from Urban Outfitters. What says autumn more than cozy knits? $39, 830 Granville St.

5. Rain Jacket Long from Nouvelle Nouvelle. The Demark-based brand, Rains, has the best sartorial shield for your battle against the rain this fall season.$124, 209 Abbott St.

6. Classic Awesome Baggies from One Teaspoon. Aptly named, the Classic Awesome Baggies are awesome for their style and fit. $150, online.

7. Flat Elastic Chelsea Boot from Zara. This is the classy lovechild of a Chelsea boot and a rain boot. $79.90, 1056 Robson St.

- By Alice Chen

Oct 16
2014 10:53 AM 0 Comments


Vintage is a hassle. Thankfully, the sartorial gods think so too and have ended our aimless sifting through mothball and polyester-laden racks and replaced it with Supercolour, a savier online vintage store. A Canadian e-boutique since 2012, Supercolour is the brainchild of Vancouver's Amanda Louie.

The online boutique is stocked with a mélange of new and old as well as pieces of Louie's own design sport-inspired streetwear, which reimagines vintage wear with new takes. Among the Fall 2014 lookbook is a reworked leather motorcycle vest, rejuvenated sports jerseys, refreshed chain tees, modernized crop tops, and printed short suits made from button-down shirts. We're game if you are.

- By Alice Chen

Oct 12
2014 3:17 PM 0 Comments

Thanksgiving Gift Guide: What to Bring to Dinner

With Thanksgiving just around the corner this weekend, invitations to Thanksgiving dinner are galore (right?). Whether attending a Thanksgiving dinner with your family, friends, or co-workers, we've compiled a list of items perfect to bring as a token of your thanks.


For Friends


1. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Earnest Ice Cream

Skip the turkey and go straight to dessert with Pumpkin Pie Earnest Ice Cream. Creamy, rich flavours of the holiday's notorious dessert is so delicious it's safer to bring two. Earnest Ice Cream, 3992 Fraser St.,Vancouver - (604) 428-0697. $11

2. The Game of Things from Drexoll Games

Things to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner with wine aplenty...the Game of Things will make sure conversation is never stilted. A certain crowd pleaser for post-pumpkin pie.  Drexoll Games, 2880 West 4th Ave., Vancouver (604) 733-6511. $39.99

3. Pumpkin Carving Tools (3 Piece Set) from Williams-Sonoma

Tis the season! The perfect way to suitably enjoy the festivities, Williams-Sonoma's Pumpkin Carving Kit will have everyone joining in on the fun. Williams-Sonoma, 2903 Granville St., Vancouver - (778) 330-2581. $17.99

- By Kirsten Armour




For Family


1. Fabric-Wrapped Soaps from West Elm.

Exuding a rustic sense of charm, these handmade soaps are the perfect gift for any host/hostess. Made in a barn in Buck's County, and individually wrapped in hand-cut fabric, these fabric-wrapped soaps are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also extremely functional, with triple the longevity. West Elm, 2947 Granville Street, Vancouver - (604) 733-6730. $7

2. Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters from Old Faithful Shop

This tiny bottle packs a lot of punch. Use as a spicy cocktail mixer to enjoy post-dinner, or if the party gets a little too wild, bitters also work as a handy hangover cure. Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters from Old Faithful Shop. $14.95

3. Woodlot Candle 11 oz from Vincent Park

These little jars of ambrosial heaven are eco-friendly, with cotton core wicks and renewable coconut wax, and last for around 50 hours. The glass jars can also find a second home as home décor containers or whiskey tumblers. $28

- By Alice Chen 




For the Host



1. Fall Arrangements from Nature's Wonders Florist

With fall in full swing and the leaves turning colour, bring warmth to the home with reds, auburns, and yellows this Thanksgiving. Nature's Wonder's Florist, 60 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver - (604) 875-7777. $37 - $300 

2. Vintage Wood Baguette Tray from Pottery Barn

Serve bread, crackers or even the odd sugar cookie in this rustic, hand-carved tray that takes its inspiration from a flea market in California. Pottery Barn, 2600 Granville St, Vancouver - (604) 678-9897. $79

3. Gehringer - Signature Riesling Icewine in Wood Box 2011/2012 from BC Liquor

Honeyed top, focused fruit, green apple, and lime notes wrapped in keen acidity. Perfectly paired with a post-feast pudding. 5555 Cambie St Vancouver - (604) 660-1703. $49.99 

- By Jourdana Ponter

Oct 10
2014 12:55 PM 0 Comments

Down by the Bay

Just when you thought the Bay downtown had you covered with The Room and an exclusive Nespresso boutique, the RichmondCentre Bay goes and launches Topshop and a whole swack of exclusives that open tomorrow.

Along with gifts, smoothies, Nespresso coffee and a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree, there are other one-offs that promise to make this location the city's new fashion and beauty-bar hotspot. Find the new Dior Prestige Collection here only, a behemoth Shu Uemura counter where free play comes standard with its Hard 9 Brow pencils cut like samurai swords, and the province's only Burberry counter. Meanwhile, the MAC counter offers a $50 consult fee that can be applied to whatever you end up buying (a little known secret not available at MAC retail stores).



Forget investing in the wrong shade of foundation: cosmetic samples are free for the taking (even if it takes three tries to get the right shade). Or experience any of the products firsthand in one of the three on-site private spa cabines (via facials, massages). Sheseido offers up a tucked-away fourth room where facials--using their high-powered skincare line--are also free.


-- by Amanda Ross 

Grand Reopening ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, October 11 at 9:30 a.m. Hudson's Bay, Richmond Centre, #100, 6060 Minoru Blvd., 604-273-3844