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100 Best Buys of the Summer

Style experts from across the city share their favourite things, from studded jean shorts to a laughing Buddha
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Style experts from across the city share their favourite things, from studded jean shorts to a laughing Buddha

  Natalie Tersigni

Stylists and fashion rags advise mixing high and low fashion to create a signature look, and when designers like Alexander McQueen collaborate with Target we think, Okay, maybe. But this takes serious skill. Only the truly savvy pull it off to achieve an effortlessly chic look. Like Natalie Tersigni, manager of West Fourth’s Gravity Pope Tailored Goods. Her closet holds everything from vintage orange-tab Levi’s she scored at Mintage to a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. And a $1.75 white clutch (her go-to evening bag) from Value Village.

2203 W. Fourth Ave., 604-731-7647.

Scott Walhovd & Anthony Castro

Scott Walhovd was a full-time model, booking shoots with D&G, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, and Gianfranco Ferre when he met Anthony Castro, a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, in New York. Walhovd wanted a career with more longevity; Castro dreamed of founding his own label. So they moved here (Walhovd’s hometown) and founded 212, a women’s clothing line and attendant retail space. 212 is known for clean, uncluttered lines—a European sensibility with a New York edge. Next up? A men’s line launches spring 2010.

454 W. Cordova St., 604-685-2426.



 Vivian Ko Gooch

After years of managing a Decléor beauty and spa counter, the enterprising Vivian Ko Gooch decided to strike out on her own. Wink, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary in the Koret loft building in Gastown, offers a reasonably priced selection of cult beauty products and spa treatments (manis, pedis, waxing). But it’s the semipermanent eyelash extension treatments that draw socialites (and drag queens) from all over town.

67 E. Cordova St., 604-696-9465.


David Smyth

David Smyth’s sartorial career started with a bang. His first retail job, for U.K. clothing company Austin Reed in his native Belfast, came to an abrupt end when the store was blown up by the I.R.A. Offered a transfer to London, the young Smyth crossed the Irish Sea and never looked back. Night classes in tailoring at the London College of Fashion led to a manufacturing job with Burberry, but soon he and wife Catherine shipped off to Vancouver (where she’d lived as a girl). Smyth joined Harry Rosen and can now be found at its Pacific Centre location fitting suits from Coppley, Samuelson, Armani, Zegna, and Brioni.

701 W. Georgia St., 604-683-6861.

 Caroline Boquist & Daniel Kozlowski

Caroline Boquist and Daniel Kozlowski are masters of juxtaposition, showcasing items in their home-décor boutique ("Walrus") that combine playful design with function and utility. These two friends share a love of all things European—they once considered opening a European-style coffee bar together—but the quirky items that line their shelves feel right at home on the newly revamped Cambie Street strip.

3408 Cambie St., 604-874-9770.

Shawn Von Diebitsch

Shawn Von Diebitsch has worked at the Vancouver Bike Gallery since it opened three years ago, but his passion for cycling began when he was seven years old and learning to ride on a bike his dad built him. In his teens, he saved enough to buy a Giant Cadex ALM1 mountain bike. He took up racing: in 1995 he completed the World Cup, and 14 years later he can still be found competing in the North Shore Bike Fest and racing for Team Diabetes. Not surprisingly, his favourite buys fit his active lifestyle.

4433 W. 10th Ave., 604-221-2453.

Diane Thomson

Fact: most women wear bras that don’t fit them properly. Diane Thomson took it upon herself to correct the problem and in 1983 opened her own lingerie store, specializing in expert fittings. But that doesn’t mean style isn’t a factor too: her South Granville boutique carries lacy underthings from collections as wide-ranging as Betsey Johnson, Lejaby, Princess Tam Tam, and her eponymous line.

2950 Granville St., 604-738-5121.


Recent Comments


My cousin is graduating this summer, thanks for giving us some gift ideas.

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by conrad894 on Apr 14 2010 at 10:42 AM

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by Samira on Feb 22 2010 at 9:30 AM

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by london plumber on Feb 8 2010 at 4:43 AM

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by sandyjack25 on Jan 14 2010 at 2:51 AM

You know my wife has always been buying all the latest designer apparel and finally her latest splurge was on a designer little black dress and this i can say is one i'm very excited about.

by davegs on Dec 22 2009 at 12:16 PM

Good gifts to buy for graduating student. Yet, today's college graduate does not inherit a world of wine and roses. Mose Allison once wrote that a young man has nothing in the world these days and for today's college graduate, it rings darkly true. It costs more to attain a college education now than ever, and the costs have risen far above the cost of inflation, and a student graduates into a world of debt. Fewer middle class jobs are available, and it takes far longer for people to get a start on life. Today's college graduate is far more likely to need debt relief, can hardly afford a car loan, and more of them than ever are moving back in with their parents.

by Simeon on Oct 19 2009 at 10:25 PM