Shopping Diary: January/February 2009

VINCENT PARK Sisters Lauren and Cara Stryer opened their shop in a space that previously housed an antique store, echoes of which are seen in a vintage photo booth and reclaimed wood benches. The shelves are stocked with Cheap Monday denim, Zuriick canvas sneakers for men, silk tanks by Graham and Spencer, eco-chic pieces from Alternative, and more. 4278 Main St., 604-879-6665.

PLANET CLAIRE Many of the designers featured in this new Gastown shop use sweatshop-free organic cotton, soy, bamboo, and recycled materials, and produce pieces on a very limited scale. Look for 57-33 from Oakland—its screen-printed and hand-stencilled shirts are printed and sprayed with solvent-free, water-based paints and inks. 212 Abbott St., 778-829-9275

OZÉ clothing boutique in Yaletown stocks one-of-a-kind dresses from unsung French labels, as well as hats by local hatmaker Walker Millinery and hosiery from Berthe Aux Grands Pieds. 1051 Mainland St., 604-684-4154.