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Shopping Vancouver

Barber & Co: A Close Shave

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

Clary sage aftershave tonic from Barber & Co.

Gentlemen, whether you ascribe to less-is-more maintenance or prefer to be pampered, Barber & Co. has a product—or three—for you. The Vancouver-based company’s barbershop beginnings quickly grew to five locations and a line of small-batch grooming products. Go-to picks like the Aftershave Tonic, Beard Oil and Classic Pomade are infused with natural essential oils, for masculine scents like dry English gin (juniper berry and lime) and old-fashioned bay rum (mandarin peel and black pepper). Look good, smell good.

Taikan Bags: Form + Function

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Travel bag by Taikan

If you’re seeking a versatile bag, with clean lines, that is built to last for decades, look no further than Taikan. The Vancouver brand focuses on simple but timeless designs for all of its durable backpacks, duffels and tote bags. Consider it a luxury brand without a high-end price tag. Roden Gray, Gravitypope and Livestock carry select pieces, or shop the entire collection online.

Blundstone’s Special Edition Eh! Boots

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Things just got a little more Canadian at the Australian Boot Store.

These boots were made for walking—and proclaiming your love for the True North Strong and Free. The eye-catching leather Eh! Boots from Blundstone let you show patriotic pride while stepping out in style. Find your own perfect pair at the Australian Boot Company.

Clever Clothing by Ably Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2018

Less on-the-road laundry? Yes, please.

What do you get when you use Filium technology on cotton? A natural, eco-friendly fabric that dries quickly and resists water, stains and odours—with no synthetics and no nanoparticles. See the results for yourself in tops, pants, shorts and hoodies from Ably Apparel. They feel as soft and breathable as regular cotton, but they can go weeks or even months without being washed. In other words, the ultimate clothing for travel. Available at Zebraclub Vancouver.

Top Titles for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Before boarding your next plane, train or automobile, stop by a bookstore to pick up these entertaining reads.

City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes by Kate Bird (Greystone Books): In conjunction with an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of Vancouver (to Feb. 18), this book shows Vancouverites demanding change. Photos from the Vancouver Sun and Province archives depict citizens peacefully protesting injustices, rioting over a Stanley Cup loss, and everything in-between. (more…)

Designer Finds at Turnabout

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2017

Welcome to your new happy place.

Fashion maven Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City famously said, “I like my money right where I can see it . . . hanging in my closet.” If Bradshaw had stepped out of the TV and into Turnabout Luxury Resale, she could have filled her closet with designer labels and still had enough left over for matching shoes. For nearly 40 years, this locally owned consignment boutique has showcased expertly curated clothes, jewellery, shoes and accessories for men and women. Find well-priced like-new pieces by catwalk veterans such as Manolo Blahnik and Gucci alongside gems from beloved local brands like Nicole Bridger, Aritzia and Lululemon. Pro tip: labels are colour-coded for additional markdowns. We’re going to need a bigger closet.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Globetrotters

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Trying to find the perfect present for the die-hard traveller on your list? This final piece in our five-part gift guide series is full of essentials for far-flung expeditions.

Lightweight and breathable, the Atom LT Hoody from local brand Arc’teryx feels as warm and cozy as a sleeping bag but can be packed down to almost nothing and stored inside its own pocket. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide: For Cool Kids

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Can’t figure out what wee ones might want to find under the tree? Part four of our five-part gift guide series has you covered.

Hudson’s Bay reveals its true stripes by donating the proceeds from Hudson—this year’s limited-edition Charity Bear—to Headfirst, which supports mental health initiatives across Canada. (more…)

Handmade Holiday Market: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Letterpress stationery from Porchlight Press warms up our cold, Grinchy hearts.

Dec. 9 to 10, 2017 It’s all handmade for the holidays at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s 15th annual show. More than 30 local designers, jewellers and artists make gift-giving merry and bright with one-of-a-kind wares, including hand-dyed textiles from Daub + Design, upcycled cashmere accessories from Winterluxe, and letterpress stationery from Porchlight Press (pictured). We guarantee that there’s something for everyone on your list—whether naughty or nice.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Foodies

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Got a foodie in the family? Part three of our five-part gift guide series is chock-full of presents for people who crave delicious swag.

A candy bento box from Sugarfina satisfies any sweet tooth. At Nordstrom or online at Sugarfina.ca. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Style Savvy

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Not sure what to get for the sharpest dressers on your list? No worries. Part two of our five-part gift guide series is full of fashion-forward inspiration.

No woman can resist the scintillating sparkle of a diamond necklace from Lao Feng Xiang. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide: For Animal Lovers

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2017

Not sure what to get for your fauna-loving friends? Check out part one of our five-part gift guide series, full of presents guaranteed to leave recipients feeling warm and fuzzy.

Made in Vancouver from organic cotton, Johnwear long johns keep both dapper dogs and hip humans cozy all winter long. (more…)