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Where to Shop Vancouver

Barber & Co: A Close Shave

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

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.

Over the Moon: Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Kick off the Lunar New Year with parades, performances and Peking duck

Jan./Feb. 2018


Colourful dragon dancers in the Spring Festival Parade. (Photo by Michael Wheatley/Tourism Vancouver)

It’s time to bid zàijiàn (farewell) to the year of the rooster and usher in one of the friendliest animals in the Chinese zodiac: the dog. But before you board the Canada Line SkyTrain to nearby Richmond—home to a thriving majority Chinese population—check out the spectacular celebrations happening throughout downtown Vancouver. (more…)

Blundstone’s Special Edition Eh! Boots

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

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.

5 Ways to Have a Happy (& Healthy) New Year

After all the stresses and excesses of the holidays, we present five of our favourite ways to rest, relax and rejuvenate

Jan. 2018

The seawall around Stanley Park. (Photo by JamesVancouver/iStock)

From Vancouver’s mountains to its many green spaces, the great outdoors don’t get any greater. Walk or bike the seawall around Stanley Park. Ski or snowboard on Grouse Mountain. Glide around the Robson Square Ice Rink. And ride up the Sea to Sky Gondola to go tubing or snowshoeing. (more…)

Top Titles for Travellers

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

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

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

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


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

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…)