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Where to Shop Vancouver

Ultimate Travel Jacket: Arc’teryx

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

Warm, dry, stylish. What more could we possibly want in a jacket?

Autumn weather can change in an instant, from sunny and summery to wet and wintry, then back again. Fortunately, the Codetta Coat from Arc’teryx has you covered. Made from Gore-Tex fabric, it keeps out Vancouver’s infamous rain but looks more stylish than most waterproof jackets. It’s lightweight and breathable for warm days, and also roomy, to fit cozy layers underneath in chilly weather. The adjustable hood and double back vent ensure a comfy fit. Plus it’s long enough to keep your derrière dry in a downpour, yet light enough to fold up small in a suitcase. In other words, the ultimate travel jacket.

Hudson’s Bay and Levi’s: Trucker Jacket Collab

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2017

Wondering whether you can rock a Canadian tuxedo? The answer is yes.

Don’t drive a big rig? No problem. High-octane heritage brands Hudson’s Bay Company and Levi’s recently teamed up to roll out a pair of timeless styles—the women’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket and the men’s Type III Trucker Jacket—that look as slick on the street as they do on the highway. Featuring classic denim detailing by Levi’s, and lined with the iconic stripes of Canada’s oldest department store, these jackets are well worth a detour to Hudson’s Bay.

Get Squeaky Clean with Lush Cosmetics

By SHERI RADFORD
Oct. 2017

Follow your nose to the fragrant offerings at Lush’s newly renovated space.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian bath bomb, bubble bar or body butter, you’re in luck. For over 20 years, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has been making cruelty-free skincare and haircare products, using as little packaging and as few preservatives as possible. The Vancouver-based company recently renovated its flagship location on Robson Street, expanding it to almost double the size. And Lush’s commitment to the environment is as strong as ever: reclaimed wood and salvaged vintage decor fill the updated space, making it bigger and better.

All Hail Holt Renfrew’s New Beauty Hall

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2017

Devoted to beauty? So is Holt Renfrew’s new beauty hall.

Beauty worshippers, take note: there’s a new temple in town. Bedecked in European marble, Holt Renfrew’s new beauty hall is a sanctuary of skincare, cosmetics and fragrance. The 4,876-sq-m (16,000-sq-ft) space boasts 29 counters, nine of which offer private rooms for by-appointment facials and treatments. Hard-to-find brands include Louboutin’s nail lacquers and lipsticks, and Sulwhasoo’s holistic South Korean skincare. But there’s plenty more to venerate: make-up by Charlotte Tilbury, skincare by La Prairie, Jo Malone’s interactive fragrance wall—and everything in-between. It’s the answer to any beauty maven’s prayers.

Sweet Treats for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

We’re over the moon for these delightful desserts. (Photo courtesy TWG Tea)

Sep. 14 to Oct. 4, 2017 Celebrate fall with mooncakes. These sweet treats appear each year in time for the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a time of gathering and thanksgiving in Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. Visit TWG Tea to pick up a luxurious gift box filled with either four tea-infused mooncakes or Lotus Jade Tea paired with two tea-infused mooncakes. Word to the wise: pick up an extra box for yourself, because these gorgeous goodies are extremely tempting.

Vancouver Fashion Week: Evan Clayton

Collections by local designer Evan Clayton hit the catwalk at Vancouver Fashion Week

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(L) The Devil In Miss Jones collection was inspired by the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. (R) Evan Clayton.

(L) The Devil In Miss Jones collection was inspired by the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. (R) Evan Clayton.

Sep. 18 to 24, 2017 Vancouver-based fashion designer Evan Clayton is only 25, but he already has a wealth of experience under his—presumably very chic—belt. His show-stopping collections have ruled the runways at Vancouver Fashion Week for eight seasons, been featured on British Vogue online, and graced the catwalk in Vienna, Austria. (more…)

Pop-Up Shop: First Pick Handmade

By SHERI RADFORD

Fill your bags (or fingers) with fabulous finds by Canadian designers.

Unleash your inner magpie at First Pick Handmade, where there’s no shortage of shiny objects and fashions by Canadian designers.

Sep. 16 and 17, 2017 Whether you’re looking for vegan boots, period-proof panties, purposely mismatched socks, a recycled cashmere toque or cufflinks made from a broken skateboard, you’ll find them all at First Pick Handmade. This event is transforming Heritage Hall into a pop-up boutique department store featuring 27 designers from Vancouver and beyond. Some of our favourites include Kat Cadegan Jewellery (pictured), Daub + Design clothing, Zed Handmade scarves and cowls, and natural-textile accessories from Le Fil Rouge. It’s a fashionista’s dream come true.

25 Things We Love About Gastown

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM
Sep. 2017

The charming Gastown Steam Clock lets off an impressive show of steam and whistle chimes every quarter hour. (Photo: SSUNI/iStockphoto.com)

The Gastown Steam Clock lets off an impressive show of steam and whistle chimes every quarter hour. (Photo: SSUNI/iStockphoto.com)

1. The charming exposed-brick buildings and cobblestone streets that tell stories of years past.

2. Iconic landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Victory Square and statue of Gassy Jack.

3. Sipping a perfect brew from Prado Cafe, where each cup brims with local roasts from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. Soak up the lively atmosphere and fill your plate with sweet waffles, poached eggs, salads and more. (more…)

Fantastic Finds at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market

By DANIELLE CUNNINGHAM

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers' Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

All kinds of treasures await at the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Mira Agron/Dreamstime.com)

Love to shop local? Look no further than the idyllic Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market in North Vancouver. Searching for treasures there is a fun and picturesque way to spend a sunny Saturday. Foodies, jewellery collectors, green thumbs and BC wine enthusiasts find their bliss seaside while taking in music from live performers. Discover the best locally grown and crafted goods the region has to offer: treat taste buds to a tempting whipped matcha tea–flavoured chocolate from Solasta Chocolate, sample a signature chilli vodka from Sons of Vancouver Distillery or exfoliate with a coffee scrub soap bar from Reward Your Skin. Located in Lonsdale Quay, the market boasts a book exchange, children’s activities, kids’ clothing, handcrafted pottery and a newspaper-reading station perfect for unwinding. This vibrant market has so much mouth-watering fare and organic produce—not to mention unbeatable harbour-front views—that locals and travellers just might find the “Quay” to their hearts.

Oh Canada! Online Art Auction

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Indian Encampment" by  Thomas Mower Martin. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

“Indian Encampment” by Thomas Mower Martin. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

Jul. 6 to 27, 2017 It’s a True North takeover at Heffel. Raise a virtual paddle at the Oh Canada! online auction, which features historical Canadian works to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Stop by the auction house to view watercolours, oils and pastels by celebrated artists like Cornelius Krieghoff and Thomas Mower Martin (“Indian Encampment,” pictured). Let the bidding begin.

Souvenir Shop On Wheels

By CHLOË LAI

Keep an eye out for this tiny taxi laden with Canadian-made gifts

Keep an eye out for this tiny taxi stocked with Canadian-made gifts

To Jul 31, 2017 Great souvenirs are a reminder of your favourite things about a trip, but when the “shop” you find them in is a fabulously festive Canada 150 cab, the shopping experience might actually be the best part. Hop into the True North Taxicab—possibly the world’s smallest gift shop—to pick up Canadian-made culinary gifts by Edible Canada. It’s a visit you won’t soon forget.

Well-Heeled

By SHERI RADFORD

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

In the words of the great Carrie Bradshaw, “The fact is, sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.” The Sex and the City heroine and all her friends—both single and coupled-up—would love the women’s shoe hall in Holt Renfrew. Newly expanded to a glorious 790 sq m (8,500 sq ft), it’s overflowing with Carrie’s favourite brands, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. Bonus: tucked off to the side is a petite Ladurée shop, because macarons are the best fuel for trying on fantastic footwear.