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Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Dreamy Accessories by Scout & Catalogue

Take your outfit up a notch with Canadian designs from Scout & Catalogue

Spruce up any outfit with a fabulous hand-dyed scarf or clutch from Scout & Catalogue. This Canadian company was founded after Vancouver gal Breanna Musgrove—former creative director at Aritzia—moved to Mexico for year; while there she fell in love with fabrics and dyes. Now, back on Northern turf, she and her stylish company cater to everyone’s inner dreamer with graphic-printed scarves and tie-dyed handbags. Shop the entire collection at www.scoutandcatalogue.com.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dates: Canadian-Designed Jewellery for Valentine’s Day

Treat your sweetie to jewellery by Canadian designer Anne Sportun

February 14

It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, when Cupid takes flight and the air smells of red roses and chocolate. Treat your number-one love to a gift that lasts a lifetime with beautiful Canadian-designed bling by Anne Sportun, an East Coast jewellery designer who has wowed with her stunning designs since the early ‘90s. Peruse her pieces at Kiss & Makeup.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Vancouver Brand Ora Bags Launches New Collection

Dylan backpack by Ora bags

In February, Vancouver leather goods brand Ora Bags launches a new collection of totes, purses, clutches, briefcases and backpacks (including the Dylan backpack, pictured). Ladies and gents love the mix of new and recycled leather, and the bike bags are handy while scooting around the city. Other leather-centric labels around town: Erin Templeton for colourful pouches and wallets, FiveLeft for modern, structured carryalls, and Palmer & Sons for suitcases and bespoke goods.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Clean Clothes on the Go with The Laundress

The Laundress travel pack

Travellers on the go don’t have the luxury of a washing machine. Enter The Laundress travel pack: four bottles of non-toxic, biodegradable and allergen-free products including Crease Release, Delicate Wash, Stain Solution and Fabric Fresh. Available at www.thelaundress.com or Kiss & Makeup.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Super Sweater Shops in Whistler

Roots sweater, available in Whistler

Stay cozy this season with a warm sweater from these winter-friendly shops.

  • Roots (pictured) channels heritage Canadiana with maple leaf– and plaid-adorned knits.
  • Amos & Andes is Whistler’s official sweater shop. Find Fair Isle–patterned wools and the coveted Cowichan zip-ups.
  • Snowflake stocks fur and leather wraps and accessories—perfect for staying toasty warm.
  • Lululemon carries a rotating selection of the sought-after thick hoodie.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Pendants by Pyrrha are Lovely Holiday Gifts

Pyrrha necklaces, made in Vancouver

Pyrrha breathes new life into reclaimed 18th- and 19th-century wax seals by using them as casts for sterling silver, bronze and 14k-gold jewellery. Since 1995, every necklace, ring, earring and bracelet has been handcrafted in a small Vancouver studio—no mass production here. Find talismans that capture everything from luck to friendship to devotion, or engrave a pendant with names or initials. Shop online at www.pyrrha.com.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Classic Toys at Dilly Dally Kids

Trendy tops at Dilly Dally Kids

Dilly Dally Kids, an independent toy store on funky Commercial Drive, overflows with toys built to last, such as colourful wooden animals and puzzles tempting both the young and young at heart. So pack away the battery-powered robots and touch-pad video games, and instead kick it old school with childhood staples from a bygone era: marbles, jacks, tiddly-winks and spinning tops (pictured).—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Local Organic Skincare by Belmondo

Belmondo skincare products

Belmondo creates natural, organic skincare products, right here in BC. The entire olive oil–based line of glass-bottled cleansers, toners, balms, masks and creams captures the essence of the West Coast with names such as The Earth, The Cloud and After the Rain. Purchase the travel kit to give the entire line a whirl. At LYNNsteven, Anthropologie and online at www.belmondo.ca.—Jennifer Patterson

Where Vancouver’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

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