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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

Under the tree or in a stocking, here are some great gifts to give and get

By Jennifer Patterson

For Cool Kids

Who Won the 2012 Vancouver Where to Shop Awards?

We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your favourite spots to shop

By Jennifer Patterson

Heritage department at The Bay. Photo by KK Law

Department Store
The Bay
This Canadian company, founded in 1670, is one of the oldest in the world. Over the past few years, this downtown hub has turned into a don’t-miss fashion destination. Label lovers visit The Room, a high-end space filled with the crème de la crème of designer goods, and young trendsetters head to the world’s second-largest Topshop, on the lower level. For holiday decor, see the Christmas Street department.
Finalists
Holt Renfrew; Army & Navy.

China & Crystal
Atkinson’s
Drop by this elegant South Granville space for classic collectibles, including Waterford Crystal or dinnerware by Iittala, Versace and Wedgwood.
Finalists
Birks; Chintz and Company.

Antiques & Collectibles
Antique Warehouse
There’s no time like the present to redecorate. Luckily, Antique Warehouse has over 1,115 sq m (12,000 sq ft) of vintage and antique home furnishings. There’s something for everyone, as this massive collection ranges from 18th-century decor to mid-century modern furniture, all sourced from France, England and Belgium.
Finalists
Antique Market; Scott Landon Antiques; Three Centuries Shop.

Children’s Clothing
GapKids
This popular shop for tots and tweens carries clothing and accessories perfect for school, a holiday party or just playing in the yard. Big-name designers (think: Diane von Furstenburg and Stella McCartney) often design limited-edition collections for the chain.
Finalists
Hip Baby; Beansprouts; Redfish Kids Clothing.

Men’s Clothing
Harry Rosen
Dapper gents head to this downtown store to fulfil all their style-related needs. The rich wood interior complements the custom-made suits, classic casual wear and colourful ties, alongside leather loafers and great-for-winter puffer jackets.
Finalists
Holt Renfrew; Roden Gray.

Ladies’ Clothing
Aritzia
Vancouver’s own Aritzia started life in 1984 as a store-within-a-store, inside Hills of Kerrisdale (page 27) to be exact. Now, many years and stores later, the edgy, on-trend fashions and multiple in-house labels cater to a loyal legion of customers, including much-photographed celebrities and fashionistas.
Finalists
The Bay; Holt Renfrew.

Glasses at Bruce Eyewear. Photo by KK Law

Eyewear
Bruce Eyewear
Stylish specs and cool sunglasses line the cases at this Gastown spot. Unique frames by sought-after labels such as Cutler and Gross, Oliver Peoples and Mykita are just a sampling of what’s in store.
Finalists
Eyes on Burrard; Spectus Eyewear.

Sporting Goods
Sport Chek
No matter what your age or sport, you’ll find all the gear you need—from skis to golf clubs to inline skates—at this mega chain.
Finalists
Mountain Equipment Co-op; Lululemon.

Lingerie
Change Lingerie
This Danish brand designs sweet skivvies and bras, with cup sizes ranging from A to K. Find pyjamas, slips and bathing suits, too. Free bra fittings.
Finalists
Dianes Lingerie; La Vie en Rose.

Books
Chapters/Indigo
Spend an hour—or four—exploring this palatial, multi-level bookstore. Everything from cookbooks to architecture to language has a dedicated section, as do the hottest best-sellers and magazines. Take the tots to the colourful kids’ section, then browse the expanded gift and decor area. Monthly author events.
Finalists
Banyen Books & Sound; Black Bond Books.

Chocolate
Purdy’s Chocolates
Since 1907, this iconic Vancouver chocolatier has satisfied sweet-tooth cravings with sweet Georgia browns, hedgehogs and mint melties. The recognizable gold and purple box—chock-full of assorted chocolates, nuts and caramels—makes a great gift, whether for a hostess or for that chocolate-loving friend.
Finalists
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Rogers’ Chocolates; Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie.

Fine Art
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
This elegant and spacious Gastown gallery has been in business for over 30 years. Peruse the fine Inuit sculptures, along with prints, original drawings and museum-quality Northwest Coast First Nations art. Regular rotating exhibits feature stunning pieces by both established and new artists.
Finalists
Jennifer Kostuik Gallery; Granville Fine Art.

Jewellery & Watches
Tiffany & Co.
This year marks the 175th anniversary for the coveted jewellery label. Expert craftsmanship and attention to detail—not to mention the recognizable robin egg–blue box—keep customers coming back. Don’t miss the eye-catching collections by Elsa Peretti, Frank Gehry and Paloma Picasso. Be sure to check out the selection of crystal, sunglasses, leather goods and home decor, too.
Finalists
Birks; Pandora Jewelry.

Bentwood box at Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Photo by KK Law

Spas & Salons
Vida Spa
The goal of this chic, relaxing spa is to bring your dosha into perfect harmony, helping to promote well-being and restore energy. Treatments are based on Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of Indian medicine.
Finalists
Chi, the Spa; The Spa at the Wedgewood.

Shoes
Fluevog Shoes
Flights of fancy for your feet. Vancouver’s own Fluevog continues to push boundaries when it comes to footwear, with the help of custom buckles, curved heels and sculpted toes. The motto behind these whimsical shoes: unique soles for unique souls.
Finalists
Browns; Gravitypope.

Shopping Centre
Pacific Centre
In the heart of downtown sits this massive shopping mall housing some of the biggest brands: H&M, Apple, Sephora, Club Monaco, BCBG and Harry Rosen. It’s also home to ultra-luxe retailer Holt Renfrew.
Finalists
Metropolis at Metrotown; Richmond Centre; Park Royal.

To vote for next year’s winners, click here.

Who took top spots in Whistler’s Where to Shop awards? Pick up the new issue of Where Whistler to find out, or click here.

Hot Shopping: Give the Gift of Jewellery

Rings from Pandora

When it comes to gifts, nothing tops jewellery. Show that special someone they’re loved with a brilliant bangle, or reward personal success with a new pendant.

  • Keir Fine Jewellery offers a wide range of Canadian diamonds—complete with the laser-engraved maple leaf or polar bear—as well as gold, titanium and pearl pieces.
  • Ruby Tuesday keeps it casual with playful necklaces, bracelets and earrings by Canadian designers.
  • Pandora (pictured) fans come for the charm collection but stay for the stunning assortment of gold and silver bling.—Jennifer Patterson

Who Won the 2012 Whistler Where to Shop Awards?

We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your favourite spots to shop

By Jennifer Patterson

Photo by KK Law

Fine Art
Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
This inviting space showcases works of art by both established and up-and-coming Canadian talent. Peruse the mix of classic and contemporary pieces, then purchase one for the
ultimate souvenir.
Finalists
Whistler Village Art Gallery; Mountain Galleries.

Outdoor Gear
Escape Route
Mountain enthusiasts head to this long-standing shop for anything and everything outdoors. Stock up on waterproof pants and gloves before blazing a trail outside. A cozy down jacket is always a smart buy.
Finalists
The North Face; Can-Ski; Helly Hansen.

Clothing
Lululemon
Founded in Vancouver in 2000, this activewear company initially earned mass praise for its quality yoga apparel. Now, besides finding the perfect pair of pants for downward-facing dog, locals covet the vests, rain jackets and shorts.
Finalists
Roots; Eddie Bauer.

Spas & Salons
Scandinave Spa
This outdoor spa is a haven for relaxation. Breathe in the fresh mountain air while alternating between hot and cold pools, then head indoors to relax in the eucalyptus steam room or sweat in the traditional Finnish sauna.
Finalists
Avello Spa & Health Club; Vida Spa.

Souvenirs
Sea to Sky Souvenirs
At the end of a stunning vacation in Whistler, visitors head to this souvenir shop to pick up fun gifts, quirky collectables and trendy trinkets.
Finalists
Cows Whistler; Skitch.