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Shopping Vancouver

Take it Outside

’Tis the time of year for camping, road trips and visits to seaside cabins. Bring these handy items along on your next adventure

By SHERI RADFORD

Keep bugs at bay with these essentials from Escents

Keep bugs at bay with these essentials from Escents

OUTDOOR SURVIVAL KIT Banish bugs with this DEET-free kit from Vancouver company Escents. The body spray, body balm, aroma blend and shampoo/body/shave bar use all-natural essential oils to repel creepy-crawlies.

A Fjällräven Kanken backpack in Lake Blue

Fjällräven’s Kanken backpack in lake blue

BACKPACK Millions of school-children can’t be wrong. The roomy, sturdy Kånken backpack has been popular in Scandinavia ever since its launch in 1978. Fjällräven recently added four new colours—ocean green, lake blue (pictured), leaf green and burnt orange—so there’s sure to be an option for every preference.

Organization is easy with the Glovebox Grab-and-Go Buddy

Organization is easy with the Glovebox Grab-and-Go Buddy

ORGANIZER With its wire frame and large pockets, the Glovebox Grab-and-Go Buddy is ideal for keeping important items handy and organized while en route in the car. It converts into a carrying bag, making it easy to bring everything with you while out and about. At Canadian Tire.

Protect your skin with sunscreen by Ombrelle

Protect your skin with sunscreen by Ombrelle

SUNSCREEN Say bye-bye to burns with Ombrelle. The Canadian brand makes a whole range of dermatologist-recommended lotions that protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. At Shoppers Drug Mart.

Light your way with this convertible lantern and flashlight from Woods

Light your way with this convertible lantern and flashlight from Woods

LANTERN/FLASHLIGHT Compact and versatile, this gadget by Woods transforms from a flashlight into a lantern simply by sliding it up or down. And a run time of two hours means you won’t be left in the dark. At Canadian Tire.

Clothes for Cool Kids at Redfish

By SHERI RADFORD

Pinwheel kimono, at Redfish Kids

Pinwheel kimono, at Redfish Kids

You’ll be wishing you were a child again when you step into Redfish Kids. The adorable dresses, skirts, shirts, shorts and pants are all made right here in Vancouver using durable fabrics in vibrant prints. Each item is designed to grow with the child, so this summer’s dress becomes next summer’s sun top. Most ingenious of all is the kimono onesie (pictured), which eliminates the struggle to get baby limbs into the right tiny openings. Cute and clever.

Dish and DU/ER Denim Pop-Up Shop

By SHERI RADFORD

Visit the Dish Jeans pop-up in Railtown

Visit the Dish Jeans pop-up in Railtown

Gary Lenett is a true believer when it comes to jeans: “I wear them doing the Grouse Grind and doing yoga.” But he’s not talking about ordinary denim. Lenett is the founder of the performance denim brands Dish (for women) and DU/ER (for men). They’re the perfect jeans for Vancouver: sophisticated enough for a business meeting, but comfy enough to wear while riding a bike, thanks to the CoolMax polyester fibres infused into the denim. Visit the pop-up shop in Railtown, open until the end of the month.

Fun Fashions: Ted Baker London

By SHERI RADFORD

SHAMDOG checked shirt, at Ted Baker London

SHAMDOG checked shirt, at Ted Baker London

What do you get when you take Western Canadian decor—heavy on the oak, stone, leather and traditional First Nations patterns—and add a whimsical British clothing brand? The result is Vancouver’s new Ted Baker London store, which opened last month in Pacific Centre. The setting may be Canadian, but the clothing is quintessential Ted Baker.

Reach the Beach

Ready for a long, lazy day on Kits Beach, First Beach or (for the truly brave) clothing-optional Wreck Beach? Don’t forget these warm-weather essentials

By SHERI RADFORD

A beach chair sporting the iconic HBC stripes

A beach chair sporting the iconic HBC stripes

BEACH CHAIR Hudson’s Bay was established way back in 1670, and it’s been a Canadian mainstay ever since. No patriotic Canuck can resist the iconic HBC stripes on everything from beach chairs, baseball hats and pocket knives to water bottles, patio umbrellas and wooden canoes. (more…)

Top Timepieces: Global Watch Co.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Longines shop-in-shop at Global Watch Co.

The Longines shop-in-shop at Global Watch Company

A trove of treasured timepieces can be found at Global Watch Company, a boutique devoted to haute horology and fine diamond jewellery. The swish space is home to three unique shop-in-shops, including 165-year-old German watchmaker Glashütte Original—one of the few showrooms to carry the brand in BC. Rounding out the collection: a range of sophisticated sparklers, some featuring rare coloured diamonds. Adore adornment? Then this venue is a must-visit.

G&T Design’s Luxe Linens

By SHERI RADFORD

A whimsical throw pillow by G&T Design

A whimsical throw pillow by G&T Design

Beavers and chickens and ravens, oh my! These are just a few of the critters you’ll find screen-printed on earth-friendly textiles from G&T Design, along with moose, pineapples, bicycles and inspirational sayings. Vancouver resident Stephanie McRae uses natural linen to create her vintage-looking pillows, tea towels and napkins, because she likes that the durable fabric is also sustainable. She’s even been known to create custom designs for clients celebrating special occasions. Available at Barefoot Contessa and at Etsy.

Tops for Shops: Robson Street

By SHERI RADFORD

Ecco's new store on Robson Street

Ecco’s new store on Robson Street

Long considered Vancouver’s mecca for savvy shoppers, Robson Street now ups the ante even more with the recent addition of Ecco (pictured), the Danish brand known for stylish but comfy footwear. The store is mere steps away from the intersection of Robson and Burrard, where you can find well-crafted leather bags at Roots, stylish yogawear at Lululemon, alluring lingerie at Victoria’s Secret, beauty products galore at Sephora, sweet-smelling skincare products at L’Occitane en Provence, and intricately designed greeting cards and gift bags at Papyrus. It’s enough to put a spring in the step of any serious shopaholic.

Sitting Pretty: Vancouver Beach Chair

By SHERI RADFORD

This Vancouver souvenir is as stylish as it is comfortable

This Vancouver souvenir is as stylish as it is comfortable

There’s no better way to soak up some rays than in a folding beach chair from Gallant & Jones. Designed and handmade right here in Vancouver, each one features a frame stained with a natural, eco-friendly oil and a cotton back screen-printed by hand. Bonus: for each chair sold, $10 goes to Covenant House, a local charity that supports homeless youth. Buy online at www.gallantandjones.com.

Quick Pick: 4 of Our Favourite Things

Along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of our favourite things this month

By SHERI RADFORD

Find the iconic HBC stripes on everything from shirts to blankets

Find the iconic HBC stripes on everything from shirts to blankets

STRIPES
Hudson’s Bay was established way back in 1670, and it’s been a Canadian mainstay ever since. No one can resist the company’s iconic stripes on everything from t-shirts, running shoes and onesies to beach towels, lawn chairs and patio umbrellas—and it’s the rare Canadian household that doesn’t own at least one
of their striped blankets. (more…)

Fabulous Finds at Renew Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Renew Gallery's showroom is chock-full of elegant pieces

Renew Gallery’s showroom is chock-full of elegant pieces

If any shop should be stocked with treasures, it’s hidden gem Renew Gallery. Tucked away near Main Street, this bright showroom is the perfect setting for the collection of stunning antiques, vintage decor and beautiful period lighting. The carefully curated pieces range from furniture to stained glass to glittering chandeliers, and each is one of a kind. Consider Renew the pearl of second-hand shopping.

A Few of Our Favourite Things

Along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of the things we can’t live without this month

By SHERI RADFORD

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Hudson’s Bay
Youngsters and oldsters alike love the iconic HBC stripes on everything from onesies, polo shirts and running shoes to beach towels, lawn chairs and patio umbrellas. At Hudson’s Bay. (more…)