With its emphasis on unique, independent boutiques, Vancouver’s shopping scene is a hotbed for eclectic style and handmade fashion. Keep an eye out for items from these local jewelry and fashion designers, whose lines include pieces like tailored jackets, gemstone-laden necklaces and coy, Japanese-style lingerie.
After teaming up with the owner of Vancouver-based Lululemon to co-create a line of sustainable athletic apparel, environmentally conscious designer Nicole Bridger went on to develop her own eco-friendly label. Her eponymous brand uses low-impact dyes, Tagua nut buttons and fabrics made from renewable resources. Snag a few of Bridger’s feminine pieces, such as fluid tops and tunics, draped dresses and flouncy skirts, at Vancouver’s fashion-forward boutiques.
Shanah Flodstrom has a love for eccentric films, handmade coffee mugs and furniture discovered in alleyways, so it should come as no surprise that her fashion label Little Houses touts a similar sense of carefully crafted individualism. With signature features like exaggerated collars, asymmetrical jacket closures and dual pockets on printed cotton dresses, her well-tailored pieces are wearable with an unexpected twist.
It can be difficult to find a line of undergarments that straddles the line between sweet and sexy so effortlessly, but Japanese-born designer Matsuda Naomi has perfected that balance with her label, Naomi Lingerie. Her silky, handmade under-things use vintage fabrics, modest silhouettes and lace detailing for a result that is simultaneously comfortable and come-hither.
Shereen de Rousseau
Using black chains of oxidized sterling silver and brightly coloured beads made from gemstones like cherry quartz and aquamarine, Shereen de Rousseau’s jewelry juxtaposes a heavy, Gothic aesthetic with a delicate, feminine quality. The designer gains inspiration from her childhood in Brazil and her extensive world travels, and she frequently integrates Old World, hand-casted bronze trinkets into her designs. Many of the charms use historic images and symbols, such as antique European coins, coats of arms, distressed anchors and religious figures.
For ethereal, nature-inspired accessories, try on a piece of jewelry by Sleepy Moon Design. Zoe Olver handcrafts each of these sterling-silver earrings, rings and necklaces, which have unrefined lines, leaf- and feather-shaped accents and colorful gemstones like amethyst, green topaz and aquamarine.