While the Urban Dictionary defines Streetwear as ‘west coast skateboarding styles’, players from around the world have entered the market and European influenced gear is available in speciality shops all over Vancouver. Carefully covet though. That new Givenchy hoodie could easily run you two months’ rent. It might be a better option to hit up Simons on the North Shore and score the looks with their in-house lines.
CNTRBND in Yaletown
This streetwear store is so minimalistic that it is considered a ‘destination shopping experience’ and there isn’t need for a sign on the door or the window. Carrying brands like KTZ, Raf Simons, Blackfist, and Browne, the store (with locations only in Toronto and Vancouver,) gives customers get a taste of local at an international luxury price tag.
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Exclusive home of the ‘Vancity Original’ brand, Dipt is the longest running boutique in Vancouver catering to hip hop, streetwear and sneakers. Raekwon was just in-house throwing out interviews about the latest LINX Jacket produced by his company CL95 Inc.
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This Edmonton-based retailer stocks hard-to-find and super pricy Japanese labels, unique accessories like incense burners, high-quality streetwear such as Comme des Garcons, Ganryu, and a small but awesome selection of DRKSHDW. Check out the Memphis Pods Short Pants.
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New to North Vancouver, this department store carries diverse lines that hang side-by-side. In the men’s section, check out Le 31 Edit, Nike, Adidas, DJAB, Volcom and a wide selection of accessories including Nixon’s stainless steel watches.
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This sunken shop drags you into a world of skateboarding and offers up Red Dragon, AntiHero, Converse, Bones, and Chocolate. This team runs on four wheels and catches major air worldwide.
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Not your usual streetwear store, Platform is primarily for the gals and is a progressive, multi-brand concept store that is known as much for its art parties as for its outrageous lux leggings (Miley Cyrus approves), street and active wear.
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Roden Gray in Gastown
Only for the uber-rich and the ultra-coolio. Roden Gray carries an exclusive range of lux brands from A.P.C. to Yeezy and their digs are sweet.
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Located on Powell Street, Stussy has been worldwide since 1980. Known as the ultimate in cool, this brand rides the line between preppy and street while incorporating skate culture, the art of graffiti and the DJ culture.
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Known for their high-end brands and not customer service, this season’s streetwear mixes primary colours and prints for an eclectic look and feel that works great for high-low dressing with a touch of nostalgia.
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Made in Canada and respected worldwide, Wings + Horns was born on trips between Tokyo and Vancouver in 2004. Focusing on design quality and integrity – Wings + Horns makes anyone wearing it look freaking amazing.
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The West Coast is also a hotbed of local designers fresh from the gazillion fashion schools located in downtown Vancouver. Upstarts to watch for are Juvenile.Studio and unisex label Encima as they develop a strong local following. Encima is following a more traditional industry path of runway collections and stockists, while Matt Provost from Juvenile.Studio and his team of merry marketers are always confronting fashion norms and kicking it guerrilla style onto their collective butts.