Retail

Dec 29, 2022
Vancouver-based Wirth Hats keeps prioritizing mental health, even as it goes corporate
Nathan Caddell

The story of Wirth Hats is an inspiring one. Ben Miller started the company in 2018 as an ode to his late friend Jakub Wirth, who took his own life four years earlier. The two met at Copenhagen Business School...

Dec 23, 2022
Meet Vancouver-designed streetwear brand Taikan Everything
Alyssa Hirose

Let’s get real for a second: the hottest, freshest looks are born long before you see them in the pages of your favourite local city magazine (wink wink). “Trends are coming from the streets, from the clubs, from skate parks...

Dec 15, 2022
6 spots to get takeout charcuterie in Vancouver over the holidays
Alyssa Hirose

So you’re a grown adult that wants to eat cheese and crackers and meat, preferably in teeny tiny sandwich form. I get it. There isn’t a more elegant snack out there. And besides being extremely Instagram-worthy (yes, you have to...

Dec 6, 2022
Young Guns: Our Block Clothing's Nicolas Budisa draws streetwear inspiration from neighbourhoods in B.C.
Rushmila Rahman

In proper Gen Z fashion, Nicolas Budisa started working on the concept for his clothing brand at the ungodly hour of 1 a.m. It was peak 2020, COVID lockdown, and Budisa was scrolling through YouTube when he came across a video about...

Nov 25, 2022
Arc'teryx hits new firsts with Kitsilano store as company continues business model shift
Nathan Caddell

Arc’teryx has been a household name in B.C. for some time. Unlike a lot of retail brands, though, that reputation was built mostly through wholesale deals. These days, that’s changing. Nowhere is that more evident than in Kitsilano, where the...

Nov 15, 2022
Holiday gift idea: Vancouver-designed scarves made from recycled water bottles
Alyssa Hirose

When Salma Kashani first started her e-commerce business in 2020, she splashed her colourful prints onto T-shirts, skirts, shawls and matching sets. But the Vancouverite soon realized that vibrant clothing isn’t for everyone—and if you want to spice up a boring...

Nov 10, 2022
Inventory: Order your holiday greeting cards from these small B.C. businesses
Alyssa Hirose

Vancouverite Kristen Trojanoski lost her job as an interior designer when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, but she dove right into disrupting another industry: single-use greeting cards. All of PlantedRoot’s cards are made using compostable paper that’s infused with...

Oct 28, 2022
How Vancouver's Olive & Piper grew from a side hustle to an 8-figure jewelry brand
Rushmila Rahman

Tania Yan feels lucky to have supportive parents. But when she moved out of their home (and into one of her own a few blocks away), it took her half a year to tell them that she had quit her...

Oct 6, 2022
Vancouver-based Vessi announces its first permanent retail store
Nathan Caddell

Even though it hasn't particularly felt like it just yet, we're now into fall in B.C. For many, that means finally trading in the open-toe kicks that you've been rocking for a pair of waterproof shoes from Vancouver-based Vessi. If you...

Oct 6, 2022
On Trend: These reusable bag makers have cause to celebrate Vancouver's ban on plastic
Rushmila Rahman

Reusable bag manufacturer Me & You takes “two is better than one” seriously. So seriously that it’s woven into the brand ethos to inspire a collective push against plastic. Jenny Hughes launched the company in 2005, and the City of...

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