Feb 7, 2011
Is Buffalo Meat the New Beef?
Jackie Wong

Like other former cattle ranchers, Bill Bouffioux is a bison convert. There’s a lot to love about the majestic creatures, whose brown eyes and dense beards suggest an erudite serenity commensurate with their heft. Mature bulls weigh about 900 kilos, and females peak at around 540. Fur density matches their...

Jan 24, 2011
9 Dumbest Fads Ever to Make Money
Ashley Turk

Fads. These markers of popular culture all seemed like good ideas at the time. Heck, some of us even fell prey to the tawdry charms of acid wash jeans. Over the decades, the world’s consumer crazes have ranged from the forgivable to the fanatical, along the way becoming icons of...

Jan 4, 2011
The Secret Lives of Mannequins

As you wander the malls and retail streets of B.C. this month – seeking that killer January sale or white sale or Boxing Day-cum-Boxing Month-cum-
we-need-to-clear-this-crap-out-and-hit-our-numbers sale – consider the lowly mannequin. She (it’s often a she) stands guard at shops across the...

Jan 4, 2011
Slideshow: The Secret Lives of Mannequins

They are idols of style, icons of consumption, easily aggrandized, and just as easily thrown away. This is a photographer's look at the consummate retail hero: the mannequin. 1) Along with the traditional retailers and specialty markets who purcha Modern retailers are striving to use mannequins creatively, in contrast to the ranks...

Dec 1, 2010
Fur Coats: How They're Made
Kristen Hilderman

From running through a meadow to draped over your shoulders – we look at the involved process of making fur coats. Despite the fashion industry's fluctuating interest in furs, the unwavering opposition of "antis" and the crippling effects of a recession, fur is back and sexy once again. According to Rokie Bernstein, CEO of Snowflake Trading Co., the industry is making its exultant comeback – to the joy of some and dismay of others.

Dec 1, 2010
The Skins Game: Canada's Fur Trade Revival
Jessica Barrett

Canada’s fur trade – arguably the country’s oldest industry – has suffered through recessions, protests and changing consumer tastes. But after two decades of decline, 
things are finally looking up. Thank the Chinese. In the world of high-end fashion – and certainly in the wake of a recession – the presence of brash signage heralding fire-sale prices at a posh boutique is generally interpreted as a very bad sign. 

Dec 1, 2010
Maynards Bids on the Future of Auctions
Timothy Taylor

There was a telling scene at an auction I attended recently. It was the Modern Woman show at Maynards, where the 108-year-old auction house had assembled a group of 35 contemporary fine-art works from 24 emerging artists. Unlike the typical...

Nov 3, 2010
The Vegas Cut Diamond
Catherine Dunwoody

The Las Vegas Cut diamond contains 111 facets in a modified round brilliant cut – that's enough sparkle to get the attention of the luxury goods market. You’re at a craps table in Sin City and just about to implore those dice to bring you luck. Forget “Mama needs a new pair of shoes.” What Mama really wants is a big ol’ rock. A Las Vegas Cut diamond, to be precise.

Aug 4, 2010
When Retail Pops Up in Vancouver
Dee Hon

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, and a horde is stampeding through the Latest Scoop, hauling clothes and housewares to the till with the frenzy of a going-out-of-business blowout. Indeed, the West Fourth Avenue boutique will have...

Feb 3, 2010
B.C.'s VQA: Quality Control
Peter Mitham

B.C.’s VQA program is a much-lauded effort to create 
standards for B.C.’s wine industry. But does VQA spell 
trouble for retailers? This month, as B.C. entertains the thousands of international visitors who have come to watch and celebrate athletic achievement, many...

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