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Dish and Du/er builds indoor playground in Gastown flagship

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Helen Siwak Apr 27, 2016 2:00 am

Canadian athleisure brand Dish and Du/er recently opened its unique flagship store in Vancouver’s Gastown shopping district, and it’ll have you wanting to hang around in denim.

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

To reflect the core performance component of the denim brand, the interactive retail space encourages movement complete with a gym floor, monkey bars, and a swing set.

“Launching an indoor playground in a retail shop is far from typical, but we’ve never been a brand that draws within the lines,” said Gary Lenett, founder of Dish and Duer.

During a pop-up store last summer, Lenett saw that people wanted to test the jeans by squatting, stretching, and even doing high kicks, so the in-store playground gives customers an outlet to see how well the product will live up to an active lifestyle before purchasing.

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

The brand is Vancouver based, raised more then $280,000 via Kickstarter, and has ‘reinvented’ denim by leveraging two proprietary fabrics, L2X (Leisure to Extreme) and Nature2X. The fabrics are infused with coolmax and tencel fibres for quick dry and temperature control properties. The company plans to expand into the U.S. this fall.

“Until now, denim hasn’t been a key category of the rapidly growing athleisure market,” said Lenett. “In order to launch a performance denim, we had to develop a cotton rich fabric blend that would withstand aspects of an active lifestyle with super stretch, dry wicking and antibacterial attributes.”

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

The highly competitive athleisure market, recently valued at $323 billion by research group NPD, demands retailers to get creative in order to be noticed. Lenett, who has worked with the likes of Levi’s, Nike, Wrangler, and Guess, among other notable brands, wanted the flagship space to be as innovative as the product.

Based on the brand’s performance features, it made sense to create an interactive space for customers to properly test the product.

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

Image courtesy of Dish and Du/er

Dish and Duer Vancouver flagship store

Where: 118 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-323-0441


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Helen Siwak
Helen Siwak is a Life/Style blogger, the driving force behind BLUSH Vancouverand freelance contributor to numerous Canadian based retail publications. She loves living in the city, her rescue pets, accidental adventure & advocating for an ecoluxury lifestyle. IG: @blushvancouver.

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