How’s Movember treating you so far? The annual endeavor has men shaving, growing and grooming their way to a new look this month, possibly even opening the door for a head-to-toe makeover. You already look different, so why not shake things up with some new threads.
From sporty to spiffy and just about everything in between, Gastown is home to a concentration of great men’s boutiques, making it the perfect neighbourhood for style savvy gents.
Here are six reasons why Gastown is your go-to for the latest in men’s fashion:
Explore your inner denim head
It’s fair to say that no other fabric is as versatile when it comes to setting the foundation for your look. You can go indigo, stonewashed, straight and slim – or make it personal with raw denim. It takes a while to break in a new pair, but you’ll be rewarded with a fade that is unique to you. NiftyDo has a range of handmade labels, Alfie Italia offers some edgy options and dutil. stocks an unmatched selection that’s north of 4,000 pairs.
Take a few tips from Kanye
West might not seem stripped-down, comfortable and unpretentious, but that’s what he’s created with Yeezy Season 1, which recently arrived at Roden Gray. The collection speaks to a style that’s easy, but still put together, with pieces that can be combined in infinite ways – ‘like Legos.’ Shop it or take the concept and check out monochromatic looks from local labels at Oak + Fort and Nouvelle Nouvelle.
Maybe it’s been a couple years since your last international journey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like you summered in the south of France. Haven carries several hard-to-find European brands that utilize traditional handcrafted techniques, while Saager Dilawri at Neighbour offers a curated collection of high-quality threads and lifestyle products from Paris and beyond.
For a look that’s more buttoned up, The Block can hook you up with everything from an A.P.C. suit to a pair of Oliver Spencer Fishtail trousers, or head to Motherland for a wide selection of chambray and printed shirts. When the occasion calls for some serious flair, hit Secret Location for upscale pieces that are right off the runway.
Or, dress down
Vancouver is a pretty casual city, where street and athletic wear can transition from workday to weekend. Try Kit + Ace for technical fabrics that offer low maintenance luxury and Stussy for signature pieces repped by musicians, skaters, DJs and artists from around the world. The brand’s Cordova location is the only standalone shop in Western Canada.
Don’t forget your feet
The right shoes can take your look from fine to finished, and Gastown has several spots to score signature styles. This year marks the 45th for John Fluevog, who never fails to impress with his distinct designs. Up the street, La Differencia stocks a selection of European brands including Dkode (Portugal) and Giorgio (Italy). Rowan Sky carries a range of styles, from sneakers to loafers, dress shoes and boots.