Vancouver’s Local & Independent Fashion, Part I: Main Street

Local and Canadian Fashion at Life of Riley, Main Steet

While Vancouver’s famous Robson Street is great for shoppers looking for big name brands, it isn’t the best place to find fashion from a fresh, unique perspective. To get that, you need to look for fashion that’s part of Vancouver’s up-and-coming fashion scene, that’s made or designed here, or that’s from independent Canadian designers. So where to start on a hunt for Vancouver’s best local and independent fashion? Start just south of downtown on Main Street.

Known as “Mid Main,” Main Street between 20th and 23rd Avenue is home to some of the best fashion in the city, period. It’s also the place to shop for local and independent Canadian designers, and—one of the best parts!—the fashion here is extremely reasonably priced.

First-time visitors to Mid Main should start at my absolute favourite shop: Twigg&Hottie.

Inside Twigg&Hottie on Main Street

Owned by Vancouverites and designers Glencora Twigg, Christine “Hottie” Hotton and Jessica Vaira, Twigg&Hottie has four in-house lines—We3, Twigg&Hottie, Michael, and Clementine—and, brilliantly, stocks the very best in up-and-coming Canadian and eco-friendly fashion. I bought a fantastic dress there earlier this summer for $70 that managed to be perfect for a wedding rehearsal dinner, two baby showers, and a sunny Vancouver day (when paired with flip flops), and that garnered compliments everywhere I went!

Other not-to-be-missed boutiques include Life of Riley and Eugene Choo (both of which include menswear), Two of Hearts—which carries only locally-designed wares—and Bodacious, one of the few independent clothiers in Vancouver to offer plus sizes (they specialize in sizes 10 – 24).

Whether you want a new take on classic lines or a completely new, young, fashion-forward silhouette, Mid Main is an absolute must for fashionistas.

Love local fashion as much as I do? Or know of other great places to shop? Please share below!

Also in this series:
Vancouver’s Local & Independent Fashion, Part II: Gastown
Vancouver’s Local & Independent Fashion, Part III: Portobello West

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