Score Designer Deals at the 9th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale

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It’s like boxing day in April!”

Looking for a great deal on locally-made jewelry, fashion, accessories, and more? This weekend, the 9th annual Nifty for Fifty sale will be taking over the Heritage Hall on Main Street (3102 Main Street) this Sunday to sell handmade goods all for $50 or less!

This is a great opportunity to score some nifty deals on fashion by independent Vancouver designers at excellent prices that are much cheaper (and much more original) than what you might find at the mall!

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Score Designer Deals at the 9th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale

Fall Fashion 101: Meet the New Stores on Robson Street

J.Crew is now open at 1088 Robson Street. Photo credit: J.Crew

September means fall fashion. Vogue debuts its door stop fall fashion guide. Vancouver celebrates its first Fashion’s Night Out, Sept. 6, when retailers offer deep discounts for one glamourous night. Main St. hosts the autumn local designer show case Spend on Trend, Sept. 14-16. But more on those events later.

In this post, I’ll cover the latest store openings in Vancouver’s main shopping corridor: Robson Street. If you’re shopping in Vancouver, Robson Street is the favourite retail and strolling thoroughfare. It’s the second-most-expensive retail street in Canada after Toronto’s Bloor Street. Although some speculated that Vancouver’s retail corridor would shift, Robson Street has rallied with some exciting updates.

Even if you don’t need a first day of school outfit, there’s an irresistible urge to banish cut-offs and browse the richly-hued, new season window displays.

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Fall Fashion 101: Meet the New Stores on Robson Street

Converge on Main: Shopping & Dining Discounts on Main Street, July 19

Barefoot Contessa on Main Street. Photo: Fashion Magazine.com

Gastown businesses have been hosting “shop hops”—neighbourhood-wide shopping events where multiple stores join together to stay open late for special, one-day-only sales—for a few years now. But the concept is new to Main Street, which hosts its first “shop hop” event next week: Converge on Main on July 19.

Home to some of the best independent Vancouver fashion and trendy, off-beat boutiques in the city, Main Street from East 16th to East 29th Ave is one of Vancouver’s top shopping destinations. At the Converge on Main sale, 20 Main Street shops and restaurants will come together to offer major discounts for one night; participating shops include  twigg&hottie (40% off We3 Designs, 25% off rest of store), Barefoot Contessa (25% off entire store), and Two of Hearts (where everything is made in Vancouver) (25% off regular merchandise).

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Converge on Main: Shopping & Dining Discounts on Main Street, July 19

Beach Ready? Meet Vancouver’s Talented Pool of Swimwear Designers

Jane by Vancouver swimwear designer Beth Richards. Image: Beth Richards

Any beach city worth its sand boasts a talented pool of swimwear designers. This summer, designer Beth Richards is making a splash in the Vancouver swimwear market with her debut 2012 swimwear collection.

Not only have Vancouverites fallen hard for her sophisticated monochrome designs (pictured above), Net-A-Porter.com – the international, big shot, web retailer – has already picked up Beth Richards’ line.

Check out more swimwear from Beth Richards’ collection, and 2012 swimwear by other Vancouver talents such as Anna Kosturova, known for making the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue every year with her sultry crochet bikinis – after the jump. Continue reading:
Beach Ready? Meet Vancouver’s Talented Pool of Swimwear Designers

Nifty for Fifty indie design sale is back, April 22

Bikini bottoms by Gastown-based Daub + Design. Photo credit: Daub + Design

Occasionally the title says it all. Nifty for Fifty – a sale featuring nifty goods all for $50 or less – is succinct poetry.

On Sunday April 22, over 25 Vancouver designers and artists will gather under one roof at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) for the fifth annual Nifty for Fifty sale, which runs from 11am-8pm. Known as an April Boxing Day for local design, this sale happens only once a year and offers shoppers deep discounts on unique pieces with fine craftsmanship.

MSN Travel slammed Vancouver fashion, naming Vancouver as one of the world’s worst-dressed cities due to an overabundance of yoga pants worn as street wear. Here’s your chance to view the counterargument.

Noteworthy participants include print-happy Adhesif Clothing, the chic, Gastown-based Allison Wonderland, leather work master Erin Templeton, and swimwear by Daub + Design. Find out more about participating designers after the jump. Continue reading:
Nifty for Fifty indie design sale is back, April 22

Portobello West Art Market To Open Just Four Times a Year

Photo: Portobello West

Portobello West, Vancouver’s monthly arts and fashion market and one of the top spots to shop for local and independent fashion in Vancouver, has been around since 2006, first at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, then at Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village (since March 2011), where it has been operating on the last Sunday of every month.

But its new(ish) high-traffic digs aren’t helping Portobello West’s vendors. According to The Georgia Straight, customers’ propensity to “wait and see what they have next month” is hurting the artists’ and artisans’ bottom line.

So Portobello West is changing their schedule in an effort to help their vendors:

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Portobello West Art Market To Open Just Four Times a Year

Vancouver Fashion Week Returns November 1 – 6, 2011

Photo: Vancouver Fashion Week

Get the jump on Spring/Summer 2012 fashion with the return of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), back for its 10th anniversary show November 1 – 6, 2011.

The West Coast’s most prestigious fashion industry event, Vancouver Fashion Week showcases both emerging and established designers, including local Vancouver designers, while focusing on diversity and creativity. Internationally-acclaimed Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff will be the opening highlight of VFW’s Spring/Summer 2012 collections, followed by a roster of up-and-coming talent that includes designers from Canada, Poland, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Germany, India, and Ireland.

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Vancouver Fashion Week Returns November 1 – 6, 2011