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Wings+Horns – Clothing Sale (December 5 to 7, 2008)

By Guest-writer Kenneth Law

Wings & Horns (formerly Spruce), a relatively cryptic brand of upscale streetwear and casual workwear for men, designed and manufactured in our very own Vancouver, B.C. is having a sample sale at 188 West 6th Ave. I’d be inclined to say it’s one of the best sample sales ever displayed by the label, with stock that includes some of their famous tiger fleece hoodies alongside thermals, buffalo check jackets, raw denim and tees for ridiculously low prices. Sizes are available from XS – XL, and if you go early enough in the day there’s usually enough stock to give you a great selection.

Collections of Wings and Horns can be found locally at Holt Renfrew, Roden Gray,Gravity Pope (footwear) and Dutil Denim (denim). However, it’s a fairly certain guarantee that the deals at this sample sale will outshine anything those stores can offer. While their designs are usually not out of the ordinary enough to jutsify the regular retail price they command, the sheer quality of the material and details in the construction (No YKK zippers!) are definitely worth the prices you will be finding at this sale. Note it is cash only.

Shop Cocoon – Friends & Family Sale (Thurs. December 4)

The concept behind Shop Cocoon (3345 Cambie Street @17th Avenue) is simple. Artists and designers lease shelf space from the store and are also required to work a minimum number of hours behind the counter each week, allowing them the opportunity to showcase their emerging brands without having to undergo the costs of starting up their own shop. The brands available at Shop Cocoon will not be unfamiliar to Vancouverites who are interested in the local and independent designer scene. From Tyte Lids to Filou Designs, these clothing and accessories have frequented the likes of Portobello West, Spend on Trend and more!

On Thursday December 4, from 11am to 9pm, save up to 30% off the entire shop for their friends and family sale. Goodies will be served.

A Change of Perspective

By: Guest-writer Hannah Willetts

On Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to attend the Changes (4454 W 10th) fashion show held at their Point Grey boutique. The store itself was delightfully cozy, jam-packed with patrons and Kwantlen Fashion Design Program students, not to mention the racks of conspicuously organized original clothing. Doors opened at 6:30pm, and refreshments served while we perused the one-of a kind store.

Changes offers shoppers “lightly used” designer clothing, for “real women”. The clothing is both from consignment and store buy-outs, ranging from $20- $160, and accessories from local and Canadian hand craft designers, ranging from $3 -$60. Changes strives to provide for the modern women who is not constrained by sizes or media influences because, “size means absolutely squat!”

The show started after a tearful speech by Rhonda, who stated the store 11 years ago in Vancouver, after her mother’s store in Calgary. Soon after the show began, showing various looks for fall, notably showcased on models of various shapes and sizes who are all loyal customers of the shop. Notable pieces were, a sea-foam green tunic blouse with silver sequins ($24), paired with a pencil skirt($89), and sling back Guess shoes ($39), as well as a black Kenzie blouse ($29), paired with a coral tank ($23) and a very characteristic 1950’s inspired poodle skirt ($39). The crowd favorite by far a navy and black bandeau satin dress with a bow at the waist ($89) paired with a black faux fur vest ($119-French Spy), with black heels by Feet First ( a steal at $29), crowned by a Kazumi necklace, made of Czech Crystal.

The night was finished with a round of cake, and much shopping ensued. 100% of money raised this evening goes towards the Central Asia Institute, which includes the building of schools in Afganistan. If you’re looking for a one of a kind piece in a store in which employees treat you like family, this is the place for you!

Their next show is on Oct 29th , for more info please see their website , or drop by the shop during opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday to Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5:30pm

LAV & KUSH Fashiow Show

The Lav & Kush Fall 2008 Fashion Show at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) was a great preview to its autumn collection. Named after two royal descendents who were forest-raised in Hindu Mythology, the Lav & Kush line strives to embody the beauty, strength and lovableness from the mythical story of nature.

As the models paced briskly down the catwalk, with a single peacock feather adorning their hair, the loose-fitting and comfortable pieces from Lav & Kush flowed down the runway. The colors were generally solid, dark blocks but with a hint of subtle playfulness; the occasional ruffle, pleat or pocket makes the look less ordinary.

One piece which stood out in particular to me was a violet and cranberry colored dress with a paisley-inspired pattern on silky smooth fabric [see picture].

Style & Sustainability. Beauty & Awareness. Who says you can’t have it all?
The video below is a short clip of the Law and Kush fashion show.

HOTBOX – Fashion Show (Friday September 26, 2008)

Hotbox Accessories (2560 Main Street) is having a Fall Fashion Show on Friday September 26, 2008 from 6pm to 11pm. As the press release states:

It’s time to lace up those boxing gloves! Hotbox Accessories is hosting a “Hot Boxer Fashion Show” where ladies and gents will be duking it out in the season’s latest accessories!

Drop by for a visit for “sucker punch sangria” and great discounts! And best of all, admission is free!

Changes Clothing – Fashion Show and After-hours Sale (Thurs. September 25)

Changes Clothing (4454 West 10th Avenue), a trendy consignment store and jewelry bar in Vancouver, is having their 11th birthday celebration Thursday September 25. There will be an in-store fashion show and an after-hours sale for all attendees.

The event will be from 6:30 – 9:30 and will feature fall fashions created with unique styling using new and like-new trends. WE will show you how to get the runway looks for less and how to turn up the excitement in your wardrobe with accessories, tips, and tricks.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 each with 100% of the ticket price going to The Central Asia Institute, a charity that builds schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help educate women.

For tickets, phone the store directly at 604-222-1505.

ISHARA – Eye Candy Soiree at Oakridge Centre (Tuesday September 30)

For one night only Ishara at Oakridge Centre will be serving up live models wearing trendsetting fashions, beverages, a candy bar, and unlimited eye candy. It’s their Eye Candy Soiree grand opening on Tuesday September 30th from 7-9pm. Ishara specializes in a decedent shopping experience with well merchandised garments that are as original as you are.

From their website:

By bringing together the best pieces from noted designers in a comfortable atmosphere, ISHARA provides an ultimate closet of sorts to discerning women in Vancouver where they can choose that perfect outfit knowing that it won’t be found everywhere else.

Indulge for one night in shopping for hard to find and exclusive labels at 15% off!
RSVP to info@thehoneymustard.com