Tag Archives: shopping

Like a LBD, Everyone Should Have the Perfect White Shirt

13 Jan

I’ve been hunting for the perfect white shirt for the longest time – my last go to white shirt was a Norma Kamali which has since turned yellow. I kind of regret not spending a paycheque on that Gianfranco Ferre one at Neiman Marcus a few years ago that was just the right amount of crispness, stiffness, whiteness with french cuffs and the most dramatic collar. At least if I bought that I could have had it copied in China. Nothing generic from the Gap, Banana Republic, J Crew would cut it… not even Zara or Club Monaco. Nothing was right unless I went bespoke (very Daphne Guinness whom is unmatched in pulling off white shirts and tailored jackets) until now…

“Part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey group, Thomas Pink is a British shirt maker with flagship stores in London’s Jermyn Street, Madison Avenue, New York and Rue Francois Premier, Paris. Altogether there are more than 80 stores around the world – in USA, France, Mexico, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia, China, Canada, and in the UK.”

“To date 2011 has seen new openings in Australia and Hong Kong and in May a newly designed Thomas Pink store concept opened doors in Washington DC. 2011 will also see a brand new refurbishment of the largest Thomas Pink store of all, www.ThomasPink.com.

Of course the only Canadian locations are in Calgary and Toronto…. but until they find their way to an Alberni storefront, I’ll have to resort to shopping online.

Plain Jane – not too plain – it’s all about the tailoring baby!

Erin Plain – feminine ruffled shoulders

Emma Plain – plain, though see the slight detailing?

Aileen Plain – Body Shirt (for tucking in!)

Cindy Plain – for you pussybow lovers

Lidia Classic – Check out the ruffle detailing!

Sabina Plain – a tuxedo shirt for the ladies

Sylvia Plain – not so plain with French seams and silk ruffles on the gauntlet and around the neck

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Gem of a Find: Devil May Wear

20 Jun

I love shopping along Main Street – love the boutiques, the originality and the one-of-a kind finds. Favourite haunts are Front and Co. (I can always find something to buy there) and the Barefoot Contessa (great dresses)… not just for clothes, but for interesting and affordable jewelery by local or Canadian designers (Simply Sublime and Toodlebunny come to mind). Now I have one more boutique to add to the list – Devil May Wear. Stephanie, the Owner, was in the shop and we chatted a bit about her jewelery pieces – all one-of-a kind, handmade (by her) and affordable. I was immediately drawn to the origami crane on a gold chain and snapped it up immediately. She was folding a stack of really cute frilly panties, which she sews herself, are made from sustainable fabric and spandex free. More about Devil May Wear in this Georgia Straight article and her store can be found on etsy.com. Visit the store on Car Free Day today!

Devil May Wear
3957 Main Street, Vancouver BC
604.216.2515