Vancouver is known for many things, including its beautiful natural location and thriving small businesses. From food trucks to breweries to independent clothing stores, this Canadian gem is the place to be. Here are the best independent fashion boutiques to visit in Vancouver
Much & Little
Much & Little is a boutique on Vancouver’s Main Street, stocked with products from local designers to European brands. Owner Sarah Savoy says each item—from women’s clothing and jewelry to homewares—is handpicked, and she only chooses products created with love and have an attention to detail. Most of the clothing stocked at Much & Little is made in North America from natural materials such as linen, wool, silk, and cotton.
Much & Little, 2541 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 709 9034
Locally owned since 1999, Barefoot Contessa is brimming with “all things lovely.” With boho and lacy tops, colorful floral dresses and skirts, unique giftware, and dainty accessories, there is definitely a vintage and 1950s tea party vibe to the shops. Barefoot Contessa’s flagship store is on Main Street, but they do have another boutique on Commercial Drive as well.
Barefoot Contessa, 3715 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 879 8175
Designer boutique misch, established in 2004 and located in Vancouver’s South Granville neighborhood, features high-end labels such as Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang, and Vanessa Bruno. Lisa Osen, the owner, believes “life is most beautiful when you have the freedom to be who you want to be, say what you want to say, and wear what you want to wear.”
misch, 2960 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 731 1017
8th & Main
8th & Main is definitely one of the most popular independently owned and operated clothing boutiques in Vancouver. They not only stock a range of sizes and brands from places such as Denmark, Australia, and North America, but their women’s and men’s clothing is also very reasonably priced. Many of their products are available on their website too.
8th & Main, 2403 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 559 5927
Born and raised in Vancouver, Erin Templeton studied abroad in the UK and Australia before returning home to open her own handbag store in historic Chinatown. Every one of her designs is lovingly handmade in-store using recycled leather, imported cowhides, or locally tanned elks and bison. Her handbags usually include minimal hardware and are built to last. Erin hopes that each piece is able to be a “lifelong friend.”
Erin Templeton, 511 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 682 2451
Named after owner Nicole’s mom and younger brother, LYNNsteven Boutique is both a women’s clothing store and a green beauty stockist. Nicole says the stock reflects her personal style: “From fun and flirty to edgier, fashion-forward pieces.” The boutique in Gastown has also won a number of design awards, thanks to its unique changing room. Created by Vancouver’s Michael Green Architecture, it includes the use of 6,000 secondhand books.
LYNNsteven Boutique, 225 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 899 0808
“A Gastown landmark”—this is how owner Jennifer MacKay explains The Block, which has a curated collection of women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. The boutique features the best of both international and Canadian designers such as Ulla Johnson, Popupshop, and Bridge & Burn. The best part is that The Block also ships internationally, with free shipping within Canada. Stop by and enjoy its pretty turn-of-the-century wooden interior too.
The Block, 350 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 685 8885
Founded in 2005 on Main Street, Umeboshi is known for its selection of unique footwear and complementary accessories. Owner Stephanie Gorrell focuses on handcrafted wares from independent designers. She says, “Each piece has a history to share, and it is our joy to muse on it with you.” Some of the designers at Umeboshi include Anne Thomas, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Soludos, and Veja sneakers. People can purchase products via their website as well.
Umeboshi, 3638 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 909 8225