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Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide

Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide

outfit c/o Arc Apparel – Alternative Apparel t-shirt, AG denim

Looking for brands and stores in Vancouver that support the responsible fashion movement?? Here is your guide on where to shop!!

The trend of responsible fashion keeps growing, and more and more retailers are jumping on board. So what is “responsible fashion??” It is a movement toward environmental and social responsibility in the global fashion industry. Encouraging consumers to know where and how their clothes are being made.

Thankfully, there are several places to shop in Vancouver! Not just from brands who create their products in an ethical matter and use sustainable materials. This also includes shopping consignment, and vintage. We also want to keep clothing from ending up in the landfill! Responsible fashion is a trend that continues to gain popularity.

So, read on to see what stores & brands are on my Vancouver guide!

Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide

Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide

  1. Arc Apparel – This Gastown boutique in Vancouver carries a beautiful, curated collection of clothing & accessories. They source out the socially responsible brands, so that you don’t have to! ;-). I was amazed to learn that several of my favourite brands were in fact, responsible! On the hunt for great denim, basics and seasonal styles that will last?? Shop in store or online.
  2. June Isle Clothier – After launching as a children’s brand in 2017, June Isle grew quickly and has since expanded into womenswear. Their mission is to create timeless pieces inspired by nature that will last. Made from organic, sustainable materials, and sewn in Vancouver. I love the natural, breathable fibres this brand uses to create their simple, classic designs. Shop online here.
  3. Harly Jae – A feminine, vintage-inspired line, ethically made in Vancouver. I first discovered this line on Bethany Menzel’s Instagram, where she featured their two-piece set. Their garments are made well and designed for longevity. Shop online here.
  4. Frank & Oak, Minimal Sustainable Styles – Frank & Oak recently launched a collection made from sustainable materials. It consists of tailored blazers, shorts and pants, denim, cotton tops and dresses. I love the simple, modern designs!  Shop in store or online.
  5. Melissa Araujo – This Vancouver based designer lives and preaches a sustainable lifestyle, which is what inspired her to create her own line. I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa earlier this year and view her collection of clothing and jewelry. Her designs are timeless, functional and comfortable. I love her minimal style! Shop online here.
  6. Roque Jewelry – This unique, fine jewelry brand launched in Vancouver in 2017. Combining contemporary designs with locally sourced, sustainable materials, they create beautiful pieces for the everyday woman. Their mother & daughter ring set is perfect for Mother’s Day! Shop online or view a list of their stockists here.
  7. Clay.la – A non-profit online shop, selling ethically made goods from Mexico. Clay.la works with local artisans to create quality hand-made items, such as hats, blankets, etc. The proceeds earned benefit carefully selected charities around the world. Shop online here.

Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide

Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide – VINTAGE

  1. Dainty Insight – This newly launched website features hand picked thrifted finds by Vancouver resident, Lissy Orr. A hobby for shopping thrifty turned into a business!! Now she sells her weekly finds on her website here. I love her “ahead of the trends, with a timeless feel” selections!
  2. Hey Jude – A Vancouver design-inspired vintage clothing shop nestled in Gastown. They offer a collection of contemporary pieces, with a focus on natural fibres and clean cuts. The shop also carries a selection of independent goods from local and international brands. Shop in-store.
  3. Boheme Goods – Mother & vintage lover Sarah Shabacon started Boheme Goods back in 2016. Sarah’s love for vintage started when she was little. She shares her passion for vintage by offering a variety of clothing and home goods. Keeping Mother Earth in mind! Shop online.

Vancouver Responsible Fashion Guide – CONSIGNMENT/RESALE

  1. Turnabout Resale – With six locations in Vancouver, you are sure to be close to a Turnabout store. If you love designer goods but don’t like the price tags, you are in luck! Turnabout sells and consigns quality resale items for a fraction of their original price. It’s impossible to walk out empty handed! Shop in-store.
  2. Front & Company – Since 1993, this Main Street shop has been selling fashion for both men and women. With over 5000 consignors, they are able to carry an amazing selection of consignment and vintage. This is a great place to go if you are just beginning to shop vintage. Shop in-store or online.
  3. Reciprocity Resale – Once a season, Reciprocity Resale pops up at a location in Vancouver. They work hard between seasons to purchase gently used (and sometimes new) items from women’s closets. You can find designer items and on-trend fashion at a VERY good price! Shop their next sale here.
  4. The Main Exchange – Miranda sells “curated contemporary consignment” in her cute boutique shop on Main Street in Vancouver. Miranda started her business when she was only 24 years old! A young and ambitious entrepreneur encouraging women to shop resale, instead of new. She has a keen eye for style, and offers ready-to-wear looks at affordable prices. Shop in-store or online.
  5. West Coast Chic Resale – Online designer consignment boutique in Vancouver. They also host pop-up shops! Sell or consign your clothes and shop their selection of chic and affordable second hand pieces. Shop online here.
  6. Mine & Yours – If you love designer fashion, Mine & Yours offers a large selection of resale items! At a fraction of the retail cost, you can find some amazing deals on designer goods. Find the pieces that you have always wanted but didn’t want to buy at full retail! I have had great success here in the past.  Shop in-store or online.

Want more tips on how to shop responsible fashion? Check out my post on how to be a conscious shopper here.

Photography by Codi Lynn