BEST OF VAN­COU­VER

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from page 53 more fem­i­nine pieces like light­weight blouses, wrap dresses, and crushed­vel­vet tanks. They were right: so right, in fact, that, 15 years later, the com­pany con­tin­ues to at­tract fans in Van­cou­ver and be­yond.

“We’re re­ally de­sign­ing those go-to pieces in your closet that would make you feel great every day,” Carla tells the Straight by phone.

Now based in Mount Pleas­ant, where the en­tirety of Gen­tle Fawn’s op­er­a­tions is housed, Carla shares that the brand has cer­tainly ma­tured with its cus­tomers over the years, be­com­ing more so­phis­ti­cated and re­fined. How­ever, many of the pieces that put Gen­tle Fawn on the map in the early aughts—flow­ing minidresses, cozy cardis, and wear-any­where scoop-hem Ts—can still be found in its col­lec­tions now. These easy­breezy, tran­si­tional gar­ments aren’t con­cerned with trends, but rather are crafted to en­sure that the wearer feels com­fort­able and con­fi­dent at all hours of the day.

“The cloth­ing that we make for our cus­tomers is go­ing to take her from the of­fice to the work party in the af­ter­noon to a date night,” notes Carla. “So it’s got to be ver­sa­tile, it’s got to be effortless, and it’s got to be fashionable.”

Gen­tle Fawn is ring­ing in its 15th birth­day with the in­tro­duc­tion of sleep­wear and a glam ’70s-in­spired fall/win­ter 2018 line—one where jump­suits, spaced-out flo­rals, and tex­tured off-the-shoul­der sweaters are huge, shares Carla. The la­bel I’m al­ways able to find some­thing from them.

BEST NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD FOR SHOP­PING

South Granville or Gas­town are al­ways my rec­om­men­da­tions for shop­ping neigh­bour­hoods—there is so much on of­fer in each!

BEST IN­DIE FASH­ION BOU­TIQUE Woo to See You

1062 Main­land Street

3671 Main Street

Woo to See You is one of my favourite cu­rated bou­tiques. I like that they try and pull in lo­cal brands as much as pos­si­ble, and are par­tic­u­lar about the items in store. Plug: Woo to See You car­ries Gen­tle Fawn!

BEST CHEAP THRILL

I’m all about the Heal­ing Hands sooth­ing hand lo­tion from Saje Nat­u­ral Well­ness. This cream is some­thing I can­not live with­out, es­pe­cially as we tran­si­tion into colder weather.

BEST LO­CAL FASH­ION DE­SIGNER OTHER THAN YOU

Beth Richards

Reign­ing Champ

There are some great de­sign­ers com­ing out of Van­cou­ver, and I love how the in­dus­try is con­tin­u­ing to bring in tal­ent.

BEST LO­CAL AC­CES­SORY DE­SIGNER

I re­cently came across Just B Smil­ing’s phone cases at [lo­cal con­sign­ment

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