Posted on 31st August 2018

Originally published at VITA Daily, July 31, 2018, by Noa Nichol

When we look for extraordinary, unique, one-of-a-kind clothing finds (not to mention, unparalled service) we make a bee line for Vancouver’s South Granville, where independent, local retailers are a dime a dozen—and that’s a good thing! Here, a closer look at some of our favourite South Granville boutiques—and what makes them so unique! —Noa Nichol


Boboli: If you, like us, are fond of elegant women’s clothing brands like Stella McCartney, Missoni and Italian cashmere-maker Loro Piana, Boboli’s your store. A Vancouver staple since 1985, this luxury boutique also keeps an online journal updated with new arrivals and sales info. 2776 Granville St., 604-257-2300, boboli.ca

Diane’s Lingerie: Looking for beautiful lingerie? Look no further than Diane’s. With staff on site whose passion is all the pretty things we put under our clothes, you can book an expert fitting and find the ideal bra for your body—guaranteed. 2950 Granville St., 604-738-5121, dianeslingerie.com

Zonda Nellis: Now in a brand-new space, this beauty of a boutique boasts high-end women’s clothing (think woolens, silks and velvets) created by Nellis herself, who is known for her intriguing fabrics and easy, breezy, beautiful styles. Read the official blog for news and collection sneak peeks. 2312 Granville St., 604-736-5668, zondanellis.com

Ashia Mode: Proudly dressing Vancouver for more than 30 years, Ashia Mode stocks a cunning curation of some of the most adored, admired and timeless designers in the world—not to mention, personnel who love fashion as much as its clients do. Frequent events at this store are a draw—check the online calendar for trunk shows and customer-appreciation nights. 2670 Granville St., 604-736-9611, ashiamode.com


Cachè: For all things bridal, look no further than Cachè, where many a couture gown hand-picked by creative director lliana Rosabal has found its way into the glossy pages of a wedding magazine! A team of personal consultants, seamstresses and tailors ensure every bride who walks in, walks out with her dream dress. 2243 Granville St., 604-559-6254, cache-couture.com

Zebraclub: This playful shop stocks a curation of cool stuff—clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry—by local (like Little Mountain Vancouver) and international (like Levi’s) labels. Another thing to love: its awesome space is rented out to pop-ups, so keep your eyes peeled! 3101 Granville St., 604-732-3368, zebraclubvan.com

Lord’s Shoes & Apparel: Talk about a shoe lover’s dream come true! Lord’s—winner of multiple retailer awards—carries a wide selection of serious footwear fun, including sexy pumps, fantastic boots, bridal shoes and summer sandals. Also in store: evening bags and raincoats, women’s clothing and plenty of friendly advice and shoe-care tips. It’s no wonder Lord’s + Shoes = Love! 2932 Granville St., 604-730-2914, lordsshoes.ca

Bacci’s: The Bacci’s team searches tirelessly in an effort to acquire just the right mix of popular and enduring women’s clothing and accessories, and homeware designs, and it shows. Dries Van Noten shoes, Chloé coats, Libeco linen—need we say more? Follow on social media to see what’s new … or, better yet, pop in for a peek! 2788 Granville St., 604-733-4933, baccisvancouver.com


Urbanity: Looking for casual clothes and unique accessories made by caring hands in natural fibres? Look no further than Urbanity, which, this September, will reopen after a brief break under fresh ownership. We personally can’t wait to see what’s new in store! 2412 Granville St., 604-801-6262, urbanity.ca

Shoes2Go: With every item imported from family-run businesses around the world, you’ll be walking away from this shoe store in super-high-quality and totally unique footwear not available anywhere else in the city. To take that mandate one step further, the shop only carries one or two of each size in any given style of shoe, making the chances of tripping over someone else with a matching pair slim. 3055 Granville St., 604-620-7463, shoes2go.ca

Grail: Find, inside this concept sneaker space, familiars like Nike and New Balance next to niche brands Colmar, Leather Crown and Voile Blanche—some not available anywhere else on the continent (psst: check out this calendar for new shoe releases). Bonus: staff members are hand-picked based on sneaker obsession (so you know their ability to assist you is sound). 2867 Granville St., 778-724-0402, grailshop.ca


Misch Boutique: We wholeheartedly agree with this unique store’s official motto: life’s little moments are made sweeter by living them in something beautiful, by wearing clothes that are thoughtful but easy, special and a little bit different. Discover designers from Italy, France, Japan and beyond in a relaxed space that’s named after owner Lara Osen’s childhood nickname. (Be sure to say hello to official shop dog Shadow!) 2960 Granville St., 604-731-1017, misch.ca

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