Meet the Boutique: Velouria

A pioneer of Seattle’s independent designer boutique scene, Velouria starts the next chapter with a brand new space ten years later.

With white walls and a gallery feel, it seems to be the perfect spot for their ever-changing and vast selection of small production, independent and local designer wares. We caught up with Cat and Chika to find out more about their new digs, their personal style and why it’s impossible to play favorites.
Photo credit: Joseph P. Traina

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Meet the Boutique: Leo Boutique

First Calgary, then Vancouver… Leo Boutique has been working on a western Canada takeover since 1997.

We love Leo Boutique for their rad, always changing, selection of coveted designers and brands such as Opening Ceremony, Saturdays Surf and Kitsune. After gaining a following for their carefully edited collection of clothes and accessories for men and women in Calgary, they opened a second location in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood in 2012. And just last week they expanded to a second floor and added a barbershop. We caught up with Leo’s lovely owner Cornelia Wiebe to get the scoop on her favorite things, what people love most about the boutique and why they’ve added a shave and a haircut to the mix.

 

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Meet the Boutique: ChromAkin

You can’t go wrong with vibrant hues, cool prints and easy-to-wear pieces. Ladies and gentlemen take note! This is how ChromAkin does it.

We had the opportunity to sit down with shop owner Edmund Chiu. We talked shop about his love for Opening Ceremony, running a fashion business and much more. Read on people, read on.

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Meet the Brand: Osei-Duro

The duo behind Osei-Duro travel between Los Angeles and Ghana to create their coveted line of hand dyed and batiked women’s wear.¬†Working with local garment workers and artisans at their studio in Ghana’s capital, Accra, is just one rad part of their story. From high school in Vancouver, BC, to creating a line that counts FLOTUS as a fan, Maryanne and Molly have had quite a ride together. And they’re really only just beginning – they have plans for more menswear and accessories and growing their network in Africa. We caught up with the longtime friends to find out more about how it all started and what’s inspiring them today.

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Meet the Boutique: O.N.A.

Known for stocking local designers and hard to find labels, Brooklyn’s O.N.A. boutique has the well-heeled heading to Prospect Heights.

Owner Magda Jaworska left the retail scene of Williamsburg to pave the way with her own shop in the up-and-coming neighborhood that now also lays claim to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Named for a play on the Polish word “ona” for “she”, Magda describes the boutique as accessible and girly with an edge. She also loves Ilana Kohn and her dog is named Pizza. We caught up with her to find out what she loves about her NYC borough.

 

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