Umeboshi has been Vancouver’s source of unique, handcrafted shoes and emerging designers from around the world for years. Stephanie Gorrell found inspiration while living in Europe and brought the old-world traditions of shopping local home by opening her own boutique in 2005. Since then Umeboshi has been known, not only, for curating a cool, well-edited collection of shoes, but for the kind of service that makes you feel like you’re shopping with friends. The footwear store also paved the way for other boutiques to join them on Main Street, which has since become one of the city’s top neighborhoods for boutiques. Here, Stephanie shares her approach to business and her favorite things.
We’re SO excited to share the launch of regular, in-season stock for Spring 2015! Here are four of our top picks from the new arrivals.
HOLIDAY POP-IN SPECIAL, LINDSEY HAMPTON + DW LEATHERWORKS
We’re featuring two designers each week from our exclusive pop-in from the Pacific Northwest. This round: ceramic artist Lindsey Hampton and Derrick Wong of DW Leatherworks.
HOLIDAY POP-IN SPECIAL, BEL HANDMADE + LISSU + YSTÄVÄ
We’re featuring two designers each week from our exclusive pop-in from the Pacific Northwest. This round: leather goods designer Belinda Chan + textiles superstar Lisa Tanner.
Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, this Vancouver handbag designer sources materials from the road less traveled.
“It’s about wasting less and cherishing more.” This is AW by Andrea Wong’s design mantra. The Vancouver studio handcrafts accessories using both modern and old world sewing techniques with materials under the same categories. From reclaimed and vintage leather and textiles, to Swiss-made climbing ropes, every piece of the accessories line is unique. We caught up with the adorable designer to get a peek behind the scenes.