New Store, Vintage Looks
Putting the gem in gemini
Stroll into this Sixth Street boutique, the latest to pop up along the trendy avenue, and you're sure to notice quite the variety of fashions. Different colours, different patterns and different eras.
Categories like 'little black dress' or 'coats' decorate the racks of clothing. Our eye, however, is drawn to something else: the 'sequin party' section, where the sparkles and dancing fabrics are on display.
Gemini Rising Vintage or GRV may be new to the area but they've been in operation for awhile now, maintaining an online shop and making the vintage circuit around Metro Vancouver. This industry experience is precisely why their selection is so well curated - from clothing to accessories.
For fashion entrepreneur, Marriki, it's always been a dream to have her own brick & mortar store. As a former resident of New Westminster for half a decade, she's come to love the neighbourhood and the electric atmosphere.
When asked about her passion for vintage clothing, the former fashion student loves that everything has had a past life, making it that much of a richer garment. She also speaks about its quality, how vintage clothing tends to be better made. Consider the "fast-fashion" that is available in malls today, and you instantly recognize what she's speaking of.
It's not just the clothing that's vintage, it's the overall vibe of the shop. From the re-purposed display wall (a former bookcase from the bookstore) to the retro photographs on the wall (a 1988 Vogue spread featuring a Christian Lacroix's design hangs in the changeroom), the store exudes a cool boutique energy.
So it's time to stop by and rediscover vintage styles!
Quick Q&A with Marriki
Advice when purchasing a vintage look? Always go with what's comfortable and flattering on your body. Also, consider your occasion!
Favourite fashion trend? 70s style. It's returned to the fashion scene with its dresses and denim looks. Also, anything oversized.
Why downtown New West? It's easy to get to and the network of supportive businesses is fantastic; "the women owned businesses really support each other which is great for small business."