vancouver's gastown area is synonymous to modern lifestyle with a specific edge, and as a result an abundance of appealing establishments have mushroomed there over the years, catering to a demographic of young in-the-know consumers that love the good life. one of the businesses that caters to this demographic and which has helped define the neighbourhood's retail landscape is men's fashion store neighbour. founded in 2012 by saager dilawri, the store offers a tightly edited range of contemporary men's fashion in a setting that's equally appealing. and now, only three years on, neighbour expands with a second store.
situated a stone's thow away at 45 powell street, the new retail space aims to establish a similar solid reputation, but among savvy female shoppers. the store setting is an understated one, featuring sets of sleek tables, steel clothing racks and shelves, all against a backdrop of whitewashed walls and concrete flooring. the neighbour woman store carries the sister collections to the men's lines, in addition to a number of new brands. the emphasis remains on european designs that easily fit in clients' exisiting wardrobes. labels currently in stock, include stephan schneider, lemaire, comme des garçons, christopher raeburn and common projects. location: 45 powell street [gastown].