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Where to Shop: Vancouver's Best Stores for Men



Whether your everyday wardrobe is made up of classics or one-of-a-kind streetwear, Vancouver's got your back. Spread throughout the city, each neighborhood has something different to offer. In the downtown core, you'll find large department stores and familiar brand names, while smaller neighborhoods like Gastown and Main Street are where you'll find smaller stores with trendy and lesser-known labels.

If it's the latter you're after, you'll want to head to Roden Gray. They have called Gastown home for quite some time now and this men's boutique carries brands like Gitman Brothers Vintage, Satisfy, Vans, and many more. It's on the higher end, but you're getting quality gear.

El Kartel is a celebration of art and fashion and they bring in brands and artists from around the world. Catering to both men and women, their inventory is constantly seeing new pieces arrive. You'll find shoes, clothing, accessories, and a solid selection of sunglasses at El Kartel.

Every man needs a good suit in his wardrobe and Harry Rosen is a Canadian staple. From a custom suit to ready-to-wear, they'll help you find something that fits like a glove. While you'll likely drop some serious cash here, these are suits that are going to last forever. If you're not in the market for a suit, they also carry classic everyday wear, too.


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The Hudson's Bay Company


The Hudson's Bay Company can be dated all the way back to 1670, and it has evolved over time to keep up with their customer's needs. This location in downtown Vancouver on Granville St. and West Georgia St. is massive. Here, they have just about everything you need for the home and your wardrobe. This department store caters to all genders, ages, and a variety of budgets so there's something for the entire family here. Within this department store is also the second largest TopMan in Canada, a trendy clothing chain from the United Kingdom. If you're also after something for your skincare routine, there's a Kiehl's on the main floor with a generous offering of men's and unisex products.


Holt Renfrew


What started as a small hat shop in Quebec City in 1837, has turned into a nationwide empire that offers a heavenly place to shop. Vancouver's Holt Renfrew is attached to the Pacific Centre and is three levels of high-end designer labels. With brands like Gucci, Dior, Armani, and Paul Smith, there's no shortage of impeccable choices here. While much of it does require a substantial budget, they also carry some brand names that won't totally break the bank. From shoes and accessories to clothing and personal care products, Holt Renfrew has just about everything for the discerning man. For menswear, head down to the basement level.


lululemon


Lululemon is a global brand, but it started right here in Vancouver, BC. Whether you're looking to hike the North Shore mountains, run along the Seawall, or train at the gym, lululemon's technical athletic wear has both men and women covered. You'll find everything from shirts and shorts to jackets and hoodies here. This high-profile location was designed with plenty of thought and a strong desire to really evoke what Vancouver is all about. With this in mind, nature, yoga and local art each have their place here. Throughout the 4,500 square foot space there are elements of wood and stone to bring out features of the forests that surround the city. The space itself is circular and pays homage to the yin and yang philosophy.


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Stylish menswear with a contemporary touch is the draw at this leading men's retail shop. Harry Rosen carries business suits, casual wear and accessories, and caters to both older and younger professional men. The retail chain is almost 50 years old and carries designer lines like Armani and Hugo Boss. Whether you're looking for a custom made suit, or something ready to wear, Harry Rosen has something for all shapes, sizes, and ages. They carry an excellent variety of denim for those days you want to dress down. Located in the Pacific Centre, Harry Rosen is easy to get to.


Dutil Denim


Looking for the perfect pair of jeans? Dutil Denim is the place to go. Specializing in denim, Dutil has a huge amount of stock to choose from. No matter what size, style, shade or brand you're looking for, they likely have just what you're after. Premium brands you can expect to find are Nudie, Cheap Monday, Iron Heart and Levi, plus plenty more. The service here is super helpful and they'll get you into the perfect pair of jeans that are right for you. This Gastown gem has been around for years and it's a true testament to the quality of stock and service here.


The Block Clothing Co


Located in the heart of Gastown, The Block has been a mainstay amongst Vancouver's trendsetters. With a mix of men's brands like APC, Filippa K, and Universal Works, there's no shortage of cool pieces here. Catering to both men and women, The Block makes his and hers shopping a breeze. The service is attentive, yet not in your face and there's always something new in store. If you want to see what they currently have in stock, check out their website for an up to date inventory. Along with clothing, they also carry a great selection of shoes and accessories for both men and women.


Brooklyn Clothing Co.


Brooklyn Clothing is a well-stocked men's clothing and accessory store in Yaletown. Located in a busy part of town, it's a great store for those who appreciate solid brands without the big department store vibe. Whether you're looking for a pair of jeans, a shirt, shoes, or a new jacket, Brooklyn Clothing has got it all. They also have plenty of accessories and a great selection of men's carrier bags to complete your look. This independent store provides helpful customer service and attention to detail. Find well-known brands like 18 Waits, Nudie Jeans, Benson and Wings+Horns, to name just a few. It's unlikely you're going to leave here empty-handed.


Nordstrom


Boasting 230,000-square-feet of retail space, Nordstrom's flagship store in Vancouver has everyone covered. Head upstairs to the top floor and that's where you'll find the men's department. Here, you'll find a great mix of high-end designer labels and popular name brands that are ideal for your every day, and for special occasions. To complement the clothes, their shoe department is excellent and they've got all the accessories you need to complete your wardrobe. It's not just clothing and the like you'll find at Nordstrom, they've got your appetite covered by offering three different dining options. On the top floor alongside their men's department is Bistro Verde, their full-service restaurant and bar. Grab a bite and something to drink before moving on to the next place.




For those who appreciate urban apparel, funky kicks, and graphic streetwear, El Kartel is the place to go. This cozy store in Gastown has been a leader in the urban scene and a big proponent of local (and global) designers and artists since 2003. Carrying both men and women's gear, El Kartel is a rad place to go for t-shirts, shoes, artwork, hats, and gifts. A visit to this colorful store will stock your wardrobe with some fun and unique pieces you're not going to find elsewhere in the city. There's a solid mix of affordable and pricey pieces, so there's something for all budgets.


Roden Gray


If you're looking for fashion inspired by Europe, Japan and NYC, head to Roden Gray. This awesome shop calls the cobblestone streets of Gastown home, and there really couldn't be a better locale for it. Step inside this contemporary store and prepare for a little retail therapy. The clothing is well laid out and the clean lines mixed with rich wood accents aren't overwhelming so you can really focus on the clothing. The price point is definitely higher here, but you're getting quality and style. Find brands like John Elliott, Moncler, Bianca Chandon and many more. This men's store is one of the best in Vancouver for guys who appreciate a well-curated closet.


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