Friday Find: Live Out There

Just in time for the wetter, cooler weather, Canada’s fastest growing online outdoor retailer, Live Out There, has expanded their line-up to include new fashion-meets-function brands for the Fall/Winter months. The online retailer has a whole new crop of jackets for men and women that are perfect for all of Canada’s many climates. 

From L to R: Woolrich John Rich & Bros - Arctic Parka, Soia & Kyo - Wool Jacket, Colmar Originals - Wool Insulated Jacket, Soia & Kyo - Marshall Parka.
From L to R: Woolrich John Rich & Bros – Arctic Parka, Soia & Kyo – Wool Jacket,
Colmar Originals – Wool Insulated Jacket, Soia & Kyo – Marshall Parka.

From cool, crisp days wandering the city to snowy mountain adventures, Live Out There has you covered (literally). New brands like Woolrich, Mackage, Soia & Kyo and Diego M join the mainstay collection of Patagonia, Helly Hansen and Arc’teryx, all available to shop online now throughout the season.

From L to R: Marmot - Quasar Jacket, Fjallraven - Kyl Parka, The North Face - Thermoball Full Zip Jacket, Mountain Hardwear - Nilas Jacket.
From L to R: Marmot – Quasar Jacket, Fjallraven – Kyl Parka,
The North Face – Thermoball Full Zip Jacket, Mountain Hardwear – Nilas Jacket.

If you haven’t heard of Live Out There, the outdoor retailer has a mission to inspire, equip, and guide all Canadians to find their own adventure.  Live Out There’s co-founders Jamie Clarke and George Achilleos believe having the right clothing and gear — that fits, is comfortable, performs and lasts — allows people to go farther and longer, be safer and have more fun.
From origins in their Calgary bricks and mortar location, to allow Live Out There to reach more Canadians, online was the best option. Free shipping, free returns in Canada and a wide selection of apparel for everyone is helping Live Out There expand it’s reach from coast to coast to coast.

Check out their Fall/Winter line-up and get yourself geared up at

Picks of the Week – April 15, 2015

It’s already mid-April, when will the April showers start to wane to make way for the May flowers?

Here’s the picks of the week to brighten your day.

Games: The big focus for the week will be on Vancouver Canucks as they host Calgary Flames for Game 1 & 2 of the NHL Playoffs on Wednesday and Friday.

Folk: the great singer/songwriter Neko Case is playing The Vogue Theatre tonight

Rock: Faith No More rocks a sold out show at the PNE Forum on Wednesday

Shop: Thursday evening, Gastown comes alive for another edition of Shop Hop – browse, buy, dine and drink your way through the neighbourhood filled with savings and special treats.

Diva: Ariana Grande lets her big voice ‘break free’ on Thursday night at Rogers Arena with support from Rixton

House: Get your books and uniform ready for School, Celebrities’ new Thursday night.

Blossoms: Don’t forget to check out the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival before the blooms are off the trees, and the fest wraps April 29th.

Legends: British hard rockers Def Leppard revive their 80’s heydays at Rogers Arena on Saturday

Fashion: Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week kicks off Sunday with an opening gala at Fairmont Waterfront then continues until April 24th

Run: The largest 10k fun run in the country, the Sun Run, gets ready, set and goes on Sunday all around downtown.

Light: On Sunday The Ladies #LightTheirWay at The Junction, join Carlotta Gurl, Sibel Thrasher, Willie Taylor and host Justine Tyme for a benefit for IOM’s Global Solar Lanterns initiative.


Christopher Bates Trunk Show at Holt Renfrew

On Tuesday, September 9th, acclaimed Canadian contemporary menswear designer Christopher Bates launches his Fall 2014 collection with an invitation-only charity shopping night & trunk show at Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew store from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

The collection is on available now at Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew but at the trunk show, Holt Renfrew will donate 10% of storewide sales to Bates’ charity of choice, Jade’s KIDS (Kids Independent of Drugs) Foundation.

Drawing inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray the new collection, titled Noctem, (latin for “night”), is designed with the style-conscious man in mind. Bates has created dashing, urban looks perfectly suited for evening, weekend and transition wear. The collection features luxurious sweaters constructed with baby alpaca made in Peru and a signature wool and satin tuxedo. Rounding out the collection are lamb leather bombers, brushed cotton dress shirts, micro-herringbone nylon trench coats, and Bates’ infamous kiss print dress shirts.


“This is my second season selling at Holt Renfrew and we’re launching the new collection with a gala to celebrate, as well as to raise awareness and funds for a great cause,” said Bates. “Vancouver is where I’m from and where I started my business, so I’m certainly looking forward to coming back and sharing this experience with my family, friends and supporters.”

Christopher Bates’ charity trunk show at Holt Renfrew Vancouver takes place September 9, 2014 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Spring / Summer 2014 by James Kohn

JamesKohnIn 2013, Vancouverites Natasha James and Cohen Landherr began working together to create James Kohn, their vision of a functional, high-end clothing line. Minimalist, functional, urban but classic tees are just part of what a James Kohn lifestyle is about. It’s a line for lifestyle “seekers of something beyond, who will never settle for just anything”.

James Kohn is one of Vancouver’s newest clothing lines, launched just recently with a splash at a one day sale at Chinatown Experiment before the debut of their online store.

James Kohn’s Spring/Summer ’14 collection is available online now.

Lifetime Collective is The Living Dream

Lifetime Collective, the Vancouver collaboration founded by Trevor Fleming and Reid Stewart focuses on clothing inspired by the communities they live in, the places they travel, and the curious characters that surrounds it all.

In Lifetime Collective’s newly released Spring/Summer 2014 video, “A Living Dream” captures a young couple as they embark on a satirical journey that explores both their societal needs… and wants. Structured around an imaginative storyline which follows a man through his seemingly ordinary reality to its fantastical counterpart, the video provides a subtle look at the brand’s spring/summer collection.

Watch how the story unfolds and learn that the living dream… has nothing to do with sleep.

The Living Dream… from Lifetime Collective on Vimeo.

Follow Lifetime Collective on Twitter @LFTMCollective, on or Instragram @LFTMCOllective

Sochi ’14 Olympic Team Outfits – Who’s Your Fave?

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have gotten underway in Russia. As the Athletes enter the stadium, their Opening Ceremony outfit is the first real chance for them to stand out from the crowd and over the last few years the competition between Official Outfitters has really stepped up.

Take a look at some of this year’s Team Outfits and see who you think came away the Best Dressed Team:

Team Russia
Outfitter: Bosco Sport 

The Associated Press Photo by Mark Humphrey

Team Germany
Outfitter: Adidas

The Associated Press Photo by Mark Humphrey

Team Netherlands
Outfitter: Suit Supply

The Associated Press Photo by Mark Humphrey

Team France:
Outfitter: Lacoste

Reuters Photo by Issei Kato

Team GB
Outfitter: Adidas

Getty Images Photo by Quinn Rooney






















Team Italy
Outfitter: Armani

The Associated Press Photo by Mark Humphrey

Team Sweden
Outfitter: H & M

The Associated Press Photo by Mark Humphrey

Team USA
Outfitter: Ralph Lauren

The Associated Press Photo by Mark Humphrey

Team Canada
Outfitter: Hudson’s Bay Company

Reuters Photo by Lucy Nicholson



KNOWSHOW – Fall Winter 2014

KNOWSHOW_reduceWhile we’re in the midst of Winter, it’s already time for retailers to start thinking about next Fall/Winter’s gear. KNOWSHOW, Canada’s Premier Lifestyle Tradeshow returns to Vancouver on January 15th for three days showcasing what’s going to show up in-store next year. Big brand names like Adidas, Burton, Converse, New Balance, Oakley and Quicksilver line up alongside growing or new to Canada brands like Ten Tree, Lifetime Collective, Fjlallraven, Rains or Ekumenic.
The show isn’t all buying and selling, there are also seminars and nightly parties to make sure that it’s not all work and no play.

Pre-registration ends on Friday January 10th, then on-site registration at the Vancouver Convention Centre is available starting Tuesday January 14th.

KNOWSHOW takes place in the Vancouver Convention Centre West – Hall A&B1 (1055 Canada Place Road, Vancouver) and will be open during the following hours:
Wednesday, January 15: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday, January 16: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday, January 17: 9:00am – 4:00pm