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HAVEN Vancouver – Blood Alley – CLOSED

Roughly four Years ago we opened the doors to our HAVEN Vancouver location in the seedy, quite backstreets of Blood Alley in Gastown. Being the sole retail entity in Gaoler’s Mews we took a tremendous risk, with our first neighbors being the Crackheads and Bums that roamed the alleyway.  As time went on the area gentrified tremendously with new shops and restaurants opening up following our lead. The time has come to close the doors to 7 Gaoler’s Mews – Blood Alley, but that doesn’t mean we’re gone.  We are very excited to present the next chapter of HAVEN Vancouver with the opening of a much larger and much more improved HAVEN Vancouver opening in 2014. In the meantime while construction is being completed on our new space, please visit us at our temporary Pop up location just a couple blocks away at 157 Water Street – BSMT.

Here’s a couple parting photos of the Vancouver Blood Alley shop.


Product Profile | nonnative Dweller Pant

The various iterations of nonnative’s Dweller pant continue to be a staff and customer favorite season after season. nonnative’s meticulous attention to fit, quality, and detail certainly proves why the Dweller’s are the perfect “go to” pants for almost any outfit. Here we take an in-depth look at a few of these unique elements.

The slanted coin pocket delivers easier access and added durability thanks to a custom rivet. Denim versions see the addition of a visible selvedge line.

Perhaps the most unique feature of the Dweller pant is the rear knee articulated darting. This signature detail is gives the pants their unique and impeccable fit.

A bartacked “N” on the rear right pocket exemplifies nonnatives attention to detail. The white tab provides additional understated branding while paying homage to the originator of the blue jean.

A diagonal rear belt loop and inverted yoke puts a contemporary twist on the traditional 5-pocket pant, while the cushioned waistband ensures that the Dweller will be the most comfortable pants in your closet.

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WTAPS A/W 2013 Ex 27 – Lifist

I found a few shots from inside the WTAPS A/W 2013 Exhibition HQ that was held last month in Tokyo.

Next seasons collection entitled “Lifist’.

Yu never smiles!

- Arthur


Preview: Engineered Garments Fall/Winter ’13

We are excited to introduce Engineered Garments to our brand list; with a debut drop for Fall/Winter 2013. Led by Daiki Suzuki under the revered Nepenthes umbrella, Engineered Garments consistently blends traditional workwear and heritage influences with technical and tailored detailing. Their Fall/Winter ’13 look book exemplifies this timeless yet progressive design. Look out for Engineered Garments at Haven in a few months.



A Glimpse into HAVEN Edmonton

Here’s a glimpse into HAVEN Edmonton as well as a look at some of the new Spring/Summer 2013 product we have in store.



A visvim kinda day…

I had a bit of spare time on my trip to check out some new retail concepts in Tokyo. I’ve seen the Indigo Camping Trailer FIL store on the web but it was cool to check it out in person….I’m still trying to wrap my head around how they got the trailer onto the 3rd floor of the Gyre Shopping centre….

The flooring is amazing….the product too!

After checking out Indigo Camping Trailer, I went to Meguro to visit Kazuya at the visvim Tokyo head office and showroom….The entrance to the visvim vault….

What’s up Kazuya!!

Last month FIL Tokyo had some cobbler artisans come do a demonstration on their hand stitched good year welt technique. Looks incredibly labor intensive.

Check out the individual waxed and knotted hand stitching on the sole

Here’s some shots from around the showroom that was previously occupied by a rice factory.

Next seasons corduroy, fur lined earflap cap with felt smiley face…Next Level!

Stay tuned for visvim hitting our shops this upcoming fall.

- Arthur


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