As you may know we shut down the doors to our old Blood Alley location at 7 Gaoler’s Mews this past August. Our lease ran up and we decided to say goodbye as we simply outgrew the space. Since then we’ve been working our asses off trying to get the new store up and going. We’ve had some major delays due to unforeseen circumstances, but it’s getting there….here’s a glimpse of what’s to come for the new much larger and much improved HAVEN Vancouver – Gastown. Designed and built by yours truly…
The space will occupy 2500 square feet in a recently renovated historical building in Gastown. I’ll disclose the location soon enough but no worries for our hardcore loyal customers, we’re still off the beaten path and I’m sure you’ll all be stoked…
We always tend to lean toward historical buildings for their existing characteristics. As with all of our other locations we’ll be keeping the exposed brick as is…
One of the major delays was that we recently had a Sprinkler blow on us… the floor that was initially layed is going to be completely replaced…
Custom racks hung from 14 ft ceilings is no easy task…
That’s all for now, stay tuned as we are getting really close to completion… We can’t wait to unveil the new HAVEN Vancouver. But until then make sure to check out our temporary pop up location located at 157 Water Street in Gastown.
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Tomohiro Konno’s NEXUSVII released a preview for their upcoming Fall/Winter 2013 collection recently. Returning for the cold season is an emphasis on multiple layering pieces; utilizing materials such as Sherpa, down, wool and leather. NEXUSVII’s WEATHER CLOTHING SYSTEM (WCS) series returns providing categorization of different levels of layering protection. NEXUSVII Fall/Winter 2013 available online and in store soon at HAVEN.
Dan showed a few images from the first leg of our NYC Spring buying trip. Here’s some more highlights…
It was hot as balls in NYC… pounding the pavement with Nguyen and Dan was exhausting…apparently nonnative cropped pants are so “IN” this season…
Dan showed a photo from the Engineered Garments runway show that we attended, the next day we hit up their showroom to check out the full line in person.
I think this was when Todd and Angelo got talking about Canada….
A glimpse at part of our SS14 selection
We had some free time to pop over to Nepenthes next door to check out some gear…stores back to normal after the runway show from the day earlier.
Next meeting with our boy John Shimizaki at Battery….John trying to convince us on some crazy new shit…
New fabrics for POST O’ALLS are looking amazing!
Dan and Takeshi enjoying beers and discussing Panasonic Lumix cameras…
Next up is Kapital out of Okayama, Japan. Kapital is on some next level Post Apocalyptic Mad Maxx Boros type tip…and its awesome! Check out the screen wrist visor on this distressed Kountry Limited Shirt. It’s super rare with only 20 pieces made worldwide…and we’re getting some for the shops!…..Also, check out the dope worn in Henderscheme Eras dudes rocking in the background..
Here’s another Kapital highlight….Deerskin Bandanna with Silver Concho…crazy, huh?!
Up next is the Stone Island showroom…..decisions, decisions…
Ten C continues to kill it, here’s a first look at next seasons Printed Herringbone Parachute Jacket. If you don’t got a Ten C jacket, get one! Btw New Fall will be landing asap, so stay tuned…
Briefing Bags will be arriving at HAVEN really soon, here’s one of my favourite new bags for Spring….A great alternative if you don’t have the cash to fork out for an Acronym 3rd Arm but just as dope..
Next up is another Nepenthes favourite of mine, Needles….Here’s a look at one of their amazing leopard print western shirts that we’ll have for spring.
I like to call this piece ‘The Bruce Lee’
Lastly we finished up with the new Common Projects Spring 14 collection….they have some AF1 inspired silhouettes with gum soles next season that look really strong
That’s all for now.
Last month, the HAVEN team made it’s way over to New York for a round of SS14 buying. It was a short, whirlwind trip of showrooms, exhibitions, and meetings during the day and plenty of good eats and drinks at night. Here’s some shots from my point and shoot.
Our first meeting was with Nin and Christa from Maiden Noir. We’ve been carrying the brand for years now and it’s always provided consistent quality season after season.
Reversible Camo Coaches jacket was one of our favourite pieces.
After Maiden Noir we hit up the Meatball Shop around the corner from the Thompson Hotel. If you like meatballs, I highly recommend.
“That’s one spicy meatball!,” says Nguyen.
Next up was the (capsule) show.
Ryan from Yuketen is going over some new SS14 models with us.
Chamula bracelets! Their bendable hand-woven horse hair bracelets make a nice accessory.
Reigning Champ teamed up with Everlast for a nice capsule collection next season. Time to hit the gym in style!
Engineered Garments held their first ever runway show at their Nepenthes shop in the Garment district. It’s one of the newer brands in our brandlist but has already become a staff and customer favourite.
DId you know that Levi’s did a collaboration with Jello back in the day? I sure didn’t. But it’s true!
The first ever denim suit produced. It was worn by Mr. Bing Crosby.
We had a bit of free time so we popped into the new Inventory shop to say hi.
Ryan and Simon. A couple of real nice guys.
Needles (and Rebuild by Needles) SS14. Needles is one of our newest brands. Look for our first delivery of FW13 coming in September.
Look who it is! We caught up with Tsubasa from Chup socks/Glen Clyde. It was his first time in New York!
wings + horns x Steven Alan Capsule collection launch party.
The boys are back in town! From left to right: Nguyen, Arthur and Nin
And lastly, here is a shot of Yankee Stadium!
There’s a ton more photos I could post but that’s probably enough for now.
Japanese label Neighborhood unveils its latest collection for Fall/Winter 2013. Heavily influenced by Heritage Americana and motorcycle culture head designer Shinsuke Takizawa puts his inspiration on full display for this season which features everything from selvedge denim, a shearling lined collared coat to a leather biker jacket. Neighborhood Fall/Winter 2013 arriving soon at HAVEN.