During the holidays I made a short vacation trip to London to visit a friend. Spent most of the time wandering the streets of London and made a quick stop over to Barcelona for the weekend. Heres a couple highlights of the trip.
Brick Lane where Jack the Ripper once roamed the streets, now its become a hot spot for street art.
D*Face “D*Tail” at the Stolenspace Gallery
A pair of Shepard Faireys also currently exhibited at Stolenspace Gallery
Rough Trade East is also a must check at Brick Lane for a solid selection for records.
Brick Lane is also somehow know for the bagels and Indian food. Smoked salmon and bacon makes a strong bagel combination.
Rolled by the flagship Stone Island store in London’s Soho.
FW13 Stone Island Shadow Project
Also around the Soho area is the Bape store.
Stumbled upon Shake Shack at Covent Garden. The Shake Stack is by far the most glorious burger that I’ve ever had. So good we had it twice in a day!
Dan Flavin “Untitled” at the Tate Modern
December in Barcelona is pretty much the same as a normal Vancouver summer day. People surfing, playing volleyball and running shirts off.
Barraca is definitely worth check out in the Barceloneta area.
Best Paella ever! All about that flavour!
With the Autumn/Winter 2013 season about half way through, Engineered Garments gives us a sneak peek at their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Themes from 1968 echo throughout with the use of psychedelic florals & hippy dippy patterns all while still maintaining the classic Engineered Garments cuts. Be on the lookout for this collection to drop in the upcoming season at HAVEN.
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 plan to open in the New Year… 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.
The new and improved HAVEN Vancouver is being built out as we speak and should be complete in a few months time. The closing of our Blood Alley Gastown location was tough as we had countless fond memories. But don’t sweat it! In the meantime in this transitionary period please visit us at our temporary Pop Up location at 157 Water Street – Basement Unit. We’re just a block down the road from the old location, so come by and say hi. Here’s a few photos of the Pop Up Shop…
HAVEN Vancouver Pop Up
BSMT – 157 Water Street
A few days ago, we had a visit from our friend SJ, who delighted us with a book called “LITTLE PEOPLE IN THE CITY, The street art of Slinkachu”. **This art book captured the evanescent existence of the diminutive in the great and troubling city, have all the power of Gulliver’s Travels to impose upon us a realization of the asinine pride we take in the mere fact of comparison.
**Quoted from Forward by Will Self
Here are some pictures that we’ve enjoyed.
Now here is a genre I’ve been waiting a long time to really get into. I know the Church gets down, all the music I always enjoyed most definitely came from deep places and when I hear soul music I can still here the Church. So why leave it out. Here’s just a small look into the deeply soulful, funky sometimes emotionally moving Gospel from America. With a little “Black Moses” in there for kicks.
01 The Voices of East Harlem [The Voices of East Harlem] (1973)
02 Rev. Julius Cheeks [Legend Lives On] (1981)
03 The Soul Convertoers [Let Them Talk](1979)
04 The Masonic Travelers [Gospel Express] (1961)
05 The Seven Brothers [Crying in the Street] (1969)
06 The Rance Allen Group [The Rance Allen Group] (1970)
07 The East St. Louis Gospelettes [Love is The Key] (1977)
08 The Intruders [Save The Children] (1973)
09 Clarence Smith [Whatever Happened to Love] (1973)
10 The Art Reynold Singers [Tellin' It Like It Is!] (1966)
11 Trevor Dandy [Don't Cry Little Tree] (1970)
12 Swanee Quintet [From Augusta with Love] (1977)
13 The Soul Children [WattstaxThe Living Word] (1973)
14 Rev. Johnny ‘Hurricane’ Jones [Jesus Christ from A to Z] (1978)
15 Isaac Hayes [Black Moses] (1971)
16 The Emotions [Peace Be Still] (1973)
17 The Rance Allen Group [Ain't No no Need of Crying] (1974)
18 The Rance Allen Group [Brothers] (1973)
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [High Fidelity] (1960]
20 Walter Hawkins [Love Alive] (1975)
21 The Dixie Nightingales [Pray for Peace] (1965]