Shop For Good Causes

Do you ever feel guilty for shopping? Let me help you wipe that guilt off your face and your credit cards. Philanthropy by the Latest Scoop is a unique concept store dedicated to giving back to the local community. Located in Kitsilano, Philanthropy sells donated, quality unused items and 80% of the gross profits go back to BC charities.

Gross profits will be shared equally between two great charities in Vancouver. The Arts Umbrella, who provide visual and performing arts education to Metro Vancouver children and youth regardless of their financing circumstances. As well as the Canucks for Kids Fund, whom commits time, resources and grants to qualify BC charities benefiting children, youth and families by focusing on health and wellness, social development, education, awareness and grassroots hockey.

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The New J. Crew

During my last trip to Las Vegas I visited the new J. Crew concept store in the Fashion Show Mall. I was very surprised when I walked through the store - J.Crew took it up a notch and added some sizzle to their traditional preppy style.

For their F/W 2010 launch held at MILK Studios in NYC, they mixed it up and mashed it up, playing with textures, adding a lot of earthy tones, off-white tulle, sequins and jewels. If I had to sum it up it would be “Grey Gardens” crossed with prep.

We can’t forget about the boys! The men’s  collection is full of bespoke like suiting pieces (my favourite look on a man). They have re-worked classic items like the chino and denim jacket and paired them up by … more …

Farewell Jonathan+Olivia

It’s time to say farewell to Jonathan+Olivia (in Vancouver only). Here is your last chance to pick up on some mega deals before they close their doors January 30, 2010.

Don’t worry, they are still running their store in Toronto and their on-line boutique will be launching soon. So Vancourites, you can still get some Jonathan+Olivia love from a far.

You’ll be missed.

Sunny Shum, Your Industry Insider

From T-Shirts to Nails

Los Angeles based American Apparel has dominated the tee shirt market for years and now they have ventured into something new. They have entered the beauty market with the launch of their own nail polish.

The 18 colored nail lacquers are in expected trendy bright colors and sell for $7.50 CDN a bottle or they can be purchased in a 3 pack for $18.00 CDN.

Get yours on-line or at your local store.

Sunny Shum, Your Industry Insider

Her Name is LYNNsteven

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Nicole Durnin, the owner of the new clothing boutique in Gastown, LYNNsteven. Named after her mother and brother, this boutique offers fun, flirty styles with some edge. Her all white aesthetic and custom designed racking system makes for a clean and organized shopping experience.

Currently you’ll find labels like: Paige, J Brand, Lauren Moshi, Rory Beca, Daftbird and Isabel Lu and many more. You must drop in for a visit and take a look at my 2 current obsessions:

1. The amazing circular storage room that is made of stacks of old books.

2. A Isabel Lu dress for $160 CDN that is now on sale for 20% off. The zipper ruffle details are music to my ears.

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