February 21st, 2012
Army gear usually means old camouflage cargo pants found in dusty surplus stores.
But that’s not the case when the ‘surplus’ store is Vancouver’s ultra cool Inventory Stockroom, who just received another shipment of their Deadstock Swedish Army Belts ($75). These hard to find belts are all slightly different, made from a tan leather and embossed with a Swedish crown logo. Not only do they age beautifully, we also love the fact that this is the belt worn by those rugged Viking soldiers when they… do military exercises in the snow (we doubt they are fighting, that’s just not very Swedish.)
And this purchase is guilt-free, pretend you are buying it for your man, so it’s not considered shopping for yourself. Then lend it to him, but only occasionally. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
At Inventory Stockroom, 45 Powell St., Vancouver, 604-568-5889, or online at www.stockroom.inventorymagazine.com
September 21st, 2010
To turn a coat, sweater or shift dress from last season into chic right now in a cinch, just belt it.
With true waist trumping hip slung and extra length for knotting de rigueur (see: Fendi, Hermès, Marc Jacobs), you may need a few extra holes. DIY your current belt collection with a punch set from Lonsdale Leather. With six different diameters, the tools work on either hard or soft leather. Just have a ruler for measuring the space between holes, a cutting board for protecting your marble countertop and a hammer to pound.
Waist not, want not.
$15 at Lonsdale Leather, 21 E. Fifth Ave., Vancouver, 604-873-6556, www.indigoleather.com
March 19th, 2010
In tot land, kids are either running around the park in too-small flood pants or jostling in the sandbox with half of their behind hanging out.
And now their underwear is covered…at least until they hit their teens.