Vancouverites know how to handle the rain. We may bemoan it from time to time, but the reality is that it’s what keeps our greens so green. It’s part of who we are as a city. Rain is not an obstacle, it’s just a fact of life. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be handled with finesse.
Westerly Goods Lookout Hat
From Vancouver-based brand Westerly Goods comes a made-in-Canada hat created with water-resistant Nylon fabric. Designed with the popular five-panel aesthetic, the Lookout is offered in three colours (including Midnight Sky, pictured here). A Coolmax headband keeps foreheads comfortable, and while this is a one-size-fits-all, don’t fear: a web strap and buckle allow customization for every head, along with a tuck-away for stray ends. The simple Westerly label woven on the front lets you wear your nationality with dry pride. Bonus: the brand also has fantastic umbrellas.
Glasnost hooded trench
One-woman Vancouver show Stephanie Schneider handmakes every item in her collection—quite fitting since her last name translates from German as “one who cuts fabric.” Made with 100 per cent waxed cotton canvas, this Glasnost hooded trench coat keeps wearers dry and warm. Available either in knee-length or hip-length, the tender item is made to order for each customer. But this trench’s true beauty lies in the fact that its resilient fabric begins to drape and flow as it is broken in, becoming more unique as time goes on.
Herschel Trail Mammoth backpack
From this outdoorsy North Vancouver staple brand comes Trail, a collection meant for traipsing through those classic Pacific Northwest forests. Included is this Mammoth backpack, created from lightweight nylon and a reinforced base with water-resistant coating. Though large enough to fit a 13-inch laptop, its rounded design keeps the Mammoth looking slim and sleek. Other features include micro-mesh pockets for water bottles, a pull-down rain cover that folds neatly into a hidden sleeve, and adjustable sternum support on the shoulder straps. Hit Deep Cove and fill your bag with treats from Honey’s before heading out on the trail.
Those who don’t reside here have trouble understanding the way we live. It’s wet, it’s grey—it’s its own sense of style.
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