Oliver & Lilly's gets a fresh start for fall
Five years after opening in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood, independent women’s clothing and accessories boutique Oliver & Lilly’s has relocated. This morning (September 12), media were invited to check out the airy and sundrenched space (1575 West 6th Avenue) and browse the shop’s latest collections.
Shop owner Leighann Boquist was on hand to talk about this new chapter for Oliver & Lilly’s. While the new space has an industrial canvas—with bright white walls, slick grey floors, exposed brick, and floor-to-ceiling windows—personal touches, such as a framed portrait of Woody Allen, rustic wooden shelves, decorative flowers, and a sculptural tree branch in one corner retain the original store’s cozy, personalized feel.
Boquist handpicks all of the pieces displayed at Oliver & Lilly’s, and her excitement for and knowledge of the latest collections means that there’s a story behind every piece.
Chinti and Parker, a British knitwear label run by cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood, is new to the store. Pieces, which include star-print cashmere sweaters, a sparkle-flecked A-line skirt and matching trapeze dress, and spotted blouses, follow an organic, fair-trade, and sustainable mandate.
Elsewhere in the shop, dainty rings and necklaces by French jewellery designer Tassia Canellis—another new designer to Oliver & Lilly’s—are showcased with Clare Vivier leather clutches, and stacks of denim from James Jeans are within arm’s reach of racks hung with the latest A.P.C. and ace & jig collections. The store continues to carry designs by California-based labels Heidi Merrick and Velvet.