Local accessories label Mary Rich has launched a holiday pop-up shop at 637 East Hastings Street, where Vancouverites will be able to shop the line’s Vancouver-designed handbags as well as goods from other homegrown brands.
Founded by friends Jana Macova and Shanli Najafy, both of whom come from backgrounds in retail business, Mary Rich offers an assortment of exaggerated and functional accessories for the modern woman.
From shearling-and-leather backpacks to transparent totes and carry-all clutches, many of the products come oversized and accented with sturdy details like detachable tassels and handles constructed from thick climbing rope. Statement pieces that are fit for both every day and special-occasion wear, the bags are designed in Vancouver and made in either Canada or Los Angeles.
“Our bags are definitely designed for the self-made woman, the woman who’s out from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” Najafy told the Straight alongside Macova during a preview of the pop-up.
Visitors to the temporary boutique will also find a selection of Mary Rich accessories like leather wrap bracelets and lighter sleeves, as well as limited-run casual wear. Prices start at USD$45 for accessories and USD$195 for bags. It’s one of the first times that Vancouverites will be able to shop the brand in person since its launch earlier this year.
In an effort to champion fellow local labels, the pop-up also carries a curated selection of items from the Xane Studio, which produces minimalist women’s apparel; Vancouver Candle Co., makers of lights that capture the scents of neighbourhoods around town; and Butter Babes, a company that crafts natural, vitamin-rich body butters.
As for Mary Rich’s cheeky double-entendre name? If you haven’t guessed, it’s a take on the middle-class and often female-oriented mantra of “marry rich” that acknowledges the brand’s successful, empowered, and completely capable target audience. “We’re turning it on its head because it’s the opposite,” explains Macova. “We don’t need to marry rich.”
The Edit by Mary Rich pop-up runs at 637 East Hastings Street until Wednesday (December 13). For more information, including full hours, click here.