Situated on the mezzanine level of a café in the Downtown Eastside, recently launched vintage boutique Faulknerandco. is a tad off the beaten track. But keen-eyed shoppers who seek out the store will be rewarded with a treasure trove of curated mens and womenswear that ranges from ’90s grunge to schoolboy prep.
Operated by London, U.K., transplant and avid thrifter James Faulkner, the eponymous shop opened earlier this month. It carries predominantly secondhand men’s apparel, though there’s also a small selection of tops and frocks from labels such as Rena Lange, Laura Ashley, and Vivienne Westwood for women. Many of the pieces are also unisex.
“There aren’t very many men’s vintage shops in the city,” Faulkner tells the Straight when asked why he decided to open the store.
The items are carefully culled by the former sales rep, who has scoured thrift stores across the Lower Mainland to stock Faulknerandco.’s racks. Many of the products are made from 100-percent cotton, linen, or rayon, and possess the high-quality feel so often missing from today’s mass-produced garments.
On any given day, shoppers can expect to find a variety of denim, printed button-downs, sport jackets, and shoes from brands such as Levi’s, Giorgio Armani, and Dr. Martens. Handmade Italian hats from Gastown’s Cappelleria Bertacchi and apparel crafted by local up-and-coming designers are also part of the stock.
“It’s an opportunity to kind of boost Vancouver’s fashion scene,” says Faulkner.
Faulkner has plans to introduce vintage items from his native U.K., which he describes as “more punk-rock”, in the near future. Prices at Faulknerandco. start at $12 for T-shirts, $25 for button-downs and coats, and $60 for footwear.
Check out the images below for a closer look at the boutique. And be sure to visit the downstairs Push Pull Cafe, which offers, in addition to coffee, a selection of film cameras and film.