Main Street has no shortage of stores hawking consciously crafted, one-of-a-kind goods, but the recently opened Lion & Sun (4219 Main Street) is taking the "shop small" philosophy up a notch with an inventory that is entirely handmade.
The curated fashion and lifestyle boutique has been open since May and offers a varied selection of hard-to-find men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and home products that store owner Rooz Dezfooli sources from both at home and abroad.
“I really like minimalism, just really meticulously made products” Dezfooli tells the Straight during an interview at the shop, “things that you can’t really find everywhere.”
Among the stock is the Ontario-based Studio50’s Rock Bottom Vessel, a giant lightbulb-shaped decanter that keeps beverages hot or cold for up to five hours thanks to a warming/cooling concrete base; sterling-silver jewellery by B.C.’s own Jessie Phoenix; and pared-down leather bags from Dutch label Zand-erover.
Other products available include recycled-beer-bottle glasses by Artech Studios; hand-poured baguette- and crème brulee-scented candles from Coal and Canary; and men’s and women’s sneakers by Japanese fave Onitsuka Tiger. Lion & Sun also carries wooden and concrete bowties—many of them torched, handpainted, or decorated with silver or goldleaf—by his former employer, the Burnaby-based BÖ by Mansouri, and premium denim by brands such as Japan Blue Jeans, Naked & Famous, and James Jeans.
Many of the labels Dezfooli discovered while attending trade and marketing shows for BÖ by Mansouri. “As far as I know, no one else carries that in Vancouver,” he says of his Japan Blue Jeans pieces in particular.
Check out the images below for a closer look at Lion & Sun before you visit IRL.