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Upcoming Events & Sales: Nicole Bridger, Jason Matlo, LYNNsteven

Nicole Bridger ‘Love Local’ Launch

Nicole Bridger will be hosting a variety of local brands from childrens wear to odor-nixing undergarments at her Kitsilano shop. The official launch happens tonight and the brands will be at the shop at least until Valentine’s Day for your shopping needs.


  • WHAT | Nicole Bridger’s Love Local Launch Party
  • WHERE | 2151 West 4th Ave
  • WHEN | Feb 6th @ 7:00 – 10:00pm
  • WHY | Get great gifts in time for Valentine’s Day!

Jason Matlo Sample Sale

Jason Matlo sample sale

One of our favourite designers, Jason Matlo,  is holding a sample sale this Friday and Saturday. Up to 80% off? Hell yeah!


  • WHAT | Jason Matlo sample sale
  • WHERE | 511 – 55 Water St
  • WHEN | Feb7th – 8th @ 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • WHY | Amazing designs at 80% off

Jason Matlo info via Nicolette’s blog

LYNNsteven Fall/Winter Sale

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After heading over to the Jason Matlo sale, be sure to pop by LYNNsteven‘s fall/winter sale also in the Gastown neighborhood.


  • WHAT | LYNNsteven Fall/Winter 2013 Sale
  • WHERE | 225 Carrall St
  • WHEN | Feb 7th – 9th
  • WHY | Get a $5 gift card to The Coffee Bar to keep warm while you shop!

C. by Chelsea

c by chelsea sale


  • WHAT | C. by Chelsea sale
  • WHERE | 1834 West 4th Ave
  • WHY | Sale merchandise already 10 – 50% off – and you get an EXTRA 20% on top of that!

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Dakota Group Fall/Winter Clearance Warehouse Sale

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  • What | Dakota Group Sampe Sale
  • Date | TODAY!
  • Time | 10am – 6pm
  • Location | 102 – 256 West 7th Ave

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Sale Report: John Fluevog Annual Sample Sale 2013

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The name John Fluevog is legendary in Vancouver, practically synonymous with our rainy city as Douglas Coupland and Seth Rogan.  And like all legends, his footwear is adored and revered by locals and celebrities alike.  Just take a peek at Fluevog’s website to see why; specifically, the Flueseum page.  Here you’ll find a pictorial history of the brand’s more outstanding designs, and one thing becomes clear – this guy has a vivid imagination and a lively sense of humour.

This year the self-professed “Hardest Working Man in Shoe Business” held his annual sample sale on November 19th at the flagship store in Gastown.  The first thing I love about this sale is the opening hours – unlike most other sample sales which begin in the middle of the afternoon and end at 6 or 7pm, this sale starts at 5pm and continues until 11pm!  No need to sneak out of the office early and fight with rush hour traffic to run panting to the doors before they close.  Instead, you have the choice of sneaking out early to get first dibs, or you can take your leisurely time making your way to Gastown with hours to spare.  You could even go home, shower, have dinner, and then head over to the store for some late-night retail therapy.

The second thing I love about this sale is the simple and clear pricing system.  All shoes were $139, and all boots were $199.  That’s it.  No need to search for the price somewhere hidden on the shoe, or wrap your eyes around people trying to find the price list on the wall that sets out what the purple circle sticker means.  Besides funky footwear, Fluevog has also branched out into handbags and belts which were also discounted.  These accessories did have the colour coding price list, which made sense as a belt and a large leather bag are obviously going to cost differently.

For those of you who missed this legend’s sample sale, you will have to wait another 364 days for the next one, alas.  Don’t despair, however, as Fluevog does hold other smaller sales throughout the year.

Words + Photos by Aurora Chan

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Sale Alert: Mimi & Marge Sample Sale

Mimi Marge Sale Fall 2013

The Mimi & Marge winter sample sale takes place this Thursday! I’ll be away this weekend in Whistler (can’t wait!) but Aurora might have the chance to check it out and report to you the juicy details.


  • What | Mimi & Marge winter sample sale
  • Where | 140 – 1355 Parker St
  • When | Thursday, November 14th 11am – 7pm
  • Friday, November 15th 12pm – 7pm
  • Saturday, November 16th 12pm – 4pm
  • Sunday, November 17th 12pm – 4pm

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Sale Report: Dakota Group Sample Sale 2013

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The Dakota Group Sample Sale is held periodically throughout the year and features a large showroom full of racks of clothing by brands like Velvet, Graham & Spencer, sleepwear by PJ Salvage, shoes by Chinese Laundry, and handbags by Matt & Nat.  Whenever I arrive at this sale, I beeline straight for the shoes and boots section which is always ample and full of cute styles.  Alas, it seems they now only carry sample size 6 in both which is too small for me.  If you’re a size 6, I highly recommend checking out this sale; the prices on the shoes are generally steal deals.

For the most part, I don’t seem to have much luck finding anything amongst the clothes.  However, a long white bodicon dress by Supertrash caught my eye (pictured).  Reminiscent of the signature Azzedine Alaia bandage dresses from the 80’s, this dress was both skintight sexy with a touch of elegance with the cutout lacing.  It’s like a more sophisticated grown-up version of the white dress I found at the Skout Warehouse Sale.

Besides the footwear, the Dakota sale is a great place to look for handbags and wallets, especially if you’re a fan of Matt & Nat.  They also have a good selection of practical outerwear with a few for men too.

Words + photos by Aurora Chan

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Sale Report: Skout Sample Sale 2013

I always get excited when I receive notification of Skout Agency’s annual warehouse sale. Over the years I’ve scored numerous gems at steal deal prices.  This year’s sale features a variety of brands, including Colcci, Darling, Pinkstitch, and Funktional, all at 50 to 70% off retail.  The extra perk is they only carry one of each piece, generally in the S/M range.

Taking a quick survey of the room, the Bedstu leather belts caught my eye right away. They looked solidly constructed and classic in style, perfect for any variety of pants and such an amazing price.  I also noticed a great selection of supercute dresses that could suit any number of occasions, from an evening out at a lounge to a Christmas party.  I loved a white flirty dress from Lucca Couture (pictured), which featured interesting cut-out detailing and flattering hemline.

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Photo of Aurora by Joy Castro

I was about to leave when a long white sheer shirt caught my eye.  Ever since spotting girls wearing long flowy sheer skirts this summer, I’ve been coveting something similar of my own.  And there it was calling my name, made by the brand Covet, how about that.  I tried it on and loved the light elegant feeling it gave me as the tail rippled behind me as I walked.  I see it as being a very versatile piece that works equally well as a cover over a dress, and as a casual shirt underneath a vest and paired with jeans.  I wore it right away that night on top of a leopard print dress and topped off with a black leather jacket (pictured).  Love!

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The Skout Warehouse Sale is one not to miss if you’re looking for standout unique and generally dressier pieces to add to your wardrobe.  And don’t forget to check out the selection of shoes, handbags, and accessories as well.  Can’t wait for the next one!

PS. You can still make it to the sale too!


  • What | Skout Agency Warehouse Sale
  • When | Friday, Oct 18th 10am – 8pm | Saturday, October 19th 12 – 4pm
  • Where | 130-1355 Parker St, Vancouver

Sale photos and words by Aurora Chan


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Dakota Group Fall 2013 Sale

Dakota Group Sale - Fall 2013
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I became a devoted Dakota Group sample sale shopper a few years back because of their fantastic shoe selection. I knew it was coming, but didn’t want to admit it to myself… In the past few seasons the  shoebrands were listed, but all that was available at the sale was older stock of my fave shoe brands Matiko, Pour La Victoire, and Kelsi Dagger as well as coat fave Mackage.*sigh*

But I would say that this sale is still worth going to if you can make it early to fight for a Soia & Kyo jacket. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Matt & Nat bags (got my big red one from this sale), Tana & Bee perfectly comfy and modern basics, and Christopher Kon handbags. It’s also worth checking out their two new brands, Supertrash and Bella Luxx.


  • What | Dakota Group Fall Sale
  • When | Thursday, Oct 17th to Saturday, Oct 19th
  • Where | 102 – 256 West 7th Ave
  • Why | I recommend it if you’re on the hunt for a Soia & Kyo jacket or Matt & Nat bag!

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