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6 Places to Shop in Gastown

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We may be slightly biased, but here at JCI we adore Gastown! Conveniently located just steps from Waterfront station, our hood is home to many independent coffee shops, boutiques and endless amazing places to eat or drink.

Students and faculty alike become experts of the neighborhood, and we have a ton of fun exploring all the local businesses. Check out our list of 6 places to shop in Gastown:

Rowan Sky 

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This is the place to get shoes! They carry footwear for men and women in a huge variety of styles. They also just got in this crazy shoe protector spray which will save your shoes from Vancouver winter.

The Latest Scoop 

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Founded right here in Vancouver in 2004, The Latest Scoop is one of our favourite places to pop into on lunch. They have new arrivals every week, and were just voted the best fashion accessory store by readers of The Georgia Straight!

The Basement 

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The best spot to find casual and street wear designs by Vancouver entrepreneurs, The Basement was opened by JCI Fashion grad Ami DeMelo and her business partner Heather. They’ve built up an awesome collective of local brands, and it’s right across the street from our school!

Dutil Denim

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Hands down our favourite jean shop in the city, this place has all the denim you could ever want or need. Go check them out – you won’t be disappointed.

The Block 

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This beautiful corner space has amazing clothing, accessories and shoes. They carry an impressive selection for both men and women.  We just can’t get enough of their cozy sweaters for fall.

Secret Location 

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This concept store regularly takes our breath away with the stunning pieces they have on display. Check them out for beautiful, stand alone pieces you’ll want to show off.

Bonus, many of these stores also offer shipping through their online store if you’re not local.


Love fashion and want to make it your career?  JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provide students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising.

If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

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