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Fashion | 時尚
BTS: THECloset YVR Launches with Thanks to VIPs & Friends

On Friday night (August 21st) Vlassis and I proudly opened the door and many bottles of wine, to a small gathering of our VIPs. ‘Very Important People‘ who helped us either emotionally, financially or physically along our journey of opening Vancouver’s first ecoluxury lifestyle boutique (possibly Canada’s?). It was an intimate evening of hugs and smiles followed by a second party Saturday afternoon to which we invited all our fashion industry friends. The concept of opening a niche retail boutique that sells only curated luxury at an affordable price point – be it new or vintage – alongside BC artisan pieces with a strong focus on value-added customer service, was met with a lot of skepticism and trepidation. But we did it anyways!
BC Artisan vendor products: Reclaimed Print Co and our exclusive nautical screened pieces, Basic Design, Me&YouBody vegan personal grooming products, and an array of Gianfranco Ferre vintage ties. We want to first thank Vancity Credit Unions Hormus Karat (Branch #4 Manager) and Josh Ludgate from Small Business BC for taking a chance on us. The process was months long but together we pulled it off and Hormus and his lovely wife Berndette joined us and it really made our evening! Our mentor Craig Patterson of Retail-Insider and Winston Collective was traveling and unable to make the VIP party but we know how proud he is. We cannot express how valuable lawyer Ritchie Po is to our business. Not only is he a fantastic friend but his Knotwerk By Ritchie Po is gaining momentum and the highest read content on our FB and website! Conceptualizing and shooting the weekly style column is always so much fun.

THECloset YVR: Style Writer Ritchie Po of #KnotwerkByRitchiePo (Lanvin tie, Varvatos vest & Fluevog shoes), co-founders Vlassis Xanthopoulos (PhatFarm shirt) and Helen Siwak (Armani dress and Bulgari pendant fromModaselle).
L: Collectible vintage Mary Quant and soft blue gemstone Cartier scarf. R: La Cigale: Senteurs Provencales shaving and gift boxes, Tracey Tomtene custom necklaces that say“Like a Boss, Girl Boss, Do Epic Shit, EcoLuxLuv”.

Even though I have known Dominique Hanke and Joshua Langston for a long time, it is only recently that we have really come together as close friends. Both have been incredibly supportive over the past year and always have a ‘chin up’ approach to any of the seemingly unsolvable and/or insane situations we find ourselves in.

Left to Right: The Triumvirate: Helen Siwak, with Lead In-House Stylist Dominique Hanke of HankeStyle in Graeme Black gown, Joshua Langston of The Social Life wearing head to toe thrifted! This is how you do it: shirt by Religion, bag by Alexander Wang, belt by Versace Jeans Couture, pants by DSquared2 & footwear by Louis Vuitton.

Jaralin Detienne is a new friend and supporter. I met a woman in the puppy park late one night and she took my card for a friend of a friend who wanted to do consignment. Jaralin came into the boutique with the most beautiful runway collection consignment and literally never went home! She offered to help immediately with the set-up of the boutique, the party, everything we needed until the party was over and we closed the doors. Amazing! She is a singer – click her name for her youtube channel. Dr. Jeff Matthews is a physicist turned animal rights activist and President of Sea Shepherd Canada. As proud he is of us, we are equally as proud of him. His encouragement and availability as a sounding board for our ecofriendly business strategies was invaluable. THECloset YVR is honoured to be named the exclusive distributor of Sea Shepherd Canada merchandise. Await the announcement and come visit for t-shirts and beanies in a month or so. Orianna Lacey of TheMarketingSmith was our hostess and lent her shining personality to welcoming everyone. She is hitting Vancouver like a hurricane with her vibrant force. THECloset YVR provided her a two piece Gianni Versace Couture vintage set to stand-out in her important role.

Left to Right: Singer Songwriter Jaralin Detienne (Alexander McQueen dress), Sea Shepherd’s Jeff Matthews / Hostess Orianna Lacey of TheMarketingSmith, Edmond Lee of Jo Malone & Estee Lauder in amazing Miu Miu kicks.Ritchie’s guests: Wesley Yuen of Artistrun Collective holding DSquared2 Top Banana belt with husband Patrick Prinster.Ritchie’s friend Amanda Harris snapping pics and chatting about knotty things.Left to Right: Rebecca Rachel of Serendipity Boutique (Chanel bag & Valentino rockstuds), Helen Siwak and her former intern, stylist & dancer Jason Pillay.Matthew Saunders of Holt Renfrew, Edmond Lee, Aaron Thul VP of EMOL / Jason and Rebecca.Aaron, Ritchie and Matt O’Grady of BC Business looking cool in casual chic.Clockwise: Rebecca, Model Nyalem Wan / Nyalem, Helen Siwak & Vlassis Xanthopoulos / Wesley and Orianna.Clockwise: Helen’s decolletage, fancy footwear including Josh’s vintage Louis Vuitton two-tones, Edmond’s Miu Miu and style blogger Tahmina of and her Hermes handbag.

Before photographer Kuna Lu arrived some of our invitee’s stopped by and we were so excited that we forgot to get pictures – apologies to Sue RandhawaBritta Bisig,Myriam Laroche, and Randa Salloum. Our La Biosthetique gal, Michelle Phaneuf was on a well deserved cruise and did not attend but we made sure everyone received a sponsored giftbag complete with La Bios products and other goodies from our sponsors and vendors.

Gift bags sponsored by La Biosthetique.

We dined on Plantbase Food & Natural Products vegan appetizers that blew everyone away! Thank you chef David Isbister for the amazing food, incredible pricing and convenient delivery.
Documenting the deliciousness: 1. Chocolate-enrobed Paleo Cookie Dough Truffle, 2. BBQ “Pork” Style Jackfruit with Arugula and crisped onion, 3. Cashew Cheddar, Sweet Pickled Beet Root on a raw flax seed/tomato/onion cracker – topped with a pinch of raw probiotic cultured cabbage, 4. Fried Chinese Eggplant strip with fresh Coconut Sesame Slaw. Thank you to everyone! We’ve got a great group of people supporting us and we are grateful.

Helen & Vlassis

Writing by Helen Siwak | THECloset YVR
Photography by Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group
Source: THECloset YVR


Event | 紀實, Fashion | 時尚

Floral Symphony Soiree: Freywille Pure Art & Grandi’s Atelier

Invitation Freywille Grandi's Atelier
A beautiful invite for a gorgeous affair! The Four Seasons mezzanine was abuzz with beautiful jewellery, clothing and fashion on June 12th.
Floral Symphony Soiree
In attendance was (L) Jamal Abdourahman, Vancouver Fashion Week, (C) Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR, (R) Manuel Bernaschek, Showcase Pianos/Fazioli.
Freywille is the world’s finest fire enamel jewellery, inspired by art and hand-crafted in Vienna, paired up with the beautiful bespoke designs of Grandi’s Atelier, for a wonderful soiree at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.grandi's atelier, four seasons, freywille The models moved in and around attendees and showcased the beautiful crisp lines and beautiful colour palette of the Granada Collection that we all loved at Vancouver Fashion Week S/S 2015. grandi's atelier, four seasons, freywillegrandi's atelier, freywille, four seasons The mood was set with classical music by Yaletown String Quartet, petite plates of delicious bites and the long lean models posing delicately like porcelain dolls in their dresses and jewellery.grandi's atelier, four seasons, freywille Attendee’s dressed so chic and here are some of the eye-catching outfits. Delicate body chains, patterns, stripes and solid pastels. Gorgeous eye-candy!grandi's atelier, four seasons, freywillegrandi's atelier, four seasons, freywille Visit Grandi’s Atelier and ask for your 10% off new clients discount on a beautiful bespoke outfit. Freywille is located on 511 Howe Street and online.
  Writting: Helen Siwak Photography: Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Source: THEClosetYVR (Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet) EcoLuxury Lifestyle Magazine

Fashion | 時尚

A Floral Symphony Soiree by FREYWILLE & Grandi’s Atelier

To kick off the 2015 Summer Season with elegance & fun; Kuna Photography Group & I checked out a gorgeous event at the Four Seasons Vancouver called “A Floral Symphony Soiree” Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: As we entered, I was taken back not only by the stunning floral arrangements placed on the walls and around the room, but by how much the FREYWILLE cuffs & other selection ofFREYWILLE jewelry stood out with pops of colour & patterns which pay homage to legendary artists like Claude Monet – Divine Beauty! Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: FREYWILLE Jewelry Designs were paired beautifully with the impeccable construction by designer Grandi – the owner of Grandi’s Atelier. Her dresses & designs are custom made for women & are gorgeous & soft with clean lines and silhouettes. Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: Grandi, the owner of Grandi’s Atelier standing proud with her custom made design. Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: I attended this event with the talented Carmen Ruiz Y Laza from JoyTv, CarmenTv & her assistant Perryn Thiessen, we met some fabulous people together while Kuna Lu worked the room, snapping pretty images which fit the theme of “A Floral Symphony Soiree” Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: Capapes were passed around the room while lush strings played by musicians and fashionista’s mixed & mingled sharing smiles and laughter, exchanging business cards. Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: It was a pleasure to meet Youtube Comedienne sensation Linda Dong, (pictured above, right) who has been making me laugh with her videos and has risen to over one million viewers quickly! Photography: Kuna Lu | Facebook: Flickr: To conclude, I saluted Summer, sipped cocktails, enjoyed delicious food, admired beautiful dresses & gazed at gorgeous jewelry  – just as the invite suggested. Thanks to Freywille Vancouver, Grandi’s Atelier & The Four Seasons Vancouver for having me! Until next time!   Writing: Justin Voitic Photo: Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Source: Hush Magazine 

Event | 紀實
Circle Craft 2014 Circle craft is an annual Vancouver event. It showcase many neat artists’ works, so called Christmas fair. I have been going this year since more than 7 or 8 years ago. It has changed its location from Canada Place to Convention Centre West now. Circle Craft 2014 Every year, there is over 300 booth showcase in beautiful VanCity. The crafts are include many variety from fashion garments, hat, scarf, jewellery, women accessories to flower art, glass art, sophisticated crafts. Moreover, baby outfits, photography, printing, sweets, chocolate, mushroom, salmon fish cans and more. Circle Craft 2014 Like many events, organization often is the key to determine how you feel about the event; how organize and those little neat thinking for the customer how visit the show. Circle craft never failed to surprise me every year with their improvement. The floor plan is simple and easy to navigate. A lot of chairs are placed in two main aisles for people to take break. Spring water also place on the end of the aisles for thirty customers. At end of the booth, is where all the food related vendors. Also, the resting area with food and drinks for order. Circle Craft 2014 A detail information website is provide listed all the ticket price and show time on each day for anyone planning their trip easy. Of course, well promotion on all the media. Everyone is able to know about the event through moving transit buses’ body advertising, as well as the street banner on Granville bridge. Circle Craft 2014 The signage are also place in obvious location for direction traffic. No matter your local or visitor. You are able to find the show place without hassle. Circle Craft 2014Circle Craft 2014 - Live Jazz There is one new change this year which I enjoy very much – live jazz / music show. The circle craft always have one section showcase musician or dancer performance. However, it always been place on other side somehow separate from main craft show area, a bit isolated. However, the situation has changed for this year. The small live performance area are located in the centre of the show. Therefore, I am able to hear beautiful melody flow in the air while busying walking around and checking out every creative booths. Circle Craft 2014 We often go after work, after 5pm, to enjoy the two for one price. The whole show really require at least 3 hours time to fully enjoy every booths. For first time visitor, leave yourself more than 3 hours time just in case. Another great things provide by circle craft is they are allow re-entry. If you are so enjoy the show, and love to come back again the day after. Simply fill in the form before heading out the convention centre. Circle Craft 2014 Lastly, don’t forget to fill in the lucky draw for $1,000 shopping spree. As you can see in the picture, that giant glass container already filled up with so many people’s draw. I can imagine they probably have to take out some for the weekend people to come. We truly enjoy the show again this year. So look forward again next year.

Editorial | 雜誌
The beautiful story began with a talented designer Mandy fashion while she traveled oversea for seeking Vancouver editorial photographer. After her research, she narrow down specific style that she is after for choosing the right candidate for this fashion project. And that’s how everything began at Steveston’s cafe shop. We all agree to focus on vintage fashion flavour and decided on have the theme set at Gastown.This historical location full with artistic feel flow in the air. A lot of bricks texture and colour fulfill the scene that we are after. Of course, with Mandy’s skillful creation, we are able to capture stunning images through every shutter click. Mandy’s status is not only limited at fashion designer, she is also a famous model in China. With multiple identities, Mandy able to enrich the content and visual interest into every photographs. Mandy B Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy B Collection Simple Black with white bead decorate. Best match with Autumn season. Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Personally, I am big fan of the sleeves design and light pattern on the material. Reminds me the white butterfly. Mandy Fashion Collection Beautiful Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Pink. Shine at universe. Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Mandy Fashion Collection Funky! Always amazed by those pretty colour combination. Simple Elegant! Make-up: Maggie Liu & Ashley Chou Hair: Maggie Liu Design: Mandy by B Model: Mandy Bao Photography: Kuna Lu