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Advice from a Caterpillar
8 Price St., Rosedale
Advice from a Caterpiller is an enchanting store brimming with clothes, toys, accessories, and furniture for babies and littles up to eight years old. For the newborns in your life, shop for the most adorable onesies and rompers from Petit Bateau and Mini Rodini, bunny-eared woolen bonnets, and teeny-tiny sweaters and dresses. You’ll also find really beautiful—and practical—gifts for the mama, our favorite being the chic Moutmout portable changing mats. For older kiddos, choose from puzzles, books, and art supplies for entertainment, as well as a full clothing selection.
1100 Robson St., West End
We’ve long been fans of Vancouver-based Aritzia’s suped-up basics—a well-tailored trench, a crisp poplin ruffled blouse, lacy bralettes, and high-waist trousers, are among our favorites. Robson Street is the brand's flagship, meaning that it's also their largest space (they recently wrapped a 4,800-square-foot expansion). Spanning 13,000-square-feet, the warm interior feels like a well-appointed residence with lots of natural light, an interesting assortment of artwork—much of it by local artists—plus an indoor garden.
Cahier d’Exercices
369 Rue Saint-Paul W., Old Montreal
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, this immaculate boutique has a decidedly minimalist bent. All-white shelving holds accessories by Mansur Graviel and Commes des Garçons, while sleek racks are home to crisp, architectural pieces by Roland Mouret and Dried van Noten. The inventory is limited, showcasing only select pieces from each designer's current collection, which speaks to the fact that this is place to find investment pieces.
Charlie & Lee
223 Union St., Strathcona
One of our favorite Vancouver finds, Charlie & Lee is one of those rare independent stores that doesn't adhere to a strict fashion-season calendar—everything is meant to stand the test of time. The owners are major champions of locally made, ethically sourced goods, like woven shoppers, wooden utensils, and a solid round-up of clean beauty products. You’ll find a selection of Scandinavian-style clothing—jumpsuits, dresses, and tops in natural fibers like linen and silk—as well as pieces for the home, including painted cushions and super-soft throws.
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