Touring Granville Island, Vancouver, BC with Beautifuli’s CEO, DENISE HORTON
Morning arrives with a marine layer, bearing salt air and sea breezes from the coast. Latte in hand, our CEO, Denise Horton, makes the quick trip over to Granville Island on the rainbow-colored Aquabus, Vancouver’s much-loved little ferry. Weaving her way among streets made lively with street performers she heads first to Paper Ya, one of many unique boutiques here in astounding array. Hand-made by fair trade certified artisans, uses for these papers are as many as your imagination suggests.
Then it’s on to Vancouver’s epicenter for the food lover, Granville Island’s Public Market, where she brushes shoulders with Vancouver’s top chefs as they roam stalls filled to bursting with a paradise of food fresh from the ocean, field, and oven.
Opting for fun wherever she goes, Denise picked this witty romper by e-couture designer, Samantha Pleet. Although Pleet is inspired by her world travels, she sticks close to home to make her clothes…in New York City’s Garment District.
To complete the outfit, we offer suggestions from a group of our favorite designers:
A Martha’s Vineyard childhood inspires ethical metalsmith Nettie Kent’s delicate wrist wrap of recycled leather, finished with a sea-swept curve of brass at the clasp. Earrings by Natalie Frigo (vermeil with citrine nuggets and rose-cut peridots) witness her passion to create new heirlooms from recycled metals, ethically-sourced gemstones and the ancient practice of lost-wax casting.
“CEBU” sunglasses, artisan-crafted and framed in bamboo by Kayu Design. Bamboo forests, unlike other materials used in fashion, don’t require insecticides or herbicides to thrive. Thus, they are much less toxic to land and water resources.
The Ann &Arayata “Lindsay” tote with rope handles is crafted by rural Filipino artisans using a traditional raffia weaving technique from fiber harvested locally. Colors from water-based dyes.
Sandra Canselier’s shoe company, Coclico (French for “poppy”) was born out of three generations of shoemaking craft. “Teo Poppy” is an organic canvas-covered platform with poppy leather and natural jute straps.
A summer day on Granville Island, just across False Creek Sound from Canada’s wonderful West Coast gem of a city, Vancouver…complete with all the eco-style you need.
(All fashion photos sourced from designers’ websites)