Member Spotlight: Vicky + Riko + Daniel, COUTURIST.CA
                     COUTURIST: New Store For The Fashion Chameleon
About COUTURIST:
Contemporary    Chic    Comfortable
Couturist stands for 3 C's: Contemporary, Chic and Comfortable.
We strive to bring affordable luxury from around the world to Couturists like you! We want to be a part of your confidence, your inspiration and your lifestyle.  Find more information at www.couturist.ca  or call 604 673-9280, located at 1085 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC.

Photos besides the event poster was by Ric Allen from www.sidewalkrunway.com , see his blogpost on COOUTURIST at http://www.sidewalkrunway.com/2016/05/couturist-1085-robson-st/



A Grand Opening Party to launch the tastefully minimalist designed physical space on 1085 Robson street for local fashion retailer COUTURIST. It is known to carry contemporary clothes from U.K, L.A, and Australia catering to young women from age 18-40.

The founders are three talented young professionals: Vicky Peng -Creative Director, Riko Wang-Executive Director and Daniel Chen-Financial Director. All three young professionals have worked in the fashion retail industry for years, and together launched another retailer from scratch leading it to huge success. This provided them the confidence and inspiration to start their own brand.  Riko says: “I have always seen amazing styles in magazines, yet was sadden by the lack of choices in Vancouver.  We were excited and overwhelmed when Vicky and I went on our first buying trip in Las Vegas. Our second trip clarified exactly which audience we'd like to service, and the styles that are most appealing to us. We hand-pick each piece in our store with love”.

When asked about the 3 Cs that is associated with the brand COUTURIST, Contemporary || Chic || Comfortable, the founders explain their concept as-


Contemporary: Very simplistic, minimalist, modern, urban.

Chic: Unique designs and cutting. Neutral colours and structural, geometric shapes. Pops of colours and abstract prints are a part of the aesthetic too. Usage of such designs to express our personality.

Comfortable: Quality of material, the customer will feel comfortable wearing the garment.

Both Riko and Daniel are graduates of Economics degree from University of British Columbia, and Vicky is a graduate of Kwantlan Univeristy for Marketing Management.  Their ambition is to expand and open up more locations for COUTURIST not only in Canada but North America wide in multiple cities within 5-10 years.  They also would like to launch their own fashion clothing collection for both womenswear and menswear in addition to the existing jewelry line.  They pride themselves on servicing a wide range of clientele, from local such as students, professionals and parents to tourists.  They did a pop up shop for the month of December in 2015 at the same location with overwhelming success, speeding up their planning to open the retail store permanently.  One year to plan for online store, and opened the store after a year of launching the first physical store.  Couturist made sure every piece of clothing, accessory is affordable quality garment with unique design you won't normally see in Vancouver.

Event: COUTURIST Grand Opening Party
Time: Saturday, May 7th, 1-6 pm
Location: COUTURIST, 1085 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: FREE
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/169457388413884 
What's included: DJ Eddie Rolando playing Pop and House music, food, wine sponsored by Winestains, door crasher gifts, 10-20% off discount for all shoppers, and lucky draw for $50-$100 gift card.

Brands that COUTURIST carries: 

1) Achro 
Founded in 2010, ACHRO is designed in the Arts District neighbourhood of Downtown Los Angeles. Focusing on modern shapes, ACHRO maintains an achromatic colour scheme for each collection using classic, neutral colours.

2) ASTR
ASTR the Label is a lifestyle brand that has an eye for design to create effortless yet refined pieces that reflect the modern woman.

3) C for Charlotte
C for Charlotte is for the confident, independent and fearless you. Your great sense in stylizing and accessorizing will be a great match with the simple and clean designs from C for Charlotte and also their transcendent statement pieces. Based in Vancouver.

4) Cloverpost
Cloverpost is known for their clean and simple, premium-grade jewelry designs. Handcrafted in Nashville, USA, each piece emanates a modern and contemporary flair.

5) Half United

Half United uses recycled bullet casings in their designs to represent the FIGHT against global hunger. For every product purchased, Half United gives HALF of all the profits to feed children in need. The re-purposed bullet casings stand as a peaceful symbol of the fight against hunger, and serve as a reminder of the good you did to change the life of a child in need.

6) illesteva
illesteva was founded in 2010 when the company saw a need for designer sunglasses with a vintage feel, while integrating contemporary materials. All of the frames are handmade in Italy and France, in concert with the leading manufactures of luxury eyewear. The company has been pushing limits of modern design and creating vintage round sunglasses with both a unique and hand-crafted quality.

Introducing glasses shapes to optimize and flatter numerous face shapes, illesteva glasses are a balance between traditional frame silhouettes and universal appeal. Clean lines and modern shapes embody the collection's core.

Sunglasses are often the first thing people see when they look at you so lead with an independent spirit that shows that you are a statement-making trendsetter not a follower.

7) Jack Meets Kate
Jack Meets Kate was created through the influence of European effortless rocker chic with a touch of edgy downtown staples. The concept behind the brands name is the two very individual, but connected styles of Jack the Androgynous boy, combined with the very sexy and glamorous Kate. The brand’s playful uptown sophistication with tailored and borrowed from the boy’s looks are timeless, innovative and versatile.

Jack Meets Kate was born from a vision of a Los Angeles based clothing manufacturer known for producing high-quality apparel in the USA.

8) J.O.A. –Just One Answer
J.O.A. is a global destination for women looking for runway-inspired, fun and easy-to-wear pieces. Its designers challenge themselves daily to bring you truly unique items that can't be found everywhere. J.O.A. is headquartered in the heart of the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, California.

9) Pistola Denim
Pistola denim evokes a rock and modern-retro aesthetic whilst aiming to bring you bold forward pieces. The denim is created to feel like a second skin and is aimed to inspire and emphasize your unique style. The quality fabrics and authentic washes celebrate the contours of your body, only enhanced with our killer fits. Pistola breeds L.A. denim.

10) State of Being
State of Being launched early 2009 in Sydney, as a “basics-with-a-twist” brand. A concise collection of fashion forward, relaxed yet directional pieces with a sophisticated edge, all at an affordable price. The label has evolved, introducing soft tailoring, adding inventive detail, as well as a focus on developing exclusive prints and textures.
Luxurious wardrobe essentials and fashion forward, day into night pieces are key elements in every collection. With a unique attention to detail, it is quite literally a double take on style, with endless ways to wear.

11) Stella & Jamie
The Stella & Jamie woman is dynamic, confident and sexy with a modern sophistication and a relaxed Californian easy-chic style. Her wardrobe of choice features a contemporary aesthetic with clean lines, feminine shapes and luxurious fabrics. LA-based.

12) The Fifth Label
The Fifth Label morphs high fashion with bold street wear. This Australian brand emanates quality, sensibility and versatility.
From the monthly ranges of essentials to statement pieces, styles from The Fifth Label can be used as the bass notes to any wardrobe.
Each and every piece by The Fifth Label is a take on its definition of the modern era: effortless, adaptable, and cool.

13) The Pi Collection
The Pi Collection entails the interpretation of the challenges that we face in life and Pi's fascination with geometric shapes. Pi is the nickname for the son of the Creative Director, Lauryn Chin. He has been her inspiration for this quality affordable jewelry line.

The simplicity of the collection is not to be taken lightly due to the edgy angles of these pieces. Each creation is handcrafted in the USA with 14K gold filled metals and/or sterling silver. Based in Hawaii.

14) US Blanks
Known for its premium fashion basics, US Blanks incorporates the concept that styles should be made with the finest materials.
As a vertical manufacturer, US Blanks mill its own fabric, dye, cut and sew all in the USA.
US Blanks has high quality standards that ensures superior fabric, innovative designs and quality sewing are implemented on every garment that passes through its Southern California facilities.

15) Couturist
Couturist stands for 3 C's: Contemporary, Chic and Comfortable. 
We strive to bring affordable luxury from around the world to Couturists like you! 
We want to be a part of your confidence, your inspiration and your lifestyle. 


16) Marigold Collective 
Marigold Collective is a social enterprise dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of women.  They partner with women-focused Fair Trade Artisan Cooperative in developing countries to provide market access for their high quality products. They strive to support women in their effort to overcome poverty and to being able to provide a sustainable livelihood for their families while preserving heritage craft traditions.  

Marigold Collective sells certified fair trade, direct trade and ethically sourced goods that are handcrafted by artisans who have been paid a fair wage, are working under safe working conditions and are treated with respect and dignity. 

17) Glamorous
Want to be on trend, styled with elegance and have a collection to fit any personality? Look no further than Glamorous. Inspired by high fashion, contemporary night culture and vintage; with fabrics sourced from across the globe Glamorous will have a design to suit any mood or occasion. Based in Manchester we are the brand that everyone wants! Great fashion needn’t cost the earth. We believe fashion should be individual, accessible and most of all affordable. Our website is updated with new lines daily so make sure you are always up to date with the latest trends, and celebrity fashion.

 

 
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