9 Kids' Clothing Stores in Vancouver
Finding quality (and original) kids' clothing can be tough, so here are our picks for nine kids' clothing stores in Vancouver.
Frustrated trying to find age-appropriate, functional active wear for her own three daughters, Carolyn Bishop created LiLiKiKs in 2007. Her idea was to make versatile active and team wear for girls aged 5 to 14 that was not overly trendy. The result is high-quality, comfortable technical clothing, with fantastic design details to add some flare.
For high-quality, organic cotton, short and long-sleeve tees and onesies, check out Zoolu Organics. Owner Patricia Abbott decided to create her own line of ethically-made, eco-friendly baby and kids' clothing after the birth of her son. She designs all the amazing animal prints herself and then silk-screens them onto the shirts by hand with a water-based dye, free of PVCs.
Ivivva's dance-inspired, cross-functional clothes have been designed to celebrate movement and meet the needs of active young girls (think: playing in the park, school, dance class or soccer practice). Look for new takes on the famous Lulu hoodies, rain coats, groove pants, headbands and more!
All good shopping outings must include a stop on Main Street to visit perennial favourite kid's store, Beansprouts. From new designer wear to quality consignment for little ones, you won't be disappointed with what they have to offer. And don't be surprised if you're tempted to reward your bargain hunting efforts with a hip and incredibly functional haiku bag.
Little Earth deserves a mention. Owners Mariska McLean and Flavia Spano offer moms an eco-friendly and economical shopping option for clothing, toys and equipment. Designer labels aren't the backbone of this store; clean and green is the name. If you can't find what you are looking for in the used items, Little Earth sells footprint friendly, well-priced new clothing and toddler toys and supplies that are either locally or organically made.
We popped into Pebble—a Kitsilano baby and toddler shop—and found lots to like. Inside the bright, uncluttered interior you'll find products that are funky and functional at the same time, along with a range of baby basics, such as safe rubber pacifiers, natural washcloths and other nursery essentials. Owner Jordan Proulx promotes locally designed and produced goods where she can. The bold, bright artwork that adorns the walls are guaranteed to lift the spirits of grown-ups and kids alike.
Leading the way in baby wear is Bamboobino, created by Sharon, Chai who loved bamboo clothes for herself but couldn't find any for her two children. So she designed products to fill that gap, and they're available online and in several Lower Mainland shops. From the cashmere-like enclosed baby wrap to an ultra-absorbent after-bath cap that dries off baby's hair like nobody's business, your wee one will find that it is, in fact, quite easy being green.
Peekaboo Beans clothing line is not only locally-owned by fab mom entrepreneur Traci Costa, but its clothes have been designed specifically to allow kids to be kids—no complicated designs, annoying tags, uncomfortable waistbands or difficult buttons. They're just functional, comfortable clothes kids love to play in. And with stylish designs, durable fabrics and stitching, reflective piping and adjustable pant lengths, moms love them too.
Mabel designs are simple, sweet, vintage-inspired (but they don't compete with your baby's natural good looks for attention), and all handmade by Andrea herself. Stereotypes are for mass marketing, not for your originally crafted pride and joy, so you won't see any typical baby blue or bubblegum pink amongst these cool retro-style threads for babies.