Brainchild of the one-time Unis employee and all around menswear guru Saager Dilawri, Neighbour is one of Gastown’s eminent clothing stores. Neighbour stocks a number of the world’s finest menswear brands, including, of course Unis. The brand list at Neighbour is always exceptionally curated and well presented in creative and innovative ways. That’s one of the highlights of a visit to Neighbour – aside, of course, from conversation with the staff and the exceptional clothes. It’s one of Gastown’s more unique spaces from a retail perspective and Neighbour takes full advantage. Clothes, shoes and reading material are often laid out on the wide concrete steps near the back of the store beneath massive windows, pop-up art exhibitions such as one recent gorgeous showing from Vancouver’s Jennilee Marigomen adorn the walls and the clothing racks are rarely the same two visits in a row. Neighbour has recently begun a really nicely put together bi-weekly feature on their blog where they demonstrate outfits from some of their different designers to bring some context to the typical flat product photography of their wares – the series is known as Neighbour Features. It’s well worth a browse although be careful: it may inspire mass purchases. I have added attachment to their store as they’re Vancouver’s only stockists of a couple of my favorite brands, namely Unis, Our Legacy and Superga, each of which have been featured on the Facing Page before. If you’re in Gastown their space is one not to be missed, but if you’re unable to make it down, their online store is the next best thing, as are the galleries of the store itself in their blog. Additionally, here is a nice interview with founder Saager from Victoria based website Free/Man.
Neighbour | shopneighbour.com | 125-12 Water St.
Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm; and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Images via Neighbour