We’ve frequently praised the quality of menswear retailers in Vancouver, but have thus far failed to recognize one of the best: Roden Gray. While we’ve covered several items they carry, we would like to take a moment now to honour the shop itself. Roden Gray was set-up in 2007 and has grown in leaps and bounds over the past six years. Its minimal interior of exposed concrete, white glazing, stainless steel fixtures and original maple floors house brands including Vancouver’s Reigning Champ and wings+horns as well as international heavyweights like Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Thom Brown, Moncler, Nigel Cabourn and Aspesi. Bridging the gap between high-street fashion and workwear inspired pieces with ease, Roden Gray’s buying team has done an excellent job filling a gap in the Vancouver market and maintaining the niche in the company of Haven, Neighbour and Inventory. Roden Gray has recently also built itself up an excellent selection of print publications and now carries titles including Hypebeast, Obscura, Monocle, the Gentlewoman, 10 Men, Collect, Champ, i-D and many more. Located at the head of Water Street in Gastown, Roden Gray is always worth a browse, but be careful, there are a number of very tempting items. If you visit, be sure to check out the basement where Roden Gray keeps the sales rack. Over the past year, I (AP) have found some excellent pieces at great prices down there.
8 Water Street | Vancouver, BC | 11-6 Monday to Saturday, 12-5 Sundays