Fog Linen – new arrivals

Fog Linen composite

We have now received the second instalment of the Spring/Summer collection from Fog Linen. Fog Linen is a Japanese brand, made in Lithuania from linen grown and woven in Lithuania. Fog linen is a staple in Urbanity! We carry Fog Linen clothing, and occasionally some products from their other collections. The clothing comes in one size — sometimes small, sometimes larger. We usually have only one of each colour and style and we re-order. We receive shipments on a regular basis.

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Gastown Shop Hop and Sans Soucie

The Gastown Christmas Shop Hop is this Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 5 – 9pm.  Bring a friend!  It is a festive evening of sales and sips. URBANITY will be offering yummy hot gløgg and special prices on Sans Soucie designs.

For this week only, we have an exhibition of Katherine Soucie’s newest work.  The Christmas window looks fabulous!

VANITAS by Katherine Soucie

The recent collection Vanitas, produced by Vancouver based clothing and textile designer Katherine Soucie, is a new series of garments created in response to investigation into the concept of modest indulgence and what that has come to represent in today’s society.

This new body of work was initiated through the support of the Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grant Program and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Soucie who was selected as a recipient of this grant this past summer was inspired to create this new work after being donated an obsolete industrial embroidery machine in conjunction with experiementations with a digital embroidery machine recently acquired by Emily Carr University. This funding not only encouraged the development of new work with this equipment but also has also enabled for other artists and designers in the community to have access to such equipment for research and development purposes.

Soucie was selected among 10 other artists who live and work in the DTES of Vancouver as a recipient of this grant which is a new program designed to help artists and designers produce a new body of work that will allow their practice to be taken to the next level in their career.

Beyond Borders – OLEANA – the Norwegian Story

We are so excited because in just two weeks OLEANA will open the exhibition, BEYOND BORDERS, at the Pendulum Gallery. Press releases have been written, invitations have been sent out, people are RSVPing, and everybody is looking forward to Norwegian Magic coming to Vancouver.

Solveig Hisdal is going to be here! For many of you, meeting Solveig is going to be a very special experience. For those of you who have her book “Poetry in Stitches”, this is a chance to have your copy signed. Signe and Kolbjorn will be here too, as will the new Norwegian Ambassador to Canada.

Barbara Bourget from the Kokoro Dance Company has choreographed a dance performance based on a piece of music that uses the sounds of the Oleana Factory.

OLEANA is such a special company with so many facets that make it truly unique, and this exhibition will give Vancouver a chance to touch it.

New Arrivals!!!

At URBANITY you can enjoy new spring arrivals although the weather is still chilly. I have received the new OLEANA collection , and the response to the colours and the styles is really positive. You can go to the OLEANA website and look at the pdf catalogue. Notice the new cardigan with a yoke and raglan sleeves. It comes in blue (the colour shown here), green/yellow, and coral. The new V-neck cardigan shown here, comes in blue, coral, and blue/white with a coral band. It is absolutely STUNNING!!!

Join the FACEBOOK group “I love OLEANA” and spread the beauty!!

Gung Hei Fat Choi

It is the Chinese New Year — the year of the OX. I have learned a little about the traditions around the new year. Red means happiness, so people wear red, and the banners are red. Long noodles, beans, and anything long, means longevity. So in my window I have posted a sign saying Gung Hei Fat Choi which means Happy New Year. The clothes are red, and long. The wool on Alice’s collar is from the long coat of a Wesleydale sheep. The merino sweater covering an Oleana dress is long, as is the necklace (impossible to see) made by Danish DesignerBorg. Photographs never do my window justice!!


Marja (mimi) came in with a whole load of ‘muffedise’ – cute fingerless gloves, just to cheer up these dull and oh so cold days!