The tailors at Peter Parvez can learn nearly everything about a client in 30 minutes. Measurements, lifestyle, ambitions, aesthetic tastes?they all come to light. And after the half-hour fitting, the team crafts a custom suit or shirt that fits as naturally as a second skin and complements the immeasurable aspects of a person. Patterns, fabrics, and styles can all be altered, giving a guest the option to evoke a vintage elegance with a double-breasted suit or to embrace a more contemporary look with pinstripes.
Although the tailors take a holistic view of the man or woman wearing the suit, when practicing their craft, they focus on the most minuscule detail. They hand-sew every button into place, cut and roll the collar, and add working buttonholes to the sleeves for an extra layer of functionality. Additionally, they invest the time needed to install a pure silk lining into every jacket, making suits comfortable enough to become a viable alternative to pajamas.
Joe's Apartment envelops carousers in an unpretentious atmosphere with live music, engaging bartenders, and a considerable dance floor. Skip the long wait and saunter up to the VIP line with two covers ($24 total) in tow and a yarn carnation tucked into your lapel. Souse a draft beer ($5.75) or get your daily dose of veggies with the signature pickle back, a shot of Jameson followed by a pickle juice chaser. Bartenders genially ring Joe's Bell and salute any tipplers taking a shot or reciting the complete works of Proust, and appearances by alternative rock bands, hip-hop acts, karaoke, stand-up, and house band The Roommates keep the air molecules vibrating with convivial frequencies (see the calendar of events). Bedecked with crystalline chandeliers, gleaming wooden floors, and a lively pool table, the interior glitters with as much decadence as domesticity.
The team at Soirée Planners knows that, unlike their guests, parties are seldom completely spontaneous and carefree. They therefore strive to ease all aspects of the planning and execution process. Operating behind the scenes as well as alongside their clients, the seasoned event staff handles conference meetings with the same attentiveness as glamourous galas. They specialize in corporate gatherings, from conferences to Christmas parties, and customize each get-together so that staff appreciation banners aren't full of crossed-out names.
Their wedding division, meanwhile, helps to prep ceremonies with varying degrees of involvement. Their full-on planning package puts them in charge of almost all aspects, including budget creation, decor, acting as the point-person for vendors, and providing the bride with a personal assistant. By contrast, their less-involved coordination service leaves the finer details to the couple, and deploys the staff to aid with scheduling and day-of supervision.
More than 10 years ago, a group of seamstresses and tailors left their jobs at a top mensware store and opened Sun Tailoring with a goal to craft and alter clothing that reflects its wearer's personality and charisma. Each of the business' hemming experts has trained first hand with an Italian master tailor, an experience that equips them with invaluable knowledge as they repair clothing items and alter them to better fit customers who are aging in reverse. The staff furthers its commitment to personalizing fashion with wardrobe consultations, and they can also create custom suits, dresses, and costumes.
When does it officially become Christmastime? For Vancouverites, it's actually in late November, when the scents of mulled wine and gingerbread and the sounds of bells and trumpets fill the crisp air. It's a time when the eyes widen at the sight of little wooden huts decked out in twinkling white lights and pine branches, of a sparkling carousel pirouetting in the night. This is the Vancouver Christmas Market.
In founding this beloved wintertime utopia, Malte Kluetz brings a 700-year-old tradition from the streets of his native Hamelin, Germany, to the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. German Christmas markets are a staple of European holiday seasons, and over the past few years, the Vancouver market has become a similarly un-missable destination for locals.
Here, a forests' worth of light-spangled pine trees and wreaths crowd the plaza, joining 45 wooden huts in which craftspeople and chefs—many from Germany themselves—share their handiwork. Shoppers peruse hand-carved nutcrackers and ornaments, and at any given moment of the day or night, the music of carolers, a string trio, or a jazz band might warm chilly ears.
After a hug from the market's gingerbread mascots, children might go on a scavenger hunt, decorate candles, or head to the old-fashioned Christmas carousel, encrusted with hundreds of amber lights, to show parents just how good they would be at riding a pony if they had their own. When they're done, kids and their parents head off in search of herbed Bavarian bratwursts, pastries, bubbly German wheat beers, and inky, sweetly spiced gluhwein.
Like any good Christmas market, the Vancouver market's festivities are anchored by a massive tree. At its pinnacle sits a glowing star—a beacon signaling the arrival of the holiday season.