We love coming across "secret" local shopping spots, and this week we discovered a real retail gem! Though Middle Sister Boutique, on Vancouver's breezy, beautiful West Fourth Avenue, has been up and running for more than two years, our inaugural visit uncovered a plethora of pretty spring dresses, super-trendy Korean fashions and statement-making accessories (not to mention, impeccable service).
Entering the store, our eyes were immediately drawn to a row of bright, bold printed frocks, many by Toronto label Birds of North America (we dare you to try and pick just one!), punctuated by solid-coloured structured pieces by Korean designers like Ti:Baeg (we love the frilly cuff detailing on this full-sleeve Prince sweatshirt). Best of all, owner Linda Sin, who named her shop after her own, actual second-born status, purposely stocks a limited number of each style each season, so shoppers are ensured they'll be making a unique addition to their wardrobes.
Linda is also an extremely useful resource in and of herself, knowing her stock inside-out and bottom to top. She suggests, for instance, pairing a more cutting-edge top with a plainer or neutral bottom, and can help Vancouver shoppers make the perfect match right in store. We, for example, walked away with the cutest Eye of P ruffle dress after Linda showed us how to make it work it with a bandeau or tank top.
Trust us, a valuable addition to your closet awaits at Middle Sister—all you have to do is make your way to Kits, stat! —Noa Nichol
Middle Sister Boutique, 2137 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver, 604-428-8658, middlesister.ca