The weather is no excuse not to be fashionable. So what if Vancouver gets 1199 mm of rain a year?
Instead of having a pity party about the strains the rain puts on your wardrobe, pull on your Wellingtons and release your inner Gene Kelly in the most sophisticated and edgy ways by making a stand against the gloom.
In Vancouver there are two retailers associated with keeping the people dry.
The first is The Umbrella Shop, Vancouver’s most well-known retailer and manufacturer of umbrellas located at 1550 Anderson Street on Granville Island.
Overflowing with every umbrella you could ever dream about, the store is cozy and almost like stepping into an old Germanic emporium.
The staff is friendly and helpful, providing advice to customers searching for the umbrella best suited to their personalities and lifestyles.
With a factory located at 1106 West Broadway custom creating and making brollies, the Flader family have been making and designing in Vancouver for 75 years, originally starting with “Isadore Flader, a Jewish immigrant from a small shtetl in Poland who fixed umbrellas door to door to make a living.”
Today the company is run by a third generation father and daughter team Glen and Corry Flader who are highly customer and quality focused.
In total, The Umbrella Shop has five retail locations, 15 employees and a private factory creating fashionable cover for anybody looking for something with that personal and local touch, even custom creating for those after something different.
Okay, so your head’s covered what about your feet? Well take a stroll over to GumDrops at 2029 West 4th Avenue. As one enters the light room the eye is drawn to a recipe for making the best of a wet day plastered on the wall putting a smile on the dile.
Owned by Shandra Jarrett, GumDrops was opened in 2007 to a public response of curiosity and “it’s about time” with Deena Melon the marketing manager saying “many people commented that only in Vancouver could a store devoted to rainwear open and now two years later we are less of a novelty and more of the go-to place for rain boots.”
A booming little business, catering for the market, GumDrops now also designs and manufactures its own line of wet weather women’s apparel such as the Liz Red Trench Rain Coat.
With a great inventory and impeccable taste I asked Deena what is the most popular stock that GumDrops carries, to which she replied:
“at the moment we can’t keep Hunters and Tretorns in stock. Hunter is the iconic rain boot; it is the epitome of fashion and function. They’ve been around for 150 years, are the official rain boot for the royal family and they’re made to last a lifetime while Tretorn is a Swedish brand who makes sailing inspired boots. They are lined with either fleece or faux fur for extra warmth and are great for walking around town even if it’s not raining.”
After looking at both The Umbrella Shop and GumDrops I decided to compile looks for men, women and children on wet days combining items I liked in each of the shops with some stylish pieces from other sources. Let us know what you think.