Angel Vancouver celebrates its 35th anniversary with a sale at its Gastown store

Angel Vancouver owner Jackie Haliburton at her store
Angel Vancouver is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month at its Gastown store.

Angel started in Kitsilano in 1978 -- in a $100-a-month store on West Fourth Avenue. Angel later moved to West Broadway, was on Robson Street for more than a decade and 15 years ago moved to No. 2 Powell Street in Maple Tree Square, one of Vancouver's oldest buildings.

It was also the first location of John Fluevog Shoes in 1970.
Owner Jackie Haliburton had attended the Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) in Los Angeles in the 1960s (the Doors played a school dance then) and took her teaching degree at the University of B.C. Haliburton taught high school art for four years. She still has a dream every September 1 that it's the first day of school and she has nothing prepared.

Jackie Haliburton

Haliburton has been painting T-shirts all this time, with a few celebrity clients over the years: actress Dakota Fanning, Uma Thurman, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys Davies, Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Bob Gainey, Susan Sarandon. Tea Leoni, Poppy Montgomery, Anthony LaPaglia, Sharon Stone, Mariel Hemingway, rockers Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn, John Savage, Jane Seymour, John Lithgow, John Travolta’s baby, Superman’s old flame Margot Kidder, “That Girl” Marlo Thomas and the late ballet superstar Rudolph Nureyev.

Actress Dakota Fanning wearing her hand-painted shirt of her horse, Goldie

Thank you note from Dakota to Jackie

Photo with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

Two years ago, Haliburton added the Desigual clothing line from Barcelona, Spain, to her store, which now boasts one of the largest selections of Desigual in Vancouver.

To celebrate her 35th anniversary, Haliburton is offering 35 per cent off on selected Desigual items this month at Angel Vancouver.

And she continues to do custom hand-painted T-shirts. Call 604-681-0947 or email her at [email protected].

Desigual top with Marilyn image

Here is the latest video from Desigual:

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