Mine & Yours Launches Biggest Boutique Yet!

Luxury fashion resellers Mine & Yours recently launched a new boutique in downtown Vancouver. Having grown steadily over three years, this new location at 1025 Howe Street marks the brand’s third location in three years and the largest to date.

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Jigme Love & Courtney Watkins cutting it up! | Helen Siwak

On Saturday, April 9, owners Jigme Love and Courtney Watkins wielded a giant pair of scissors and held a traditional grand opening for the public. A pink carpet was rolled out and their dedicated team was on-hand to welcome shoppers to the grand opening celebrations.

The boutique interiors are crisp white with custom copper piping, glass display units holding a varied selection of preloved and new fashion over a main floor and cozy mezzanine.

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Natural sunlight flooding interior | Mine & Yours

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Goodie wall | Mine & Yours

A few days prior, the boutique welcomed the media and fashion bloggers to an advance viewing party that included a selection of beverages and artisan pizza and a picture wall of oversized paper flowers for fun portraits.

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R-L: Fiona Forbes interviewing Jigme Love and Courtney Watkins | Mine & Yours

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Stylist Mana Mansour congratulating Courtney Watkins | Mine & Yours

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Guests (Image 1: L-R) Nicolle Hodges (Writer & Media personality), Chloe Popove (MyModernCloset.com), Christie Lohr (StyleNinetoFive.com). (Image 2: L-R: Samantha Sito (Writer & Digital Influencer), Crystal Carson (Fashion Stylist & Media Personality ) , Amanda (LizBell.com) enjoying the customized flower wall. | Mine & Yours

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The boutique began with 300 square feet on Hornby Street in September 2013, operating from the bottom floor of a townhouse unit, and grew into the latest incarnation in a dedicated retail space spanning over 1100 square feet. Along the way there were pop-up shops on Robson Street, South Granville and on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

Mine & Yours operate a retail model that differs from the consignment and resale stores that are peppered throughout the city.  Here customers have the option, three days per week, to directly sell their brand items for cash or a store credit, with a minimum 50/50 consignment offered on luxury handbags only.

What will you find at the new boutique?

Savvy shoppers will find highly sought after brands, such as handbags by Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci and current fashionable garments by Alexander Wang, Acne, Isabel Marant, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Luxury labels are well represented by Alexander McQueen, Giuseppe Zanotti, Christian Louboutin and Roger Vivier.

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Roger Vivier flats and sweets | Helen Siwak

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Additional sweets and treats dotted around the boutique | Helen Siwak

When asked about the most unique pieces that have passed through their doors, founder Jigme Love replied that there had so many but one of the most memorable was an Alexander McQueen hand-embroidered fabric neck brace with corset-like closure, followed closely by a one-of-a-kind resin Valentino necklace and a vintage Prada blue python coat.

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Party guests including Dominique Hanke (BR) | Helen Siwak

Future plans for the retail brand include expanding the e-commerce business, launching a resale directory called vancouverconsignment.ca with upstart re-seller mymoderncloset.ca and establishing a permanent retail presence in Los Angeles.

Mine & Yours also regularly participates in Eco Fashion Week via fashion shows, panel discussions, seminars in support of community and charitable organizations such as My Sister’s Closet (which benefits Battered Women’s Support Services) and the BC Children’s Hospital.

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Fred Lee getting the best shot | Mine & Yours

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published in a shorter format in Vancitybuzz.com)

9/21: BTS: The Anatomy of a Gift Bag

A great way to promote your new business and the vendors that you are introducing to your clients is through a gift bag. In advance of our VIP Launch Party and the Saturday’s Style Writer and Fashion Blogger soiree, we prepared 100 of these bags for distribution to attendees.

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The anatomy of THECloset YVR gift bag:

a) La Biosthetique – generously sponsored the white logo bags, cruelty-free vegan soaps & lotions and a Salon Beauty catalogue for everyone.

b) Reclaimed Print Co – ‘East Van’ printed postcards on reclaimed birch that can be sent through the mail without an envelope.

c) Modern Working WomanCarolyn Bruce Designs designed Diva Dangle (teapot) for cool fashionista handbags and cell phones.

d) Soap Rebel – 5 full size handmade scented soaps that were slipped into 5 lucky bags.

e) Basic Design – full colour postcards displaying their product range.

f) Daily Delivery – snappy red bowtie’s to bring out the dapper dude in all of us!

g) Pressed and Proper – randomly placed $15 Gift Certificates and pricing flyers for this executive drycleaning service.

h) La Cigale: Senteurs Provencales – business cards with their contact details

i) MeYouBody – business cards on recycled stock

j) Dominique Hanke of HankeStyle – offering a 30 minute complimentary styling consultation at the boutique so you can get an honest take on your best styles, colours and textures for this fall/winter.

k) THECloset YVR – randomly placed Greek candies with fruity flavours, rhinestone iron-on’s and gift certificates!

We hope that all the recipients enjoyed the gift bags and have a better sense of who THECloset YVR is, the services we provide, and the incredible BC based artisans that we have chosen to stock in our boutique.

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