Long weekend travel ideas!

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Ladies and gentlemen it is officially the long weekend! Many of you will go camp in the forest, others will soak up the sun on sandy beaches, and some will explore foreign cities. If you’re left staring at your closet wondering what shoes to take on your adventure we have 4 suggestions for you.   The nature […]

Sully Wong now at Rowan Sky

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There is a brand new addition to our store and we’re super excited to give you a taste! The Toronto-based brand Sully Wong offers shoes and backpacks with a fusion of Canadian and Asian influence, which seems to be a combination trending in Vancouver. The new SWJ NYLO HI III is a super cool sneaker for anyone who’s […]

Pull Up Your Socks!

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We have a new addition to the Rowan Sky family, and it goes by the name of InStance Socks. The brand was originally founded in 2010 in San Clemente, California, and since then their socks have been adding an extra kick, and bold expression to any boring outfit. Patterns like camouflage, two-toned tie-dye, and kaleidoscope are just […]

O Canada

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Canada day is upon us and with this comes the red and white pride flowing through our veins, our sorrys are sincere, and we reaffirm to our American friends that we won the Olympic Gold medal in Men’s and Women’s hockey. But what makes us Canadians? Our loonies-twoonies? Love for Bacon? Self-deprecation? Or how we […]

ART, POP ART

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If you appreciate art and like getting to know what is going on with art scene in this city, you have to check out Douglas Coupland’s solo exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery called everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything. The local novelist/essayist/artist is showcasing some of his best work, and pop culture’s reflection on society. Coupland shows our […]

Introducing: Jessica Jensen

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This spring saw a few new brands come to Rowan Sky, such as Coclico shoes and Wolf Circus jewellery. This week brought another new brand to our Gastown shop – Canadian brand Jessica Jensen bags. Having moved to Toronto in 1997 to study fashion at Ryerson University, Jessica spent more than 10 years designing and […]

Wolf Circus Now at Rowan Sky

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Adding to our growing list of local brands, Wolf Circus can now be found at Rowan Sky! Designed by local artist Fiona Morrison, the collection is inspired in part by the confidence it brings the wearer. Started in 2011 while Fiona was a university student, she came up with the name based on a wolf […]

Made in Spain

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One of the questions we are asked most often in the store is “Where are your shoes made?”. Because we carry so many brands, this is quite the loaded question and can be hard to give a quick answer to. To help answer this, today I have for you four different brands that are all […]

A Nice Day for a Wedding Blog Post

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The sun has been peeking its shy eyes out from behind the clouds, cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Vancouver, and the birds and the bees are starting to make an appearance again. All of this combines to let you know that wedding season is about to be in full swing! Over the last […]

BÖ(w) Ties Are Cool

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Vancouver is so talented that sometimes it blows my mind what comes from our locals. Here at Rowan Sky, we are lucky enough to carry some local brands in-store from some of these very talented individuals. One that joined us just before Christmas, and is currently exclusive in Vancouver to Rowan Sky, is BÖ by Mansouri. […]

The Perfect Pump

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Most women spend hours upon days searching for the right pump. Something with more than a kitten heel, but not so tall that she feels that she is about to topple over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. She wants to look great, but also feel great. There’s nothing less appealing than a pump that […]

Cassandra Verity Green Collaborates with MIISTA!

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The Central Saint Martins graduate show is renowned as a spectacle. Of the designers shining the brightest last year, Cassandra Verity Green and her aquatic collection are the first to spring into mind. Her collection Neptune’s Daughter was bright, full of colour. It was sweet and girly while being unique and unexpected – it was Measured […]

Brooks Bags for your Basics and Beyond

Brooks England came to be in 1883, first creating leather goods and moving into leather bicycle saddles. Today, Brooks has an extensive product line including bicycle saddles, cycle parts, clothing, and bags. A favourite bag brand among cyclists for their ingenious designs, which strap across the chest to keep them from moving around too much […]

What’s New?

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With the craziness of the holiday season over, it’s time to get back to our regular scheduled programming lives. With the beginning of a new year, many are excited for a fresh start – for a year that is still blank and waiting to be shaped and moulded any way you desire, and for a fresh start […]

Meet Bellroy, Your Back’s New BFF

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Have you heard of hip pocket syndrome? How about wallet sciatica? Maybe you’re scratching your head right now, ready to pop over to Google and check those out… just as soon as you adjust your wallet because it’s so uncomfortable to sit on. STOP – take that wallet out of your pocket now! Sitting on a wallet, […]

Shop in Shop is Back!

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Our twice-yearly Shop-in-Shop with Aunts & Uncles is back! While we always have a selection of these well crafted bags in the store, from now until December 23rd you can find almost the entire collection in a wide range of colours in-store. If you have someone on your list you struggle to shop for, who […]

Excuse Me Miista

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I had started to type up a blog full of facts about Miista, such as how they were founded in 2010 by Laura Villasenin. But the great thing about Miista is the personality in each pair of shoes, the bold colours, the unexpected details. The best thing about the brand isn’t that they are based in London […]

Meet the Designer: Matt Bernson

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Matt Bernson probably didn’t realize that the day he brought home a pair of shoes he bought in India for his now-wife would be a day that changed his life. They were a pair of sandals, beautifully crafted, and the joy they brought her was evident from the look on her face. At the time […]

Boots – Do or Don’t

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Boot season is the best season, and in a city like ours it can literally last all year. That being said, Fall has reached its peak and winter is just around the bend. What better time than now to invest in a new pair? Boot shopping isn’t easy, and the bigger challenge can be wearing […]

Wish on a (Dark) Star

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If you aren’t familiar with the Toronto-based jewellery brand Biko, you are missing out. Toronto native Corrine Anestopoulos brought Biko to life in 2004 after a childhood spent making friendship bracelets that were constantly being raided by her friends. Corrine is inspired by priceless heirlooms, foreign travel, and warm sunny days; she takes memories of the […]

The Boot That Built America

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Where do we even start? When it comes to Wolverines, we have a soft spot.  That being said, “a thousand miles of wear” sounds anything but delicate. Born and bred in Rockford, Michigan, the Wolverine Thousand Mile has a history that dates back as early as 1883. As one of the first nationally advertised footwear […]

Laced Up Looks

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‘A new season, a new style’ – that’s today’s motto, as we take a look at our top trending lace up boots for fall and winter.  We’ll start with a brand that stirs up a bit of nostalgia. The Canadian made Cougar Pillow boot is a blast from the past. Some will remember this classic […]

Snug as a Bug in Padraigs

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We pay special attention to what goes on our feet when we leave the house, especially in the fall/winter. Our shoes must withstand the rain (especially here in Vancouver!), keep our feet nice and warm (but not too hot), and of course look amazing… (but not like we are trying too hard). At the end […]

The Blunnies are Back in Town

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You’ve seen them before… they’ve been around for over a century. Dating back to 1870 (to be exact) the tried and true Blundstone boot is anything but unrecognizable. The  sleek profile and playful aesthetic to this traditional gored pull-on is simply perfect. It’s no mystery why they’re turning up everywhere this side of the equator. The […]

You Could Use A Wax

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It’s finally fall, our favourite season. The slow and steady temperature transition brings out the best in cozy attire, and Autumn leaves are another reminder of the dreary days to come. With the rain well on its way, some fret the morning commute. Lugging around bags filled with important papers and techno-gadgets in a downpour can […]

Word, Man.

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A new era has dawned upon us; the era of convenience. The era of minimalism. The era of practicality. Maybe this is an overstatement..but now more than ever, less is more. At least in terms of food, fashion, style, home decor, the list goes on. Speaking of lists.. We’ve also jumped aboard the bandwagon of […]

Suede Your Vote

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Living in a city as damp as Vancouver, it is obvious why we fear the famous five letter fabric;  S U E D E. I find it funny that most are afraid of the maintenance that comes along with a new pair, but to the contrary, suede has come a long way since its earlier […]

A Boot Breakdown

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Here in Vancouver we had gotten so used to the sunny, rain free summer days that when all that rain poked its head back into our lives we panicked a little and went running with open arms to our closets in search of our favourite boots. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones who […]

Back-To-School Special

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Continuing on with our Back-To-School Bliss, we’ve pulled a few top picks in Fall Footwear. Starting up the school year all over again can take a bit of time management. With early morning alarm clocks and after-class commitments, it’s hard to spend more than 30 seconds deciding what to wear; I usually go for the […]

Canvasing

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It’s totally time to do the deed- Back to School Bliss has begun! There’s only a few short weeks left until school resumes and it seems to be the perfect time to shop for a new companion. We all know the importance of a great bag, especially when it comes to lugging around a stack […]

Your Favourite Family

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They’re finally here! All the way from Germany, the Aunts and Uncles are back for a visit, and we’re SO excited to see them School is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than bringing in this fabulous family of leather goods to get us geared up for Fall.  From Grandma’s Luxury […]

‘Hipster’-crite

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Hipster this, hipster that, hipster glasses, hipster socks, hipster kicks and hipster hair; Hipster Everything. Some take offence while some strive for the title, but in my opinion, a look that started off as a fad has nearly evolved into a way of life.  Maybe we’ve been tossing this term around a little too loosely, […]

D.I.Y Decor

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Got a great pair of old shoes you just can’t seem to part with? We know the feeling; its hard to say goodbye to a sole full of memories. So why not try something new? Our little friends at Rowan Sky are still going strong, and for a girl with not tinge of green to […]

Espa-Drill Ya

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With the comfort of canvas, a classic rope sole, and a wide range of styles to choose from, Espadrilles are a summer staple in the shoe department. But did you know that your sweet little slip-ons have a story of their own that dates back long before the days of fashion and style? Last month, […]

Oh Canada, We Love You

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  Raise a Glass, As This Weekend We Cheers To the Greatest Nation on Earth! The birthplace of Maple Syrup, Snow Shoes, Poutine, Back Bacon, Terry Fox, Boston Pizza, Ice Hockey, Ketchup Chips, Toques, The Tragically Hip, The Majestic Loon, Roll-Up-The-Rim, Common Courtesy, Great Beer, Canadian Tire, Paul Anka,  Smarties, Eh Eh Eh Eh Eh, Territories, Birch Trees, Girl Guide Cookies, Totem Poles, Niagara Falls, Beaver Pelts , The Hudson Bay Company, Toonies, Loonies, and the late […]

Jet Set Summer

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It’s finally our favourite time of the year; school’s out, maps are marked and flights are booked! All there is left to do is to pack your bags and take off to summer destinations far and wide. Whether you’re off exploring Europe, road tripping with friends, or simply taking the scenic route up to the […]

Isn’t It Ironic…

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Although none of the lyrics of this classic Alanis Morisette song accurately define the term irony, today’s forecast sure does. While our calendar clearly states that today is the ‘First Day Of Summer’, an overcast of grey is really dulling my mood. I pictured poolside sangrias, sun kissed shoulders, wrinkled foreheads from blinding rays;  and what do we get? […]

Peach Perfect

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Looking for the perfect summer sandal? Something with lightweight comfort, a pop of colour, and a little lift..all in one?  Our matchmaking skills have something in mind. The Ash Divina is a gorgeous take on a heeled sandal. This sexy shoe has a 13cm heel, balanced out by a 4cm platform, making for a comfortable […]

Fatherly Finds

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“Father knows best”. That old familiar phrase seems to creep up on us every now and again. We’ve got to hand it to Dad for his always reliable words of wisdom ..This time of year in particular, it’s tough to squeeze all of our thanks into one special Sunday afternoon (June 16th ps!) . But […]

The Savvy Cyclist

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Biking in Vancouver is one thing; looking good while doing it is a whole other story… One thing we can all agree on, is that it doesn’t take much to smarten up your style for all of the sunny days spent on the seawall. Here’s a few of our top picks this season – see […]

The Gents List

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The rays are back and Spring is definitely starting out with a burst of sunshine! At Rowan Sky, we’ve been stocking up on the latest items to keep you  on top of the trend spectrum this season. Start of with a pair of statement shades; Illesteeva Sunglasses are Handcrafted in France, and have a top-notch tinted lens. […]

Spring Hit List

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“April Showers bring May Flowers”.. but there’s definitely a few disadvantages to the drizzly weather we tend to encounter with the change of season. Luckily we’re well prepared to conquer the rain and keep you looking great! It makes sense to start with a decent umbrella; Blunt Umbrellas come in a range of fun, bright colours, different […]

Cheers to Green Beers!

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There are only so many days of the year that drinking starts at the crack of dawn; St. Patrick’s Day has to be my favourite. The streets always glowing with Green and Gold, beer served with breakfast, and festive shenanigans taking place downtown are always a hit. But does anyone REALLY know who this Saint Patrick […]

Spring Ahead

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Hopefully everyone remembered to set their clocks ahead this morning!  Although I’m sure some of you could have used the extra hour of sleep (myself included), it doesn’t mean I’m any less excited to welcome in the new season. Only a few more days until Spring has officially arrived, and so has a whole new […]

Pumped-Up Kicks

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No, we’re not talking about the most overplayed. mainstream track of 2012.. We’re talking Sneaker Wedges! It’s no surprise that the new twist on an old classic is stealing the spotlight this spring. These super- cute kicks make for a killer combination of comfort and class. From velcro, to laces, basics to bright colours; sneaker wedges […]

Got a Blunt?

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Living in Vancouver, most of us think twice before leaving the house without being well equipped. The weather can take a drastic turn of events at any given time, and getting caught in the 10 minute mini-hurricane can but a damper on your whole day. But you don’t have to be a Vancouverite understand the […]

Love Is In The Air..

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Cupid’s Arrow has found it’s way to Gastown, bringing you the very best in Valentines Day bliss! In spirit of the season, Biko Jewelry has created a line of Love-Day inspired pieces, only available in-stores at Rowan Sky! An array of Hearts, Paper Planes and the cutest little Lightning Bolts will be featured from now […]

Sneak Into Style

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Freshen up, tone it down, or kick your New Years resolution into high gear.  Sneakers are totally trending right now! Whether your looking for something comfortable, classic, stylish or even a little lift, the sneaker fits into any wardrobe and it’s definitely here to stay. We’re already counting down the days until spring, and all […]

Shoe Years Eve

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Theres only one way to ring in the new year ;  in a sexy pair of shoes; so what are you waiting for? Slip in to any of these sleek suggestions to add the perfect touch of glitz and glamour! 1. Candela Camilla in Black  2. Candela Gala Boot  3.Matt Bernson Jagger   4. Bloch […]

Get High (Heeled!)

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The high-heeled shoe is one piece of footwear that has one of the longest histories that spans many cultures. Since the shoe has such a varied history it’s easy to see why the shoe is some what mysterious in its origins in spite of its prevalence. Add to that the modern political viewpoints that the […]

What She Really Wants..

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Still shopping for the ladies on your list? Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered. From sleek heels to sparkly jewellery, our gift ideas are sure to leave her smiling!

Rowan Sky Wish List

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 ” The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Is Singing Loud for All To Hear!!!!!”   Ok, so maybe we can spare the Christmas Carols, and just indulge in our favourite festive movies for now. But the truth of the matter is Christmas is quickly approaching. As the little ones would day, ‘only 15 more sleeps’ […]

Fly like an Aigle

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Isn’t it odd that in a city as rainy as Vancouver it’s so hard to find a decent rain boot? Now, even though we here at RowanSky have you covered for that, not even 200 years ago you wouldn’t even be able to find a rubber boot. Talk about getting cold feet. The rubber boot (like […]

Kaffee & Clutch

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 A GERMAN TEA PARTY @ RS / Kaffee & Clutch On Saturday December 8th, we would love for you to drop by Rowan Sky for a classic German tea party. Tea and treats will be served. Kaffee Clutch commences @ 3pm until it’s over. Homemade, so not to be confused with those store bought goodies […]

All for One, and One for Mo’!

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  We’re nearing the end of the ever-so-popular month of November, or should I say ‘MOvember’. We’ve all come to love the spirit of the season; whether young or old, man or woman, we can all agree that rocking a well trimmed Moustache (real or not) is a fun, and rather entertaining way to generate […]

A&U Holidays Shop-in-Shop Event

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Just in time for the holidays, we’re happy to bring back the ever-popular Aunts&Uncles shop-in-shop. Holiday is a time well spent with family and loved ones and what better way to do so with a great line of family friendly leather goods from Aunts&Uncles. Join us from November 22nd to December 24th and view all Aunts&Uncles […]

The Big Decision feat. Rowan Sky

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For those of you who had a chance to tune in on the latest episode of CBC’s ‘The Big Decision’, you surely spotted a familiar face!  Rowan Sky was invited to guest star on the show this week as an expert to the Fashion Industry, in hopes to point a B.C based footwear company in […]

Luke, I am your cobbler…

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What is a Chelsea boot? Put simply they are a slip on boot that has elastic siding. However, as simple as they are the Chelsea boot is one of the most iconic boots of all time and are worn now for fashion as well as for work. Chelsea boots are another example of how so […]

Pretty On Point

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We are incredibly excited to introduce to you,  the latest addition to the Rowan Sky Family – Bloch London. Bloch began as a collection of handcrafted flats and point shoes. It was 1930 when Jacob Bloch first relocated to Sydney, Australia in hopes to pave a road to a brighter future for his family. Struggles of […]

Oxford PhD

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Last but not least, following my posts on derby shoes and brogues, is the oxford shoe. It’s the third in what I consider the “Big Three” in terms of mens shoe terminology. Of course you can find women’s shoes now made in oxford and derby styles, with and without broguing, but to keep things simple […]