Richard Kidd

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 January, 2007, 12:00am

Where? You'll find Richard Kidd in a glass-encased space that was once a carpark between two heritage buildings in the edgy district of Gastown, Vancouver.

Who? The visionary behind the store is Canadian Raif Adelberg, who is also creative director of his own brand. He runs the boutique with partner Caterina Scrivano.

Fashion finds: edgy men's and women's wear that caters to fashionistas with plenty of cash to spare. Hip streetwear makes an appearance in the form of funky Ts and vintage and exclusive trainers, while accessories include designer shoes from Prada, jewellery and vintage Rolexes. Brands range from up-and-coming labels such as Number (N)ine, Libertine and Undercover to big guns Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Adelberg's favourite, Vivienne Westwood.

The main draw, however, is Adelberg's cool, punk-inspired label for men and children: hand-knitted sweaters made from Loro Piana cashmere and military-inspired shirts that cost from C$200 (HK$1,335) to the thousands. Brad Pitt is reportedly a fan.

The vibe: covering 6,000 sq ft over two levels, the boutique is surrounded by glass with floor-to-ceiling windows offering killer views of the city and Pacific Ocean. Inside, the store is minimalist and lit with spotlights. Walls feature graffiti murals.

The crowd: urbanites, brand-loving Japanese tourists and rich kids (pardon the pun) looking for streetwear.

Extras: call 24 hours in advance to arrange private shopping. The second floor offers cutting-edge magazines including Adelberg's own rag, MADE, which showcases underground designers and artists.

Richard Kidd is at 65 Water Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, tel: 1 604 677 1880.