Serious Clothing for Lighthearted People
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I discovered Lark a few years ago, during an online sleuthing rampage (I was in search of the perfect French striped sailor shirt), and I've been eyeing the shop ever since. The Vancouver-based Lark features a gallery-like entryway equipped with a grand piano; clothing and accessories from lines like Paraboot , the legacy-based French shoe company; Vancouver jewelry designer Pyrrha ; and Issey Miyake alum Yoshi Kondo are casually displayed throughout the loft-like interior. Lark focuses exclusively on lines with both a history and a purpose; clothing maintenance and the idea of garment longevity is also of utmost importance (they once hosted a Barbour jacket waxing workshop, and they've got numerous how-to guides on their blog). The fact that the store describes their mission as sourcing "serious clothing for lighthearted people" makes fashion seem less frivolous. To see more, go to Lark . Photography from Lark on Flickr . Above: Jackets, dresses, and cleaning supplies from The Laundress are on view in the entryway. Above: Shoes by Zeha-Berlin ; a brand resurrected by former East Germans Alexander Barré and Torsten Heine after the fall of the Berlin wall. Above: A black grand piano and a few house plants add a residential feel to the interior. Above: Ties by Harvard-film-grad-turned-accessory-designer Alexander Olch . Above: Slip-on shoes hide beneath wooden stools in the minimal dressing rooms. Above: The piano is available to anyone wishing to play a few tunes.