When deciding where to shop, there are several factors that influence our decision – do they have a warm & welcoming environment, do they allow us the comfort of our preferred shopping style (left on our own to explore OR directed by the knowledgeable sales staff), do they support local brands, are they on top of the current trends and offer unique pieces, and does their business model involve giving back to the community? Fine Finds Boutique checks all those boxes and more – we look forward to every visit with them and leave not only with full shopping bags, but full hearts as well! We wanted to invite you into their boutique and shed some light on why we believe they should be a shopping destination for you this holiday season. Below is our interview with the owner, Durriya (on the left in the photograph above) and Store Manager, Alice (on the right) – stop by the store and say hi!
FASHION & GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
- Where did you find inspiration from when buying for the holidays?
First of all, we LOVE the buying process. It is so much fun to sit down and plan out what story Fine Finds Boutique is going to tell each season. This year we were working on our Christmas buying over a 2 day period in August, with sunny weather in the high twenties. We made some cozy tea, and put on some Christmas tunes to help get into the holiday mindset!
A lot of our inspiration comes from our customers. We spend a lot of time talking to our clients and finding out exactly what they are looking for. When we are buying we are often doing so while reflecting on actual customers.
- Tell us about some amazing holiday fashion pieces available in store right now.
We have so many amazing pieces right now, there is sure to be something for everyone! We have everything from cozy comfortable to holiday glam!
This year we really experimented with jackets & coats. We found some really amazing pieces from our ever expanding collection of brands. There is a range from bombers, coats, & blazers, to coatigan, boleros, & ponchos. Plus everything inbetween! We have leopard print, faux fur, suede, and satin. And it goes on!
- What are some of the holiday trends we can find in store this season?
Metallics are the ultimate neutral this holiday season. Go gold and silver at this year’s Christmas party! Pop on a statement lipstick and you’re ready to jingle bell rock. Anything silk is also a guaranteed hit. Look for silks with statement sleeves or with a wide legged pant. This is really the season to try something bold!
- What do you say to the women who find shopping for the holidays stressful or overwhelming?
We say “come to Fine Finds!”.
We love helping our customers find the perfect look or the perfect gift. If need be, we are happy to do the shopping for our clients! We love to make suggestions in any area of the store. Whether our customer need help finding the perfect gift of the perfect holiday party look, we can make that happen.
- What is your favourite holiday gift this year?
We found so many amazing gifts this year. Our customers just adore our Blue Q collection in particular. The collection has a huge array of humorously offensive socks, tea towels, and gums. This brand literally has something for everyone!
We also have a wonderful selection of hostess gifts. There are adorable jingle bell bottle stoppers and LED wine bottles/ string lights. We supply a lot of gifts for Secret Santa office parties as well. For this reason, we have lots of gifts under $25.00 There truly is something for everyone, for every budget.
- What are some of the local brands you carry in store?
We have so many local brands here, it’s impossible to pick just a few! Here is a quick breakdown of the various sections of our shop!
Almost all of our jewellry is locally designed or handmade. Right now, we have 15 local jewellry designers in our store many of which have been with us for years and years. We do regular pop-up events where our customer can meet these designers, and shop their one-of-a-kind pieces.
Our stationery and artwork are also all local. With us you can find wonderful artwork for your home, or a sassy card for a friend. We often hear people giggling away in our lovely card section.
Most of our bath, body and candles are canadian made and au naturel. Some of our “always in stock” brands include Vancouver Candle Company, Happy Spritz, and Buck Naked Soap Company. This section of our store is guaranteed to have something for everyone!
We work hard to find as many Canadian fashion brands as possible, including local designers, NLA Designs and Happy Yellow Dress. We also have many Canadian lines like Matt & Nat, Soia & Kyo, John & Jenn, I Heart Tyler Madison and Backdrop Fashion (just to name a few!). Keeping it Canadian is a big part of our mission here at Fine Finds Boutique.
LET’S TALK SHOP
- What is your favourite part about being located in Yaletown?
Yaletown is not only a fun and lively neighborhood, but also a loving community. When you work in Yaletown you really get to know your neighbors. This is true not only of our customers, but also other businesses in the area.
Being in Yaletown, we have formed relationships with the most amazing and talented women. We would describe our customer as intelligent, and fashion keen. The women we work with and next to are our favourite part of being located in Yaletown. It’s so amazing being here and getting to know all the different people this neighborhood attracts
- How do you want your guest to feel when they walk into you store?
We want them to feel at home. This is a great place to unwind and simply enjoy yourself (perhaps this is why we have so many break/lunch time shoppers!).
Our customers feel like they leave their stresses behind when they walk into Fine Finds Boutique. They can indulge in all things beautiful and just enjoy the warm atmosphere all while finding something special. High level customer service borders on friendship can be found with us.
- Do you believe in the power of women empowering women? If so, how have you seen it make a positive impact in your life or lives of other around you
Of course! We are here because of the awesome women in our lives/business that empower us. The support we receive and the support that we are able to give has helped us get to where we are now.
We like to work with organizations that help women. For example we are a part of the YES! Vancouver Perks Program. For those of you that don’t know about YES!Vancouver, it is a networking organization that gives all proceeds back to Dress for Success, which helps empower women back into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs. If you have a YES! Vancouver membership, you can shop with us at 20% off!
The power of women empowering women is also one of the main reasons we became involved with I Like her Style Vancouver. We feel that ILHSV has created such an amazing space to connect women with other women. It has been wonderful becoming a part of this community, and we are excited to grow together!
- You are involved with so much local talent. You carry their product and host events. What are some of your most memorable moments from this last year in business.
You’re right! We have formed relationships with so many amazing local people. It is such a treat to work alongside so many brilliantly creative people. Right now we have nearly 20 different local people/businesses selling their creations at Fine Finds Boutique. We have managed to become a destination for all things local in Yaletown, and we could not be more proud.
This last year has been amazing! We have hosted some really fantastic events. We have hosted designer trunk shows, fashion releases, and even networking/ shopping events. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful space and quite enjoy sharing it. One of our most memorable events was when we hosted a YES! Vancouver networking event. We met and connected with so many amazing women.
So what are you waiting for?!?! Head to Historic Yaletown for the perfect day of Holiday Shopping at Fine Finds Boutique followed by a much deserved dinner at one of the many local restaurants!
Fine Finds Boutique
1014 Mainland Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2T4