I have discovered my new favorite (west coast) store. Oak+Fort, located in the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver, B.C., emanates the minimalistic appeal of Alexander Wang combined with the exquisite detail of Rodarte and the modernity of Jil Sander.
My favorite piece was an eggshell crepe button-down blouse with black leather peter pan collar and black leather cuffs as well as a post-modern utility/trench/raincoat to die for -aaaand the fact that Biggie Smalls is referenced on their home page.
My only gripe with the retailer is their online boutique does not even scratch the surface of showcasing the extent of beautiful pieces available in store. I am not sure why the website is not maintained, but I do know that having an inadequate online inventory means bad business. (not to mention the store hours are not posted online and no phone number is listed)...trying my best not to crack a lazy west coast joke, but they're making it unbearably hard.
My Veridct: The website totally sucks but the store is absolutely amazing.