Erin Templeton

Fashion & Accessories in Gastown & Chinatown

Known for recycling leather into hip, super-supple bags, belts, hats and purses, this eponymous store has a cult following. Erin herself is often on hand and happy to chat about her creations (she trained in shoemaking at a London college). They're the kind of must-have, one-of-a-kind items that are hard to resist, no matter how many bags you already have back home.

The idea here is to marry form and functionality; locals rave about how long their purses last, and if anything does break, it's often fixed for free by Erin herself. Check the website for the full range and all her most recent designs. Near the front of the store, there are also some racks of carefully curated vintage clothes to check out.