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.