Products and Services

  • Women's Clothing Store,
  • #shoplocalonline,

Brands Carried

  • Designer Clothing Brands,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
354 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Meet the owner

Gastown's One of a Few came about its perfectly fitting name serendipitously. In 2005 owner Michelle Rizzardo was on her first buying trip in LA for her nascent, nameless boutique and needed a name to put on her purchase orders. When someone suggested “One of a Few” so she could make her orders the name resonated and stuck.

The store itself came about a bit serendipitously as well. Michelle had worked in retail since she was 15 but she never thought of it as a “real” career. After her undergrad degree she took BCIT's entrepreneurship program as prep for her MBA.

“At BCIT I started managing a store and repping brands. I was doing the due diligence for managing my own store without realizing that that was what I wanted to do. Even my business plan for the program was all about owning a shop. People kept pushing me to start a shop and I kept saying 'No, no, this isn't a career,'” explains Michelle. Her friends all knew what she should be doing before she did and thankfully she listened to them, as a decade later One of a Few is a Gastown fixture.

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If you want a dress that looks great while impressing the socks off even the snootiest of fashionistas, head to One of a Few, a beloved Gastown shop that specializes in fashion-forward pieces made ethically, where possible. Don’t be fooled by this boutique’s teeny-tiny outside appearance; they’ve got an extensive collection of brands you can’t find nearly anywhere else including Jesse Kamm, Me and Arrow, Wood Wood, Objects Without Meaning, and Won Hundred, among others.

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Located in a gorgeous white space in Gastown, this is one quirky and stylish boutique. They have simple, but elegant separates from little known European designers and interesting accessories I saw my first Building Block bag here and they stock plenty of structured leather bags with interesting details such as a wood ball or tassels.

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Established in 2005, One of a Few curates beautiful and thoughtful clothing, footwear, bags and objects from creative designers around the world. Supporting both well-known and emerging labels, they seek products with value, artistry and beauty. This Gastown shop appeals to those with distinctive and sophisticated tastes.

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