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We chatted with owner Jacqueline about the long history of the business, her personal style, and what boots she recommends customers to handle wet West Coast weather.
Tell us a little bit about your store
Unofficially, we’re the oldest shoe store in Canada! Lord’s was started in Edmonton in 1930 by my grandfather. He passed away unexpectedly, and my French-Canadian grandmother decided to keep the business going. My mother took over from her, and 12 years ago I brought the business to South Granville in Vancouver. Our store also carries raincoats, hats, jewelry, gloves – we’re like a one-stop-shop for women!
What makes shopping at Lord's different and unique?
We bring in products that you won’t find anywhere else. A lot of our shoes are special styles that are unique to us – we make them in collaboration with our suppliers.
We’re also a fitting store. We’ve had the same staff for the past 12 years, and they specialize in helping our customers find shoes that fit comfortably. Our customers are like our friends – a lot of them end up in our photoshoots every season!
Why have you chosen Cougar Shoes as one of your featured brands?
The nice thing about Cougar is that it’s a Canadian brand. Our customers find them comfortable, reliable, and waterproof, which is a necessity here in Vancouver. They’re an easy sell!
You have $500 to spend on your wardrobe. What do you buy?
I want a pink Apple Watch. I’m a women who runs a business with young kids and I don’t carry a purse, so this would just streamline everything. Also, unlike a purse it’s attached to your body, so you can’t lose it!
You have a time machine. What time and place do you travel to just for the clothes?
I love period movies, so I’d go back to the Tudor era. Even though the clothes look really uncomfortable with all the layers, bustles and corsets, I love the attention to detail that those outfits had. People put a lot of pride into how they dressed, which is something that’s rare today. It makes me romanticize the days of old.
What’s your earliest memory of caring about how you dressed?
I remember being in grade 1 and trying to go to school in my pajamas. It was a nightie with dolls on it, and I really wanted to show my friends. My Mom refused to let me wear them to school, so one day I snuck them on under my coat. I really wanted to show people this nightie, so it was war with my Mom. And I won!
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
I’m a big Diane von Furstenburg fan for her use of colour and bold patterns! I like that she doesn’t slap her name all over everything too. You can recognize her style without needing to see a label.
Vancouverites, check out Lord's Shoes & Apparel website for an amazing wet weather shoe selection.
Photos courtesy of Meghan Fenton Photography.