Our current installation greets customers as they enter Secret Location.

 

    

 

Always interesting and adventurous,
learn more about where you stand. 

 

1862

Three “greenhorn Englishmen” were mocked for purchasing 550 acres of densely forested and swampy land in the middle of nowhere, far west of New Westminster, the main town at the time. Development would take time and begin in an area known as Granville, later known as Gastown.

 

1884

The original development of Gastown was surrounded by thick forest and water. The tide of Burrard Inlet crept twice daily up to the aptly named Water Street, and most buildings were built half on land, half on piles. Originally built in 1875, one of the first buildings in Gastown was the Sunnyside Hotel. The hotel had a trap door that lowered goods into boats.

 

1886

Unfortunately, all but two of 400 buildings perished in the Great Fire of 1886, two months after the birth of the City of Vancouver. The Sunnyside Hotel was quickly rebuilt then prospered for years. Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in 1887 and over two decades changed this area profoundly. Gastown became the centre for wholesale distribution and the core of Vancouver moved to the area around Georgia and Granville Street.

 

 

1888

The Sunnyside Hotel became “The” upscale destination in a rough and tumble area that hosted a wonderful list of famous names including his Excellency the Governor Marquis of Lorne and Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise.

 

1907

After a long and storied run, Sunnyside Hotel was knocked down and rebuilt as Hotel Alexandra in 1907. However, by this time the hub of our young city had already moved, leaving the Alexandra to early demise.

 

1912

The Swift Canadian Packing House and Office Building was built and stands to this day. The building you stand in showcases Edwardian Commercial architecture featuring irregular form, octagonal columns, parallelogram massing, stepped parapets and decorative precast concrete sills. Unfortunately The Great Depression of the 1930’s pushed all of Gastown into decline and disrepair. The area flourished with cheap beer parlours, flophouse hotels, and loggers’ hiring halls.

 

1960s

After learning of a scheduled demolishing of Gastown for a major freeway, concerned citizens rallied and convinced provincial and federal governments to declare Gastown a historical site, protecting its buildings to this day, and into the future. Over the years this space has housed numerous businesses including The Purple Onion night club and Koolhaus Design wearhouse. Always a destination, always exciting.

 

2012

Secret Location opens in a bustling Gastown now voted one of the most stylish neighbourhoods in the world (by Vogue Paris). The first concept store in Canada, we are a perspective on luxury that embraces diverse styles, supports quality craftsmanship and responsible production, presented in a friendly high-service manner. Welcome!

 

 


Images sources:

 Bailey Bros. photo, Vancouver Public Library 13240

 http://www.gastownproject.com/the-birth-of-a-city-from-humble-beginnings-as-a-two-block-strip-on-the-gastown-waterfront/

 Author unknown, Vancouver Public Library 802

 City of Vancouver Archives, AM1562-: 75-54, creator Major James Skitt Matthews.

 City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4-: Bu P371, creator Major James Skitt Matthews.

 Philip Timms photo, Vancouver Public Library 7216

 Dominion Photo Co., Vancouver Public Library 26331

 City of Vancouver Archives, COV-S511---: CVA 780-770, creator Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department.

 Secret Location

 

Content sources:

Thank you Gastown BIA, Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver Archives, The Vancouver Sun Gastown Project, Angel Vancouver, and Canada’s Historic Places

 


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WOMENS CLOTHING

Standard XXS XS S M L XL
US P P S M L XL
US 0 0 2-4 4-6 8 10
Unisex 0 1 2 3 4
France 32 34 36 38 40 42
Italy 36 38 40 42 44 46
UK 4 6 8 10 12 14
China (top) 155/76A 160/80A 165/84A 170/88A 175/92A 175/96A
China (bottom) 155/64A 160/66A 165/68A 170/70A 175/72A 175/74A
Japan 3 5 7 9 11 13
Australia 6 8 10 12 14 16
Germany 30 32 34 36 38 40
Denmark 30 32 34 36 38 40

 

WOMENS JEANS

Standard XXS XXS XS S M L XL
Inches 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
China (jeans) 24/155/62A 25/160/64A 26/165/66A 27/170/68A 28/175/70A 29/180/72A 30/185/74A

 

WOMENS SHOE

Italy 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42
US 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12
UK 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9
Japan 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5
China 225 228 230 233 235 238 240 243 245 248 250 253 255 258 260

 

WOMENS RING

Standard XS XS S S M M
Europe 11 11 12 12 13 13
US 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5

 

WOMENS HAT

Standard S S M M L L
US 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8
UK 6 5/8 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4
Europe 54 55 56 57 58 59

 

WOMENS BELT

Standard XXS XS S M L XL
US 0 0 2-4 4-6 8 10
UK 4 6 8 10 12 14
Italy 36 38 40 42 44 46
Europe 65 70 75 80 85 90

 

WOMENS GLOVE

Standard XXS XS S M L
Inches 6 6.5 7 7.5 8

 

MENS CLOTHING

Standard XXS XS S M L XL
Unisex 0 1 2 3 4 5
UK/US (Chest) 32 34 36 38 40 42
UK/US (Waist) 26 28 30 32 34 36
Italy 42 44 46 48 50 52
Japan 0 1 2 3 4 5
China 165/84A 170/88A 175/92A 180/96A 185/100A 190/104A

 

MENS TROUSER

Standard XS XS S S M M L L XL XL
Inches 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
Italy 44 44 46 46 48 48 50 50 52 52
Japan 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4

 

MENS SHOE

US 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13
UK 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12
Europe 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46
Japan 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5

 

MENS SHIRTING

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UK/US (Collar) 14 14.5 15 15.5 15.75 16 16.5 17 17.5
Europe (Collar) 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
Italy 44 44 46 46 46 48 48 50 50

 

MENS HAT

Standard S S M M L L XL
US 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8
UK 6 5/8 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4
Europe 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

 

MENS BELT

Inches 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
Europe 85 85 90 90 95 95 100 100 105 105

 

MENS GLOVE

Standard S S M M L L XL
Inches 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5

 

UNISEX

0 1 2 3 4 5
XS S M L XL XXL
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FRENCH MEN 40 42 44 46 48 50
UK MEN 34 36 38 40 42 44
ITALIAN MEN 44 46 48 50 52 54
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SPANISH MEN 44 46 48 50 52 54
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FRENCH WOMEN 32 34 36 38 40 42
UK WOMEN 4 6 8 10 12 14
ITALIAN WOMEN 36 38 40 42 44 46
GERMAN WOMEN 30 32 34 36 38 40
SPANISH WOMEN 32 34 36 38 40 42
JAPAN WOMEN 5 7 9 11 13 15
WAIST PANTS 23-25 26-28 29-31 32-34
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