and you'll see how an investment made in the 1970s could be paying off todayand if that realization doesn't send you scurrying off across the Burrard Street bridge to the Fluevog stores downtown, then maybe you'll be inspired by this visionary platform from the early years.Besides a collection of shoes ranging from the beautiful to the bold to the absolute beyond, the show illuminates that period of Vancouver's history in the 1960s as it pivoted from the provincial to the cosmopolitan . . . or at least tried to. Peter Fox's British connection helped bring the whole Carnaby Street influence to a city that had not previously been known for its sartorial exuberance. And Fox, Fluevog, and later, Rice, were also instrumental in the revitalization of Gastown -- and that whole movement to small, funky retail establishments of a kind we hadn't seen before.
And check out the letters Fox and Fluevog sent home, respectively, from their various buying trips -- ah, the days of snail mail! Pages and pages recalling anecdotes, expressing frustrations, brimming with excitement over new products, and decorated overall with brilliant little sketches of potential new designs.
So go, have a fun weekend in the sun, and get a little air-conditioned shoe history when you need some cool (both kinds!). And all my non-Vancouver readers, when you get back from booking your flights to our great city (or ordering yourself a consolatory pair of Fluevogs!), let me know how you play tourist in your own town. Or does it take a visiting guest to get you out there?