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On Vancouver Style

Author Sara Lieberman Photography Jennilee Marigomen

styleVancouver-born stylist Leila Bani has a dream job, dressing the likes of singer Florence Welch and model Coco Rocha. Still, the 33-year-old knows the gig comes with risks. “It’s a dangerous job hazard being in contact with beautiful clothes!” she says. Here, Bani talks about dressing for comfort (and rain)—and spills on Beyoncé-approved local boutiques. 

How do Vancouverites dress?

Generally, relaxed and unpretentious. We’ve all heard the jokes about yoga pants, but we kill it in the clean West Coast lifestyle department with brands like Herschel, Aritzia, Wings + Horns, Native Shoes and Lululemon. 

Where do you shop?

Being a stylist is like being on a constant scavenger hunt. The vanguard of luxury is along the South Granville strip, where boutiques like Boboli and  Bacci’s offer curated pieces to those with individualistic tastes. Kitsilano is home to Gravity Pope—crack for shoe addicts. And we can’t forget one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods, Gastown! It has a lot of charm with its cobblestone streets and lovely shops like One of a Few and Leone. Beyoncé shopped there. Need I say more?

How do you describe your style?

Moody and lazy. Or, in fashion-speak, irreverent and effortless. Fashion is my favorite form of expression, and I dress according to whatever I’m feeling that day.

So, how about today’s look?

The swing dress and jacket are Dries Van Noten, and the flatform loafers are Céline. The square bag is Building Block—I can’t get enough of their bags at the moment. I’m also wearing my Open House Projects YES ring and leather choker, which never come off.

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