Nail Art and Ladies’s Streetwear at Queen’s Boutique

Written by  Administrator , on Monday, 01 August 2011 13:00

A month after their grand opening at the end of June, Queen’s Boutique has been busy creating re-constructed tank tops, re-stocking their in-house jewelry and t-shirt label, and designing some of the coolest custom nail art in Vancouver.


Rose Raflores is the lady behind this new women’s street wear store: “I wanted something equivalent to a barbershop, but just for women. It’s all about music, art, and fashion. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” Rose is also the designer behind the Queen’s label, a collection of graphic t-shirts made in collaboration with Gastown’s Welcome to East Van, and a selection of tank tops re-built with vintage t-shirts. To go along with it all, Rose has also designed some seriously chunky statement jewelry, which are complimented by LA-based jewelry line Melanie Ehsani and Cubannie Links from New York.

The boutique is set up to feel like a place you can come to hang out, where you can shop, talk, and listen to music while you get your nails re-invented by technicians Stephanie and Michelle. Their counter is stocked with a spectrum of colors, as well as design inspirations, rhinestones, jewels and stripes for decoration. You can simply stop by for a one-tone polish, or let their creativity run wild, and get each digit dressed with a unique pattern.

Nail art is a rapidly growing trend in urban centres like Atlanta and London, and it’s not about long hand soaks or understated French tips. Rather, nails have become of means of self-expression, with artful 3D designs that are anything but shy. And just like most elements of style, it does not escape the trends: right now it’s about eye-catching geometrical designs, with high-impact neon corals, yellows, and pinks. Bring in your own ideas, relax, and get dressed.



12 E Cordova

(604) 558 1234

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WORDS + PHOTOS VIA KATE BROWN (photo 1 via store website)


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