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.
CONTACT QUEEN'S BOUTIQUE
12 E Cordova
(604) 558 1234
WORDS + PHOTOS VIA KATE BROWN (photo 1 via store website)