Urban Outfitters opening on Granville Street


Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

Unless it’s some kind of early April Fools’ Day prank cookie cutter hipsters throughout the lower mainland will be rejoicing at the sudden arrival of an Urban Outfitters [wp] store on Granville Street. Granted it’s not open yet, but now we no longer have to drive down to Seattle to get our fix of ironic pop culture t-shirts (all made to look like they’ve survived several trips through the wash machine already) and cool retro home decor.

Personally I’ve never been able to decide whether or not I hate Urban Outfitters or love it. Some times I go in there and find something so blissfully perfect and other times I just stand around getting angry at the commodification of hip.

13 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Granville Island (per flickr title) or Granville Street? Although not a fan of 80% of the merch and the “getting lucky in kentucky” shirts, I have acquired a few choice items from their Harvard Square location.

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    Street. I’ve corrected it in the title.

  3. Ariane (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    I don’t think my conscience would allow me to go in there when there are such well documented cases of them stealing indie designers design proposals and not compensating them for it. just google “urban outfitters steals design” and start reading… it’s appalling.

  4. nik cee (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    be careful what you wish for…
    they have ripped off a LARGE number of smaller independent designers in the past few years including a number of a local designs from bob kronbauer (aka crownfarmer) – designs that are no secret as he used to work with one of the largest skateboard companies in the world.

    his (and several of the other victims) work is quite famous in the independent streetwear industry, but not in the ‘burbs.

    and before you yell ‘well he should sue…!’ they are smart enough to know that as long as the design is not an EXACT copy it cannot be prosecuted.

  5. BOON (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 9:57 am

    “Some times I go in there and find something so blissfully perfect and other times I just stand around getting angry at the commodification of hip.”

    Isnt that the essense of thyself being hip but not wanting others to be it too?

    I mean, I feel the same way as the quote but if they werent commidifying hip, then we wouldnt have found that blissfully perfect item then, would we?

    Its all or nothing, no? And it had to happen sometime….

  6. amanda (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    oh, how i despise urban outfitters. when i was in toronto my boyfriends friends spent close to two hours in there shopping while i sat in a chair reading a book because i couldn’t stand all the “cookie cutter hipsters” either.

  7. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    “Isnt that the essense of thyself being hip but not wanting others to be it too?”

    Yes and no. See I don’t care if people like the same band I do. In fact I’d like more people to like them, because that helps out the band. I also couldn’t see myself buying a t-shirt from the store, because I get most of mine from events like concerts, conferences and other things that start with the letter “c”.

    Still at times I do like some of the stuff that’s there, like a few years ago I really liked the wall frames they had for mounting LP or CD covers on the wall. It’s just depressing that everyone in Vancouver is going to be wearing shirts that say things like “I drank beer in Minnesota” or whatever.

  8. Exto (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    Urban Outfitters is, and has always been, the Frat Supply Store. No where near hipster — the second something hits UO, it’s dead. Just like when a hollywood actor wears something that they try to demonstrate as ‘hip’. Dead. That. Instant.

  9. ddrucker (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    It used to be when I had nothing to do and had some time to kill in Harvard Square I’d walk through Urban Outfitters. Funny, but I rarely ended getting anything. The best part was the little table where they kept the ‘gag’ gifts and funny books. Hope they’ll include one of those in this one.

  10. M (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    Does anyone know the exact open date?

  11. jake (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    Wow, Vancouver really is behind. Why get a store now?

  12. Rebecca (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    Using that logic, why get an Apple store then? :-P

  13. Matt (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    I think its opening Feb 27th.
    Although everyone will be wearing the same thing, the store has more variety than god-awful American Eagle and the likes.
    Good for Vancouver. And yay for H&M soon.

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