A wild west coast fashion house that creates beautiful, quirky silk-screened clothing, home wares and accessories.
Known for silk-screened T-shirts and pillows, Victoria-based Smoking Lily now extends its winsome designs to velvet bike bags, stretch-denim skirts and Mao-look jackets. Where else can you find silk-chiffon scarves sporting helicopters or vinyl bags with a cute, dead-bunny cutout or Pierre Trudeau's mug on a pair of knickers? The Lady Sparrow tunic ($94) is a mid-thigh-length Japanese cotton... more
An old, local staple on Main Street, this is one of my favorite places to browse through when I can take a whole day to myself or with a girlfriend to peruse all the Main Street delights.
Everything in here is pretty and feminine, yet so functional and versatile. It is a little pricier, but it's totally worth it if you break down the numbers in terms of how long each piece lasts. AND you are... more
Oh you know, I didn't find too much at Smoking Lily - just a one-of-a-kind dress made by a woman in Victoria with deep sage fabric, a braided belt and a screened feather that extends down one of my thighs.
And a pair of mixed media earrings with a silver reptilian base, a translucent top layer like tortoise shell and a dangling brown feather.
And the perfect gift for my mother - a sculpted... more
Smoking Lily is one of my favourite stores on Main Street.
The store is filled with clothing items that all have some sort of quirky print on them. For example, they have scarves with Trudeau's face on them, or T-Shirts with scattered hearts on them. Their dresses and blouse-like shirts are really nice, and are appropriate for a casual or a dressy event. They also carry some jewelry, so that's... more
This store is a jewel when it comes to local craft. Friends Trish and Julie put their well-honed sewing skills to test to produce beautiful fabrics with intriguing insect prints. From a tiny, one-room unit, Smoking Lily has burgeoned into a classy store, with several locations in the city. Accessories include silk scarves (the specialty), bags for various purposes, leather wallets and purses. A... more