August 3rd – 5th, 2018
Vancouver Convention Centre, East Facility
- Friday: 1pm – 9pm
- Saturday: 11am – 7pm
- Sunday: 11am – 6pm
- Friday Only: $55+gst
- Saturday Only: $60+gst
- Sunday Only: $50+gst
Listen up, we are fully in the middle of Festival Season. Bass Coast and Burn In the Forest have come and gone but there’s still a bunch of upcoming events going on for the rest of the summer. A big part of festival culture is creating an amazing look to express your best self. Unfortunately, this can be a costly endeavor. Don’t worry, we got your back. It’s possible to look amazing for around $200 or less and in the next couple of weeks, we’re going to help you get there.
Our first outfit is for all the Goths out there. Festivals can be tricky when your heart is full of darkness and your wardrobe is full of black. You might feel tempted to step into sparkly rainbows to fit in. If that’s your jam, then go for it, we support you. But if it’s not, here’s an outfit for $201 that is as black as your soul but still fluffy and sparkly.
We put together a black sparkly hooded shrug with a black bandeau, a black tutu, black tap shorts and matching black glovelets. The sparkly hooded shrug and tap shorts, and the tutu totally gives festival vibes but the dark colours let you stay true to your gothy self. We accessorized it with a pair of black sunglasses and a spiky choker with chains but you could easy exchange those items for goggles or a necklace or nothing at all.
I love this outfit because its super customization. If $201 is out of your budget you could omit the glovelets, replace the tap shorts with shorts you already own or skip the tutu. Don’t want to show that much skin? Trade the bandeau for a tank top of even a band tee. If you want to make this look sexier wear it with heals. If you want it to look more goth try platform boots or combat boots. You could even wear this with vans or cons and it would look awesome!
Venus & Mars will be vending at the Commercial Drive Car Day for the first time ever! Come check out our booth to see handmade clothing for steampunk, goth, festival gear, Burning Man, cosplay, costumes, LARP, Halloween or just every day life. As always we are accepting cash, credit and debit. Stop by and get some awesome rainbow shorts to start the summer right!
Welcome to where it all began… in 2005 we kicked off our first Car Free Day right here on the Drive.
Commercial Drive is a creative and eclectic neighbourhood east of downtown. There are many unique shopping, food and entertainment destinations, and the community has a love for its heritage history.
Our festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages. As the place that Car Free Day began, Commercial Drive stays true to its grassroots beginnings and the story behind the festival. There is a strong message of advocacy and activism for providing car free spaces and green culture for the community.
Translink generously re-routes the Commercial Drive bus nearby on the festival day. With bus and skytrain options conveniently accessible to the festival there are so many ways to get here car-free!
Want to stay up to date with us for the next 25 years? The Steampunk Tempest for July is out today! Find out what we’re up to! Want to get our blogs delivered right to your inbox? Want to know about secret sales or get a discount to shop online? Well then it’s time to sign up for the Steampunk Tempest!
Big, exciting news, July 1, 2018 is our 25th Birthday! It’s so weird to think that the shop is older than our customers but it’s true. We have been officially open for a quarter of a century. How did we get here? Good question, here’s how Sanne went from her kitchen table to one of the oldest alternative clothing store in Canada.
Sanne went to Kwantlen College (now University) for fashion design. From there, she was able to get a design job with Marquis of London which did private label manufacturing for Club Monaco and other labels. Eventually, she started to work on designs for her own label. She started making garments on her kitchen table. As Sanne tells it, she made one thing and sold it. Then she made two things and sold them. In 1991, she started to sell her gowns on consignment at alternative shops like New World and Dream. Sanne also wholesaled clothing to different business in Vancouver and across Canada. She even had her brand in Seattle and Port Townsend. In 1993, the owner of New World saw that there was a shop available for lease nearby and let Sanne know. That was the start of Venus & Mars!
It can be difficult to have a small business. Restaurants and shops popup and disappear all the time. What makes Venus & Mars so different that we have been able to stick around for 2 and a half decades? Sanne has always been willing to try new things. For seven years, she had a second shop in New West to cater to the bridal and grad market. Sanne is not afraid of new technology and as a result, Venus & Mars had a website very early on. The past five years we have been updating our skills and working to really let our website shine. Sanne also knows what works and doesn’t work for advertising the shop. Print and other media hasn’t been the best way for us to get in front of our customers but vending at events like Taboo, Fan Expo and Pride have proven be work very well for us and has let us connect with so many of you! Not only is Sanne great a business person but because her studio is in the shop it gives her an opportunity to listen to our clientele and we’ve been able to adapt our style to steampunk and festival fashion.
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How We’re Celebrating!
Birthdays are meant to be celebrated right? We’re having a shopping party online and in store! On July 1, 2018 (only) you can get 25% off all regular priced items in store (sale and clearance stuff is not included) if you come in and say Happy Birthday VM, give me a discount! If you are unable to make it to the shop you can get 25% off all regular priced items online if you use the discount code happybday25. The sale is only valid on July 1, 2018 and only with the code, so mark your calendar and get yourself a birthday cloak! You can also celebrate with us on social media by using the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing or #25yearsofvmclothing!
At the end of the day, we couldn’t get to where we are without your help and support. Thank you so much for supporting us as a small, weird, alternative, nerdy business for so long. We really appreciate your business and support. We are so happy that you like what we do and we’ll try to continue to provide you with awesome clothing and accessories for the next 25 years!