Car Free Day on the Drive

Car Free Day on the Drive

Car Free Day on the Drive

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!

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Summer Hours (We’ll be open longer!)

Summer Hours

Summer Hours (We’ll be open longer!)

In Vancouver, we’ve been getting serious summer vibes for the past few weeks. It’s so warm and lovely and beautiful out. I just love it! While it’s not officially summer until June 21, we are officially starting our summer hours this week! We will be open longer and later to meet all your shopping needs. Fear not, festival goers we are here to help you find goggles and pocket belts. Cosplayers and steampunks, we’re here to help you find the perfect corset or waistcoat. Goths, we’ve got light weight asymmetrical skirts in black so that you melt in the summer heat.

Our Summer Hours will be:

  • Monday – Thursday 11am -7pm
  • Friday and Saturday 11am – 8pm
  • Sundays and Holidays 11am – 6pm

Shopping online is available 24/7 from the comfort of your living room. Check out what we have in stock while you lounge around in your pjs with a glass of wine at 3am on a Tuesday. We wont judge. Live your best life.

Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.

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Who? What? Where? – Steampunk Adventure Fantasy

Steampunk Adventure Fantasy

Who/ What/Where: Steampunk Adventure Fantasy


Sadr Axeness from the Necro Hour is one of our favorite living mannequins ever. If you haven’t seen her videos you should definitely check her out on YouTube. Sadr is constantly hiking through the forest on a quest to find the best shots for her channel. A steampunk adventure fantasy outfit with pants is therefore a perfect option for her. Nothing is worse than hiking through the woods and getting your skirt caught on the underbrush.

This might be the outfit for you, if like Sadr, you have some adventure in blood.


Sadr is wearing the men’s steampunk bondage pants in grey pinstripe with a wine underblouse, white reversible waist cincher, brown tapestry pocket vest and bronze cybersteam goggles on her head.


This is a great outfit for a convention. It’s instantly recognizable as steampunk but it’s comfortable to wear and easy to move around it. You could wear this with flats or heels. If you’re too hot you can remove the waist cincher or vest without ruining the outfit. It’s also great because you could add a bunch of steampunk accessories if you wanted to but you could also get away with traveling to the con without attracting too much attention.

All together, this outfit reads as Steampunk Adventure Fantasy but individually all of the pieces could be integrated into your everyday wardrobe. The pants look great with a graphic tee. The cincher works great over a little black dress. The blouse would like awesome with jeans. The vest is great over a t shirt. The goggles are admittedly a little costumey but they’re also UV400 so you could wear them as sunglasses.

Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.

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Throw Back Thursday Jan. 5, 2017

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Worlds Unite in the 90’s

So I’m cleaning out my office closet ( the vault) and I have about 5 million posters from back in the day and I got the idea that they might make cool #tbt s.
If you look closely, you’ll notice this poster unites 4 early 90’s super heros. #MarcGodfrey of #Psychomania aka #MarcManhattan is wearing #venusandmarsclothing . (Notice the old school VM logo.)
Photo by uber talented #WayneHoecherl .
#PeteFry of #Digboy (yes that #PeteFry) did the graphics. (this was pre-desktop publishing).

Cool or not?

Do you have any stories re pre desk top publishing? Let us know if the comments below…

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Has this ever happened to you?

Your hair is styled. Your makeup is fantastic.  Your outfit is enviable. Your shoes could stop traffic.  Your keys, ID and cash are…. clutched in your hand because your outfit has no pockets.

We have the solution for you. Introducing our new, fresh, handmade holster and they are SMAOKIN’!

It’s your basic fetish meets festival accessory with 6 pockets to hold all your thingys and guess what? It’s reversible!

Picture this: a harness crossing in the back with an ‘x’ and double straps in the front. Now picture that with discrete pockets on the side. Now take that image and make it reversible so that you can wear it on the black side out or the coloured side out.   That’s like two looks for the price of one, est-ce pas?

It really can’t get much better!

We often sell out of these beauties and you know what that is, right?

Authentic scarcity.

You can click here to get yours.

How do you carry your stuff around without ruining the outfit?

Let us know in the comments below!