CHECK OUT THIS SURREAL NEW FASHION CAFE IN VANCOUVER

Designers Laurence Li and Chico Wang's first retail venture is in their hometown

Laurence Li (left) married his fashion partner Chico Wang in Vancouver. (Lien Yeung/CBC)

When it comes to fashion, Vancouver is probably best known for yoga pants and fleece jackets.

But after studying abroad and finding success on international runways, two local designers have decided to bring their world of whimsical high fashion to the city.

Laurence Li and Chico Wang opened their first joint retail venture in the city’s West End on Friday.

Li described the space — part store, part café — as an escape into a dream.

“We know our clothes are a niche market and you have to think about the fit, the fabrication, the cost and everything,” he said.

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