We caught up with KIMBERLY PAO, owner of Vancouver’s very first m0851 boutique, on Alberni Street. From this Montreal-based brand expect luxurious leather goodies like unique knot bags, luscious leather jackets and chic day clutches. A relative newbie to Vancouver, Kimberly has only lived in this city for the past ten months – we had to ask this East Coast gal for the inside scoop on her hometown of Toronto.
I’m Rockin:Burnt orange m0851 motorcycle jacket, H&M tunic top, Rag & Bone stovepipe skinny jeans, and green suede boots that
I picked up in Hong Kong a few years back.
Fave Brands: Theory, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Taylor, Robert Rodriguez, Ferragamo flats, Christian Louboutin heels, and of course m0851!
It’s Shopping Heaven: Yorkville has everything from H&M to Holt Renfrew to Chanel on Bloor Street, and the side streets are filled with individual boutiques. AND it’s the best place to bump into a celebrity or people-watch in the city (especially during TIFF).
The Best Coat in the Closet: As of last night, the new brown leather belted trench from my store. It’s definitely the perfect leather jacket for fall and fits like a glove!
Handbag Love: For day, my m0851 blue cobalt postman bag, and for evening, my black Chanel 2.55
Best of Beauty: Combo of Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Shiseido mascara base and Maybelline Great Lash mascara. It does wonders for the non-existent Asian eyelash.
Addicted To: Watching TV online. I catch up on all my favorite guilty pleasures like Gossip Girls and The Hills.
Cocktails with the Girls (in Toronto):The Drake Hotel and the Ultra Supper Club in the summer for their rooftop patios and Wish and Laide in the winter
Miss Most about the T Dot: My girlfriends, being able to hail a cab anywhere, anytime in the city, the energy and culture of all the individual downtown neighbourhoods.
Love Most about your New Home, VanCity: The scenery here. It’s absolutely breathtaking with the mountains, trees and water.
Style Icon: Definitely my paternal grandmother Helen Pao. She was always elegantly dressed in outfits that reflected the fashions of the time — from fitted Qipaos in pre-war Shanghai to pantsuits and a ubiquitous safari jacket while traveling the world with my grandfather in the 80’s. She’s still the only 86 year old that I know who can rock a pair of stylish oversized YSL glasses daily.
M0851 is located at 1035 Alberni Street, Vancouver, 604-688-9575.