Passeport Clothing Co. Downtown

Shopping in Kelowna is going somewhere. If Passeport (easily my favorite shop in town) is any indication of the direction we can take, I’m excited. As a male, shopping in a smaller town can be difficult. Guys are getting more into style these days and more stores are opening up catering to them, but when (most of the time) one describes their style as minimal (such as I claim to) I’m still confining myself to a smaller subset of shops. I like structured and fitted clothing in simple colours a lot of the time. European cuts are great and I know I’ll find something awesome with each visit. Kelowna has a lot of options for all types of people, but for me who doesn’t want to so much flash, Passeport is a haven for cardigans, shorts, t-shirts and glasses. And denim.

Denim is a guy’s best friend and Passeport carries my favorite brand, Nudies. I still remember the first pair of Nudies I purchased in ’06, the year I began my love affair with them… the only problem was the only place I could get them was Vancouver—no offense Van, love you—but I was always hoping for a place closer to home. Taken from the Nudie website, “We love jeans, a passion we share with everyone who mourns a pair of worn out jeans as a close friend. Jeans share the same soul and attitude as music. The inspiration springs from the same dreams. As a true jeans brand we are not looking for the short-term trends. The inspiration is far from glamour and catwalks. The collection is tight, like a rock band, reflecting the feeling of everyday life.” Brilliant.

Now, Passeport has relocated to a higher traffic, central location at 219 Bernard Avenue with new owner Hannah Frey (and her adorable puppy). When I’m in a bad mood, a visit to Hannah and the gang along with a little retail therapy always goes a long way.

“The indigo is a living colour that fades and gives the denim its character. The more you wear your jeans the more beautiful they get. Jeans are more than just a piece of clothing.” Kelowna is more than just a town.

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