Explore | Wilde and Sparrow

There are so few stores that I visit in Nanaimo & Parksville where I’m utterly captivated by every article of clothing, every piece of jewelry, and every intricate detail of decor. Wilde and Sparrow is one of those stores.

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This store, co-owned by Shirra Wall and Trish Smith, is a wonderful mix of classic, quirky, indie. It’s a shop I imagine Zooey Deschanel would hit up on the weekends while drinking a coffee from the next door cafe as she hums something from The Beach Boys.

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Wilde and Sparrow carries a wide variety of items. And I mean w i d e. Clothes, satchels, necklaces, mugs, journals, scarves, iPhone cases… socks! Even though they carry a wide range of goods, every piece seamlessly fits together like when you slip on your favourite molded-to-your-feet slippers.

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As previously mentioned, I also love the decor of this store. Over by the changing rooms, there’s this really cool corner with pages from books plastered all over the wall. I feel like if I owned a lake-side cottage I’d decorate my reading nook this way. I’d pick pages that housed my favourite passages, funny quotes, or inspirational words. Or maybe just a random assortment of pages from books I haven’t read. Something that I can look at and wonder – where is this from? What’s this story about?

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Anyways, back on topic. Wilde and Sparrow have a second floor where they operate their atelier where Will and Smith actually make their own line of clothing!

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Have you been to Wilde and Sparrow? Do you wish your wallet was big enough to buy the whole store like me?!

– Sean

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