Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vancouver makes Top Ten List of hippie travel destinations

I was surprised to see Vancouver listed as number 2 (or 8 depending on which way you read the Top Ten List) as a "hippie travel destination" on this website.

But then when I read the description of why Vancouver made the list, I just had to go HMmmm. Here's what they wrote:
"San Francisco may receive all the attention when it comes to the hippie movement, but Vancouver has many charms. Besides, a city with some of the most liberal marijuana policies and a distinctly multicultural vibe deserves to be on the list.
There is a lost of nostalgia here about the 1970′s, and it is readily apparent in the groovy Kitsilano district where tie-dye  is ubiquitous and old hippies with long hair and ponchos still wander about the streets (emphasis mine).
It’s also the birthplace of Greenpeace. Now, let’s talk about a revolution."
I live in the heart of Kitsilano and I haven't seen tie-dye or ponchos around my neighbourhood lately. However, if you're talking about a "revolution", the Vancouver retail phenom lululemon has taken yoga clothing to the world.
The one and only original lululemon store on West 4th Avenue just a few blocks from my place.

Factoid: the name lululemon doesn't mean anything. It was thought that a Japanese marketing firm would not try to create a North American sounding brand with the letter “L” because the sound does not exist in Japanese phonetics.  By including an “L” in the name it was thought the Japanese consumer would find the name innately North American and authentic. Allegedly, Chip Wilson, the owner, thought it would be funny to hear Japanese buyers pronounce lululemon. I would rate that comment as an urban legend as someone as savvy as Mr. Wilson wouldn't be going around telling that story. 

2 comments:

MacBros said...

Dud! That is awesome man! Far out!

mel said...

Groovy.

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