El Kartel has been a one-stop shop for streetwear and lifestyle brands in Vancouver for over a decade. The locally owned storefront was established in 2003 and is the only one of its kind bringing together a selection of curated brands from all over the world while adding to the Vancouver art and music culture with frequently held events.

Their Chinatown shop has hosted everything from art shows to full-on concerts to their recent fashion show that celebrated their 15th anniversary. The show was produced and style by @Kikobean while @thewoodpilecollective curated an exhibit of very sick art pieces.

Joanna Keller and team were honored to be apart of El Kartel’s 15th Anniversary Fashion shows as our almost-neighbours recruited us to put the finishing hair and makeup touches on each and every runway model. From backstage to behind the scenes, check out our photo gallery of the day below and make sure to stop by El Kartel to pick up some fresh gear at 104 East Pender Street – and tell them the JKB girls sent you!

All photography by @zuleyyma





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