This article was published on October 12th, 2010
Time and time again, Vancouver is rated one of the best / most liveable cities in the world. It’s not hard for people who live in Vancouver to understand why either. Vancouverites are very passionate about the city and love to share their passion with their friends, families, co-workers and pretty much anyone they know.
It all started with a love of comfy shirts, a great city, and passion from local Vancouver entrepreneur Sarah Shandl.
Vancouver, we love you [the t-shirt project], has a goal to create an greater sense of pride for Vancouver then it already has.
“We live in the best city in the world, and I wanted to make a cool shirt that tourists and locals alike would love to wear, both in Vancouver and wherever they travel to,” said Shandl.
How it works: Customers purchase a Vancouver, we love you t-shirt, take a picture of themselves wearing it in their favorite Vancouver location, and post it along with a description of why they love that spot on the Vancouver, we love you website.
“It was a really obvious idea to me,” says Shandl. “Everyone loves a good shirt. Vancouver is amazing and everyone has his or her own unique favorite place and reason why. Combine the two with a website to show of the best places in Vancouver while promoting the t-shirt and you’ve got Vancouver, we love you [the t-shirt project]!”
“It’s really for everyone,” says Shandl. “The project is great to let visitors show their love for our city, as well as locals to show off their favorite secret locations that may not be the obvious spots everyone thinks of right away. Everyone has a special reason for loving this city, I want to know why.”
Besides being a t-shirt company, it’s also an online community for fans of Vancouver to show off their favorite spots at vancouverweloveyou.com.
The project has already gained local support. Upcoming BC musician, Andrew Allen joined the movement and proudly sports his Vancouver, we love you, t-shirt around the city.
10% from every t-shirt sale goes towards Covenant House Vancouver to help make Vancouver an even better place.
“I would like to ask everyone to just enjoy life a bit more,” said Shandl. “We’ve got it good here, and it’s too easy to miss out on that sometimes.”
To order your own t-shirt or for more information, visit the Vancouver, we love you [the t-shirt project] website.
Photo credits: Wide Tide Entertainment and Jay Minter.