Valentine’s Day wasn’t invented by greeting card companies. The history is murky but is may date back to the 3rd century in Rome, when Emperor Claudius II outlawed soldiers from marrying, believing men without wives and children would make better fighters. But one priest, Valentine, felt the decree was unjust and secretly married soldiers. Claudius, discovering this, put Valentine in prison and sentenced him to death.
During Valentine’s time in prison, he fell in love with a young woman, possibly his jailer’s daughter, and sent her a note proclaiming his love, signing it “From your Valentine.”
Later, he became St. Valentine. By the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until the Middle Ages that it began to be associated with courtly love and romance. People exchanged Valentine’s notes on the day, and small gifts of affection, but by the 19th century, mass printing production allowed the public access to printed cards, which created a whole industry. It now is one of the most popular days of the year to give a card adorned with hearts and cupids — two iconic symbols of love that I’ve been painting on shirts since I first opened the Angel store in 1978:
Today, if you’re looking for something to show your love on Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a great collection from Desigual: dresses, skirts, tops, coats & bags:
Angel is a Desigual Wow Shop — the first Desigual boutique in Vancouver.
We ship worldwide, with free shipping in Canada for purchases of $200.
Angel also offers personal shopping by appointment at our store. Call Angel at (604) 681-0947 or email me at email@example.com
And finally, Angel specializes in custom hand-painted clothing, including a new batch of fabulous kids T-shirts painted by Justine Brown, who used to paint for Angel when the store was on Robson Street:
Angel Vancouver is located at No. 2 Powell Street in the Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada. We are on the corner of Powell & Carrall Street in Maple Tree Square, where Vancouver began. The photo above shows what the location of my store looked like in 1886 (click on photo to enlarge).
Today’s video is Justin Bieber‘s Love Yourself, because I like the dance in the video:This is Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld, who might be best known as the child actress nominated for an Oscar in the Cohen brothers’ movie True Grit (she recently did an a acoustic duet with Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes):And finally, here’s a song from 1969 from Dan Hicks, who died yesterday. He mixed folk, jazz, swing and a bit of humour in his song I Scare Myself: