Jackie in her store.
Photo by Mark Van Manen, 1961-2019.


Chouinard Foundation poster by 1960s classmate John Van Hamersveld

Angel Hand-Painted Fashions has been in business for 42-plus years. Owner Jackie Haliburton studied fashion design at Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) in Los Angeles, with her designs featured in a two-page spread in Look magazine in the 1960s. (The Doors played a dance at the art school before they were famous and Ray Bradbury gave the convocation speech to Chouinard grads.) Jackie also has a fine arts/teaching degree from the University of B.C. After teaching high school art for four years, she pioneered what is now known as Wearable Art. The first Angel store was on West Fourth Avenue, beside Jerry’s Cove pub, in 1978, later moving to Broadway and then Robson Street, beside Boys’ Co. In 1998, Angel moved to No. 2 Powell in Gastown. Angel is located in one of Vancouver’s oldest buildings, which was also the first store of what is now John Fluevog Shoes. (photos below)


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In the Sixties, Canadian poet/troubador Leonard Cohen staggered out of the now defunct Europe Hotel pub across the street and wrote a poem on the wall of the Angel store.

Some of our more famous customers include Oscar-winning costume designer Angus Strathie, guitar slinger Orianthi Panagaris, Jane Fonda, Josh Ramsay of Vancouver band Marianas Trench, Nasri Atweh of the band Magic!, former Governor-General of Canada Michaelle Jean, Hawaii Five-O star Daniel Dae Kim, actress Dakota Fanning, Uma Thurman, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys Davies, Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Bob Gainey, steven.tylerSusan Sarandon. Tea Leoni, Poppy Montgomery, Anthony LaPaglia, Sharon Stone, Mariel Hemingway, rockers Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn, John Savage, Jane Seymour, John Lithgow, John Travolta’s baby, Superman’s old flame Margot Kidder, “That Girl” Marlo Thomas and the late ballet superstar Rudolf Nureyev.

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also wore an Angel shirt as a kid.

Angel Vancouver is located at No. 2 Powell Street in the Gastown district of Vancouver. We are Vancouver’s first and only Desigual Wow Shop. We carry an extensive selection of men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing from Desigual, which is based in Barcelona. We also do custom hand-painted T-shirts. Call (604) 681-0947 or you can email me at jackie@angelpaint.com

Angel.lion.shirt.2013My recent interview with the Gastown BIA is here.




8 Responses to About

  1. Cool clothing obviously. Thought you might enjoy this link of Brazilian supermodel in Desigual.

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  2. Sharon Dennie says:

    I found one of your t shirts in a thrift store in the 70’s
    Loved it and wore it to shreds
    I was cleaning out drawers recently but simply could not toss it!
    The painting is so free and charming, two swallows.
    I would like to send a photo.


  3. Gabrielle says:

    Thanks for a lovely warm welcome to your shop on a bleak Vancouver afternoon. We loved your brand and the opportunity to meet you.

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  4. Lorraine Parks says:

    Hi Jackie..I bought a red sweatshirt with a black leopard on it about 35-30 yrs ago! It was just the head with green eyes. I have lost it over the yrs but wondered if you could make me a new one? I live in Winnipeg. I can remember being in your beautiful shop so many yrs ago. I had a pic of it and could send it to you. I would need your email address. Thank you, Lorraine


  5. Kate (Treider) Lucas says:

    Hi Jackie,
    I’m one of your students from when you taught art classes at Dr Charles Best Jr high in Coquitlam. You were a wonderful teacher who let us all explore art in our own free way. I went on to paint on silk with the paints you used to sell and from there have continued my art career working in graphics for what used to be BC Transit to designing for sandblasting and stained glass studio. I have thought of you over the years and am glad to see that you are still doing well.
    All the best.


    • It’s really great to hear from you and to hear you went on in an art career. I really enjoyed teaching art to students and it’s good to hear I have may had a positive impact. Drop by my store anytime to chat, Jackie,


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