About ECW

Edward Chapman Woman/Circa Ici has evolved since our first store opened in 1890 selling silk gloves to the Klondike traders. Edward Chapman Woman/Circa Ici today provides the best all-inclusive shopping experience in Vancouver for the modern woman looking for active, fashionable and fabulous woman’s clothing.

The store is a small lifestyle department store that appeals to a fashion savvy customer who is seeking exceptional, distinctive style and quality fashion. The store showcases exclusive jewelry, handbags, sportswear and fashion collections from some of the best manufacturers in the world. Our fashion collections meet the real-life needs of women from work to weekend, from jeans to evening.

Both fashionable and friendly, Edward Chapman Woman/Circa Ici delivers a unique sense of style with personalized service.

Customer Service

  • In-house tailoring and full alterations by professional tailors
  • Gift wrapping
  • Home delivery in the Lower Mainland
  • Personal shopping and in-home consultation by appointment
  • Gift cards, seasonal gift ideas, email notifications about in-store events, sales and promotions


Original storefront on West Hastings St. in 1890

Letter from Grandpa

In 1910 Ernest Rea arrived in Vancouver to start working for a man and company called Edward Chapman. After Mr. Chapman’s passing in 1938, Ernest took over majority control of the business and today, his grandson, John Rea, continues to operate as President and CEO of Edward Chapman Woman. Here you can read Ernest Rea’s letter home to his mother, describing his new home and job shortly after arriving in Vancouver.

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Black Sales Book used to record daily sales in 1891. The busiest day of the year was December 24th, with sales totalling $206.60.