SPHERES OF INFLUENCE April 26 2017, 0 Comments

Opening SPHERES OF INFLUENCE on Saturday night. Five artists, 25 spheres that had been floating on the open ocean, art to influence the imagination. Curated by artists Peter Taylor and Pablo Zamudio, the art show opening also featured a short lecture by astronomical sorcerer Jaymie Matthews on the connections to the cosmos that could be seen in the art, and how the sphere may be the most common shape in the Universe.
The pictures here are by wonder photographer Lindsay Elliott. Check out her whole set at http://lindsaysdiet.com/photos/el-kartel-20170422/

FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING, orders over $100 April 07 2017, 0 Comments

FOR A LIMITED TIME, we offer Free Shipping for all orders over CA $100 in Canada.

 Flat rate of $15 for all US orders and Canadian orders under $100 CA before taxes.


Three new MA- 1 Flight Jackets, the joint endeavours of Deus Ex Machina and Alpha Industries.

Touching down in the 1950s, the MA-1 became the official flight jacket of U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots and their ground crews. The iconic bomber jacket provided a blank canvas for aviators to express hope, wit and gallows humour via embellishment and customisation: A rare opportunity for individuality within the rigid sartorial guidelines of the U.S. military. Becoming de rigueur for Punks and Mods in the 1970's, an MA- 1 is a beautifully rare example of a statement and a staple.

This season the storied jackets are customised with tonal direct embroideries, featuring Deus Ex Machina's powerful artwork in a contemporary monochrome palette. Alongside them is a timeless military green and orange combo with Deus patches and a full- colour embroidered back piece. The weight is perfect for warmer climates and transitional months.

Our model is wearing a size large. He is 6’1” (184cm) tall.


"It is What It Is" art show March 02 2017, 0 Comments

What a fun night! Thanks to everyone who came. Here are some picture of the evening. To view the full album follow this LINK

"It Is What It Is" Art Show at El Kartel February 25th - April 21st February 15 2017, 0 Comments

El Kartel is proud to present a very special group art show with some of our favourite artists in Vancouver. 

Opening night, Febraury 25th 9pm-late at El Kartel 104 E. Pender St. Vancouer. 

Artist :

Owabowa MIX exclusively for El Kartel February 06 2017, 0 Comments

Gracias to our amiga @owabowa for creating this mix exclusively for the El Kartel familia. Press play and ride the musical wave into afro house, cumbia, baile funk, and raggaeton. We promise it will make you want to cha cha over the snow.

LOW BROS MURAL January 17 2017, 0 Comments

You have probably seen the amazing Mural of the Low Bros on the "City Centre Motor" Hotel on Main, one of our Favourite murals of the Vancouver Mural Fest. These two talented brothers also made this really cool  VIDEO . Check out their WEBSITE .

Star Wars X Instance November 12 2016, 0 Comments

The Force is strong over at Stance Socks. After revealing its first collection of “Star Wars” themed socks last December, the brand is back with the second edition.

There are 14 styles in three different packs.  Perfect Holiday gift for the Star Wars fans out there. 

Available in store now and online shortly.


BARO POP UP SHOP November 02 2016, 0 Comments

This Friday November 4th Baro will be hosting a pop-up shop in our El Kartel store in Chinatown. We will have tunes bumping, drinks flowing, and a full array of Baro outerwear on display. Come check out the goods or just come hang out with your amigos!

Publish X North Face November 02 2016, 0 Comments

Publish Brand Joins Forces With The North Face for “Midnight in Antarctica” Footwear Range

Publish recently teamed up with The North Face on a limited edition footwear range dubbed “Midnight in Antarctica.” This is the first-ever partnership between the two labels. The collaborative offers three distinct styles, hi-top and low-top boots, as well as an outdoor slipper. Each model is swathed in a deep navy colorway and is “carefully designed to represent [Antarctica's] midnight sky, the deep black foreground, and the white snow-filled landscape.”

Tokyo Koenji Art Show May 31 2016, 0 Comments

Great night at El Kartel last Saturday! Special thanks to Vancity Evo for keeping us groovin all night long! Check out the rest of the amazing Photos HERE by Lindsay's Diet. 

Tokyo "Koenji' Pop-up Art Show May 23 2016, 0 Comments

Koenji has been considered to be a creative hub for Tokyo's most innovative artists and other diverse talents. Amp Cafe is a portal space, integral to the art community in Koenji. The space is managed by Kenji Daikoku who has been responsible for organizing various art events over the years. In light of that, he has curated a collection of Koenji's emerging and established artists and photographers who will be showcasing their work here in Vancouver at El Kartel. Opening reception is Saturday, May 28th at 8pm. Follow the Facebook event for more details. 

Take a look at the artists featured as well as samples of their work:  











Converse Rubber Tracks May 07 2016, 0 Comments

Another amazing night at El Kartel on Friday May 6th. This time, Converse Rubber Tracks featured 

Leisure Club with a live performance from the band followed by DJ Hubbz beats. Here are some photos of the night along with a video edit by BOGLOFF CORP



Converse Rubber Tracks May 6th April 30 2016, 0 Comments

Come party with us and Converse Friday May 6! We'll be celebrating the release of Leisure Club's first single as well as a live performance from the band. DJ Hubbz beats will follow until late. Doors open at 9.

El Kartel, 104 E. Pender st.

RSVP your entry here: http://www.converse-music.com/canada/


Fenntessa Fashion Show at El Kartel April 25 2016, 0 Comments

Photos by Lindsay's Diet.

Follow this LINK to view full album.

Fenntessa Bikini Fashion Show April 23rd. April 20 2016, 0 Comments

This will be our wildest party yet, an 80's inspired HAPPY HOUR dance party! Come check out the latest Fenntessa swimwear collection while enjoying refreshing drinks and listening to all your favorite throwback tracks with DJ Evo. After the fashion show the dance floor will be HOT so get ready to PARTY!

Pre sale tickets to the show are sold out.....However, we will be releasing a limited number of tickets for a 10$ cash at the door. Hope to see you all there!!!

Click HERE for event details. 

Peter Taylor Art Show, March 19th 2016. March 07 2016, 0 Comments

The first event of the year The Yingbow Yanbow Way. Artworks by Peter Taylor.

Click HERE to view the full album:

El Karte Fall Winter 2015 Lookbook PART 5 December 16 2015, 0 Comments


















El Karte Fall Winter 2015 Lookbook PART 4 December 16 2015, 0 Comments






















El Karte Fall Winter 2015 Lookbook PART 3 December 16 2015, 0 Comments










El Karte Fall Winter 2015 Lookbook PART 2 December 16 2015, 0 Comments











El Karte Fall Winter 2015 Lookbook PART 1 December 01 2015, 0 Comments




















Vulkan X El Kartel / November 2015 Issue December 01 2015, 0 Comments

“DOGTOWN” By Hannah Warmisham



Art exhibit by Kent Allen Jones " Altar of Devastation " September 18 2015, 0 Comments

Art exhibit by Kent Allen Jone " Altar of Devastation " presenting a series of Lithograph's along with sculptures by the artist. Show runs till end of October.


Photos by Lindsay's Diet. View the full album here: http://lindsaysdiet.com/photos/alter-of-devastation-20150926/

Beauty Lies ----> July 25th July 22 2015, 0 Comments

Very exited about the first Group Photo Exhibition at El Kartel featuring : Billie Danger , Peter O. Miles, Paul Harman and Kaid Ashton . Don't Miss it -SATURDAY JULY 25th 9 - Late

Photos by Brandon Artis, To view the full album, Click here: https://www.facebook.com/el.kartel/media_set?set=a.10153487048614291.1073741852.803434290&type=3


Vancouver Sun / Gastown Gents July 14 2015, 0 Comments

Great article in the Vancouver Sun featuring El Kartel !!
photo by Billie Danger
model Goiatz Telleria Arana
Article by Aleesha Harris

I LOVE UGLY / POP UP SHOP TOUR / EL KARTEL July 13 2015, 0 Comments

We are very excited to announce the I Love Ugly Pop Up Store at El Kartel . Opening this Thusrday July 16th 6-10 pm. Join us to view the new collection and have some drinks.



Mania Mag // The Space issue launch party // June 28th 2015 at El Kartel June 30 2015, 0 Comments

We had an amazing party at the shop last Saturday for the launch of the MANIA MAG Space issue.

MANIA MAG is a Vancity-based publication showcasing artists, musicians, DJs, dancers and all around fresh souls. The 

Co-curators are Cydney Eva & Orla Adams

Check out their website here http://www.mania-mag.com

View full album of the event here http://lindsaysdiet.com/photos/mania-mag-launch-party-el-kartel20150627/

MANIA MAG article June 28 2015, 0 Comments


Since I was 14 years old and coming downtown from the suburbs, El Kartel was my favourite place to go. I would buy local mixtapes from their collection and groove around the store cruising the selection. From Robson street to Granville, and now the Chinatown location on Pender, El Kartel has been a staple in Vancouver’s street wear and culture scene since 2003. El Kartel has always been more than a shop- a main focus of the space is collaborating with local artists to exhibit work and throw events that bring out in the best in Vancouver’s art community. 

In the past they have worked with Red Bull to curate a painted mini cooler exhibition and have done similar shows with painted shoes and beer growlers. As a street wear store they are always innovating and taking risks, supporting local and international artists and brands on the come-up. When we asked them about how they started El Kartel, the shop owner Pablo shared:

“From day one we have always been very passionate about art, music, clothes and design. It just happened- we never planned to have a clothing store, we never planned to do art shows, we never planned anything. It just all happened.”

Originally a skateboarder and visual artist From Mexico, Pablo came into the fashion world by fluke and brought with him a passion for art and parties that is at the core of El Kartel. I grew up skateboarding and I was fascinated with all the different old school graphics in skateboard, surf and snowboard culture. I started drawing and doodling, and then I started showing all my artwork and doodles to different people. I came across my ex-business partner that I started El Kartel with and I started doing some graphics with him. We became best friends with this owner of a skateboard shop, and I just started meeting people. We started doing graphics for Option NFA, for West Beach, and I used to sell my paintings; we were like the biggest trippers. Next thing you know my friend invited me to become a part of El Kartel.”

 Why the name “El Kartel”?

“We pretty much started El Kartel all freestyle. I had to come up with a name in one day, I was thinking of all these names and a logo and I came up with idea of a wrestler because I grew up watching wrestling movies.”

How has art played a role in El Kartel?

"Next thing you know we just stopped selling skateboards and then I started bringing my artwork and hanging it on the walls and it was selling. After a while I was so busy I started inviting other people to bring art and to try to help and sell it. We had our first party and it was crazy, so we said ‘Okay let’s have another party and let’s bring more artwork, and more party and artwork. So it was very natural everything that happened.”

El Kartel closed their Robson location this spring to focus on the larger Chinatown store. When we asked Pablo and his wife / business partner MJ about the new space, they both lit up.

“We found this amazing Chinatown space. We are so happy here, such a big space, so beautiful, this is like the dream. We always dreamed of a space like this, where we could have bigger events, art shows, live bands and we just want to focus all of our energy on this space.”

How important is curation and the vibe of the space?

“Its like our home. That’s why we care so much about the artwork that we hang, our music and the people that we hire. We don’t really plan things it just happens”

When did art shows become of staple of the El Kartel legacy?

“We have been doing art shows since we opened the store. We have had amazing shows, like crazy, some with 100 artists. We always give all the money back to the artists- always, always, always. Up until now we have never taken any money, but its getting really tough trying to sell art. It’s been great because they decorate our walls.”

A traditional Chinese dragonhead used in parades from the late 30’s /early 40’s sits in the back of the El Kartel Chinatown shop. It was found in an alley and brought to the store by a friend of Pablo’s who runs the shop Space Lab. People from the community often remember the dragonhead when they come into the space. Opening up shop in Chinatown at the moment is a very trendy venture but El Kartel’s approach is a considered one:

“In order to get this space we had to have 3 interviews with the Chinese society upstairs because they own this building and they were totally cool. They were so happy when we told them what we did, that it wasn’t just clothing – that we do art shows and get people together.”

The art, staff, curation, and atmosphere at El Kartel make it a distinct and vital space in Vancouver’s cultural and artistic landscape. El Kartel has been able to sell some of the most unique clothing and street wear in the city as well as give opportunities to various artists and designers for over a decade. The transition of the store into the larger Chinatown space opens up El Kartel to even more exciting collaborations in the years to come. 


Spring Summer 2015 El Kartel Lookbook Part 2 May 05 2015, 0 Comments

Look book was shot by Billie Danger in Vancouver featuring models Daniela Flores and Goiatz.

El Kartel Spring Summer 2015 Lookbook Part 1 May 05 2015, 0 Comments

Look book was shot by Billie Danger in Vancouver featuring models of the moment Daniela Flores and Goiatz. 

to view to full album clic here: 


Fenntessa Swimwear Show 05.02.2015 at El Kartel Chinatown April 30 2015, 0 Comments

SS15 Fenntessa X El Kartel Bikini Fashion Show MAy 2nd 2015 at El Kartel Chinatow. 104 E. Pender St.

Doors @8pm , show at 9pm , party to follow.

The Growler Show March 28 2015, 0 Comments

El Kartel in Chinatown hosted " The Growler Show " featuring local artists. In collaboration with UnTapped and Worthy Brewing.

To view the full album click here:



El Kartel in the WESTENDER Newspaper March 20 2015, 0 Comments

"El Kartel carves out spot on Granville" by Niki Hope.

He is a kid from Mexico with a love of snowboarding, art, music, and fashion, and he somehow managed to carve out a clothing business in downtown Vancouver.

In 1999, Pablo Zamudio told his mom, who was back home in Guadalajara, that he was going to Canada for just six months. His plan was to get a job, make money, go back home, and open a business.

“It’s been 15 years, and I’m still here,” he says, laughing. “But now I am married to a beautiful Canadian, and I have my shop.”

Today, he owns two El Kartel locations – one on Granville Street and the other in Chinatown.

“We’ve always been about supporting the community,” Zamudio says about his stores. “We try not to follow trends. Our stores they are kind of like our house – we spend so much time there, so for us it’s really important the music that we play, the artwork that we display, and that people come and hang out with us all of the time, because it feels like home; it feels like someone’s house – the vibe.”

Zamudio opened El Kartel with a single location on Robson Street in 2003. Just before the 2010 Olympics, they were forced to move.

He managed to find a space in the 1000-block of Granville Street – the closest location he could find – and re-opened El Kartel, which sells streetwear for both men and women.

Last year, Zamudio expanded his operations into a larger store in Chinatown, where they hold art openings and music events along with offering their many popular lines, including Zanerobe, Stussy, Converse, Native and Asics shoes, Zespy, Penfield, Super sunglasses, and more.

“Right now we are focusing a lot on some European brands, some Australian and Kiwi brands,” says Zamudio, whose enthusiasm is infectious.

Zamudio, who did graphic design work when he first arrived in Canada, credits his rise from new immigrant to business owner to meeting the right people at the right time.

The name El Kartel is obviously a play on the word cartel, but Zamudio changed the spelling to make it not so literal. The word has two meanings, according to Zamudio – the first being the gang idea, while the less well-known carteles means a poster or advertising. The meaning of the latter is significant to Zamudio, because he loves the cool old posters for wrestling matches, music, and bullfights that he grew up seeing in Mexico.

Even his company logo is the head of a Mexican wrestler, a nod to his culture and his clever aesthetic.

• Follow Niki Hope on Twitter at @NikiMHope




Native Shoes 'Apollo' Launch Party March 05 2015, 0 Comments

On Thursday, March 5 FBOMB Trading Inc presented the Native Shoes Apollo Moc launch, Spring 15 collection release, Madbury Club photo exhibition & the Native Tongues release party at El Kartel in Chinatown, Vancouver!

Thanks to all the media, bloggers, De La Cruz PR, Native Shoes and everybody who came through!

Photos by Victoria Black (Lindsays Diet)

To view full album clic here:



Dia de Los Muertos at El Kartel November 01 2014, 0 Comments

To celebrate The Day of the Dead, El Kartel, La Mezcaleria, Tribe and Skunk have come together to produce a theatrical evening featuring live DJ sets and instrumental performances, visual projections, face painting by professional makeup artists, classic Mexican drinks, special surprises, and thematic decoration including an altar.

To view the full album clic here: