W. & J. Wilson store at the entrance to Trounce Alley.
Fashions come and go, but classic tailoring, leather shoes and cashmere sweaters remain fundamental. Since 1862, this family-owned retailer anchoring Tounce Alley’s northwest corner, has outfitted everyone from politicians to priests to, of course, tourists in apparel from venerable European labels, like Viyella and Harris Tweed. And don’t miss the selection of Italian leather shoes and bags. 1221 Government Street; 250-383-7177; wandjwilson.com
Trounce Alley is a discrete passage connecting two main thoroughfares in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. It has a long history as a commercial strip, albeit a tiny one. It goes back to the mid-1800s when developer and architect Thomas Trounce designed the lane to provide easy access to stores he owned.