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Make It! The Handmade Revolution is the largest independent retail show of its kind in Western Canada, with shows in both Vancouver and Edmonton. Owned and operated by the sibling team Jenna and Chandler Herbut who are designers themselves, the idea behind the market arose from their own personal experiences in having difficulty getting their friends to come visit them at traditional craft fairs. With Make It!, they strive to overhaul the craft market image and transform it into a hip and upbeat experience for shoppers, complete with food carts, licenced bar, and groovy tunes to pump up the vibe. In addition, they create a platform for Canadian independent artists who create ethically made products to showcase and sell their wares. Win-win opportunity for all!
Over the years Make It! has grown and flourished, and this year is the biggest one yet with over 250 artisans setting up shop inside the PNE Forum. Shoppers can choose from a wide spectrum of handmade items, from pottery to felt brooches of your boyfriend’s likeness (for when you want to literally wear your heart on your sleeve or lapel). What was a bonus for a frugal fashionista like myself was the fact that many of the items were very reasonably priced, especially compared to other markets. And there was no doubt that inwardly reminiscing to the 80’s new wave tunes heard overhead enhanced my stroll up and down the aisles. Thanks to the DJ who knew how to win my heart!
Dancing Leaf Design
Dancing Leaf Design had already caught my eye at the Hycroft Manor Christmas Market a week ago and didn’t lose any of its lustre the second go round. Noriko Mahoney is the creator behind the brand who derives inspiration from small treasures in nature and transforms them into delicate jewelry made of Japanese lace. Each piece is beautifully intricate and featherlight; wearing one of her creations adds an air of elegance to the wearer while at the same time feeling invisible as they weigh next to nothing. My friend Liz fell in love with them all and was making subtle hints to her hubby….isn’t there some big day coming up in the next month that involves gift giving?
HJN Leather Craft Co.
As for myself, I fell in love with HJN Leather Craft Co. at first sight. Made of ethically sound high quality vegetable tanned leather, the handbags and accessories are hand sewn using a traditional saddle stitch method. Hand stitching is stronger than the usual lock stitch used in sewing machines and is favoured by leather workers for its durability. Over time, as with all leather, the goods will soften and develop a wonderfully rich patina from exposure to the elements and oil from the owner’s skin. The minimalist clean lines and structured forms are what made me melt with desire. I’ve been looking for the Perfect Purse forever and HJN may have made the closest one to date.
Under:story is the collaborative brand of knitwear and fashion design by two friends, Terri Potratz and Kim Cathers. Both emerging designers themselves, they bonded over their shared passion and aligned design sense, and decided to merge their talents. Kinda sounds like how the Style by Fire team was created! Newly launched in Fall 2013, Under:story uses reclaimed cotton and leather to add embellished touches to their one-of-a-kind garments, jewelry, accessories, and home décor. I immediately recognized Kim Cathers from Project Runway Canada and Vancouver ECO Fashion Week fame, and it was inspiring to see how her career has evolved over the years. Their pieces are indeed very unique, many a little puzzling on the hanger and only coming together when worn on the body. They leave a lot of room for creativity, allowing the wearer to play and come up with her own personal interpretation on how to wear them.
Davie & Chiyo
Davie & Chiyo began as a pet project of sister duo Fumi and Himi Bull who designed and made clutches for bridal parties. Their success in the bridal market has led to their growth into a multi-machine studio operation with a team of sewers. Their line has also expanded considerably to include casual tote bags, day handbags, hair accessories, and jewelry. I especially loved the recycled kimono fabric and sleek telegram leather clutches. All the accessories showed polished craftsmanship and construction.
Make It! Market continues this weekend until Sunday December 1st. Don’t miss out!
Photos + Words by Aurora Chan
No need to visit retailers south of the border this year. For the first time, Vancouver is fully embracing competing with cross-border shopping. You’ll find great sales in one of our trendiest shopping neighbourhoods, Gastown. For a full list of sales, check out Gastown.org for more details.
Board of Trade Co
There were over two hundred shoppers who attended the RedDot shopping gala at Holt Renfrew Vancouver on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. This event kicked off the first annual RedDot Shopping Week, the promotes local spending for Christmas.
Holt Renfrew dedicated 10 percent of the event’s sales to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care in support of Mount St. Joseph Hospital Rapid Access Breast Clinic.
Holt Renfrew Divisional Vice President and GM Dana Hall said, “We are very proud be part of Red Dot Shopping Week and were thrilled to welcome so many to shop our store on Saturday night. Our donation to Tapestry Foundation, and 4 additional charities we supported this month through shopping events, allows us to give back to a community that is very good to us.”
Info gathered from RedDot Shopping Week’s Facebook page
Photos by Miranda Sam
On Thursday, November 21st, Bootlegger hosted a fantastic party celebrating the launch of their contemporary Temperance line. The line is named after the Temperance social movement of the early 19th century. Although historically it was based on alcohol prohibition, the Bootlegger team felt the women behind the movement proved to be strong female role models of their time.
At the event, we snacked on delicious bites, and sipped on bubbly while perusing the store. There were some super cute dresses perfect for the holidays: ostrich-style feather skirts matched with a slim black bodice, an art deco sequinned strapless styles in nude, and more.
A group of models showed off the latest collection of clothes throughout the evening. Here’s a cute candid shot of two models sharing a moment!
I saw a pair of Mavi jeans look fabulous on Laura, Bootlegger’s Digital Marketing Coordinator. But when it came to my turn in the fitting room, although they looked great on me too, the pockets showed through. I was disappointed, but had to walk away. I knew I was going to find something by the end of the night, so I kept shopping!
Ultimately, I found a very cute art-deco style sequin top. I figured I can’t have enough black in my wardrobe (only half-kidding). It has an intricate design, but the overall style is simple enough that it won’t be relegated to being only holiday wear in my closet.
And how could Aurora & I resist dressing up like twins again? This cowichan-inspired sweater is great for wintery days. In fact, Bootlegger has a great selection of colours ranging from cream to the ever popular tan, and various shades of grey.
The next time you’re at Metropolis, Kitsilano, or Guildford, be sure to check out Bootlegger. There’s something for everyone!
- Event | Holt Renfrew Black Friday
- Date Thursday November 28th and Friday November 29th
- Time | 7 AM – 10 PM
- Location | Oh you know where it is!
- Reason | Up to 40% designer fashions!
Whether or not they are pegged as “Black Friday” sales or events, it seems that many local retailers have strategically timed shopping events to occur around America’s infamous shopping day. Here are a few we’ve gathered that are taking place in Kits that are doors away from one another. Does this give you good enough reason to skip the borders? I don’t know about you, but I think I just convinced myself to shop local instead.
There’s always a cool event going on at Nicole Bridger‘s flagship store. This Thursday, check out a new accessories launch while enjoying samples by Cocoa Nymph, and hot tea by O5 Tea Bar. Did we also mention there were chair massages? If you can’t make it this week, it’s also on next week, so mark your shopping calendar.
- Event | Shop Night with Nicole Bridger
- Dates | Thursday, Nov 28th and Thursday,
- Time | Dec 5th @ 5:00 – 9:00pm
- Location | 2151 West 4th Ave
Two of Hearts
The lovely ladies at Two of Hearts have officially declared this as their Black Friday event. Tabitha & Jenny will be hosting a Holiday Magic fashion show. I wonder will there be any black magic involved?
- Event | Two of Hearts Fashion Show & Shopping Party
- Date | Friday, November 29th, 2013
- Time | Show @ 7:30, store open til 9:00pm
- Location | 1986 West 4th Ave
- Discount |20% off all regular priced items AND an additional 25% of all red sticker sale items for a savings of 40 – 75% off!
C. by Chelsea
This is one of my favourite new Kits boutiques. It’s locally designed and manufactured, and you’ll find unique pieces here.
- Event | C. by Chelsea Black Friday Weekend
- Dates | November 29th – December 1st
- Location | 1834 West 4th Ave
- Discount | Before tax
- SPEND $100 RECEIVE $10 OFF
SPEND $200 RECEIVE $30 OFF
SPEND $300 RECEIVE $50 OFF
Pure Magnolia is moving to a new bigger studio and is cleaning house to get ready for it. Everything from Furniture to fabrics is up for sale. They will even be selling off some of theirold samples and accessories at very low prices.
Whats up for sale:
Cutting table base, light fixtures, storage racks, scrap fabrics and laces, Rolls of knits and laces, drapery, fascinators, veils, sample dresses, mirrors, beading and trims. dress form, display tables and more.
- What | Pure Magnlia Moving Sale
- When | Saturday November 23r @ 9am – 5pm
- Where | Location: #103 1258 Lynn Valley Rd North Vancouver. The entrance to the upstairs offices is next to the Dairy Queen.
- Payment accepted | Cash, Visa, Mastercard or Debit.
The name John Fluevog is legendary in Vancouver, practically synonymous with our rainy city as Douglas Coupland and Seth Rogan. And like all legends, his footwear is adored and revered by locals and celebrities alike. Just take a peek at Fluevog’s website to see why; specifically, the Flueseum page. Here you’ll find a pictorial history of the brand’s more outstanding designs, and one thing becomes clear – this guy has a vivid imagination and a lively sense of humour.
This year the self-professed “Hardest Working Man in Shoe Business” held his annual sample sale on November 19th at the flagship store in Gastown. The first thing I love about this sale is the opening hours – unlike most other sample sales which begin in the middle of the afternoon and end at 6 or 7pm, this sale starts at 5pm and continues until 11pm! No need to sneak out of the office early and fight with rush hour traffic to run panting to the doors before they close. Instead, you have the choice of sneaking out early to get first dibs, or you can take your leisurely time making your way to Gastown with hours to spare. You could even go home, shower, have dinner, and then head over to the store for some late-night retail therapy.
The second thing I love about this sale is the simple and clear pricing system. All shoes were $139, and all boots were $199. That’s it. No need to search for the price somewhere hidden on the shoe, or wrap your eyes around people trying to find the price list on the wall that sets out what the purple circle sticker means. Besides funky footwear, Fluevog has also branched out into handbags and belts which were also discounted. These accessories did have the colour coding price list, which made sense as a belt and a large leather bag are obviously going to cost differently.
For those of you who missed this legend’s sample sale, you will have to wait another 364 days for the next one, alas. Don’t despair, however, as Fluevog does hold other smaller sales throughout the year.
Words + Photos by Aurora Chan
Roxanne Nikki Pop-Up Shop
Roxanne Nikki is a Winnipeg-born internationally renown designer who has dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet. She held one of her anticipated pop-up shops on November 15 and 16 in Robson Square (side unrelated note – the 15th also marked the opening of the ice rink to the public for the winter season!).
The clearance sale featured pieces up to 90% off retail. It also featured a couple of models showcasing her edgy designs while also working double duty as sales associates. What a smart idea to have live models to bring her clothes to life, albeit on 6′ women with size 0 figures. There was even a clearance rack with faux fur and pleather pants for $20, which means even frugal fashionistas can own a piece of this highly regarded designer! Be sure to check out her next sale when it comes around.
Words + Photos by Aurora Chan
Editor Agency Sample Sale
Editor Agency is a Canadian wholesaler of fashion accessories, supplying to retailers worldwide. It represents three brands – Mimi & Marge Jewelry and Handbags, Harriet Grey Jewelry, and Chandi Scarves. Beginning November 14th, it held its periodic weekend sample sale. I always make the point of stopping by this sale as the prices are amazing and I usually discover a gem or two, or three if I’m lucky.
This time around was no different pricing-wise, but I wasn’t lucky in finding anything for myself, ah well. The perimeter of the room was filled with Mimi & Marge handbags, all for $10! Can’t beat that price for a basic functional tote bag or purse for everyday use. The interior was filled with bins of both Mimi & Marge and Harriet Grey jewelry, all at great prices. Be prepared to devote some time here sifting through the baggies of tiny silver and gold goodies. And last but not least, one wall features the colourful and soft Chandi scarves, all at amazing prices. They’re a great way to spice up a black or grey coat.
Don’t miss out on this sale for very affordable ways to add flare to any outfit, and they also make great gifts for girlfriends!
Words + Photos by Aurora Chan
Oak + Fort Warehouse Sale
There’s not too much to say about the Oak + Fort warehouse sale, except that if you want a piece of it next time, go on the first day and go early! On the first day at about 4pm, most of the stock had already gone out the door. When I arrived the 2nd day just after noon, there was barely any styles left.
There were some great pieces like the furry jacket perfect for a hippie music festival for only $10, and lots of tops and bottoms priced at $38. I was also in love with these striped denim pants at $30, but the hips weren’t fitted at all. And really, I’m not about to get something altered if I buy it from a warehouse sale.
Since the store has moved to a new location, some of their merchandising was on sale too, like the ladder they use to merchandise scarves and the lighting above the cash desk. I guess the main point is that I’ve learned my lesson to head there early on the first day, if possible!
Words + Photos by Miranda Sam