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Circle Craft Christmas Market: Fashion Show & Vendors

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Circle Craft Christmas Market, which had its beginnings in the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and now takes up a massive ballroom in the Vancouver Convention Centre West with over 300 artisans.  To celebrate this special year, the Market introduced its first set of fashion shows which featured pieces from forty designers.

Style by Fire attended one of the fashion shows which took place on the Main Stage.  Produced and styled by Ashleigh Said and Carly Bradley who are known for their work with Vancouver Eco Fashion Week, the models skipped down the stage in colourful and funky ensembles.  Each outfit was accompanied by a white screen projecting a drawing of the same outfit detailing which pieces belonged to which designers and their booth number.  It was a fun way to get a sampling of the talent in the room in action.

Don’t miss out on the Circle Craft Market to find special handmade gifts for all those on your Christmas shopping list!  The Market’s last day is on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2013 from 10am to 5pm.


Montreal designer Eve Gravel caught my eye with its sophisticated feminine lines and pretty dresses.  I’m always a sucker for a great dress, seeing as I pretty much never wear pants.  Gravel began studying fashion in Quebec at the tender age of 16 and hasn’t looked back since.  Her brand was born ten years ago and has grown internationally, with a network of retailers in North America and branching out to Beirut and Kuwait.  In Vancouver, you can find her line in Lynnsteven, Forsya Boutique, and Kate French.

My friend Shay tried on a couple of the dresses and sure enough, was instantly transformed into a chic French girl who’s coquettish and always on the go.  Ooh la la!


Kessa Laxton is the Torontonian mother of two behind the children’s clothing brand Patouche.  Using natural fabrics such as cotton and linen and keeping everything from production to distribution locally in Toronto, Patouche strives to support the local economy and resource sustainability.  I’ve seen my share of environmentally conscious clothing lines for the little ones and Patouche’s aesthetic and design really set it apart from the rest.  With immaculate workmanship, the capelets and bonnets have a European sense about them and are incredibly adorable.  Pirate hats? Awww! Booties with little creature toes added to the front? Too cute!

You can find Patouche at the following local retailers: Pebble Baby, Precious & Few, and Room6.


Chloë Angus is a homegrown eco-chic company which designs and produces all its pieces in Vancouver.  Not only does it strive to sustain the environment, it sustains a healthy body image – their clothes are cut to fit women of all shapes, sizes, and ages.  Attention to detail is shown in adding features to increase the wearer’s comfort, such as a seam down the middle of the back to contour the spine and built-in snaps at the shoulder to ensure the top never slips off.

Angus’ signature piece is the versatile button wrap which can be used multiple different ways, including as a shawl and a button down top.  A special Spirit Collection of these wraps were created in collaboration with the First Nations artist Clarence Mills.  He provides five different prints, each featuring a symbolic animal.  These wraps provide the perfect gift for a special lady in your life.

Chloë Angus can be found in its own retail store on Dunbar Street, Vancouver.


Dconstruct Jewelry originates from Winnipeg and makes eco-friendly jewelry made of recycled resin.  Each piece is handmade using discarded architectural materials used to make skylights, store fixtures, and vending machine covers.  The organic and textile details added to the pieces are sourced from developing countries around the world. The bright translucent look of the resin with the modern designs embedded within are what appealed to me.  They represented a marriage between artificial and organic, hard and soft, transparent and solid.  The jewelry line has expanded to include smartphone cases and flower vases.

The pieces are sold throughout North America; in Vancouver, they can be found in Dream Designs, Two of Hearts Clothing Inc., Elements Wellness Centre, and Make at Granville Island.

Photos + Words by Aurora Chan

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