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Got Craft? Holiday Market 2013

Got Craft?, Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, began in 2007 by a husband and wife event management and wedding coordination team based in Vancouver.  Its goal is to build and foster support for handmade and D.I.Y. culture by offering a bi-annual boutique style market that features local handmade artisans while giving the public the chance to find one-of-kind items.  The market creates a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, offering free D.I.Y. workshops, music, food trucks, and swag bag giveaways.  Starting with 20 vendors in 2007, the market has steadily grown to this year’s holiday edition which included 75+ artists in East Vancouver’s Maritime Labour Centre.


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Divina Denuevo, Spanish for “Divine Again”, is the collaborative brainchild of the local design duo Victoria Ronco and Dave Kelly.  Both are involved in conceiving and creating one-of-a-kind leather goods made from discarded and second-hand leather with antique hardware accents found in scrap yards and estate sales.  In this way, the brand is ecologically responsible while producing pieces that cannot be duplicated.

What I absolutely love is the mix of simple, clean, structured lines with a touch of ornate antique detailing.  In particular, the skeleton key fastened onto the bags sends the wearer onto an imaginative reverie, wondering what secret the key opened originally.  To help with the puzzle, the designers thoughtfully stitch a label into the interior of the bag explaining what the key was originally used for.  One of my favourites is the Wicklow Leather Handbag (being held by designer Victoria Ronco in photo) – it resembles a bowling bag, both classic and modern at the same time, perfect for holding everything a woman could possibly need on a day out.



Vancouver based jewelry designer Trudy Wynans launched Toodlebunny Designs in 2006.  Inspired by nature’s flora and fauna, Wynans incorporates various metals with natural elements, such as bone, wood, horn and semi-precious stones.  Her designs keep evolving over time which keeps her collections fresh and modern.  I noticed this eclectic aesthetic while browsing the selection on display at her booth; there was something for every type of woman’s fancy.  On one side, there was a selection of understated gold chains with a small pendant on the end.  At the other end of the spectrum, there was a distinctly tribal orange and black stoned necklace, definitely a statement piece.  So the first to go with your weekend brunch outfit and then moving on to the second to offset your black cocktail dress in the evening!



Kari Bergrud came up with the concept for Belvedere when noticing mens’ interest in looking stylish and yet the lack of availability of such accessories on the indie market.  Inspired by the gentlemen of the 50’s as well as the modern chap, Bergrud has created a classic collection of bow ties, suspenders, pocket combs, and tie clips made from vintage forks and spoons.  The name Belvedere originates from an 80’s TV sitcom “Mr. Belvedere” which featured an always impeccably dressed Lynn Belvedere who took on a job as a housekeeper with an American family.  The ties are a stand-out with their subtle colours and light cotton fabric, bringing me back to the days of garden parties and seersucker suits.  Bergrud has also gathered a collection of vintage straight and safety razors which are environmentally sustainable, albeit a bit dangerous to use!  A brand that encourages today’s men to return to an old school approach to self grooming and dapper styling – I’m a full supporter!

Got Craft? certainly offers an intimate boutique style of craft market, so no fear of running out of shopping steam.  There is a variety of gift ideas available, including stationery, toys, ceramics, and housewares, but if it’s a special something for a fashionista in your life, there is probably a larger selection of fashion artisans in the other markets.  Having said that, as you can see above, there are certainly stylish gems to be found here.

Stay tuned for Style by Fire’s announcement of the next Got Craft? Market which will be back in town in May 2014.

Words + Photos by Aurora Chan

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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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Sale Alert: Gentle Fawn Warehouse Sale

Gentle Fawn Warehouse Sale

Check out the once-a-year Gentle Fawn Warehouse Sale! There will be tons of women’s clothing, including sweaters, coats, and dresses. Prices will be up to 90% off retail! They take cash, major credit cards and there will be an ATM on site. Stock will be changing every day, plus we will make ‘special discounts’ each day throughout the sale.


  • What | Gentle Fawn Annual Warehouse Sale
  • Friday November 1st – 11am to 7pm
  • Saturday November 2nd – 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday November3rd – 10am – 4pm
  • Why Shop | Up to 90% off retail!


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6th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale

Nifty for Fifty Spring 2013

I remember the first few Nifty for Fiftys… there were a handful of designers and I swear it was just in an open space somewhere downtown. And now it’s grown into quite the collective sale. For those of us who are on the hunt for new spring stock, I say let’s all head down to the Heritage Hall to support our local designers.



  • What | 6th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale
  • Where | Sunday, April 14th, 2013
  • When | 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • FYI | Admission $1 and bring lots of ca$h so you don’t miss out on the cash-only vendors!
  • Who | Allison Wonderland, Adhesif Clothing, Elroy Apparel, Irit Sorokin Designs, Toodlebunny, and more!

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Sienna Ray & Co pops up in New York

Sienna Ray pop-up shop in Nolita

Vancouver’s Natalie Kathleen brings her leather goods to Nolita, New York, this winter season with a pop-up store! We’re so proud that Vancouver brands like Sienna Ray & Co are making waves in the Big Apple.

The pop-up shop also debuts RAY87, a men’s capsule collection of small leather goods.

For our New York friends, please check out the shop! It’s located at 252 Mott street between Houston & Prince. What a prime location!

Sienna Ray pop-up window details

I remember meeting the designer in 2009 at an event called Designers on Designers where the creative forces modelled one another’s fashion goods in a fun photo shoot.

Sienna Ray & Co

Sienna Ray makes it on Racked – one of my favourite shopping blogs!

Sienna Ray - bobbi

Check out the bobbi, a shoulder bag suitable for weekend shopping trips or glam nights out.

Sienna Ray - mackenna

Love this envelope style mackenna clutch.

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New Online Stores in Vancouver

In the past year or so, we’ve been seeing a trend among Vancouver retailers: they’re moving online. Last week, we saw Aritzia join the e-commerce ranks, and here’s a post to highlight other local brands that are making waves in the online sphere.

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(212) New Website 2012

Two One Two launched a new e-commerce website this past November 28th. Check out this Stella dress. A-ma-zing. Also be sure to check out their side-paneled leather sleeve Casey dress.

Modern Mix Boutique

Modern Mix Boutique's new jewelry e-commerce site

Vanessa of Modern Mix Vancouver has always had a love for making jewelry. Launched this past month as well,  you can get your hands on  a selection of well-curated styles available conveniently at Modern Mix Boutique!


Obakki's new website launched on September 12, 2012

Obakki redid their website this past September, and though I’ve always loved their former site, this new one is more on trend with WordPress style sites, and brings centre to attention the humanitarian aspect of creative director Treana Peake’s passion.

Avery by Wang

Avery by Wang

Annching Wang of Avery by Wang launched her revolutionary 3-piece collection last spring in March, as well as her e-commerce site. Each piece is to-die-for, and are timeless for any occasion. As per her philosophy, buy what you love. And I’m sure you’ll love her sophisticated and understated designs. Watch out for a series of one-piece collections soon.

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