Meet 5 Hip, New Vendors at the Revamped Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Chinatown’s young creatives have teamed up with the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association to breathe new life into the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market– the neighbourhood’s popular annual summer event.

For those who grew up attending the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, set in Canada’s largest Chinatown, many of usual food and trinket vendors (think blinged-out cell phone cases, toys, Chinese street eats) are returning. The new vendors joining the throng add a tempting mish-mash of handmade wares including hand pies, home accessories, stationary, crafts, jewelry and books.

Meet some of the hip, new Vancouver Chinatown Night Market vendors after the jump. Continue reading:
Meet 5 Hip, New Vendors at the Revamped Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Vancouver Eastside Flea Market Launches Saturday, June 8

Photo credit: Eastside Flea

Photo credit: Eastside Flea

Does your ideal Vancouver Saturday include a lazy stroll, people watching, bargain hunting and curiosity browsing? If that sounds about right, head over to Wise Hall (1882 Adanac St.) in East Van for the launch of the Eastside Flea summer market series. The first Eastside summer flea market kicks off Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 4pm. The rest of the Eastside Flea summer market events take place Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, August 17.

From farmers markets to craft fairs, Granville Island Public Market, the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market and the warehouse Vancouver Flea Market, Vancouver has many weekend market shopping options. The Eastside Flea is a different breed. It most reminds me of NYC’s popular Brooklyn Flea Market–a fresh mash-up of old and new, locally-made goods plus food. And an undeniably cool crowd of shoppers.

The Eastside Flea is a carefully-curated market that aims to show off Vancouver community. You’ll find a mix of vintage housewares and clothes alongside antiques, artisan products and edibles made by Vancouverites. Admission is by donation with a suggested donation rate of $1. That’s a few bucks cheaper than your average craft fair. Continue reading:
Vancouver Eastside Flea Market Launches Saturday, June 8

Got Craft? shows off Vancouver DIY culture, May 6

Photo credit: Just Potters Vancouver Pottery Studio

DIY fair Got Craft? returns to Commercial Drive this Sunday, May 6. This biannual Vancouver event features over fifty local vendors selling a mix of jewellery, clothing, bath and body, paper goods, home accessories, artwork, plush kids’ toys, chocolate and more.

Why get crafty? Because “mall” is a four letter word and spring is full of gift-worthy occasions. Mother’s Day and an onslaught of weddings join the usual round up of bdays and anniversaries. Everything at Got Craft? is made by Vancouver’s talented community of artisans. And you often get to meet the artisans at the event.

While spring craft fairs abound, Got Craft? goes out of its way to amp up the ubiquitous show and sale with food carts, a DJ and even a DIY Sewing Lounge by Spool of Thread – the beloved East Van sewing hive.

Find out more about the exciting new vendors appearing at Got Craft? after the jump. Continue reading:
Got Craft? shows off Vancouver DIY culture, May 6

Nifty for Fifty indie design sale is back, April 22

Bikini bottoms by Gastown-based Daub + Design. Photo credit: Daub + Design

Occasionally the title says it all. Nifty for Fifty – a sale featuring nifty goods all for $50 or less – is succinct poetry.

On Sunday April 22, over 25 Vancouver designers and artists will gather under one roof at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) for the fifth annual Nifty for Fifty sale, which runs from 11am-8pm. Known as an April Boxing Day for local design, this sale happens only once a year and offers shoppers deep discounts on unique pieces with fine craftsmanship.

MSN Travel slammed Vancouver fashion, naming Vancouver as one of the world’s worst-dressed cities due to an overabundance of yoga pants worn as street wear. Here’s your chance to view the counterargument.

Noteworthy participants include print-happy Adhesif Clothing, the chic, Gastown-based Allison Wonderland, leather work master Erin Templeton, and swimwear by Daub + Design. Find out more about participating designers after the jump. Continue reading:
Nifty for Fifty indie design sale is back, April 22

Exclusive collection Marni for H&M lands at the Pacific Centre March 8

Marni for H&M; Image: H&M

Big news, design buffs. Vancouver’s downtown Pacific Centre is the only BC retail location and one of just two west coast locations to get the exclusive Marni for H&M collection, which launches in a week.

Marni is a Milan-based label known for its signature prints and eccentric statement accessories. Consuelo Castiglioni founded the cult-brand in 1994 and it’s grown to become one of the hottest global runway tickets.

The Marni for H&M collection is among the most exciting gobbets of Vancouver style news this spring. The sporty yet sophisticated spring capsule includes looks for women and men that are actually affordable and wearable. It’s already created a media buzz thanks to the artsy Marni for H&M commercial directed by Sofia Coppola. Then there was the mega-hyped collection launch party with Drew Barrymore, Freida Pinto, Winona Ryder and Milla Jovovich. Get a sneak peek at looks from the collection after the jump. Continue reading:
Exclusive collection Marni for H&M lands at the Pacific Centre March 8