Gather Pop-Up Shop in Gastown, July 27-29: Creativity, Community and Collections to Covet

Urban socials are the new craft fair and Gather Pop-Up Shop, on in Gastown July 27-29, is your chance to find out more about the latest breed of creative community shopping event.

More intimate and more curated than a market, Gather takes place in the former Boneta space at 1 East Cordova and features collections by 20 local designers plus eight creative workshops.

The designers (AW by Andrea Wong, Love Jules Leather, Fleet Objects) are unquestionably a draw. The workshops add the extra dazzle to a fun, summer social event.

Attendees have a chance to learn all the latest Instagram tricks, hairstyling, how to build a terrarium, cocktail mixology with a Boneta bartender and even embroidery, while making new friends.

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Gather Pop-Up Shop in Gastown, July 27-29: Creativity, Community and Collections to Covet

New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

New Portobello West designer Marian + Hazel. Photo credit: Marian + Hazel

It’s market season in Vancouver. Dana covered the recent Chinatown Night Market opening and the battle between the two Richmond Night Markets. I’ve blogged about the slew of Vancouver farmer’s markets openings in late May and early June.

Now it’s time for Portobello West Fashion + Art Market May 26 – 27,  featuring fresh, local talent in a variety of design forms from jewellery to art.

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New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

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.

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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