The demand for sustainable fashion is growing faster than ever in Canada. More and more fashionistas are making the switch to eco-conscious, locally-made clothing, and we can see why; not only is it helping to support local brands, but it’s better for the environment too! Now, small independent pop up shows are giving shoppers a new way to shop sustainable fashion in their community.
First Pick Handmade, a small independent pop up show, is coming to Vancouver March 16-17, showcasing fashion collections from over 30 Canadian indie fashion and accessory designers with a sustainable focus. Vancouverites will be able to shop from the designers’ debuting spring collections, and even personally meet the people who make the clothing (all designs featured are head to toe handmade).
“We’ve seen some real success with our market,” says Janna Hurtzig, First Pick Handmade Founder, and Curator, “We’ve hosted three shows, and, in that time, we’ve already been noted as the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver’s pick for sustainable shopping. I think we offer a really unique market experience in that we offer fashion and accessories only, and all handmade by local and Canadian designers.”
If you’re looking to shake up your wardrobe with more slow fashion items (fast fashion is so passé, non?), this is the best way to shop a wide variety of sustainable brands under one roof! Here’s everything you need to know…
What: First Pick Handmade – Spring Canadian indie designer pop-up sale
When: March 16-17, 11AM-6PM
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St. Vancouver
Note: In an effort to keep the event as low waste as possible, shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bag
Shoppers will find women, men and genderless items, including clothing, jewelry, bags, belts, wallets, activewear, lingerie, skincare, beauty and shoes.
Here’s a sneak peek at the vendors who will be in attendance:
Clothing for Women: Sans Soucie Textiles, Modeluxe Designs, Kate and Frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Couture Therapy, Silver and Gold Clothing (AG + AU), Dogwood Denim Apparel, Harly Jae, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Black Hole and Novel Supply
Clothing for Men: Novel Supply, Dogwood Denim, Stede Menswear and Street and Saddle
Jewelry: Black Solv, Billy Would, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Roberto Fioravanti, Zula Jewellery, Joanna Lovett Sterling, Shesso
Bags, Belts + Wallets: Bronsino Designs, My Bukuro, Joseph Henry Workshop, Fiveleft Leather
Active Wear and Lingerie: Daub and Design/Daub Active, Revol Girl Period-Proof Panties
Skin Care and Beauty: Conscious Care, Element Botanicals, IceMelk by Craft Lipstick
Shoes: Amy Slosky
Vendor’s with Men’s/Genderless Items:
Stede Menswear (men’s button-down shirts and knit tees) Bronsino (belts, belt bags, pouches), Black Solv (jewelry), Kolton Babych (jewelry), Roberto Fioravanti, (jewelry), Zula Jewelry, Billy Would Designs (belt buckles, bottle openers, keychains), Joseph Henry Workshop (wallets, shaving kits, key fobs, card holders), Novel Supply (clothing), Dogwood Denim (custom fit jeans), My Bukuro (totes with interchangeable straps, key and transit pass lanyards), Conscious Care (CBD Oil creams, oils), Street and Saddle (special edition designs), Fiveleft Leather (leather wallets, bags and accessories), Amy Slosky (made to order shoes) and Element Botanicals (skincare)
Interested in checking out this pop-up sale? Tickets are $3 at the door, or through Eventbrite.