Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Emergency Post from the One of a Kind Show!

As you may or may not know, we're currently showing our wares at the annual One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale here in Toronto.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the show, it's an extravaganza of handmade goods from Canadian, US and international artisans.  Expect to find original fashion, jewellery, fine art, ceramics, bath & body products, foods and many other clever creations.

As an exhibitor, this show is really intense.  It runs for 11 days - Nov 28 - Dec 8, so it's a serious time commitment, but we love it.  The customers truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into our designs and meeting other fellow exhibitors and talking shop is truly a pleasure.

I've had a few opportunities to peruse the other sellers and picked out a few I'd like to mention here.

EssenC Knitwear

When I came across the EssenC booth, I had to stop designer, Sinead Clarke to ask about her design process and talk shop.  By the time we were through, we'd agreed to trade sweaters and hopefully get together after the show is done!  Originally from Ireland she has ventured across the Atlantic to bring her designs here to us.  I think you'll agree that they are very original and inspiring!

Here's the sweater I'm hoping to get.  I'm having trouble deciding what colour I like best.  I'm thinking charcoal grey or brown/beige as it will go with everything.  Plus I'm trying to tone it down and look a little more sophisticated lately.

Rosella Resin Jewellery

Again, I had to stop myself from jumping up and down with excitement when I turned the corner to find Rosella Resin Jewellery.  Sisters Jessica and Gwynne have teamed up to create this line of beautiful, unique, funky jewellery.  Being that it's resin based I was a bit suspicious when Jessica informed me that it was eco friendly, but the formula they use is actually derived from pine oils taken from the waste streams of other manufacturing products.  Encased in these colourful resins are beautiful & delicate feathers, lichens and shells.


An old favourite of mine, Montreal based designers Laurie and Christine have been designing under their label, Cokluch since 2007.  Originally specializing in leather goods from handbags to jackets, they've since expanded to offer a range of women's clothing as well.  Their bags are functional, durable and truly stylish.

Along with this chic and stylish "Bang Bang" Dress, I also picked up my fourth Cokluch purse, a heritage inspired messenger bag with embossed triangle motif in a bright cognac stained leather.

Jennifer Glasgow

And last but not least, I'd like to mention another Montrealer, Jennifer Glasgow.  I've been eyeing up Jennifer's designs for the past few years but was finally seduced by her sophisticated and flattering designs this time around!

The Austin Dress looked great on the hanger and even better when I put it on!  And being that it's made from a hemp/organic cotton blend it was a bit of a no brainer for this eco-fashionista.

I also picked up a dress version of the beautiful Blythe Blouse.  When I went back to pick up my dresses I had the pleasure of chatting with Jennifer Glasgow herself.  We bonded over fabric sourcing and chatted about her shop, General 54 in Montreal.

So although I did break the bank a little, it felt really good to be supporting other like minded designers and artists.  It really gives me peace of mind to know that these goods were made by other small independent businesses who do their best to create jobs and value in their local communities and beyond!

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