Anna Gilkerson’s current Makenew collection is at Love, Me Boutique all day today! I was at the shop last eve and was so impressed by the whole scene. Anna has managed to create collections of vintage clothes with such cohesion and a small footprint.
I love the concept. Recycled clothes are great… but we can feel sometimes like it is second best. Makenew is the perfect antidote. Each piece takes on new life within the theme of the collection, it finds new ways to be worn that are current and in great taste. Kinda like have a personal shopper and a stylist- but you will still spend less than you would shopping new!
Check out the website to see the collections and the great fashion photos (you can shop online too!). http://makenewvintage.blogspot.com/
It is totally worth going to see the clothes in person though. Head down to my favorite shop in Halifax, Love, Me Boutique!
1539 Birmingham St
Halifax, NS B3J 2J6
I love earrings. It will be something I really miss in this year of no shopping. I like to have new earrings all the time. A different pair for each outfit really. I guess this addiction has left me with some limitations in my shopping choices because although there are a lot of incredible jewelers in the province there are not a lot whose work I could afford on an ongoing basis. So I was extremely pleased to find Rita Van Tassel’s work in Love, Me Boutique last summer. I got a great pair of bright orange and teal earrings for a perfect $24. I realized later that Rita and I had gone to school together on the South Shore. We met again at the Crafter’s Market in December where I purchased another pair (or 2) of her dangly goods. They are my favorites and I will not tire of them any time soon. Rita’s work is totally stylish, playful, locally made and sustainably sourced. Almost all of her materials are off cuts too small for other projects but perfect for you and your feathery, fringy fancies. You can find her on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RitaVanTassel
Today is Sunday December 5th 2010 and I have some treats for you! Of course the Halifax Crafter’s Market is on again today from 11-6… that is where I am headed first. Yesterday was great, lots of people, energy and a very cheerful bunch of very talented makers. I feel fortunate to be included in such a delicious show of creativity, skill and downright art. The sun is shining this morning and I am anxious to get out there and do my part in ridding the need for ziploc bags! Come by to buy, look and have a treat and sweet chat.
Later tonight at Foxy Moon there will be a product launch and art exhibit. I am super excited about my new dry shampoo. It gives me lotsa lift and smells great. Next I will try the organic hair paste. How cool that we can find hair product made right here. Go check it out and support handmade hair. Next someone has to make toothpaste!
So I have a full day ahead and I am ready. See you soon!
(To the left:Wanderlust has beautiful hats, cards and mug hugs!)
Claire and I headed downtown this morning to see what kind of local products our favorite retailers are carrying. Seems to be a little disconnect for some retailers when in comes to selling NS products in their shops. The store owners I talked to today were very supportive of NS goods and would like to be able to offer them to their customers. My friend Wendy, who owns Biscuit General Store, would like to carry more locally made goods but can’t compete when they are being sold directly at craft fairs, Etsy or Farmers Markets. Often small producers are buying their materials at retail prices and aren’t manufacturing in large quantities. So what? Should the customer being willing to pay more? The retailers take a smaller margin? Producers cut costs or increase production? Only sell direct through markets? I am curious what you think.
I did find some beautiful homegrown greats at Biscuit. Sisters Louanna & Hilary Murphy both sell their one of a kind wares at the General Store. Here are some of the pieces I love! Louanna’ s top and floral skirt (right). Hilary’s necklace (below).