I’m a full-time vancouver plus size fashion designer, though I do seem to be making more and more things for smaller girls too lately ! Currently, my clothes (sizes 4-22) sell at Planet Claire in vancouver (212 Abbott st. in gastown) Each piece is handmade by me! <3 Jane Bonbon
Two cultural happenings strangely began during the same week this year: the Olympics, and New York Fashion Week. In honor of both events, I’ve found a few fashion and accessories designers located in the Olympics host city, Vancouver, BC. One of my favorite cities in the world, I was thrilled to have a chance to virtually explore Vancouver for local designers and their beautiful creations.
The first designer, Mehran, has so many great things I had a hard time choosing just one to feature. I settled on this pleated bag because I love her story behind it–after she made a custom bag for someone, she was so happy with how it turned out she decided to make more. I can see why she was happy– this bag is a perfect way to accessorize any fashion you choose to sport.
See this top? Well it may not be available for long because I just might have to pick it up myself it’s so perfect for me and by post-two-babies-body. This design, by Christintina, is a perfect example of how jersey can be really flattering, when it’s gathered. The fabric this designer uses also happens to be organic bamboo, which is incredibly soft and comfortable.
This red jacket by Littlehouses [previously featured] is the perfect thing for this post about Vancouver and New York. This Vancouver designer has a New York eye–the model could definitely work it on the runway. Red lips, pixie hair, and totally fab red jacket–red is definitely not my color, but this is very tempting. The fabric of the jacket is a thick, soft cotton, my favorite because it’s seasonless, so you can wear it anytime–whether you’re in Vancouver, New York, or (hopefully) somewhere much warmer.
I’ve been daydreaming lately about throwing a lovely cocktail party, full of fancy dresses, music, laughter and great conversation. Unfortunately, my apartment is barely big enough for my craft supplies, let alone guests. I am undeterred, however; a cocktail party will come my way sooner or later, and when it does, I’ll be ready with the perfect handmade outfit.
Fashion in Hawaii is pretty casual, which means I’ll be extra excited to slip into this gorgeous 1950’s style silk dress by Fiori di Arancio. The high neckline, full skirt, and short sleeves are chic and elegant, while the organza bow adds the perfect touch of sweet. The dress can be made in any color silk, but I love the patterned fabric shown on the model–it’s classic, subtle and sure to turn heads among the little black dresses.
What’s a cocktail dress without the perfect statement-making ring? This bezel set option by Blue Wave Jewelry will add just a little bit of sparkle and modern flair to my vintage-style dress–a fashion juxtaposition, if you will. The different dimensions of this druzy quartz stone will catch the light perfectly, and set it apart from your typical cocktail ring. The oval shape and wide sterling silver bezel setting are classic.
A great clutch is always a must when you’re dressing up for a night out. This simple black option by Designs By Ambiana is made of vegan leather, lined, and includes a small pocket. It’s large enough to hold all of your things, but small enough that it won’t compete with the cocktail dress. The silver purse frame and chain will coordinate perfectly with the silver jewelry, and the pattern on the vegan leather is just the perfect amount of texture.
Now that I have my perfect cocktail party outfit, all I need is an invitation, and a drink!
**The image featured at the top of this article is a photograph by The Bunny Cage.
This week, I decided to take a trip abroad to bring you the Shop Local post. My finger landed on Tel Aviv, Israel on the ol’ Etsy globe. I hope, one day, to be able to visit Israel – so much culture, so much history – but for now, this virtual shopping excursion will have to suffice!
Neta Amir is a formally trained fashion designer who left the commercial fashion industry to create one of a kind dolls. Her dolls’ quirky sense of fashion created such a following that she was convinced to recreate their accessories in people-size! The slippers above are the result of this inspiration! Neta describes the comfort of these slippers as like “walking in a blanket.” Yes, please!
Shlomit Ofir, who has a degree in industrial design, creates unique & affordable jewelry.
And now for something completely different…
Gabby from Post creates these wild “tattoo” socks! Let this winding design poke out of a skirt or cropped trousers and you will certainly turn some heads at the office. Post also stocks vinyl decals and textural silver rings, designed by Tal.
Limor from OTIOT is also a trained textile designer working towards her degree in industrial design. She features sun dresses, onesies, and other children’s clothing in addition to the burp cloths pictured above that she will personalize in any language!
If you’re lucky enough to be in the area, stop by the Tel-Aviv Contemporary Crafts Market that’s held every Tuesday and Friday in the Nahlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall! Purchase handmade wares from the artisans themselves and discover that self-expression through craft knows no bounds.
Sweet slips to let peek out from under your skirts.
A Slip Shop: I am Kaity and I love fashion and creating. And, to my very supportive husband’s dismay, I love trying new things and DIYing myself through life. I can’t say that I have any specific hobbies or loves (other than my husband and adorable children and, well, fashion, and oreo blizzards, and…okay, so maybe I’m not completely accurate here.), mainly because my hobbies and interests are always changing and evolving.