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Many thanks!

Many many thanks to everyone who came to our *first ever* Spring First Pick Handmade Market. We had so much fun and are over the moon with the support that we felt from everyone at the show. We know there are so many places for you to spend your time and consumer dollars, and we...
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First Pick profiles BLACK SØLV

We are here, it’s our final designer profile, and we are, in some ways, taking it back where it all began for Spring… You see, when we did First Pick last Fall, we didn’t have room for all the amazing makers and designers that we wanted to host at our show, and coupled with the...
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First Pick profiles Hand and Sew

We’re just a few days away from our show, so we’re madly getting everything packed up and organized, and it’s at times like these when you really appreciate things that make life easier… and we really appreciate a well thought out bag! It’s fitting then that we should be looking at Hand and Sew leather...
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We <3 Creators Vancouver!

We don’t always get a chance to read blog posts, but one blog we LOVE to check out is Creators Vancouver, which spotlights some of the many talents this city has to offer. As designers, it’s often all about the process, and we love peeking into the lives of local creatives through these thoughtful interviews....
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First Pick profiles Supernova Clothing

We’ve set our focus on Modern Classics this week, and as we lead up to the show, we’re thinking more and more about what exactly makes something classic… Is it a style? An attitude? A feeling of familiarity, even if we’ve never been there before? Or is it an image in our mind, combining cues...
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First Pick profiles Joanna Lovett Sterling

We’re into the home stretch, and after so many months of thinking about our show, it feels so good to have it within sight… So this week, our final Spring 2018 focus is on the Modern Classic. We are looking beyond trend, beyond 2018, and into the future, by staying grounded by what just plain...
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First Pick profiles Couture Therapy

We are less than a week from our show, and we are finishing off our Eco Chic Week with Couture Therapy… we have so many Eco Fashion designers at our show that we had to carry things over to the weekend, but when it comes to fashion AND the environment, we can always manage to...
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First Pick profiles Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere

It’s Saturday, but with so many Eco-Friendly brands at our First Pick Handmade Show this Spring, we’re working on the weekend to spread the love for this planet and have carried over EcoChic Week for a few more days! We’re now only a week until our show opens at Heritage Hall and we are working...
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First Pick profiles Conscious Care

Friday, Fri-Yay! We’re so excited as every day passes, we are counting down the days until our show (8 days to go!) and part of our excitement stems from connecting with all the companies at the show. We know it will be pure magic to have so many local and eco-aware brands in one space,...
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First Pick profiles Le Fil Rouge Textiles

Hello Thursday! We are shining the spotlight all this week on Eco Fashion and Natural Fabrics, so who better than Le Fil Rouge Textiles to get us thinking about Spring! We have to admit we are a little bit biased towards anything both natural and easy to wear these days, and we love linen! We...
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First Pick profiles Jessica Redditt Designs

It’s Wednesday so that means we are halfway through our Eco Chic Week, but today also gets us to the 10 Days To Go mark for our First Pick Handmade Spring Show. We have been working on this show pretty much since our Fall show ended 6 months ago, and with every designer that has...
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First Pick profiles My Bukuro

We are profiling First Pick designers this week who are using their products to create environmental change, and the small shifts we can personally make in our own habits to create waves of change ourselves. I think one of the simplest things we can do to have an impact is to live with greater intention,...
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First Pick profiles (Ag)+(Au) Clothing

Hello Monday!! We’re getting close to our Spring First Pick Handmade Event, and we are so excited in part because we *personally* can’t wait to shop the show. We know we’ll find unique items, but also, we love the high Eco-Fashion and Eco-Friendly quotient, which is often unmatched by typical retail shopping. As makers of...
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Win a $150 Shopping Spree via the Georgia Straight!

We’re excited to offer a chance to win one awesome $150 Shopping Spree via our sponsor The Georgia Straight! Here’s the link, good luck to everyone who enters!!
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First Pick profiles Xzola Beauty

This week we’ve been looking a bit closer at our designers with a focus on Active Living, specifically Active Women. We’re closing out the week by profiling Xzola Beauty, who we are very excited to welcome to our Spring Show, in part because we have known Felix for years, but also because we love the addition...
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Contest Alert!!!

We’ve teamed up with 16 of our wonderful Spring 2018 designers to offer one lucky winner an amazing shopping spree giveaway, happening over on our Instagram (Firstpickyvr). We know you won’t want to miss this opportunity, so make sure you join us on Instagram to enter to win prizes valuing $1750+ Look for the Loop...
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First Pick profiles Bikini Empire

We’re profiling Active Living all this week and with the weather lately, we’ve really been thinking of all things beachy, sandy and (most importantly) sunny! We’ve been daydreaming of how we’ll spend our summer, and a new bathing suit definitely fits into those plans nicely. We’re excited to have Bikini Empire make their First Pick...
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First Pick profiles Billy Would Designs

We’re so longing for Spring, and one of the definite “sounds of spring” has to be the sound of a skateboard hitting concrete… can there be a more West Coast sound than that? But what happens with all those decks once they’ve seen better days you ask… Hopefully, with luck, they are turned over to...
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First Pick Profiles XS Unified

All this week we’re shining a spotlight on First Pick Handmade Designers who make active living easy, and naturally that means spotlighting XS Unified. We love the support they give to female athletes through Team XS Unified as these women shred it up on snow or concrete, and it inspires us to do better in...
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First Pick profiles Daub + Design

It’s a new week, and we’re already feeling rushed getting things ready for the show: delivering postcards, inviting retailers to our event, meeting clients… It can be really hard to keep everything in check and to enjoy a healthy life/work balance, especially in Vancouver. We work so hard just to keep up with the cost...
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First Pick profiles Novel Supply

Our Men’s spotlight week continues, and what guy doesn’t love a good tee? But in a world of t-shirts, some stand to a higher level of standard. Some are made in sweatshops overseas, while some are made right here in Vancouver. Some t-shirts are made with conventional (ie chemically fertilized) cotton, and others are made...
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First Pick profiles Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry

It’s Wednesday, meaning we’re halfway to the weekend, and in need of a bit of a pick-me-up… and there’s just something about jewelry that always helps us stay the course. We all know a well selected piece for a man looks great, so please allow us to introduce one and all to Kolton Babych Fine...
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First Pick profiles KRSD Leather

Our aim this week is to spotlight Men’s Fashion, so while we have the pant situation covered (see yesterday’s post), we know a belt can add the finishing touch and a bit of functional flair. KRSD (cursed) Leather’s offerings are statement making, and built to last. Made in Vancouver by Kevin Santarossa, KRSD Leather stands...
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First Pick profiles DRZDWSK

It’s back to Monday again, which means a whole new week of designer profiles! This week we are spotlighting our makers with Spring items for men, because we know how hard it is to find good men’s clothing and accessories. After years of hearing the familiar refrain of “there’s nothing for me to buy” at...
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First Pick profiles Roberto Fioravanti

It’s the final day of this week where we have celebrated Love, and we couldn’t think of a nicer note to end on than the profile of the super talented Roberto Fioravanti, who has helped so many couples mark their love with his custom designs for weddings, anniversaries and the like… Nothing speaks the same...
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First Pick profiles Quw’utsun’ Made

This week is all about love, and a big part of that love is the love of community and respect for traditions and the environment. We also need to include love for ourselves, and things that make us feel good in our daily routine, but this need not involve chemicals, as proven by Indigenous beauty...
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First Pick profiles Zula Jewelry and Neon Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! We’ve been thinking about Love all week long and today is no different. When we think of Love, we think not only of the romantic kind, we also think of the love we have for nature, which you can’t escape living on the coast as we do, and our love for...
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First Pick profiles Revol Girl Lingerie

Love is in the air this week, and thoughts of lingerie and all things to make us feel pretty abound…. and then we get our periods! It seems like any possible “fun time”: parties, anniversaries, vacations, road trips, you name it, means our monthly visitor rolls in the door as if we have nothing else...
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First Pick profiles Frances Felt

We’re starting the week anew, and starting a whole new collection of artist profiles, this week we focus on Love, since it’s Valentine’s Day and all! Not just romantic love, but a love of family, culture and self. Since today is Family Day here in British Columbia, I thought it might be nice to kick...
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First Pick profiles Dahlia Drive

When we get dressed in the morning, we generally don’t consider the fashion designer’s intention, as this is not part of the conversation when it comes to most garments. Garments are made to function, but in most cases, that’s where it comes to a halt. A tag may provide care information, but rarely does it...
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First Pick profiles Bronsino

As our Statement Maker’s Spotlight continues, we knew this was the right place for zero waste leatherworker Denise Wilson’s line of bags, wallets and belts, which she produces under her label Bronsino. Her simple yet utilitarian styles let the leather do the talking, which can often be found in bold colours like sunshine yellow, vivid...
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First Pick profiles Soma Mo

One of the wonderful things about the Handmade Movement is the way we connect with artists and makers from across the country, and it was at a smaller show called New Craft Coalition in Calgary that I first met Soma Mo, who is now based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her chunky beads were what first drew...
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First Pick profiles Street and Saddle

  We’re talking with statement making designers this week, and I think part of what makes a statement is how a person carries them self, and an air of  graceful, beautiful strength when you walk into a room never fails to  command attention. We all need to channel our inner power animal from time to...
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First Pick Profiles Bianca Barr Designs

It’s a brand new year and we have been busy getting our Spring Show organized, which means lots of new vendors, but we were so excited when Bianca Barr signed up for our Spring event, since we couldn’t get enough of Bianca’s work at our fall show. We love her eye for combining materials and...
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First Pick Handmade Spring 2018

We’ve had a few busy weeks getting things ready for our *first* First Pick Handmade Spring event, taking place March 17+18 2018 at Heritage Hall. We’ve been waiting to start sharing our vendor list as we have been confirming more and more fabulous makers, but we are too excited about this amazing group we have...
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Circle Craft

Make sure to visit our First Pick designers at Circle Craft Market when it returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre Nov 8-12! We are giving away a pair of tickets to the show via our Instagram, so pop over and enter our contest and get ready to see the best from designers Adhesif Clothing, Billy...
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Scenes from our First Ever First Pick

  Thanks Michael Gill for these great images of our very first show!    
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So Many Thanks!

We are beaming with gratitude, pride and love today after our First Ever First Pick Handmade Market. So many thanks to everyone who came and shopped at our inaugural show! In a world of fast fashion and chain stores, we really appreciate the support from shoppers who make a conscious choice to shop small, independent...
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First Pick Profiles Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere

When I woke up to the sound of rain falling, it definitely felt that the seasonal shift happened overnight. I don’t mind the rain, and gladly breathe in the damp air because this, to me, feels like home. I love the Autumn and look forward to pulling out my sweaters every year, so it shouldn’t...
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First Pick <3's the Georgia Straight!

  Can we just say how much we love the Georgia Straight, who have been such a supporter of the slow fashion and handmade movement for a quick second… We know everyone else loves them too, so we have partnered with them to bring all our First Pick Handmade shoppers an opportunity to win a...
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First Pick Profiles LanaBetty

It’s almost showtime… we can hardly believe it! We’re feeling all the feels that come with finally bringing something that we’ve thought so long and hard about and we’re very excited to throw the doors open at Heritage Hall and invite everyone into our world for a weekend… But then, what happens after? How do...
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First Pick Profiles Sola Fiedler

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Sola Fiedler, better known as Sola, and every time I see her I’m in utter awe to the amount of *living* she has crammed into her 80 some years on the planet. Tales from her days running her live music venue the Soft Rock...
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First Pick Profiles Sinbi Collection

I’ll admit that the first thing I think of when I think of Autumn is “new clothes”, recalling back to school shopping and indoctrination to the church of style via the much awaited “September Issue”. It always feels like, at least fashion wise, September is the beginning of the new year and all past fashion...
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First Pick Profiles Bukuro

With kids heading back to class tomorrow, it really feels like Autumn is upon us, which always makes me think of bags. Not that bags are a seasonal thing at all, but I feel like the colder the weather gets, the more I have to carry. Autumn feels like a time to get it done,...
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First Pick Profiles Adhesif Clothing

It still feels like summer, but we know Autumn is on the way… from fallen leaves to back to school, we’re ready for the shift, in part, so we can switch over to layers and luxe fabrics. One of our most inspirationally Autumn designers is Adhesif Clothing, with each piece made by hand in Vancouver....
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Get in the Loop!

Check this out! We have teamed up with 9 of our show designers to put together this amazing loop giveaway…. all for one very lucky winner! This prize package is worth a whopping $1000 worth of handmade fashion, period-proof lingerie, active wear, jewelry, winter accessories, skincare and bags so you know you want in on...
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First Pick Profiles Toodlebunny

Statement fashion isn’t limited to clothing alone, so we are shining a very sparkly, happy light on Vancouver based Jewelry label Toodlebunny. We love designer Trudy Wynans’ assemblage style: combining vintage bits and bobs, crystals, deadstock chain and whatever else she uncovers to create one of a kind statement pieces. Toodlebunny pieces seem to be...
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First Pick Profiles Revol Girl Lingerie

As our Statement Fashion week continues, we’re taking a look at girl powered lingerie brand Revol Girl. We love the motivation behind Revol Girl, as explained by designer Sara Jonsdottir, who’s not afraid to talk about periods, period. The functionality of fashion (and how it relates to menstruation) is generally to wear something baggy to...
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First Pick Profiles Claudia Schulz Hats

Few things make more of a statement than having something on your head… which is perhaps why we love hats! Hats transform us from one character to the next, adding an element of drama to a casual look. A well made hat can last the test of time, so we are incredibly drawn to the...
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First Pick Profiles Onlychild Handicrafts

It’s Monday again, which means the start to a whole new week of artist profiles as we get ever closer to our show in September. This week is all about Statement Fashion: pieces that are bold, brave and unapologetic, much like the designers that have created them. Today we’re meeting Krysta Furioso, the beadweaver behind...
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First Pick Profiles Old Fashioned Standards

Happy Friday everybody! We’re a bit late posting today since we’ve been out enjoying the Vancouver sunshine and building up our Vitamin D stores, knowing the weather will eventually return to rain here on the west coast… which brings us to today’s designer profile: Cassandra Bailey, designer and maker behind custom clothing and accessory line...
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First Pick Profiles Jola V Designs

Carrying on (see what I did there) with our Made To Order week, we’re profiling Jola V Designs, made by Jolanta Va. While not all her work is custom, Jolanta specializes in bags and accessories for the taller woman, a demographic that is often under-serviced by the fashion industry. We love the way Jolanta transforms...
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First Pick Profiles Hetki / a moment

Like just about everyone else did today, we stared up at the sun to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, because we didn’t want to miss out. I guess if they happened all the time, we wouldn’t really care about eclipses, or meteor showers, or any other celestial goings-on… which is why we’ve chosen...
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First Pick Profiles Westerly Handmade Shoes

Ok, let’s admit something: I love shoes! I’ve often seen buying shoes as a way of purchasing the sense of opportunity, of possibility: where will I go and what will I do in these shoes? A way to hold onto something fleeting. In deciding to put First Pick together, one of our first calls was...
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First Pick Profiles Joseph Henry Workshop

In keeping with our men’s week theme, we are taking a look at Neil Singh’s leatherwork company Joesph Henry Workshop. Handcrafted leather goods, with custom stamping, give Neil’s work a bespoke feel that we are eager to see for ourselves at First Pick. We love the simplicity and craftsmanship of Joseph Henry Workshop, which perfectly...
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First Pick Profiles Start With The Basis

It is often overheard at handmade events that there is a distinct lack of options for men, a lack that we have duly noted. We believe in part this issue has been because there’s not really been a handmade venue to foster men’s clothing collections (beyond t-shirts), not for lack of local design talent. We...
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First Pick Profiles Element Botanicals

When we started thinking about doing our First Pick Handmade Market, we knew we wanted it to have the atmosphere of a boutique department store, which meant not only carrying clothing lines, but also skin care. Naturally, we wanted to keep things as natural as possible, so Element Botanicals was the perfect fit. Wildcrafted and handmade in...
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First Pick Profiles Anderson’s Boots

We’re kicking off Men’s Week with all Vegan Boot Company Anderson’s Boots, made right here in Vancouver. We are exited to see designer/maker Kevin Milne’s cruelty free line of traditionally crafted boots when he makes his market debut at First Pick Handmade. Rumour has it there will also be some selvedge denim at the show,...
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First Pick Profiles Billy Would Designs

We are pleased to profile our favourite woodworker, the talented Adea Chung of Billy Would Designs. We love her eco-conscious, fully modern aesthetic, and are very excited to welcome her to our First Ever First Pick. We can’t wait to see what she’ll have at the show, and with each piece limited edition, we know...
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First Pick Profiles Zed Handmade

We’re shining a spotlight on all things woollen with our profile of Diane Zwickel, the designer and busy hands behind the hand-knit accessory line Zed Handmade. We love the colours and attention to detail Diane puts in her work, everything is considered and of the highest quality of craftsmanship. It’s warm outside, but winter is...
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First Pick Profiles Kat Cadegan

We’re getting to know Revelstoke based jewelry designer Kat Cadegan today. We love her nature inspired pieces, which turn sterling silver, bronze, raw diamonds and 14K gold into works of art. If you missed Kat at the Vancouver Folk Festival this summer, don’t worry, she’ll be back with lots of goodies in tow for First...
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First Pick Profiles Le Fil Rouge Textiles

We have a lot of clothing, but it seems the easier something is to wear, the more apt we are to reach for it time and time again. This non-seasonal, dress up/dress down ethic perfectly describes Ellen Walde’s collection Le Fil Rouge Textiles. We love her kimono style robes, which double as jackets, and her...
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First Pick Profiles Subject II Change

We’re taking a look at energetically charged jewelry line Subject II Change today, and meeting AJ Molinari, the creative energy behind the collection. WHY ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE FIRST PICK SHOW?     It’s a great new show kicking off the fall season, featuring some badass local artists. What’s there not to be excited...
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First Pick Profiles Daub and Design / Daub Active

We’re profiling designer Lexi Soukoreff, creative director and surface designer behind Vancouver active wear labels Daub + Design and Daub Active. From leggings to bras, socks and seamless panties, we love that her signature prints not only make us look good, but her body positive message makes us feel good about where we are *right...
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First Pick Profiles Bianca Barr Designs

Please allow us to introduce one of our favourite multi-talents: Jewelry designer, Clothing Up-cycler, DJ and Musician Bianca Barr. Check out her interview with Creators Vancouver, and take a peek at her work below. We can’t wait to see what she brings with her to First Pick Handmade! http://creatorsvancouver.com/bianca-barr/  
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Fashion Essay 001

When I do shows, customers often ask if my work is available online. It’s nice to think about browsing through online stores (and I spend a lot of time doing it, more than I would perhaps like to admit), but I have a really hard time buying online. Maybe I’m just not used to ordering...
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