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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!     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
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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/   Share this:Click to share on...
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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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