Saturday, October 10, 2009

One Of A Kind Vancouver

On Thursday, I headed down to the Vancouver Convention Center to attend the One Of A Kind Show & Sale. I visited with some amazing vendors and scoped out some unique designers to support this holiday season. Of course I am always most interested in the eco-friendly goods, so I took a stroll down through the Green District, an aisle dedicated solely to eco-entrepreneurs!

First I met Jill, of All Things Jill, who produces a line of eco-friendly bath and body products. Jill got started when she brewed up a few things as gifts for friends & family. The products were such a hit that those recipients then wanted to give gifts to their friends & family too! All Things Jill was born. Jill boasts about how the concept of being green is embed in all aspects of her business - from the products themselves, to production, packaging, shelving and all other processes. In fact they produce less than a bag of garbage every 3 weeks! Visit Jill this holiday season to "Pamper Your Body. Protect The Earth."

If you have a little one to buy from this season, choose an eco-friendly beaver friend, or stylish upcycled wool hat, or how about an organic teether for your babe. Dress Me Up is owned by Tressa who boasts that each of her simple & adorable products are one-of-a-kind. Tressa screen prints beautiful, soothing patterns on long rolls of organic fabric, and then cuts them up for her toys, making each design unique. Give your youngster a safe, stylish, handmade toy this year from Dress Me Up.

Green vendors peppered the rest of the show too, and after I left the Green District I met the energetic Wendy of Dhalia Drive. The name comes from the street where she used to live, and she also draws inspiration from the Dhalia flower (she used her neighbour's blossoms to create dye for her slips). Wendy designs stunning robes and slips that are truly works of art. Gaudy fabrics are entirely reinvented as Wendy dyes, prints, and even sometimes uses rust to stain intricate patterns on her new creations. Wendy is an eco-avenger as she works hard "Resurrecting The Fashion Wasteland" and her designs are a must see at the One Of A Kind Show & Sale.

If you are in Vancouver this Thanksgiving weekend, definitely make time to visit the Vancouver Convention Centre where the show will be on until October 11th. More details on the website here.

ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

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