"we all have something that helps us to blossom as human beings. for me, it's creation. the challenge of creating something well made gives me limitless energy. that's when i feel content." - alano edzerza
Alano is a Tahltan multimedia artist and entrepreneur based in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He has had numerous group shows and solo shows in Canada and abroad and is one of the key artists in the contemporary northwest coast art movement. Alano cemented the reputation of his growing company during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he designed the outerwear for the Dutch Olympic team.
He is the owner and director of Edzerza Gallery, Edzerza sports and Edzerza Artworks and has been running his own business since 2007. Recently, Edzerza Gallery has moved from the downtown Vancouver location to a fully operational online store and gallery, edzerzagallery.com. The Edzerza Artworks business plan and proposal has been set up since starting the gallery. Ongoing activities have included art production, sales, wholesale and as of late focusing on online retail sales.
Edzerza has taught and volunteered with the youth organizations KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association), the Freida Diesing School for Northwest Coast Native Art, and NYAC (Native Youth Arts Collective) as well as been a judge for the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship for young Native artists. In 2009 he was the recipient of the 2009 30 & Under Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
“My mandate as a young business owner is to not only to continue to succeed in running my own business, but to grow and be able to and show other artists native and non-native alike that we all can create successful business from our talents.”
Visit the Website: www.edzerzagallery.com
Welcome to the world of Nawal Al Hooti where traditions meet glamour, ethnicity merges with style and elegance combines with beauty of colors of nature.
An imprint that delves into the details of time and place through a combination of the spirit of age-old heritage and modern touch to launch a new concept of excellence in such an artistic design with a unique idea that translates the values of pride in Omani identity.
Visit the Website: www.nawalalhooti.com
LUTSIA Boutique is home to a host of exquisite designers along side our own LUTSIA brand.
We specialize in ladies occasion wear and evening wear, wedding guest dresses, evening dresses, party dresses and Millinery.
The Boutique is owned and managed by Lucia Domoradova, a second generation seamstress from Slovakia. Lucia decided to pursue her passion and study fashion design full time under the mentorship of a renowned Irish fashion designer. Under this mentorship, she refined her talent and learned new skills.
Lucia has gained experience from a wide range of areas including bespoke day wear, eveningwear and wedding gowns. Lutsia has produced successful collections and staged unforgettable fashion shows. Through her fashion, her label is gaining international recognition and acclaim.
Visit the Website: www.lutsia.ie
We create fashion jewelry, jewels that integrate the glamor of Indian designs with the latest trends in Spanish jewelry. Contemporary designs, with a top handmade finish, TIAHRA, wants to convey a sophisticated, vibrant and Mediterranean image for its women. TIAHRA jewelery is made of Brass (Brass). Then bathe in 24k gold, adding a 2 micron bath and a special 'E-coating' for jewelry, which helps the life of the jewel.
Kunal Manghnani, a young Spanish descendant of an Indian family of great jewelry tradition is the main designer. From father jeweler (of brilliance), Kunal grew up surrounded by the best experience and technical quality that has been handed down from father to son for centuries in the city of Jaipur. From an entrepreneurial background, Kunal has been lucky enough to study, work in London, Dubai and Africa. Its Hispanic-Hindu roots, with the marked imprint of its family heritage and passion to know other cultures, gives it a unique vision and inspiration that tries to transmit with its modern designs.
At TIAHRA each jewel is created by skilled artisans, who watch every detail of the elaboration, to obtain the highest possible quality. From the first moment, we focused many hours on the selection and quality of the stones, only using material of a Premium quality. With the help of designers from the best design school in India, Kunal and his team, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) strive to create different, unique and elegant jewelry. We are always abreast of trends in fashion, we draw two collections annually so that our customers can always acquire a jewel of the forefront. We divided our pieces into four types of jewelry categories; Rings, Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces.
Enter and enjoy the colours of our pieces and their exclusive designs.
Visit the Website: www.tiahra.com
Ekta Kalan, a strategy consultant turned Fashion designer takes all her childhood loves of colour, play, interests in history, cultures and old craftsmanship, her cultural Indian heritage that has influenced her as well her South African life filled with global and local mixes of experiences that have created her unique style and signature.
Ekta takes inspiration from global trend influences, colours and culture to establish a brand that represents a story of youth, fun, positivity and vibrancy through the play of bright colours and modern clean styling.
Each item of clothing has a story that is created with love and a sense of appreciation of the past and craftmanship.
Welcome to the world of EKTA, we hope you enjoy the experience as much we do, creating it.
Visit the Website: www.ekta.co.za
Founding Ruti in 2009 was a major life change for me. After many years in the high tech industry, I allowed myself to follow my heart and what I really love: fashion.
When I moved to the States from Tel Aviv, I missed my favorite brands. Trips home to Tel Aviv were filled with shopping sprees. One of my most vivid memories is of being surrounded by my girlfriends when they came over to dress up and “shop” in my closet. They urged me to start hosting trunk shows, showcasing my favorite designer pieces, and the idea struck a chord.
One day as I was walking in Palo Alto I looked around and my internal voice cheered at me “you can do it!” Six months later, the first Ruti sign was hung. The rest is history. My Palo Alto store was followed by four more in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Berkeley, and Venice, and I am so excited about my new stores opening soon!
Today, I both design and curate unique, ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories, which together create a singular and carefully-orchestrated collection. Chic and modern, the styles combine my love of contemporary fashion with my Israeli roots. Some of my limited-edition pieces are specially created with my customer in mind – a strong woman who appreciates unique fashion and fine tailoring - in short, a woman with effortless panache. I believe in designs that are simple but not without sex appeal. Clothes that make you feel and look your best, that portray authenticity and confidence.
When I took a risk to follow my dream I knew there would always be challenges, but now every morning I wake up and feel thankful. For the new clothing that has just arrived, for my amazing stylists, and most of all - for you, my loving customers, who continue to let me style your lives! Dressing you and seeing your confidence as well as your inner and outer beauty shine constantly inspires me and motivates me to be the best woman, and designer, I can be.
Visit the Website: www.ruti.com
“PAMILONE’s odyssey began as an uber fashion label with an edgy and bold design approach. Being a celebration of individuality, it infuses radical intellect and a fashion quotient that is both dauntless and smart. Coalescence of clean shapes, comfortable silhouettes and edgy style builds the core design DNA. Abhisaar Saxena, founder and creative head of Pamilone explores the elements of piquant minimalist designs. Audacious yet subtle detailing serve as a prelude to the aesthetics of the brand. An interesting palette of silhouettes is explored every season. The lineation which is coeval and detailed, customarily balances fierce bold identity and chic social persona. Each collection has its genesis in a blend of salient inspiration and the absolute essence of the label.
An introduction to the designer:Being a creative graduate with a B-Tech in fashion & lifestyle design, Abhisaar Saxena the designer holds a strong admiration of the international trends and classic couture. He truly believes in ‘less is more’ philosophy and thus his designs reflect the same. Maintaining his signature clean look, he works on a new story every season for all his collections. The ready-to-wear collection by Pamilone has received a lot of appreciation from clients in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Qatar so far. Defined, structured, androgynous yet feminine is how one could perceive Pamilone.
Visit the Website: www.pamilone.com
AmberVend is offering an exclusive and unique Amber jewellery made from natural Baltic Amber and 925 sterling Silver. All products in our shop are made by the finest jewellery producers and professional jewellery studios. Each producer have been carefully selected and have years of experience in Amber and Silver industry. Producers are participating in the most important fairs of the Amber in the world. Therefore, our customers can be assured that the materials used to create jewellery available on AmberVend fulfill the highest quality standards and the latest trends. Our products are certificated by the National Chamber of Amber. Products which are offered by AmberVend are addressed to people who appreciate the style, elegance and desire of heaving luxury items.
Our company is placed in a beautiful city of Gdansk. As local patriots we decided to promote Gdansk, Poland and region of the Baltic Sea. Because of the convenient geographical location and near local producers we made a decision to create first in our region aggregate with the most valuable local amber offer.
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SABRE was born out of a resolute conviction that it was possible to marry usefulness and pleasure, avant-garde and tradition, expertise and freedom. Each item is thus the result of traditional savoir-fairs and a hitherto unseen artistic freedom, which fosters colours, patterns and the mix of new materials.
The paramount factor of this success is its subtle and bubbly audacity. A poetry of materials, shapes and colours. Just like Arthur Rimbaud with vowels, SABRE dresses up cutlery and porcelain, offering infinity of combinations. It is up to each and everyone to pick their palette of colours in order to turn their table into a unique sharing and lively place.
Visit the Website: www.sabre.fr
At Maude and Tommy we believe our business should be a positive force in the world. Our products provide a decent wage for skilled workers around the world. We choose brands that are conscientious about their environmental impact and our business practices are determined by principles of justice, equality and with the minimal environmental footprint.
We believe it is possible for all of us to enjoy our clothes and accessories without others suffering to provide them. We believe we are custodians of the planet and of each other globally, so our range of products is carefully chosen to reflect this.
Our mission is to bring you the very best of style and fashion that is kind to people and the planet. We hope this brings you pleasure as you help us act for good in the world.
Visit the Website: www.maudeandtommy.co.uk
Röhnisch is a Swedish brand that designs workout clothes for women who have chosen an active lifestyle to feel the strength and joy - from the inside out. Röhnisch goal is to offer clothes that are as functional and stylish that they increase the motivation to train and to live an active life.
Röhnisch creates sportswear for women, by women. We design and develop trendy, colorful, and functional sportswear. By clearly focusing on women, we never have to compromise on design, quality or fit. Röhnisch is a Swedish family business with roots in a world of sports and gymnastics and is today run by the family’s third generation. We can be found in 20 countries and offer different categories such as training, running, yoga, golf, swimwear, and coats.
Visit the Website: www.rohnisch.com
Aya is a designer, and artist from Tokyo Japan, based in Brooklyn, NY and Europe. In 2016 She was nominated for a DMY Berlin international Design Award as a best new talent, this year she will be SaloneSatelite in Milan design week as a founder of Aya Kawabata Design. Past work for Milan and Paris design week, london design festival, ICFF NYC, Tokyo design week.
She was featured by Vogue Magazine UK, Meson &Objet Paris, Textile Plus Netherlands and more.In 2015 She was featured as a designer by Designboom design magazine and TL mag,selected as a Adobe Creative Jam Young Best Local Designer in NYC. Dutch Invertual exhibition that Aya did visual design and direction was featured by New York Times, Global interview, The Face etc.
Before moving to the USA, Her design work was at Tokyo News Paper. In 2015, She received an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. From same year, Aya works for Dutch Invertuals and Edhv as a international designer, recently joined branding agency in NYC as a designer.You can find her projects in several countries such as: Tokyo Japan, Eindhoven Netherlans, Berlin Germany, Paris France, Milan Italy, Oslo Norway, Sweden, and NYC, Boston, Chicago in USA.
Past/Current clients include intel, Dutch inverturals, Alfalfa studio NYC, IKEA, Levi's studium, They Might Be Giants, and Tunica Magazine etc.
Aya is currently available for select freelance and collaboration projects.
Visit the Website: www.ayakawabata.com
Being dedicated to fashion for more than a decade, this has become more than a work to me – I live fashion every single day. Firstly, from a designer’s point of view, but also as a magazine columnist, TV presenter and formerly, a fashion buyer. It’s been a long, but an outstanding journey.
With an eye for the detail and knowledge of the industry, I design custom tailored items for business and fashion people who know what they want. The utmost goal is to create trendy, desirable and unique clothes that my customers feel comfortable in. Ideal for appearances at business venues and glamorous events.
Visit the Website: www.borisbanovic.com
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Fashion + Behind-the-Scenes
Based in Sydney, Australia
Myles is a photographer specialising in creating imagery that reflect mood, feeling, personality.
His photographic style has been described as emotive; translating the ideas of clients and collaborators into visual representations that evoke an intrinsic response from viewers.
He has an ongoing long-term project, StreetStyleAustralia.com, that began in 2013. His goal is to document the Australian fashion industry and Australian fashion environment as they evolve over the next few decades.
Visit the Website: www.myleskalus.com
Katharina Purkarthofer (*1992, Graz, Austria) graduated from Polimoda, Florence in June 2014. As a young and promising footwear & accessories designer she got selected for "Polimoda Talent" and had offers to kick off her career at Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander Wang or Dolce & Gabbana. But she chose her very own path. Katharina focused on broaden her creative horizon and kept pushing her concepts forward.
Next stop: Milan. In October 2014 she attended the TFORTHREE contest and was one of seven winners that got signed by Italy's first fashion incubator and are now having one collection fully supported by the platform. She's currently in competition with six other designers to get her contract extended. The decision goes by the sales performance of their debut collections.
Visit the Website: www.katharinapurkarthofer.com
* MEXICO DAY * Carla Fernández - proving ethical fashion can be striking, avant-garde and forward-looking.
Carla Fernández is a Mexico City-based fashion label inspired by the geometrics and textile richness of Mexico. Since her childhood, Carla Fernández has been a fan of Mexican culture. She has gained international acclaim for her extraordinary approach to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities, transforming it into beautiful clothing, textiles and housewares. Her contemporary take on handcrafted methods, is proving ethical fashion can be striking, avant-garde and forward-looking.
A change agent and innovator, bringing new meaning to luxury fashion, Carla Fernández travels throughout Mexico visiting communities of artisans that specialize in handmade textiles, utilizing centuries-old indigenous techniques. Her labor-intensive approach is helping to sustain long-standing indigenous techniques and the people who collaborate with her. In the face of today’s “fast fashion”, she is helping young artisans understand they can earn a livelihood by continuing their family’s traditions instead of migrating to the city and eventually loosing their trade.
Fernández works closely with the artisans at the onset of each project, where techniques such as weaving or hand looming, are an integral part of the production of new pieces and collections, rather than adding decorative embellishments at the end of the creative process. Dyeing the textiles in mud, or wool felting using the artisans’ feet, are examples of some of the unique techniques practiced. The craftspeople become partners and are compensated fairly for their contributions.
In 2013, Carla was one of 11 worldwide recipients of the Prince Claus Award based in Amsterdam, which recognizes artists whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. She has had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA / Museo Jumex in Mexico City / Heath Ceramics in San Francisco, CA / SIFA The O.P.E.N. Festival IN Singapore; and collective exhibitions at MAD Museum, New York; Palacio de Iturbide and Museo Amparo in Mexico City, among others.
Visit the Website: www.carlafernandez.com
At ZEAL Optics, we build the highest quality eyewear for people like us who live for outdoor adventure. But that is just the beginning of our adventure. We focus on more than just being an eyewear company. We are guided by a simple set of beliefs: Use Less, Give Back, Explore More.
Visit the Website: www.zealoptics.com