Oh, hey! It’s been awhile hasn’t it? Our holiday break turned into a new year break and here we are almost at the end of February! So, what’s new with all of you? We both started work contracts at the beginning of the year and have been busy getting those set up. We’ve also been waiting patiently for more updates on our shop space for London Fields Shoppe. If you have been following along, we first viewed the space 39 weeks ago, signed our lease 18 weeks ago, and are happy to announce that we finally received a permit for phase 1 of our renovations! It’s definitely been a long process, but we are super excited to move forward with an expected opening in early May 2014! We’ll be posting more pictures once we get everything going, so please follow along here as what will be one crazy ride! Thank you to everybody that visited us at our pop-up shop last month. If you missed it or have your heart set on something, we’ve been shooting products all week and will have them listed in the online shop soon.
Also, I’m jumping in here quickly to let everybody know that applications for the Got Craft? 2014 spring edition close at midnight (PST) on Friday, February 28th. Here are the details for the upcoming event:
Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
Online applications are available here (scroll to the bottom).
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A huge thank you to our amazing team of vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for working so hard to make Got Craft? such a success! Also a big thank you to everyone that came out to shop and support local indie business. We love our community of supporters! If you missed out on the fun or are looking for more, the London Fields Shoppe Pop-Up is open until Monday, December 23rd.
We have plenty of vintage and handmade goods currently in stock both from local artists as well as some from the US and the UK including Forest & Waves, Wondermade, Mellifera Bees, Richard Fairhead, Linus Kraemer, Herbivore Botanicals, think & ink studio, little low studio, Merchant and Mills, the Beautiful Project, and more! There’s also plenty of one of a kind vintage items including Christmas decor for any last minute holiday trimmings.
We’re adding things daily, so make sure to stop by and say hello!
London Fields Shoppe Pop-Up
Open until Monday, December 23rd, 2013
845 East Hastings (next to Les Amis du Fromage) between Hawks and Campbell, Vancouver
9:30am to 6:30pm
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Got Craft? vendor, Edward Juan from Forest and Waves will be taking over the Chinatown Experiment this week with his very first pop-up retail store! Ed first contacted me last year when he was relocating from the US to Vancouver and I remember instantly falling in love with his work. As an avid surfer, and with him completing the NYC marathon last Sunday, it is no surprise that the store will be specializing in outdoor inspired goods – hence the name, Forest and Waves.
Along with his locally designed line of paper goods and tea towels, he will also carry a selection of clothing, home decor from Pigeon Toe Ceramics and LandonDix, skate boards from local designer Would Boards, and fabric pouches from Roxypop. I’ll be behind the counter giving Edward a helping hand, so stop by and say hello!
Forest & Waves Pop-Up Retail Store
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 24th
Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
434 Columbia Street, Vancouver
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Don’t miss the launch party on November 8th from 6:00-9:00pm!
When I first discovered Frankie, it was love at first sight. I follow their blog and their social media, but it was only last summer when I * finally * found a physical copy of the magazine that I could call my own. You see, Frankie is a bi-monthly magazine based in Australia, that is pretty much impossible to find locally. And when you do find a single copy stuck in the lifestyle section of your magazine shop, it is usually 2 issues behind. Yeah, true story.
Well friends, that is about to change because guess what arrived at my door step yesterday!? FRANKIE MAGAZINE ISSUE #56! Just available for sale last Monday in Australia, you can be one of the first people in Canada to own a copy! Issues will be available at London Fields Shoppe (692 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver), but obviously, based on the picture in our last blog post, we won’t be open for another few weeks. So, in the meantime, email us at hello @ londonfieldsshoppe.com to reserve a copy for pick up (South Granville or at Knit City, and Urban Market). Each copy is $19.95 CDN and we only have a limited quantity of 10. Smith Journal is also available, more on that later!
Read more about frankie magazine here. Issue #56 “We’ve got an ode to first sharehouses, chats with cat ladies, the quietest of quiet furniture, well-dressed beds and a look at the ’80s british indie scene (hello morrissey and much floppy hair!) and how about a bit of love advice from marky ramone, some hip hop cakes, the science of left-handedness, 3d sugar printing – yes, it’s real – snazzy sandals and international nannas showing off their best chow? for those with a crafty bent, we have some pretty ideas for festive décor from some of our favourite maker types (spoiler alert: no santas or reindeer). and if that’s not enough to keep your fingers busy, we invited five rad artists to create some relatively grown-up colouring-in pages for you to scribble and doodle on at will”.
I have something to tell you! See that picture above? Welcome to our new store front, London Fields Shoppe!
We’ve been scarce around these parts lately and we are so happy to finally share with you what we have been working on for the past 20 weeks! I know. You are probably thinking “20 weeks for this box with no walls”? Trust me when I say that I had to put aside my only child tendencies and be very patient!
Taking inspiration from Got Craft? and our time in the United Kingdom, London Fields Shoppe was created and named after the area where our favourite market, Broadway Market, takes place in London, UK. We wanted to create a space that reflected our personalities and to share with the community not only work by local designers, but items that we’ve come across during our travels.
We are both mildly overwhelmed and extremely excited! We’re working around the clock (literally as we are working with designers from 3 different continents!) and will be sharing more details soon. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list to be in the know and for an invite to our opening party! We’ll be sharing the full details soon!
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Amongst the feeling of self doubt, I felt a change in the air last April. I have been fluttering here and there trying to decide where this blog was headed or even to keep it going. Last Tuesday, marked my 2 month “summer leave” and although, I thought about the blog often, it has been an amazing feeling to just shut down the computer and walk away. I feel that my priorities have shifted in the best of ways. I am savouring this time… going on adventures… experiencing life. I needed some time to clear my head and find my inspiration and I’m happy to announce that I’m back and kicking things off with a field trip over to the Delish General Store!
Delish General Store is a mom and pop (online-until-now) shop that celebrates the revival of the handmade and home grown, extol the virtues of getting your hands dirty, and the pioneering spirit. They carry hard-to-find, “didn’t-know-I-needed-this-until-I-found-it”, hip, handy and heritage-inspired products. Always a HUGE hit at Got Craft?, Delish General Store has taken over the Chinatown Experiment store front this weekend to host their first pop-up!
Delish General Store Pop-Up
Saturday, August 18th + Sunday, August 19th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
434 Columbia Street, Vancouver