Over the past few years, it's seemed as though every weekend -- from the beginning of November to the last shopping day in December -- there has been a craft show or three, all featuring local designers selling shiny baubles and handcrafted accessories.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. I was at one a couple of weeks ago, scoping and scooping up a few fun items, including a No. 10 bus tee from local design brand Firewood, along with some vegan beauty products.
But it's not too often that you come across an entire event dedicated entirely to apparel. That's right, no candles, cakes or compotes. No carved toys, canine treats or cosmetics. Just glorious and gorgeous locally designed fashion.
For one day only -- today -- Winnipeggers seeking a unique gift for someone on their list or something special for themselves can feast their eyes on a wide array of garments from local designers at the Holiday Fashion Market.
Hosted by the Winnipeg Fashion Incubator -- a non-profit organization established to promote the work of Winnipeg fashion designers and elevate the profile of the local fashion community in Canada -- the Holiday Fashion Market features inspired designs from over 15 local vendors.
"This event is a great way for us to bring the market to the people and the people to the designer, because not everyone has a brick-and-mortar shop or online store," explains Incubator co-president Abigail Myers.
In addition to the more established designers who make up our thriving fashion community, there are a few newcomers setting up shop at the market, including Laura D, a line of modern urban chic women's apparel, and Elena Anne, a collection of sophisticated, contemporary cocktail wear (in case you're still looking for an outfit for the office holiday party).
"We're thrilled to be hosting a bigger and better event this year," says Incubator co-president Lili Lavack. "We're really focusing on our apparel designers, because there is so much raw talent in this city that people should be aware of."
And according to organizers, the market is also a great place for fashion locavores to learn more about our city's talented designers and the inspiration behind their creations.
The second annual Holiday Fashion Market will open its doors today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Red River College's Princess Street campus. Fashion shows are scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
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