I love supporting local shops especially in our current economic status. There are some very talented artists out there that produce everything from jewelry to footwear. Here are a few of my favs:
- Karma Victoria: This lovely lady, Tory Culen and I used to work with at Earls many years ago. She is based out of Edmonton, AB and is influenced by natural geometry and modernism. I really love her work. Her pieces can be picked up at stores such as Bamboo Ballroom in Edmonton, AB. Although I have seen some of her pieces in Inglewood in Calgary, AB.
2.Berg and Betts: Next is a lovely lady also from Edmonton, AB, Jessie Atkins. She has a love for simplicity and a keen eye for innovative design. BERG+BETTS is a sustainable timepiece company that makes every watch out of designer scrap leather that would otherwise go to waste. I love the idea of up-cycling and turning something that would otherwise have been tossed into the garbage a work of art.
3. Poppy and Barely: Launched with the idea that one size does not fit all. They wanted a luxury shoe that does not break the bank. They achieved this through transparent manufacturing and a better fitting shoe. The can be made to order and will have you measure your own foot or you can pop into their location in Edmonton, AB. They do however, sometimes have pop up shops in Calgary, AB. Their footwear can take up to 6 weeks to get to you due to the footwear being custom fit to your foot. They often have different designs each season for both guys and gals. They are also responsible for giving Berg and Betts their left over leather for the watches.
4. Harlow Skin Care, is a hand crafted skin care company based out of Vancouver, BC. They use carefully curated whole ingredient blends – ethically sourced from all over the world, free from preservatives and other unnecessary additives – are meant to nourish, repair and protect your skin leaving it smooth and hydrated. They produce scrubs, candles, and even body lotions. I’ve had the pleasure of trying out some of their products myself, which I discovered at the The Livery Shop.