Big News!

panorama mamawell, really, let’s be honest, i’m not going to write you unless it’s big news!

this building is our new home in Victoria's Chinatown!

Radjuli Custom Designs’ new flagship storefront opened January 2nd, 2014, in Fan Tan Alley, but not in the main alley…if you sneak down that narrow brick lined passage past the store with the tights and the record store and the new shop with handmade undies…you’ll find a short set of stairs leading to your left… there, at the bottom, you’ll find a little courtyard smelling of heavenly soaps from one side and leather goods on the other. new store front!!Turn to your left, and there it is, nestled like a shiny marble in a brick wall, mezzanine above for sewing machines and bins and bins of leather, and a cozy chimney of a space below, with elegant and unique leather bags lining the walls all the way to the ceiling. Behind a curtain barely halfway through the space, there is Radjuli herself, cutting, trimming, hammering and crafting a knife case, or a watch strap, or a dog harness, or maybe a bag that you yourself have ordered direct from her.

After 7 years in a gem of a studio in the (mainly) industrial Rock Bay neighbourhood, Juli jumped at the opportunity to join the vibrant and historic retail community that is Chinatown. Her closest neighbor is The Copper Hat, who alerted our leather lady to the available spot at #104-3 Fan Tan Alley. Juli looks forward to welcoming you to the new shop, whether you wish to browse a selection of handmade items, vintage treasures, or maybe you wish to order your very own handmade one of a kind Radjuli Custom Design… throughout the rest of the winter, hours will be Thursday through Sunday, 11ish til 5ish; once the weather turns warmer the shop will be staffed 7 days a week.new sandwich board

And remember – leather lasts forever.

FOR MORE INFO:

W: www.radjuli.com
FB: www.facebook.com/radjuli?fref=ts

 

RADtastic October Art Show & Raffle!

Hi Team! just wanted to let you know about our October art offering;

This month, we will feature the gorgeous oil paintings of Lisa Hebden, as well as the fearless work of contemporary artist Rande Cook.

On Thursday, October 10th, you will have an opportunity to meet the artists, and peruse the art in an informal, evening setting. We will be serving snacks & libations between 4 and 9 pm. the Facebook event is here if you wish to share.

The art will be on display until October 31st at the shop, #106-2626 Bridge st in Victoria.

Here is a sneak peek of a collaboration between Rande and myself, which we will have for sale throughout this month:

RAnde collab

Also happening this month, i am raffling off this amazing one of a kind bag:

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This red and white stunner was handcrafted and machine sewn by me from candy apple red ostrich leg leather panels and reclaimed upholstery cowhide. It features chrome hardware throughout. Only 50 tickets are being sold, at a cost of $8 each. you can email me to get your ticket!

best of luck,

and see you soon!

stay rad,

–j u l i

 

 

Radjuli at Victoria Vintage Fair!

hi team Rad!

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Just a quick note to let you know about the Vintage Fair this friday and saturday at the beautiful Crystal Gardens in Victoria BC!

We’ll be there for both friday evening and all day saturday, with help from the fabulous Jovee Designs, showing our newest gorgeous handmade, one of a kind bags, as well as a curated selection of vintage bags and antique collectibles, curios and curiousities!

see you there!

stay rad,

–j u l i

Vancouver Trunk Show with Jola V!

August 10th 2013

August 10th 2013

ok Vancouver ( and surrounding areas!), here is your invite to a VERY special event:

Saturday, August the 10th 2013 from 10am til 7 pm,

Jola V Designs and Favourite Gifts present a very special trunk show,

featuring Jola V Designs AND yours truly, Radjuli Custom Designs!
we will be showcasing our contrasting interpretations of the leather handbag,

for one day only in Lonsdale Quay at Favourite Gifts!

Jola V/Radjuli small bagsthe event is here on Facebook.

i hope to see you there! come see all the goodies that we’ve been creating!

there will be door prizes, and a raffle toooooooooo!

stay rad,

—j u l i

 

Radjuli Storefront UPdate!

Hi team! i hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful summer as much as i am! though i am spending longer hours at the store these days, getting everything ship shape and hunky  dory! if you are in Victoria and have not had a chance to stop in to see the workshop/storefront yet, i would like to extend an invitation for you to come by and visit! we are still at #106-2626 Bridge st, in the historic Rock Bay neighbourhood.

this summer i took over a gorgeous space on the third floor of Rock Bay Square in order to make room for our expanded workshop,

Upstairs Studio 1

and that added about 200 more square feet to the storefront! i can’t possibly fill up all of this space up myself, so i will be showcasing some of the other amazing artists and designers that i have the priviledge of working with here!

if you stop by during regular hours (tuesday-friday 12-5, saturday 11-3) you can peruse Radjuli Custom Designs one of a kind creations, as well as bags crafted from reclaimed leather jackets by Vagabond Lifestyle (who i am soooo proud and excited to be sharing our workspace with upstairs!) Right now i also have a beautiful Hudson’s Bay blanket inspired table by StillDesign, as well as a gorgeous piece of sandblasted cedar by the inimitable and innovative Rande Cook. Also in the store this month are some fantastic small watercolour paintings by Allan Toews!

StillDesign "Hudson Bay" Coffee Table

StillDesign “Hudson Bay” Coffee Table

 

Rande Cook "Love is in the Air" Sandblasted Cedar Wall Hanging

Rande Cook “Love is in the Air” Sandblasted Cedar Wall Hanging

in September, i am so excited to showcase the collage/pop art stylings of E.R Gott, as well as some FANTAStic lighting by Christina Hilborne crafted from reclaimed materials.

stay tuned for MORE awesome news! stay cool out there, and enjoy!

—j u l i

Open House at Rock Bay Square!

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hi Everybody!  thank you for being a Radfan. honestly. thank you all. you are what makes my creative work worthwhile!

SO! TONIGHT!  june 7th and tomorrow: June 8th we will be having an Open House in the building i have my studio in,

that is: Rock Bay Square, located in the historic Rock Bay District in beautiful Victoria, B.C.!

Our neighbourhood is really growing and changing, you can feel it everyday. With THREE small batch breweries nearby, including Moon Under Water pub, Pizza Prima Strada up the street, Gabriel Ross furniture now located in the (totally renovated!)Harjim machine shop building, Parc Modern just moved in on Bay st…and OUR building contains over 40 painters, sculptors, wet shaving experts, furniture builders, leather workers, carvers, textile artists, jewelers…. and many more!

i would like to invite each of you to come by and explore the twisting hallways, visit the artists in their studios, and take a ride in our antique freight elevator!

PLUS as a special gift, for YOU Radfans,

i will be doing a draw for a $100 gift certificate, redeemable in the shop! BUT- the trick? is that you need to come and enter your name in person. (or send a friend in your place)

hope to see you all this weekend!

PS- if you can’t make it, i invite you to follow the artists at Rock Bay Square on our Facebook page!

all the best, and stay RAD!

—j u l i

Radjuli at Victoria Steam Exposition!

all the info for the 4th Victoria Steampexpo!

all the info for the 4th Victoria SteamExpo!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of ALL Ages, it’s time for the fourth annual Victoria Steam Exposition! Dust off your goggles, bust out your telescopes and join us for 3 days of Steampunk fun!

this year we’ll be doing the saturday and sunday market/convention as well as the ever popular saturday Cabaret at the Historic Victoria Event Centre, located right downtown at 1415 Broad st. At the Artisan Market, you’ll find one of a kind sculptures by Randie Fiel, fantastic jewelry crafted from found objects by Steamplanet, and we‘ll be there with a wide selection of new and vintage leatherwork, as well as a wide array of costume pieces. see you there!

 

 

Portobello Summer Market!! This Weekend.

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Hey Radfans,

Just wanted to let you all know about the upcoming Portobello Summer Market!

It’s all happening this weekend, May 25th and 26th at the  Creekside Community Recreation Centre in Vancouver.                                                    I will be there showcasing some of my newest one of a kind creations!

I am looking forward to catching up with all of you!

It will be an amazing market and I have the honour to share it with over 40 other local artists and designers. The weather has been great in May, long may it continue for the rest of the summer. It is the perfect opportunity to come by and hang out with awesome people and pick yourself up something great that you can rock during the beautiful summer days that we are going to have (I’ve got a feeling!!)

There will also be live music and great food !!

We will be located at Booth number 6.

Cut out the ad from this week’s Georgia Strait paper and you will get free admission.

cheers!

Have a safe week and I hope to see you at the end of it!

-juli

 

 

 

Open House at Rock Bay Square!

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Open House at Rock Bay Square information

hi gang!

wow, what a busy time of year, and i’m sure that you’re all feeling the same.

we have a busy weekend here as well, so i won’t keep you long:

in 2007 i took a workspace in a really cool building in the (then) seedy industrial area of Victoria, sharing with 2 other artists. we made messes, music and mayhem…then there were two..and we kept making music, and moved into a bigger, airier space upstairs in the same building. Eventually i had the space all to myself, high above the street, on the 3rd floor, and there were even more artists up there! it was very productive, but i felt a bit diconnected from my buyers, so when a small storefront opened up downstairs i jumped on it. i’ve been in the storefront for 14 months, and i love it! i do miss the solitude of the 3rd floor sometimes, when it gets really busy in here. but having had creative spaces on all three floors, i got to meet loads of other creative folks. this place is a bustling hive of activity! and the neighbourhood is bustling too, with designers, furniture makers, high tech designers and much, much more! here at Rock Bay Square, we’ve all been getting ready for this weekend, because we’re opening the doors, handing out snacks, samples, and sharing contacts as we invite you to check out our workspaces, and our work!

come find us at 2614 Bridge st, between Hillside and John, just before the Bay st bridge.

we’ll be open friday 4-8pm, and saturday 12-5. the parking restrictions have been lifted for Bridge st and John st, so you can wander and explore without having to worry about getting a ticket.

cheers,

have a safe weekend, and hope to see you soon!

–j u l i

Happy Anniversary!

Hello lovely Radfans!

let me first of all wish you a very happy Autumn! Here in Victoria it has been sunny and warm pretty much non-stop, but we are definitely feeling the creeping chill in the mornings and evenings. i’m certainly not complaining, as fall is my favourite time for fashion! i love sweaters, coats and jackets, and also the fact that i can get away with wearing a waistcoat over my button up shirts without feeling the sweaty retribution of summer heat.

but enough about me, this post is about YOU! that’s right, you, my lovely and supportive fans! in honour of our first anniversary of having a “brick and mortar” storefront, as they say these days, i would like to have a contest!

if you send me a photo of yourself proudly wearing your Radjuli Bag (or belt, or cuff, or guitar strap, orrr….) i will enter your name in a draw for a $100 gift certificate that you can use either in the store or in the Etsy shop!

The winner’s photo will also be posted both here on the blog, and also on the Radjuli Custom Designs Facebook Page!

PS, you get extra draw entries for everytime you share the contest!

good luck, happy October, and see you out on the road!

—j u l i