Hi Team! just wanted to let you know where you can find me for the holiday season,
i have joined forces with Bonspiel Creations, Jola V. Designs, and Batfish Studios to create a fabulous eco friendly shopping experience in beautiful downtown Victoria!
609 Johnson st
A new pop up shop “Holiday Melee” provides vision as an one stop destination for unique gifts for the holiday season.
Located at 609 Johnson St, between Government & Broad.
Open Nov 7- Dec 30th, 2015 Shopping Hours: 11-6 daily, open til 7 fridays closed at 5 on sundays
Holiday Melee offers a green shopping experience, for local, handcrafted, eco-conscious wares made with love, providing gifts for both men & women this is the place to shop….until Dec 30 2015 Prices range for all budgets, support local artisans!
Radjuli designs and produces her fine leather accessories in beautiful Victoria, BC. Off-cut leather and fabric scraps become unique cuffs; cast-off upholstery leather and exotic hides become luxurious, functional custom bags, or obi-style and hipster belts. The items produced by Radjuli are designed for conservation of materials: she aims to use as close to the entirety of a single hide as possible. Another aspect of conservation is the use of recycled hides. Radjuli prides herself on turning the “flaws” of leather into features, and rescue what would otherwise be cast off as “unusable” leather. This means that every hide used is completely unique, and as such, her designs are often dictated by the details — no two of them are ever exactly the same.
Ellen Box is kind of the mother of up-cycled screen printed leather goods in Victoria and beyond. She cut her teeth in the studio of Smoking Lily a long long time ago and broke away to create her own brand, Bonspiel, in 2007.Finely crafted, whimsical carry-bags, pouches and cases, built from mostly re-claimed leather and styled with recognizable screened imagery of bicycles, birds, flowers, acorns and other West coast life depictions, etc, which are signature trait of Bonspiel. Small, cast-off pieces of leather get re-purposed into unique pouches, decorated with even more formerly cast-off leather pieces, this time with an image of trees, seen outside the artist’s childhood home window; or spun into OOAK wallets, which will not only do the work, but will also generate questions, like, where did you get this cool wallet?
Each Bonspiel piece tells a story of its own. Practical, unique, fun, green and loved by men AND women, Bonspiel makes gift-giving easy. Over time Bonspiel has grown to be one of the most loved accessories labels on the Island and beyond.
Jola V. Designs
Jola V. Designs is a niche accessories house based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, Since launching in 2009, Jola V. Designs (pronounced like “yo-lah”) has been committed to the slow fashion movement. The handbags are subtle in their appearance, with the focus being on the quality of construction, stitches, materials used and the design. They look like low-key pieces that go with any outfit but many customers say, they are some of the most comfortable bags they have ever tried on. Jolanta Va – brings to her line a passion for balancing aesthetics with practicality, trend with sustainability. Born in Europe, she finds inspiration in her North European heritage, designing and handcrafting each piece herself using leathers and other materials sourced from local suppliers, overstock, remnant hides or repurposed items.
Bat-Fish Studio: Tracy Yerrell
An innovator of eclectic ingenuity, forging new concepts in the world of up-cycling.
It has two areas of focus: The Fused Line” working with up-cycled & re-purposed materials finishing with pieces that are polished, unique & creatively stunning, becoming one of kind wearable art. The League of Extraordinary Designers, working with other designers & artisans that focuses on using up-cycled & re-purposed materials as a starting point in the creative process.
“As a designer I feel a responsibility to come up with innovative solutions for the on-going problem of post consumer waste. Embracing the principle “waste as a resource”, I transform and provide solutions for materials other wise destined for the landfill. Creating a line of “green” clothing & accessories just made sense. With up-cycling, an item is no longer being used for its intended purpose, but is re-purposed – given a new purpose – and along with this new purpose, it is also given an increase in value, both aesthetically and monetarily.”
you can also follow the shop on Facebook!