Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Spend on Trend!

Written by Treasure Seeker Colleen

SPEND ON TREND, a celebration of Canadian Design, happened Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 22 and Sunday August 23, 2009. Nicole Stewart, Publicity, Marketing and Event Planning, let me know early about the show and participating Canadian Designers, "who ethically produce their work". Right from the invitations, the efficient and friendly emails, the advertising posters and the SPEND ON TREND Show Guide, Nicole truly invited and welcomed us. Downstairs in the Scotia Bank Dance Center, we were offered to have our pictures taken at the Photo Booth (PHOTOBOOTH VANCOUVER) and to have our makeup done. Refreshments and music plus an attractive and clutter free venue for the displays, made for comfortable shopping. There was both the space and the time to talk with the designers and to try on the jewelry and clothing. (I loved how they enthusiastically posed for pictures, too!) Nicole greeted us when we came in and chatted again as we left. Another friendly smile came from Maria Jose Hernandez Cos, creator of - Vancouver's Online Fashion Culture Magazine. (Have a look at this month's fashion books and helpful links for borrowing them from the library or buying them online.)

Nicole and Maria ushering in a
fabulous way to be entertained.

MK Meghan Kathryn

Samples of gorgeous, organic materials, ethically produced and beautifully designed clothing is pictured on sets of note cards. Who wouldn't want to share these with friends? MK Megan Kathryn's Designer is Megan Dunn of Salt Spring Island. Her inspirations include: pop culture, music and the natural world. Loved her recycled fabric purses!

House of L

Vintage, Vintage! Glass and sterling silver and crystals make unique necklaces, earrings and pendants that sparkle and dazzle yet are tasteful and modern. Loved the reclaimed Archie, Betty and Veronica (of comic book fame) headbands. Leanne of House of L, can be found at

Natalia Khon

Natalia Khon, originally from Russia, is a jewelry designer and teacher who is inspired by nature, especially in Vancouver. She graduated from the two year VCC program in jewelry, art and design and her exquisite, detailed work is evident her earrings, pendants, brooches and rings. A silver Maple Leaf is very special. Find her at or see more at Portobello West (August 30th - Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver) or at Port Moody Arts Center (September 4-October 31).


Fiona Louie, the owner/designer of Filou has been creating since high school. A UBC Fine Arts Grad, she gets her inspiration through travelling and her time in Japan is reflected in her silver and gold jewelry and new 3D pieces. The West Coast influence can be seen in sand dollar and Maple seed designs. The Olympics has clothing designers, now how about jewelry? Fiona is pictured here with Geneva, who assists with sales and shows. is the place to find more of this spectacular collection.

Crass and Sugar

Jill Macleod- displayed bracelets made of upcycled Kangaroo leather from the Love-A-Roo collection, and three other collections including Sweet Girl, Love Struck and Felt Up, made of non-toxic 100% sustainable wool.

Granted Clothing

Granted Clothing is "A Premium Handknit Brand" by Minoru It is a modern twist on traditional designs. The Cowichan sweaters are slim fitting and feature antique zippers with signature wooden zipper pulls . Hats, gloves, leg warmers, vests, scarves and purses are all made of 100 % new wool, merino wool and possum-blend wool.

Chai Designs

Chai, "sweet and spicy style inspired by asia" designed by Lindsay Jones -
Clothing is designed in Victoria and is fair trade and ethically produced. She gains inspiration from travelling and winters in South East Asia.

There was so much energy and talent at The SPEND ON TREND celebration of Canadian Design.

Here are some other fantastic artists!

Catalyst Reaction -
Cherry Bobin -
Chloe Angus -
Cici -
Davie & Chiyo - (beautiful clutch purses)
Clutch Jewels =
Nate Organics -
Toodlebunny -
Two of Hearts
Vintage Creation -

This was a great opportunity to support Canadian design and designers. Spend on Trend is an event not to be missed!


Couture Carrie said...

What a fabulous event, Anthea!


P.S. So great to hear from you ~ how have you been?

Anonymous said...

Great post on the event! Tried to check out some of the other vendors but some of the links are tagged as the same link.

Leanne of House of L said...

Hey guys

Cool write up about Spend on Trend! I'm Leanne from house of L
and just wanted to let everyone know that you can find me at


Anthea said...

Should be fixed now!

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