Upcycled Rebel

Get your Rebel Rebel on with Daniel Silverstein’s “zero waste” David Bowie sweatshirt—a tribute to our favorite Space Oddity. Part of Silverstein’s “ZWD” line of 100 percent upcycled staples, each topper comprises high-quality cutting-room fabric scraps, pieced together by hand in Brooklyn.
david-bowie-daneil-silverstein-zwd-1-537x403Fun fact: The sweatshirt ships in mason jars to “complete the zero-waste experience,” according to Silverstein. Another plus? No two garments are alike, which means your sweatshirt will be as unique as the Thin White Duke himself.

Eco-Backpacks

Ah the days of memorizing locker combinations, dodging hall monitors and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils morning.  Our filthy customers are in the back-to-school spirit and we are here to help them rise to the head of the class with some of the greenest backpacks currently available on the market.

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Archival Rucksack – $260

You don’t need to major in geography to peg the Archival rucksack’s origins. Modeled after the traditional canoe pack, the American-made carryall comprises mostly U.S.-sourced materials, including heavyweight waxed-cotton twill and domestically tanned leather.

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Classic Backpack – $92

Bells and whistles aren’t always a good thing. Utility Canvas’s American-made backpack puts the “fun” in “fundamental”—no fuss, no muss.

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Alice Seafarer – $315

We’ll admit. Fleabag’s “Alice Seafarer” qualifies as a splurge, but if we were to put all our eggs in one basket, this would be it. Made in the United States from organic hemp canvas, repurposed fishermen’s net, and water-based inks, the military-inspired knapsack supports net-makers in Louisiana, where business has nosedived since the Gulf oil spill.

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Earthkeepers Campus Quad – $40

Put some pep into your step with the “Campus Quad” backpack by Timberland Earthkeepers. The water-resistant kit consists of 95 percent recycled cotton, plus a smidgen of nylon for durability.

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Dean – $138

Matt & Nat’s “Dean” backpack only looks like it’s made of leather. Derived from 100 percent recycled nylon, the cruelty-free holdall has room aplenty for a laptop, books, and a brown-bagged lunch—a vegan one, of course.

Do you carry a backpack, knapsack or handbag that is committed to reducing the use of resources?  Is your bag made of recycled materials?  Please let us know all about your green bag in the comments below!  We love learning about what you’re carrying and what brands are your favorite!

Source: Ecouterre

Recycled Fallera

n-VESTIDO-FALLERA-2-large570Rosa Montesa, an industrial designer from Valencia, Spain, in her 50s, proposed an idea to her mother: Why not work together to make a dress for the traditional Valencian Fallas celebration? She wanted to collaborate to make something, but not in a conventional way. She wanted to do it her way, and her way was recycling.

Montes spent the following year working on her website, Reciclado Creativo (Creative Recycling), and looking for a way to breathe new life into the materials she was taking from her own trash and that of those around her. Plastic bottles, coffee capsules, potato chip bags, sunflower seed shells – all received new life in her hands. First she made a necklace, then a lamp and later flowers.

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-2-900Eventually, Montesa decided to focus all her creativity on one project: a dress, which took her only 10 days to create. However, she required far more time for collecting the materials and designing the dress posed more than a few head-scratching obstacles. Her 17-year-old daughter served as a model, and Montesa’s mother acted as an integral collaborative partner.

The fabric of the skirt was filled with flowers made of plastic bottles and containers. There are a total of 180 bottles: 70 plastic water containers, 25 blue water bottles, 25 pink water bottles and 60 green sparkling-water cans.  “I used the bases of the bottles, and with the upper part I decorated the bodice,” Montesa explained. Cutting the bottle into small pieces produced the fragments that form the image on the body of the dress. They were inspired, she says, by the flowers sold in front of North Station in Valencia.

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-1-900The glittering pieces on the shawl and apron, which could easily be mistaken for sequins, were made from the insides of potato chip bags. This time she only needed six: “I used baked chips, because they have less oil.” The lace is from a blouse that Montesa’s mother had at home, “adhering to the condition of using recycled material.”

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-4-900Having done all this, Montesa’s only remaining obstacle lay in making the accessories. The earrings (arracabades), brooch (joja), necklace, chignon needles (agulles) and combs, traditional elements of the festival costume, were all made entirely of recycled material. “The skewers are knitting needles from my mother. They’re made of steel, which is no longer used because it’s heavier — now they prefer aluminum,” she explained. The flowers that completed the needles were made entirely from coffee capsules. Montesa used a total of 30 capsules to bejewel the chignon needles.

o-VESTIDO-FALLERA-3-900The flowers decorating the earrings and the necklace were also made of this material, and were topped with sunflower shells painted with nail polish, creating an iridescent effect. The same coating was applied to an object containing about twenty peanuts, which was originally going to form a necklace, but, failing to convince its creator, ultimately became a bracelet.

Source: Huffngton Post Spain 

November Events

It’s that time of month again to hit up the Flea Markets and various shows in the big smoke. If you are looking for unique antiques, vintage, collectibles, local artisans work, clothing designers or just a good time out – November in Toronto is where it’s at.

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Swarovski Crystal Wonderland

Swarovski Crystal Wonderland
Yorkdale’s new Swarovski Crystal Wonderland includes a crystallized forest with more than 20,000 Swarovski Annual Edition ornaments and thousands of strands of crystal rain and crystal elements. The stunning winter forest features iconic Canadian wildlife including polar bears, owls and deer, along with Santa’s magical sleigh – a dazzling display adorned with thousands of glittering Swarovski crystals that will serve as the backdrop for visits with the big man himself! 

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
5:15 PM: Strings in Motion performance
6:00 PM Unveiling celebration featuring Jully Black musical performance
Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Centre Court), 3401 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON M6A 3A1

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Gentlemen’s Expo

Gentlemen’s Expo
Are you or is someone you know interested in fashion, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, gaming, DIY and other things that would generally interest any man? Then they should come to the Gentlemen’s Expo.
Friday. November 14, 2014 – Sunday November 16, 2014
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

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Parkdale Flea Market

Parkdale Flea Market
Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectables, local artisans and designers.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1266 Queen St W.

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Santa Claus Parade

Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Stick Rudolph noses on your family, surprise your sweetheart with mistletoe and photobomb your friends with dancing elves!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
12:30 PM
Toronto, ON

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One Of A Kind Show

One Of A Kind Show
Since 1975, the One of a Kind Show & Sale has been the flagship destination to shop handmade.  The show features artisans and designers across Canada.
Thursday, November 27th – Sunday December 7, 2014
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sundays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto ON M6K 3C3

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Kensington Krawl

Kensington Krawl
‘Tis the season for food and fun.  This is the holiday edition of the Kensington Krawl tour to enjoy the very best of Kensington Market with select tastings and seasonal specialties. Get warm and cozy with some hot apple cider and mulled wine along the way!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
191 Baldwin St – Toronto

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Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.
Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
55 Mill Street – Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4

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Leslieville Flea

Leslieville Flea
A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and select artisans.
Sunday, November 30th, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Armstrong Community Centre – 56 Woodfield Road

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The ROM

Fashion Follows Form
Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting invites you to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion in our daily lives. The history of western fashion is a sequence of changing shapes that often favors form over function and comfort.
Present – January 25, 2015
Monday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4
Royal Ontario Museum – 100 Queens Park – Toronto, ON

What events will you be attending in November?  Let us know if you’d like to meet up in the comments below!