Photos: Bright colours and zany patterns dominate at KNOWSHOW 2012

Bi-annual fashion and lifestyle tradeshow KNOWSHOW took place on August 9 to 11 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. I attended the final day of the show and had the chance to preview some up-and-coming brands and new, spring-summer 2013 collections by established labels.

This year, Vancouver-based vintage dealers F as in Frank were on hand with a new in-house line called Snap. The collection features re-worked and upcycled vintage pieces in a range of sizes, including tank-tops and backpacks. Another local company, Herschel Supply Co., were also at KNOWSHOW with new products: bird-patterned canvas backpacks and duffle bags and quality small leather goods.

AWSM, a skate and snowboard lifestyle brand by Norwegian professional snowboarders Torstein Horgmo and Andreas Wiig, was a new addition to the show, as was three-month-old Saskatchewan-based brand Farmfresh, which specializes in leather duffle bags and briefcase-style bags as well as eyewear.

Below, Michelle da Silva photos

A colourful display of shoes from Swedish footwear label Gram.

Belts by new snowboard and skate lifestyle brand AWSM.

New colours for Fjallraven’s popular Kanken.

A paisley-printed canvas sneaker stands out from Gravis.

Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co. adds birds to their backpacks.

Leather goods including wallets, coin purses, and card holders from Herschel Supply Co.

Backpacks by F as in Frank’s Snap line made from various recycled vintage fabrics.

Slick new eyewear by Saskatchewan-based Farmfresh.

A satchel from Farmfresh’s heritage bag collection.

Super Sunglasses cat-eye sunglasses come in a variety of colours.

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