Locally and ethically made fashions on show at First Pick Handmade's spring edition

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      Forget the mall: get prepped for sunny days ahead at First Pick Handmade’s first spring edition, a local market that will bring a slate of ethically produced and one-of-a-kind apparel to Mount Pleasant on March 17 and 18.

      Taking place at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street), the seasonal shopping event will feature over 30 designers from across Canada hawking a selection of one-off, limited-run, and sustainably crafted men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Expect ecofriendly two-pieces from Bikini Empire, hemp Ts and tanks from Novel Supply Co., pleated trousers from DRZDWSK, and more. An assortment of natural skincare products from brands such as Quw’utsun’ Made and Conscious Care will also be available.

      “Shows like First Pick Handmade really help consumers with ethical and slow fashion purchasing decisions,” said Janna Hurtzig, founder of First Pick Handmade, in a media release. “Many consumers want to be more responsible with their consumer dollars, but it can be hard to wade through websites and online stores.”

      The inaugural First Pick Handmade took place last summer. It was founded by Hurtzig, who also co-organizes Shiny Fuzzy Muddy and operates local labels Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere and Astrosatchel, as a way to help Vancouverites discover and access “slow fashion” garments. Admission is $3 at the door or online.

      Check out the full list of designers participating in First Pick Handmade’s spring edition below:

      Bianca Barr Design
      Billy Would
      Black Solv
      Bronsino Designs
      Couture Therapy
      Dahlia Drive
      Daub and Design/Daub Active
      DRZDWSK
      Jessica Redditt Designs
      Joanna Lovett Sterling
      Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry
      KRSD Leather
      Le Fil Rouge Textiles
      My Bukuro
      Bikini Empire
      Novel Supply Co.
      Quw'utsun' Made
      Revol Girl
      Frances Felt
      Roberto Fioravanti
      Soma Mo
      Street and Saddle
      Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere
      XS-Unified
      Conscious Care
      Xzola Beauty
      Zula Jewelry/Neon Love by Zula

      First Pick Handmade’s spring edition takes place on March 17 and 18 at Heritage Hall. See event listing for details.

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