First Pick Handmade transforms Heritage Hall into a two-day pop up boutique department store


28 of the best Canadian indie men and women’s fashion and accessory designers offer limited run fall picks on September 16th and 17th


First Pick Handmade will transform Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square foot pop up boutique department store for the discerning fashionista that values Canadian design and quality materials.   Featuring a combination of fashion industry veterans and newer startups, with a common thread of high-quality construction and materials (including linen, cashmere and leathers), Vancouverites can shop for new fall 2017 looks (with limited runs) and get first picks directly from 28 local and Canadian designers. Clothing, jewellery, hats, winter accessories, shoes and bags, for men and women, will be featured at First Pick Handmade on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street in Vancouver.

“All 28 participating designers were carefully curated for this new show,” says Janna Hurtzig, First Pick Handmade event founder, “We identified a real need in Vancouver for an all fashion and accessory only marketplace for both men and women, and from there, First Pick Handmade was created.”

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First Pick Handmade unisex designers include: Westerly Handmade Shoes (shoes for men and women / Vancouver); Friday Socks (socks / Calgary, AB); Billy Would (cuff links to jewelry from skate decks / Vancouver); Element Botanicals (men and women’s skin care / Sorrento, BC); Winterluxe (recycled cashmere toques, gloves and cowls / Vancouver); Joseph Henry Workshop (leather work / Vancouver); Old Fashioned Standards (oil cloth hats and bags / Vancouver); Anderson’s Boots (vegan boots / Vancouver); Hetki / a moment to clothing (made to order garments with slow fashion sensibility); and Start with the Basis (men’s clothing / Vancouver).

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Women’s Clothing designers such as: Sinbi Collection (women’s fashion / Vancouver);  Revol Girl Lingerie (bras and period proof panties / Vancouver);  Daub and Design / Daub Active (handmade and dyed clothing and accessories / Vancouver); Le Fil Rouge (natural textile accessories / North Vancouver); Subject ll Change (malas and yoga inspired jewelry / Vancouver ); Kat Cadegan (jewelry/ Revelstoke, BC); Adhesif Clothing (new and recycled fabrics for one-of-a-kind designs / Vancouver); Bronsino (recycled leather accessories / Vancouver); Jola V Designs (leather accessories / Vancouver); Toodlebunny (jewelry / Vancouver); Sola Fiedler (hats from recycled sweaters / Vancouver); Sans Soucie (recycles waste hose for high fashion designs / Vancouver); Bianca Barr (jewelry and clothing / Vancouver); Lana Betty (jewelry / Vancouver); Buruko Bags (multi purpose and yoga bags / Vancouver); Only Child Handcrafts (beaded jewelry / Salt Spring Island), Zed Handmade (knits / White Rock); and Claudia Schulz Hats (Milliner / Vancouver).

What:                First Pick Handmade – two-day pop-up boutique event


Date:                Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th


Where:              Heritage Hall

3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC


Hours:              Saturday – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Tickets:             $3.00 per person, at the door or




About First Pick Handmade:

First Pick Handmade was created and curated by Janna Hurtzig of the local Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere and Astrosatchel labels.  Since 1988, Hurtzig has been part of Vancouver’s handmade scene in numerous roles such as vendor and show coordinator, so she knows what makes for a good experience for both the vendor and the consumer.  Hurtzig has been a co-organizer for Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, one of Vancouver’s most popular and successful Holiday markets currently celebrating their 15th year.  Hurtzig has also sold her designs at popular shows across Canada for the last 10 years.


Find First Pick Handmade on social media:

 Instagram: firstpickyvr

Facebook: First Pick Handmade


Feature image: Lana Betty Jewelry

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