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Local business feature: Botany and Bloom


Hi! I am Kelly Dunbar a floral designer and the owner of Botany and Bloom. Our happy place is an industrial space located in Vancouver, BC. It is a creative zone with interesting projects and ideas always in the works. It is pretty much the space where my dreams and ideas are being lived out daily. Working with beautiful flowers and having found a career I love is something I am truly grateful for.

Relationships are the core of a successful business and we are happy to have them all around us. We work with other amazing vendors, talented neighbours, and many corporate and private clients we are so grateful to have. I try to support local as much as possible in my home life and work place. We use local couriers, greenhouses and suppliers along with some amazing Vancouver talent that provide us with botanical products that complement our shop.

Our primary work is floral design for events, weddings and film. This past year we have incorporated gifts, plants and individual floral orders to our product list as we shifted from large scale events to intimate occasions. Styling homes and businesses with botanicals, in addition to dried and fresh flowers, has been well received and fun. The Covid pandemic has definitely been a challenge but with every challenge there is opportunity, growth and new relationships to build.

Click here for more information on Botany and Bloom.

Follow them on instagram here.

Kelly is wearing a custom rose vest and Erin is featured wearing the Acorn hat. Contact us for more details.

 

Photos by: Devan Head

January Jones - Customized hula girl sweater

The beautiful and talented actor January Jones strutting around in her customized orange Hula girl sweater!

We think the fun theme and bright colours she chose match up perfectly with her quirky personality!

Customization option of colours on a original designs available.

Contact us for more details!

(January is 5'7" and wearing a medium size)

 

The ODR SZN sweater

We teamed up with Canadian athlete, puck wizard and famous hockey YouTube sensation Pavel Barber on a bold mountain range themed ODR SZN (outdoor rink season) sweater!

Hop on over to your nearest frozen lake, pond or outdoor rink in the ODR sweater! You'll be saucing passes, toe draggin', dangling and going top cheese like Pavel in no time!

Pavel in the ODR SZN sweater.

Check out Pavel on his YouTube channel here or on his instagram here.

 

Local business feature: Billy Would

We're excited to start our local business features with our good friend over at Billy Would Designs.

Hello. I’m Adea Chung, the maker behind Billy Would Designs. Based in North Vancouver BC, Billy Would is a jewellery and accessory line that uses only reclaimed and recycled wood. Since 2007 I’ve been making pieces with an aim to create a connection between the wearer and this precious material. I want to challenge how we see wood waste, using ’scrap’ to create jewellery we can appreciate even the smallest piece of wood.

I love hands-on creating. Through various tools and lots (and lots!) of sanding, I get to make art and work for myself - still feels like a dream come true. Collecting wood off-cuts, bits of broken furniture and old skateboards has added another element to the process. It's connected me with other woodworkers and amazing people. I’m so grateful to be part of the local artist community, being a small business or artist can be quite isolating at the best of times. This network has become my ’team’, checking in with each other, sharing tips, advice, encouragement and support. It’s the best.

By supporting local businesses now more than ever it feels like I’m supporting friends. We want them to survive this pandemic and know they’re a valuable part of the community.

Click here for more information on Billy Would.

Follow them on instagram here.

Adea is pictured in our Cozy campfire vest.

 

Photos by: Devan Head

 

 

Face masks now available!

 

An essential piece for the upcoming season.

Dual layered cotton fabric with inner moisture wicking layer. Articulated design for a snug, low profile fit. Easily adjustable/removable form fitting nose bridge bar and stretchy, soft ear cords.

One size fits most (Adult).

Made and designed in Canada.

Recommended care, hand wash.

Order here

Store Feature: The Collective Good

The Collective Good is the Yukon's modern day general store. Founded in 2013 by Jen Williams & Paul Gort, their motto is "good design for good people".  TCG reflects their love for travel, design and of classic mid-century Canadiana. The spacious store features an array of goods made by local artisan from the Yukon, other provinces and items from around the world, also complimented by their house line, Yukon Territorial Goods, celebrating the Yukon's past and present history.

Find their brick & mortar in downtown Whitehorse,  Front & Main Street or online at www.thecollectivegood.ca

We collaborated on a limited batch of beautifully designed sweaters with TCG.
The inspiration for the Yukon Coat of Arms sweater came from a vintage hooked rug and their love of classic Canadiana mid-century novelty sweaters. The design features Yukon's emblematic fire weed motif and the Yukon's Territorial Coat of arms.

Photos courtesy of GBP creative.

Vancouver is awesome and Granted

A true collaboration, V.I.A.'s Bob Kronbauer and Granted's Brian Hirano worked together on the design over the past couple of months.

The concept is to celebrate a British Columbia icon (the Spirit Bear; the official mammal of B.C.) while also giving a nod to diversity and how it makes this province a better place.

The yin and yang on the back of the sweater features a white Kermode (Spirit) Bear, along with its Black Bear sibling. Bear paws on the front with matching salmon outlines on the sleeves. As Bob explained in a recent episode of  BC Was Awesome history TV show, the rare Kermode was instrumental in saving the Great Bear Rainforest from logging in the early 1990s.

As Hirano says, "There is a lot we can learn from bears. They don't care what colour they are and live and hunt side by side. We [humans] are all the same animal and - like them - I believe we can live in harmony."

There are currently only 200-400 of these bears alive today, and partial proceeds from the sale of this sweater will go towards ensuring their long-term survival; we're donating 10% of the profits to Pacific Wild, which works to protect wildlife and their habitat in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Preorder one now HERE.

 

Photos by: Devan Head


 


 

Deadhead duo

A heartwarming Father and Daughter story featuring Deadheads, Bill and Maggy!

Though they are far away, Bill located in Illinois and Maggy in Seattle, they managed to stay connected with their newly acquired matching Grateful dead Krazy bear sweaters!


“We have special memories together, when I was 13 he took me to a Dead concert at Madison Square Gardens when Jerry was still alive! So much fun all around, blessed that you made such beautiful sweaters that mean so much to us!!”.

Thank you Bill and Maggy @lumberjackmama for sharing your story with us!

Do you have a special Grateful Dead or Granted story?

Let us know!

The Last Dance

When I first heard that there was a Michael Jordan documentary on Netflix, The Last Dance  to be honest it really didn't spark my interest. The love for the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan during my childhood had long passed.

After finally watching a few episodes, memories of my youth quickly came rushing back. The days of my crooked Fresh Prince flat top haircut from my Mom, the sounds of my bulls starter parka rustling in the wind, getting beat up for my Jordan shoes (just kidding) and the wingspan poster of Air Jordan pinned on my wall (next to the Cindy Crawford poster of course!) became so clear and vivid! I was so excited to watch the next episodes, I had almost forgotten that the world outside had turned upside down a month earlier, due to COVID-19.


The Last Dance dove right into all of MJ’s struggles on and off the court, how each time he persevered, rising up from failure and finding success. Reconnecting with these stories was perfect timing as I applied his positive mindset to my own outlook on life. It also gave me a reason to create something unique and pay tribute to his Airness.

The Rising Jordan sweater is based off MJ’s early career and has many subtle design details. Simple colour blocking elements from the first Air Jordan 1 shoe sole (circa 1985). In addition, a unique gradient sunrise detail that was popular design in the 80’s that consists of 23 rows of black knitting lines. It tells the story of Michael's will to wake up and push himself to the limits every day. The wings on the sleeves are based on the original Air Jordan wings logo with a placement nod to the famous “wingspan” poster. The shiny gold zipper adds some bling to the traditional Bulls colourway. A similar bit of flash to when a young Jordan, dripping with style sported a layered gold chain in his rookie year dunk contest.

The Rising Jordan sweater for the G.O.A.T.

Sweater feature - Stadium cable knit lavender sweater

A typical cable "fisherman's" sweater is a bulky garment with cable patterns on the chest. The original Irish fisherman sweater's wool retained lanolin, making them water-resistant and perfect for days at sea.

It is said, that the first fisherman’s sweaters had certain cable patterns knit into them depending on their origin town or last name, this is so that if the fishermen were to go overboard and drown during fishing their bodies could be quickly identified even if they had been badly disfigured at sea.

The lavender cable knit sweater is a refreshing new colour brought into our line. Why blend in when you can stand out with the two-toned lavender sweater? With that in mind, we thought Autumn Woods (our model) would be the perfect person to help show it off.

Autumn is bursting with creativity, he makes great music, hosts a podcast, and beautifully models a wide variety of styles. He was born and raised right here in Vancouver, and aligns with our actions of keeping our planet healthy. You can find Autumn on Instagram at @autumn._.woods

 

Photos by Devan Head

 

 

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