ACCESSORIES

Darling Dear Co: Pet Accessories that Spark Joy

We’re pleased to welcome back the mother-daughter team of Arden & Rosana, who create dog and cat accessories that spark joy through Darling Dear Co! You’ll definitely want to dress your pet up for that special holiday party or photo shoot with one of their adorable bow ties. Catch them at the Bison from November 30 to December 2, follow Darling Dear Co. on Instagram (@darlingdearco) to see more of their work and read on to find out what inspires them.

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Darling Dear Co:
Darling Dear Co. was an idea my mom and I conceived a few years ago, thinking it would be fun to create cute pet accessories together. I am a die-hard dog lover and have been asking for one since I was 4 but, funny story, we don’t have pets of our own! My mom is allergic and struggles with OCD due to childhood trauma, so we meet in the middle and make accessories for pets so that I can live vicariously through the adorable photos we receive from our customers.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
DDC:
Wedding attire! We are bringing in ring holders, customized for your dog of honour. Also, we are soon to offer a line of matching men’s and boy’s bow ties so you can make sure the entire wedding party is well dressed! (Whether you have a pet or not!)

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
DDC:
We aspire to make pet products that are well-crafted and long lasting. Basically, items that you can hopefully bring out for every holiday and event and still have looking pristine year and year! If you can use your bow and collar set for years ahead for family photo shoots, and never have to get a new one, that would make us really satisfied. With that said, we don’t skimp out on details and materials—our bow ties are double layered, and have interfacing so they are stiff, and keep their shape.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
DDC:
We are amazed by the support that the Edmonton community gives to local and handmade creators. We were recently a part of CTV Edmonton segment by Dez Melenka that profiles local news and we were really overwhelmed by the kind and positive messages that were sent to us through social media after it went live! It was definitely a huge highlight for us in all the time that we’ve been growing Darling Dear Co and we couldn’t have done it without the supportive community around us.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
DDC:
Locally, we absolutely adore the workmanship of Sylvia Soo! The quality and care she puts into each of her designs never ceases to amaze. I particularly love her box bag, especially the custom one with Oxblood leather that she’s been posting about on Instagram! Also, I absolutely adore the illustrations of Janice Sung who is based in Toronto. She also has the cutest dog!

Visit Darling Dear Co.’s website to view more of their products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.darlingdearco.com

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Freshen Up Your Sock Collection with Urban Drawer Designs

There's a uniquely satisfying feeling you get from throwing on a snappy pair of socks that you just KNOW people are going to notice and love. Natalie and Vanessa, sisters and co-creators of Urban Drawer Designs - an Edmonton based sock and accessories company - make exactly those socks! They first joined us at Bison in December of 2016, and we are proud to have them vend with us again this spring! You can catch up with Urban Drawer's progress on instagram/twitter (@shopurbandrawer) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
UBD: It’s a creative outlet that brings joy.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
UBD: We have four new crew sock designs. We are also bringing some new cactus designed ankle socks and 3 other ankle sock designs for summer.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
UBD: We have some new design ideas inspired by the symmetry of nature and geometric shapes. For example, the exterior of a pineapple, inspired one of our upcoming designs. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
UBD: One of our creative crushes is Christopher Niemann. We are admiring his Sunday sketches and his ability to incorporate everyday objects into them. Brilliant!

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to see the rest of Urban Drawers wonderful collection.

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Dress For Adventure with Flannel Foxes

Flannel Foxes, Bison staples since spring of 2016, are joining us again and we couldn't be happier to climb into our new adventuring gear! Megan, Brittni, and Mike, owners of Flannel Foxes, had this to say of their brand: "Flannel Foxes is a nostalgic brand inspired by life in the Canadian West. We take inspiration from our home and native land to bring you high quality, well designed, practical clothing." Amen to that! You can keep up with the nostalgia train on instagram (@flannelfoxes) or twitter (@flannelfoxes) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the trio of adventurers these days:

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
FOXES: We grew up camping and exploring Canada’s western provinces, carrying a deep appreciation for what these lands have to offer. We aspire to make clothes that share the best of Canada West. It's also another design creative for Mike and Brit, in a less structured environment than the world of advertising or barbering.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
FOXES: We have a variety of new hats, shirts, and pennants coming out in time for Royal Bison, all inspired by the theme of the Western Canadian road trip. 

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
FOXES: We're focusing on the theme of road trips this summer. It's the inspiration behind the graphics on our new hats and shirts. We plan to take a few road trips, so we'll also be sharing the best places to visit through social media and our website. This summer we have a variety of collaborations, parties, and pop-ups planned, so stay tuned!

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
FOXES: Mountains & Monsters. Hamburger Hands. Adrian Martinus.

Minimal, rad, nostalgic. WE LOVE IT! Check out the rest of their stock at www.flannelfoxes.com

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Fashionably Handcrafted Clothing And Accessories Of Nor Official

Welcome newcomer Sherri Cardona, of Nor Official! Sherri's designer handcrafted clothing and accessories are all made here in Edmonton in her downtown studio apartment. Of her brand she says "I create pieces that are comfortable, beautiful and simple." We can really get behind that! Sherri first started making in 2016, and will be joinging us for the first time for the November weekend of our fair! You can find Nor Officlal on both instagram / twitter and do read on down below to check out how she responded to our Q&A: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton designer?
It means a lot to get to be a part of this growing community of young creative entrepreneurs. I'm always inspired by other artists to pursue our passions. I love supporting local and bringing something unique to Edmonton!

Q: What are your top 3 influences?
People on the streets, other cultures, and decades from the past.

Q: Favourite item you've picked up from the previous year:
This will be my first time and I'm excited to pick up some new things!

Head on over to www.norofficial.com to Check out Sherri's full collection!

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Roll Up Those Pant Cuffs Confidently With Urban Drawer

Urban Drawer is a sock company based in Edmonton, AB. We design fun and modern socks to keep your feet looking awesome.  Our designs are inspired by the qualities of city life and we wanted to make stylish socks that could be worn every day.  We hand select the colour threads and our adult socks are made out of combed cotton for extra softness and durability. Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick started working together on this project in 2015 and are joining us for the first time in November - and we are SO happy to see their new work! You can keep up to date with urban Drawer by following them on instagram / twitter and do yourself a favour a read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
UD: We can influence the world around us. We get to place our mark on our city in some tiny or large way. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
UD: Currently rock ‘in out to Sampha, London Grammar, and reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
UD: A rad orange tuque from our friends at Flannel Foxes.

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to check out their full collection of socks and shop around for the pairs you wanna pick up yourself and others this holiday season! Woot! We love cool socks!

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Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick

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Bundle Yourself Up With The Exit Workshop

The Exit Workshop, created and operated by Gina Hargreaves, is a brand for the weekend warrior. They make clothes ready for adventure.  Gina says of her past before creating TEW, "I started knitting with my Grandma when I was about 5 or 6 years old – I tried making straight rectangular scarves but they always ended up looking like a squiggle because I was easily distracted, so Grandma would remake and finish them for me hahaha! But I officially started The Exit Workshop (formerly Exit Beanies) in 2012, when my attention span was a little better." Gina first started selling at Bison in 2014 and she'll be ready to get you stocked up for your upcoming mountain adventure for both of our weekends this round! Check out The Exit Workshop on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how the responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
TEW: It’s pretty cool – I get to express myself and my love for being a ski-bum in an environment that’s, like, 4 hours away from any mountains, which keeps me pretty grounded. While I’m constantly leaving Edmonton on big adventures, Edmonton will always be home. My family and friends are here, biking in the river valley is awesome, and there are lots of great spots to sit down with a coffee. It’s such a great place full of so many subcultures, similar to the melting pot of people in New York City – I love it.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
TEW: Fresh air, Charley Harper’s minimal realism and bright colours, and Luca Font – his tattoos are amazing!

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
TEW: Too many to name, but my mug from Kalika Bowlby is used on the daily because it’s so. Effing. Rad. I’m also wearing a shirt from Cinder and Smoke that I love as I write this, along with my Karma Victoria earrings.

Head on over to www.exitworkshop.com to check out their full shop!

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Thank God, It's Friday Sock Co.!

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co., established the brand in the spring of 2014 as a creative outlet while he toiled away in an 8-5 sales job. Adam has said "I was the "sock guy" in the office and wanted to push the envelope on my own personal sock game. I thought of a fun idea to mismatch socks while retaining a theme and/or colour combination, and when I couldn't find a similar product in the marketplace, I decided to design my own." We love that creative drive! Adam will be bringing his rad socks to our December weekend and we're excited to see the new stock! You can keep up with Adams Friday Sock Co. online on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how he responded to our Q&A:  

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Q: What does it mean to be an Albertan maker/designer/artist?
FSC: It means I get to belong to a group of awesome individuals who continue to inspire me every day. We are a province of talented creatives. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FSC: I keep updated on what’s happening in the general textile and knitwear industry, and am influenced by symbiotic relationships in every day life. I’m always observing things that are different, but that also go together, and thinking about how/if it can work on a sock design. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FSC: That’s a tough one! I have a lot of items from Bison artists and they’re all great. Can’t really say I have a favourite… They’re all favourites!

In January 2017 Adam was able to visit his manufacturing partner; a small family owned sock producer in Italy. He had this to say about them: "We are incredibly proud to have our socks made in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. The factory itself has been with the same family for three generations." You can check out Friday Sock Co.'s full collection of their work at www.fridaysock.co.

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Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.