BAGS

Copper Cherry: Travel Bags Made for Adventure

Looking to add some adventure to your life? Then you’ll want to check out the soft canvas and leather outdoor and travel goods made right here in Alberta by Jessica Nepton-Chayer of Copper Cherry! Not only are these bags beautiful, but they’re also incredibly durable and functional. Catch Jessica at the Bison both weekends, follow her on Instagram (@coppercherry), and read on to discover what inspires her to create!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Copper Cherry:
Well, I have to make as I’m constantly building and designing in my head. I’ve always been drawn to making and thought it important.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
CC:
New to my line this year are leather small goods, such as wallets and travel accessories that I released earlier this year. But what I’ve been working on since last year’s holiday markets is a new line of travel luggage duffles and briefcases. I’m stoked.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers? 
CC:
I feel I approach these bags and goods in a different way, as I try and create with purpose and cohesion. I test them out and make my goods evolve over time. When I create something new, I like to think back on what I already have and design the goods as part of a whole. I think this makes a difference in my products; I design a whole family not just an individual.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
CC:
It’s great to have a place to show and share, as I’m sure some will relate. I make all this by myself and spend all this time in my mind. Also getting support and feedback is really all one needs.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
CC:
Gosh so many! For starters, Molly from Stranger Studio: truly one of the most hardworking, strange & amazing persons in Edmonton. Carson Wronko, Wronko Woods: not at the market but he is just greatness in furniture. Josh from Libertine Fragrance is so nice and knowledgeable.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
CC:
Love watching holiday movies next to the roaring fireplace, until I fall asleep. 

Visit Copper Cherry’s website to view more of the products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.coppercherry.com

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Sylvia Soo Leather: Small-Batch & Bespoke Leather Goods

We're so jazzed to welcome back designer and leatherworker Sylvia Soo! Her leather goods are designed and created in her Edmonton studio in small batches. Her growing and evolving collection focuses on artisan craftsmanship, minimalism, and clean lines. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@SylviaSooLeather) to see more of her beautiful and bespoke pieces and read on to learn what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Sylvia Soo Leather:
Creating leather goods is like putting together a really interesting 3D puzzle. There are so many pieces to put together and if all the small parts and solutions come together properly, it feels so good. 

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SSL:
Customers can enjoy a bespoke experience with a selection of items this season, our Box Bag being one of them. The Box Bag allows for complete customization. It is a unique experience in which clients can choose everything from the colour of the leather to the colour of the suede lining, down to the finish on the bag's five feet. We are offering loads of customization options such as monogramming on most of our leathers, and a variety of (colour through) edge paint options. Gift cards will be available for those who may wish to pass on an extra special gift to someone special. 

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SSL:
We invest a lot in researching and sourcing quality proven materials (such as our French and German threads, and our Italian edge paints). A lot of thought is put into designing our products, and a lot of time is put into creating them.  Our designs are minimalist in nature, which means every detail must be considered. We believe our designs to be unique, elegant, and timeless.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SSL:
Edmonton has a unique creative community. I truly love being a part of it. 

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SSL:
Sam Knopp of Sam Knopp Ceramics: one of her mugs has become a part of my daily morning ritual. Rachel Beyer of Grit and Grain: I am a collector of her adorable wooden utensils. 

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us? 
SSL:
Growing up, we didn't have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays. Now that my siblings and I have all grown up, our favourite holiday tradition is creating a holiday tradition for our families.

Visit Sylvia Soo Leather’s website to view more of what she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.SylviaSooLeather.com

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Adamson and Son Brings Their Premium Custom-Made Leather Goods To Bison

Shaun Adamson, of Adamson and Son, is back with his rad leather goods!! He first joined us in December of 2017 and just like his impeccable work, he was a perfect fit! Shaun had this to say of his products: "I make handmade leather goods. I started by making functional pieces for myself, my family, and my friends and it just grew from there. I really like to make functional goods that people use and love for a long time." It really is stunning to see leather look as good as his does... Keep up with Shaun's progress on instagram (@adamsonandson) and read on down below for a good look at what makes Shaun tick!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
A&S: I really like to make things people want, need, and will use. I actually spent most of my life thinking I was creative, but since I’ve been working with leather lots of people have complimented me on my creativity. I still doubt it sometimes, but I just really like simple things that practical and well made that will last a long time.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
A&S: I’m working on a purse prototype based on my mother-in-law’s and my mom’s requests. I’m still prototyping, but hoping to have it finished for Mother’s Day!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
A&S: I think I have a leather shopping problem, ie. I like to buy every kind of cool and interesting leather I can find, but I’m trying to not have too many choices, so I’m trying to pare down to 5-ish best selling and most popular colours (although, I will likely still have fun one-offs and limited runs every once in a while). I also feel like I haven’t created a really new piece for a long time and I look forward to being able to do more of that (so if there is anything you’re looking for, let me know!)

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
A&S: Oh man! I have so many! I really like Greg from Ryaton, the idea of making shoes seems really daunting. Further away, focusing on leather goods, I like Odin Leather Goods in Texas, One Star Leather Goods in California, and I’ve been really impressed with Little King Goods in Ontario. Locally, we have multiple Justine Ma pieces in our house, an Edmonton Neighbourhood Maps, and a Folk Fest print from Snow Alligator--I guess I like things that go on walls. Most of my pieces are named after the person who first bought it or inspired the design, which I think is just cool, so I suppose you could say my biggest inspiration is the people who buy my goods! 

www.adamsonandson.com <<< Check out Shaun's full line of products here!

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Check Out The Lovingly Handmade Goods Of Later Supply Co.

Heather Mackenzie, of Later Supply Co., is a small batch producer of waxed canvas, denim and leather goods. Heather makes bags and accessories like fanny packs, wallets, and iPad cases. Originally hailing from sunny Edmonton, AB, has since been living in Vancouver. Heather started making Later Supply Co. goods in 2014, and will be joining us for their first Bison for our December weekend!! We're so excited to see all of their work in person! You can find Later Supply Co. on instagram (@latersupplyco) and read on down below to see how they responded our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist? 
LSC: Edmonton has such an awesome community of makers and artists.  Its amazing to have developed many friendships within the community.  

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LSC: industrial buildings, 80s/90s skateboarding

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LSC: buying from my buds over at Salgado Fenwick!

Head on over to Heather's shop at www.latersupplyco.com to check out the full collection before seeing them in person!

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Getting Back To Nature With Copper Cherry

Jessica Nepton-Chayer, creator of Copper Cherry, started prototyping the bags in July of 2016. Copper Cherry bags are the beginning of a multifaceted concept brand that will revolve around Alberta and Canada life. The backpack line is designed with a natural aesthetic in mind that is functional for the city and for the mountain weekend trip. The everyday adventures, if you must. Jessica joined us for the first time in the spiring and will be back for the December weekend and we're really excited to see her new work! Check out her instagram (@coppercherry) for regular updates and read on down below to see how she responds to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
CC: That you make stuff in Edmonton. I’m super deep. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
CC: Influences. I’d have to start with my friends. All so talented, knowledgeable, and kind. They encourage me to stay weird and to not be afraid. I look up to the company Filson, I admire their timeless designs and long-lasting goods. And finally, I like working to Netflix and movies so they get an honourable mention. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
This print from HamburgerHands; Mushroom Elk in latin. It’s da best.

All Copper Cherry products are handcrafted in Edmonton out of leather and canvas with beautiful copper rivets. Head to www.coppercherry.com to check out her full line and shop around!

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