LEATHER GOODS

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: Premium Hand-Crafted Leather Goods

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 with the best materials I can find. I strive for simple functionality and to showcase the materials that I use. " Catch him at the Bison from December 7-9, keep up with Shaun's work on Instagram (@adamsonandson), and read on to learn what inspires Shaun!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Adamson and Son:
It really comes out of a need for a piece or something to have a specific function. I started making leather goods when I wanted a knife roll and carried with a belt and wallet for myself. I really like to think about how I can make things to meet people’s needs. Leather is such a cool product and I love all the different things that you can do with it.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
AS:
I’m always on the hunt for new and unique leathers and I have so many ideas that I just haven’t taken the time to carry out the whole prototyping process.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
AS:
I often wonder this myself, but I think it’s just the simplicity and the character of the materials that I use.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
AS:
Oh man! We have so many good markets here and so many people who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
AS:
I recently picked up a couple prints (actually it was a trade for a belt… how great is that?!?) from Stephanie Simpson to put in my son’s room that are beautiful. My wife and I also love our Kalika Bowlby mugs and Prospero Pottery bowl that we got at Bison. And I’ve enjoyed getting to know Like Grandpa Grooming Products at the markets and using his grooming products.

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
AS:
Growing up, my family used to spread out all the wrapping paper and take a photo of us all lying in it. It hasn’t happened in a while; maybe this is the year to bring it back!

Learn more about Adamson and Son and what they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison on their website: www.adamsonandson.com

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Ryaton: Guaranteed to Keep You Looking Fresh Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Greg Morgan, aka Ryaton, makes solid, beautiful shoes. Hands down. They are wildly high quality. And he is not new to the game at all! He first vended with us in 2010 and we are thrilled to have him back with us again for spring 2017! Greg had this to say about his work: "Ryaton designs and makes the world’s finest all-purpose footwear, right here in Edmonton. *Goods guaranteed to keep you looking fresh through the zombie apocalypse.*" ....AWESOME!! We want those on our feet! You can keep up with Greg's fashionable footwear progress on instagram (@yaton) and read on down below to see what inspires him to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
RYATON: Getting better at making something is addictive, it’s tremendously satisfying to begin to see levels in your own development. But the better you get, the more nuance you can see, and the harder it is to get to that next level. This sounds bad.. But it’s a good thing, really!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
RYATON: Women’s shoes! They’ve been a loooooooong time coming but I’m really happy with how everything has turned out this time around. They are, I think, a perfect balance between the typically serious Ryaton aesthetic and a springtime take on traditional women’s footwear.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
RYATON: I hope to travel with my products a bit more, maybe even out of province?! And find some fun partners to work with, maybe stores, maybe other makers, that sort of thing. Keep an eye out later in the year for something new on the men’s side as well.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
RYATON: Bison alum Andronyk Jewelry is definitely high up there. Jeanie is super creative AND skilled AND hard working. That’s what I want to be like when I grow up. But since I’m not a jeweler or metalsmith it’s more realistic for me to emulate the crew from Cobra Rock Boot Co. They do what I do, but somehow make it look glamorous and rewarding and inspiring all at the same time. I haven’t figured that part out yet. Grit & Grain is another past bisoneer that I really admire. Rachel’s work is stunningly beautiful and a delight just to hold in your hand. Plus, it’s pretty rare that I see someone who is harder on their hands than I am on mine. I respect that, ha ha!!

HEAD ON OVER TO WWW.RYATON.COM TO CHECK OUT THE FULL LINE OF APOCALYPSE-GRADE FOOTWEAR!

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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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Ochre Lea Brings Her Passion for Printmaking To Bison!

Cate Kuzik, head honcho of Ochre Lea, is bringing her printmaking goods to Bison now for the second time! She first joined us last Christmas and she was a perfect fit. Cate has this to say about her work: "Ochre Lea (pronounced “oh-kerr-lee”), is a letterpress & leather goods company based in Edmonton. Using traditional printmaking techniques & fuelled by bright colours and graphics with mildly inappropriate phrases that make folks smile, Ochre Lea’s products are made in small batches, hand-fed one colour at a time, one piece at a time, often with crazy old machines." Keep up with Kate's process on both instagram//twitter (@ochrelea) and read on down below to see what makes Kate tick!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
OL: Printmaking is very tactile and hands on.  I enjoy the relaxing and almost melodic feel of the running equipment, it really seems to sooth the soul.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring? 
OL: I always seem to have too many things planned but am working on expanding my line of leather goods as well as some new designs for greeting cards. 

RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New
places?):
 
Right now I'm focusing combining my passion for printmaking and textiles. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes
OL: Lately, I have been taken with carving a lot of geometrics. The process of taking something that is perfect and seeing how it changes as I carve it is slowly becoming an obsession. 

www.ochrelea.com <<< Head on over to Cate's full portfolio site to see the full scope of her work!

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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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Get Off The Grid With Treibholz Designs

Markus Roth and Loni Johnson, of Treibholz Designs, have been experimenting with leather and wood since August 2014. Their quality is made obvious by the precision and functionality rendered in every piece.  Their values strongly lie in tradition and quality, the driving force behind everything they do. The two work together from their studio in Kelowna BC, to bring you heirloom quality, leather pieces. They'll be joining us for our November weekend of the fair and you can keep up with their fascinating lives on instagram / facebook. We're really looking forward to having their folksy charm around!

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Everything they do has seen hours of dedication and every material that they use is top notch. Exploration was what first brought the two together, what spawned their dream of Treibholz, and what drives them forward today.

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This March they started an adventure of turning a regular old school bus into a tiny home/studio on wheels! Their goal for the Spring is to have their new wheels fully renovated into a functioning work/living space. Being nomads has taught them how to live modestly, use only what they need and to always support what’s local and authentic.

Head on over to www.treibholz-designs.com to check out their full site and its beautiful shop!

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