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Hundr Vidar Will Be Bringing Some Handmade Goodies To Bison!

NEW VENDOR ALERT!! Hundr Vidar, the creative playground of Jenna Dewar and Madison Dewar, are bringing some fresh hand made goodies to Bison and we are thrilled to have them!! Hundr Vidar is unisex brand created by sisters Madison and Jenna Dewar. Together they create handmade clothing, bags, and accessories featuring hand carved prints. Keep up with the sisters progress on instagram (@hundr_vidar) and read on down below to see what inspires the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
HV: We love quirky locally made products and wanted to create our own. Having backgrounds in fine arts and fashion we are always inspiring and motivating each other to create interesting and unique items.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
HV: Our new line for spring is a series of bright coloured backpacks with some brand new prints. We also have some new clutches in a variety of colours, prints, and materials. As well we are adding an interactive element where customers can pick from an array of hand carved stamps and stamp boxers or other accessories.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
HV: We are aspiring to use more recycled or environmentally friendly materials and add more hand stamped projects. We also aspire to have more community engagement with other artists and creators in Edmonton.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
HV: We love people who strive to be unique, who work with unconventional materials and play with texture like Alexander Mcqueen and Brandon Kee. We are also inspired by history, especially Old Norse sagas.

www.hundrvidar.ca <<< Head on over to the duo's shop to see what's in store for Bison this Spring!

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Wear it On Your Sleeve with My Next Broken Heart

Randee Armstrong, lifestyle and t-shirt maker behind My Next Broken Heart, is joining us for their first ever Royal Bison! We're super excited to have her work with us. My Next Broken Heart's Origin story is simple but goes like this: "Born from an ass tattoo and a love of music. Just thought I’d make some cheeky tees ;)" Skip on over to Randee's instagram (@mynextbrokenheart) to keep up with her progress and head on down below to read about what inspires her to create!

RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
MNBH: It’s a nice outlet of creativity and humour.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
MNBH: Everything, first Spring season ever.

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RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
Definitely Erin Ross paintings, Karma Victoria and General Concern, amazing people making amazing things.

 Check out the full portfolio of Randee's work at www.randeearmstrong.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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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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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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Explore Your Noir Provocative Side With Lord Violet

Nicola Inman, the independent designer of Lord Violet, explores alternative forms of glamour, influenced by BDSM, film noir, and dress-up. The abundant use of pleather, vinyl, and velvet pushes boundaries and incorporates sensuality into fashion. Provocative jewelry and accessories are also created to compliment the clothing. Lord Violet is pleased to deliver luxurious, yet affordable and practical quality designs to the local and international market. Nicola grew up in a household where DIY was the norm and crafting being the main form of entertainment. Sheltered from mainstream pop culture allowed her to develop her own aesthetic driven by queer feminist politics, and a fascination and celebration of sexuality. We are extremely excited to have Nicola back again for the November weekend of our market! Be sure to check out her instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates on her work and read on down below to see how she answered our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
LV: Lord Violet is a rebellion against the conservative political climate of Edmonton, being the capital city of a province with strong right wing history. Due to the pervasive conservative ideals, Edmonton has many flourishing alternative subcultures which seek to explore culture in unconventional ways. Frustrated with limited options for glamorous, yet practical garments in Edmonton, Lord Violet was created a line in hopes of filling this niche. Lord Violet seeks to empower femmes through subversive clothing.

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
LV: My inspiration often starts with a material that I love. My best selling pieces have upholstery vinyl or metal mesh. I found all my bolo components in New York. At the time I didn't have a plan for them but I ended creating a piece I feel very connected to, being a prairie queer. I also love French new wave films and BDSM! 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
LV: Not going to lie - I come to the Bison for Bloom cookies; I buy a dozen every time!

Lord Violet is independently owned and operated out of Edmonton, Alberta circa 2016. Fabric and other garment supplies are Canadian sourced. You can find Nicola's full collection of work at Lordviolet.etsy.com.

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Lord Violet herself, in her natural habitat.

Lord Violet herself, in her natural habitat.

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.

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 Your Basics Covered With NORD

Danny Loconte and Glendon Ho, owners of NORD, are new to Royal Bison this year - joining us for the November weekend and they couldn't be more welcome! The two have a panache for adding just enough splash to their apparel to keep a person interested. You can find out what they get up to on a regular basis by checking out their instagram / facebook pages and read on down below to learn more about their brand: 

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NORD designs and produces premium basic wear garments. We create products to blend seamlessly with everyday life through versatility and comfort. Our garments are designed in house to our specification and paired with fabrics that enhance the design. Our materials and garment manufacturing process is proudly Canadian. NORD is based in Edmonton, Alberta and was formed in March 2017.

You can find their shop online at www.NORD.ca

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Bring On the Nostalgia for Western Canadian Living with Flannel Foxes

Brittni Goshulak, Michael Lundy, and Meagan Henderson are three of the kindest, most welcoming people you'll likely ever meet and that's fitting of their apparel brand Flannel Foxes. They created a nostalgic brand that's inspired by life in the Canadian West. Taking inspiration from our home and native land to bring you high quality, well designed, practical clothing! They'll be joining us again for both weekends of the fair and we're very happy to have them! You can check out the rest of their work and keep up with what's happening in their world by following them on instagram / twitter and read on down below as we further pick their brains on their inspirations:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
FF: Edmonton is a truly unique city with an amazing community of people who love to support local business. We're so lucky to be from here and to have been able to meet some fantastic people through this work. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FF: Flannel Foxes is a nostalgic brand, we love looking back at our parents & grandparents memorabilia to get an idea of what Canada meant to them growing up. We're also big fans of the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FF: All of us own Monster friends from Mountains & Monsters. We can't get enough ugly cuteness!

Check out the amazing work these fine folks have gotten up to at www.flannelfoxes.com and follow the links below to see the incredible coverage they've gotten over the years:

Metro, October 2016

Avenue Magazine, July 2016

CBC Radio, January 2016

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The Flannel Foxes team: Meagan, Mike, and Brittni

The Flannel Foxes team: Meagan, Mike, and Brittni