PRLog (Press Release) – Nov. 30, 2012 – Instead of rushing to the malls this holiday season, consider growing your local economy by attending A Holiday Affair – a sustainable shopping event hosted by The 25th Street Collective (25C).
Curated with handmade artisanal wares, lively music, fashion, art, jewelry, wine, and food, this thoughtful event invites attendees to make a difference in the lives of others while enlightening their palettes and wardrobes with sustainable products—from ethical apparel, accessories, and handmade skincare, to Argentinean inspired empanadas, organic dim sum and local honeys.
The 25C partners with the Oakland Elizabeth House, and is offering visitors to participate in a “Repurpose with Purpose” DIO (Do it Ourselves) activity. With the assistance of local seamsters, attendees can create one item to keep and one item to give to kids and moms staying at Oakland Elizabeth House. Items include stuffed totoro dolls, fabric wallets, and aprons. Bring your own material and embellishments or use some of ours. All ages can participate, and we ask that under 10 year old folks have an adult to help out.
In addition, 25C resident member Art Beat Foundation will provide an all star playlist of live music to the affair, showcasing a diversity of local artists such as Paige and The Thousand, Bang Data, CJ Alegre, Vir, Vandella, Rin Tin Tiger and many more.
This community-enriched event will take place Saturday, December 8th, 2012 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm at the Collective’s 6,000 sq. ft. vintage warehouse space at 477 25th Street in Oakland’s UPTown Arts District–between Telegraph and Broadway (near the 19th street BART station). Although the event is free, a donation for participating seamsters and stitchers is kindly appreciated.
Another 25C partner will be presented on December 8th. Ditto Sustainable Brand Solutions (http://www.dittobrandsolutions.com), an Oakland-based ecological retail product company, will be working with the 25C to design sustainable dress forms, hat displays, signage and other retail display products co-created in partnership with 25C resident designers. Known worldwide for creating the finest environmental displays for retail use, Ditto will also be offering their unique Ditto Hanger 10-Packs for sale at the 25C. The 25C is proud to be Ditto’s exclusive Bay Area showroom for new and innovative retail display products.
The following 25C members and artisan vendors will be in attendance:
Altana Marie www.altanamarie.com – locally gold-smithed from recycled and ethically mined materials
Doreen Meister Designs www.etsy.com/
J Fein Designs www.jfeindesigns.com – vintage inspired sustainably harvested wooden accessories with a modern twist
Pretty Fun Jewelry www.prettyfunjewelry.com – vintage-inspired, energy-charged locally made jewelry
Sandra Kathleen Jewelry www.sandrakathleenjewelry.com – handmade, earth inspired accessories of mindful gemstones, minerals and repurposed materials.
Tangle Weeds Jewelry www.tangleweedsjewelry.com – silver hand-crafted jewelry featuring semi-precious stones and vintage and recycled materials
Tidal Ware Jewelry www.tidalwarejewelry.com locally crafted and custom jewelryBodycareBy Nieves www.bynieves.com – handmade natural body care products
Skin Care by Feleciai www.SkincarebyFeleciai.com – handmade organic body care productsFashion and Furnishings
DITTO www.dittohangers.com – recycled paper hangers and eco-conscious hat and dress forms
GhEttO GoLdiLocKs www://ghettogoldilocks.com – one-of-a-kind handmade wearable art from recycled, re-used, rescued, and reclaimed materials
Hiroko Kurihara (founder of the 25C) www://hirokokurihara.com – socially responsible company offering unique high-quality home furnishings and textile creations in light-weight boiled wool
Korrupt Label www.korruptlabel.com – highly detailed, one-of-a-kind t-shirts, hoodies, and patches self made in Oakland
Marc Avenue locally produced knitwear
Moxie Shoes www.moxieshoes.com – handmade footwear
O’Lover Hats www.oloverhats.com – one-of-a-kind handcrafted, finely blocked felt and straw headwear and radical mixed media head ornaments
Platinum Dirt www.platinumdirt.com – one of a kind, handmade jackets, bags, and wrist wallets made from reclaimed vintage auto upholstery.
r2 upcycled fashions that are comfortably extraplanetary
Ranunculus Market www.etsy.com/
Sabrina Fair www.sabrinafair.net pattern-making, sample development and highly elegant reclaimed fabric fashions
2 Mile Wines www.twomilewines.com – bottles and tasting of wines produced from Bay Area organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards
Art is in Coffee www.facebook.com/
Bee Healthy Honey Shop www.beehealthyhoneyshop.com – local honeys and bee kits
Oaktown Jerk www.oaktownjerk.com – artisan beef jerky
Tru Gourmet www.trugourmet.com – organic dim sum
Wonky Kitchen www.wonkykitchen.com – gourmet kale snacks
Javi’s Cooking www.javiscooking.com-
Oakland Grownhttp://www.oaklandgrown.org – a program of the Sustainable Business Alliance comprised of local business owners, artists, and engaged citizens committed to strengthening Oakland’s local economy, social well being, and unique sense of place.
About The 25th Street Collective (25C)
The 25th Street Collective, founded by designer Hiroko Kurihara, is an L3C collaborative of slow-food and slow-fashion artisans practicing local, ethical manufacturing, and innovative resourcefulness. Offering creative studios, a storefront gallery, wine bar, workshops, and edu-tainment events, this Oakland-based incubator is home to fine fashion and food artisans up-and-coming in the Bay area.
The 25th Street Collective website: http://www.25thstreetcollective.com
For more information about the 25th Street Collective, please contact:
Hiroko Kurihara (firstname.lastname@example.org)