With Mother’s Day fast approaching, here are some local fashion and arts events to take note of that might provide some gift ideas. Or they can simply offer some shopping inspiration for yourself.
The good news is that all of them help to support local or Canadian designers, artists, artisans, or businesses—and one even supports local mothers and children in need.
This week, Vancouver fashion retailer Aritzia launched a limited-edition fundraising capsule collection called Cause Mom that’s a collaboration with the local public foundation Cause We Care, which helps marginalized single mothers and their children living in poverty.
Released under the Aritzia Community label, this collection will contribute 100 percent of all proceeds to Cause We Care programs and initiatives. That includes helping mothers pursue job training and education, supporting childcare and school break programs, and addressing needs of families living at YWCA Cause We Care house in Vancouver.
The emphasis for this collection is on comfort and casual wear for recreation and relaxation.
The collection includes hoodies ($80), sweatpants ($80), t-shirts ($40), sweatshorts ($45 to $55), longsleeves ($45), sweatshirts ($90), a tote bag ($28), and a ball cap ($25), made with Cozy Fleece and combed cotton and featuring Cause We Care graphics.
All items are available online and ship throughout Canada and the U.S.
The Got Craft? Spring Pop-Up Virtual Market is underway and will continue until Sunday (May 2). This craft fair features items from over 65 makers from B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec.
The array of goods includes apparel, bags, baked goods, bath and body care, cards, chocolates, candles, ceramics, food items, home goods, pet accessories, jewelry, wall art, supplies, and more.
Pickup in Vancouver is free, or there’s also flat-rate shipping within Canada. Full details are available at the Got Craft? website.
The Craft Council of B.C. (CCBC) is kicking off its eighth annual fundraising Earring Show with a live online launch at 7 p.m. on May 6.
This “Sip and Shop” event will feature guest hosts Sheryl MacKay and Lindsay Wilson, stylists Monica Lourdes and Christina Petry from Red Carpet Ready, artist interviews, and a cocktail demo by bartender Olivia Povarchook from Odd Society Spirits.
Over 200 earrings will be on display at the CCBC gallery (1386 Cartwright Street) from May 7 to 15 while they’ll be on sale online until July 31. Entry tickets are $10, or $25 for a VIP ticket.
Full information about the Earring Show is available at the CCBC webpage.