As the first weekend of the Winter Puces POP fair fast approaches, we called up fashion and lifestyle gurus Mode 34B to give us their researched vendor recommendations. Bloggers Valérie Collette and Gabrielle Regimbal give us the 411 on the hottest creators to look out for, what they look for in a holiday market and the coveted items on their 2016 wishlists!
Who is in your top 3 vendors for this edition of Puces POP and why?
Valérie Collette: I think it's really cool that the graduating class in graphic design at UQAM are included in this kind of fair. Their work is very professional and it's always interesting and impressive to see where young creatives are taking things!
Otherwise the delicate and feminine porcelain of Atelier Make (perfect gift for moms) and the wonderful jewelry by LLY Atelier is sophisticated, classic and their materials are sublime!
Gabrielle Regimbal: My top 3 is pretty hard to determine because there are so many artisans, but after looking through every single profile (yes, for real!), I would say that I have a thing for Alex's Embroidery. Embroidery has always fascinated me because i've never had the patience to do it myself. I love that the designs move away from traditional ones for more contemporary results.
I'm also excited to discover Odeyalo's collection, a clothing line for work, but with a pyjama feel that really speaks to me. And, because I am a fan of dishes of all sorts, the porcelain by Atelier Make will definitely be one of my stops. I love their minimalist style with a touch of originality.
What do you look for in a holiday market?
VC: I first and foremost look for the ability to purchase products made in Quebec! That's why I believe Puces POP and others are so popular in Montreal. It allows you to get your hand on products that are from here and to introduce them to those you are close with. Also, Iook for a nice variety of products (house, fashion, decoration, food...) and a variety of prices is also interesting as well, to have something for everyone especially with the holidays around the corner!
GR: I would say a mix of traditionnal, contemporary, afforable and more upscale which is, according to me, what represents Puces POP. I love that there are so many items for small budgets because I can often find good hostess gifts. Seeing as there are many dinners to go to around the holidays it's often at Puces POP that I make nice discoveries. Also, year after year I like reconnecting with artisans that I know to see their evolution and have the time to talk to them.
What is on your holiday shopping list this year?
VC: The small delicate jewelry by The Angry Weather and in a crazier light, a hamac for my apartment by Hamac urban design. I dream of having one!
GR: It's now been three years since I decided to stop buying "cheap" jewelry to invest in pieces that are more unique by designers who are from here. I have already spotted two or three appropriate kiosks - Le Cubicule and Annie L'Espérence are good examples. I never say no to a candle for my home or products to pamper myself with, even if I already have tons. And I will definitely be stocking up on holiday greeting cards.