Incarnations.

I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support of the shop, and of buying local and sustainable clothing. Since opening Planet Claire in 2008, my customers have loyally followed me in the many forms Planet Claire has taken; from the first location on Abbott St, then down a few blocks after the move to Powell St, and now in it’s third incarnation as an underground Pop-Up Shop. Since closing the physical store location in Gastown a few months ago, I have been hosting Pop-Up Shop/Studio Sales in my studio space in the ACME Studios Building (112 E Hastings), a large artist-run building which also houses the Labyrinth Gallery – in fact, Labyrinth has used the hallways, stairwells, and foyer of the building as the gallery space.  In order to get to my studio, you enter through the back alley, and wind your way through the gallery to my studio in the basement. You can see photos and more info here: http://labyrinthgallery.org/about/    The Pop-Up Shops have taken on a life of their own; connecting customers with the designers that make the clothing; bringing people together to have a drink and interact with some pretty awesome and supportive people, and creating community. I’m still able to personally style and now bring in specific pieces for my smaller and very loyal client base. I’m still able to cater to all sizes of woman, and find them beautiful, flattering pieces in a signature style of their own.  It’s been thrilling to be a part of, and I hope to make these monthly events, combined with other related artistic alliances and partnerships, all of which directly support independent artists and local business.  Almost all of the designers featured in my shop are designed and manufactured here in Vancouver, and I also carry a large selection of vintage and pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories, which helps keep consumption of goods and resources down – and can score you some pretty sweet fashion statements at very affordable prices. Some new jewellery pieces are in the works as we speak, and we are always looking for new artists and designers to promote and carry. Planet Claire’s studio is at 112 East Hastings and is available for shopping by appointment and will  be “popping up” from time to time and hosting shopping events, which you can find out about by joining the facebook page, following this blog, or ask to join the mailing list! (just send me an email to claire@planetclaire.ca) Much love from me to you.  X Claire

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~ by Planet Claire on October 20, 2011.

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