Thursday, 12 May 2011

York does Vintage meets SOUK

York Does Vintage meets Souk Fashion and Lifestyle Bazaar for their biggest fashion fair yet. St William’s College will be taken over by fashionistas, creative designers and friendly stall holders on the 14th and 15th of May from 10am until 4.30.

York Does Vintage is a local vintage fair sourcing some of the best vintage companies in and around York, selling both old and new vintage clothing. Souk Fashion and Lifestyle Bazaar celebrates independent designers, providing stalls with a range of up-cycled and newly created items.

Co-ordinators, Alex Claydon and Sam Agnew decided to team up to provide York with a completely new fashion experience, allowing people to enjoy a variety of fashion all on one weekend. Alex comments, “our aim for the weekend is for locals and tourists to have a fun filled experience rather than just an hour of shopping”. On the Sunday they will also be working alongside The Wedding Affair to promote a day of ladies fashion in York.

The weekend will also feature styling, photography and entertainment. Cara Jemison, a professional singer from York, will be the musical entertainment in the vintage tearooms. Whilst Beauty Call will be making over customers to have their own photo shoot at Random Acts pop up studio. There will also be a raffle to raise money for the disabled children’s charity, Snappy.  

Customers can enjoy a hands on experience too at the newly launched York Clothes Swap. For just a £1 customers can swap as many of their old clothes as they like, and if nothing new catches their eye they can keep the tokens for future swaps. Alongside the clothes swap Rebecca Downes will also be running up-cycling classes, teaching basic sewing skills.

For only £1 for the entire weekend customers can expect to see stalls from Isabel Wong, Klue by Kelly Ann, Mad Elizabeth vintage, Samantha Agnew Jewellery, Audrey and Joan’s vintage, OnFriday handbags and Green Therapy.

Guest blog by Hannah Clugston 

Monday, 18 April 2011

Love to Sew

"Love to Sew....vintage hen parties" are the brain child of two friends who have joined creative forces to carry out sewing workshops at "Love to Eat" Food Store in York.

Rebecca is a designer dressmaker who produces vintage inspired homewares and made to measure bespoke bridal wear at a little studio in the country side just outside of York. Rebecca is a Fashion Tutor at York College where she teaches up and coming designers to make their creations a reality!

Louise owns a beautiful Food Store called Love to Eat, a local favourite for coffee, cakes, light bites and more!  The Food Store is unique as everything inside is produced and made by local businesses, from the paintings on the wall to the produce on the shelves. Love To Eat has established itself well and truely within the community thanks to the venue being used for different workshops and activities, bringing both local people and visitors together.

As well as running one day workshops such as "Love to sew a Vintage Apron" the duo run workshops for hen parties, the most popular being to customise your own bunting (often brides use it to decorate their wedding venue!)

York is a beautiful city steeped in history with plenty to see and do with an ever expanding vintage scene. Including a sewing workshop in your vintage hen do is ideal as they cater for all ages, you don't need any sewing experience and all materials are provided!  This combined with Love To Eat providing the vintage inspired menu - it's a perfect few hours of vintage fun!

Depending on numbers, workshops can be held at Love To Eat or come to you. Initial consultation with the bride/organiser will establish an individual package to suit ability and budget and can create a menu to suit you (from a buffet lunch to a vintage high tea with jam and scones!)

Guest blog by Love to Sew... Vintage Hen Parties.

Rebecca Downes will also be running bunting upcycle workshops at York does Vintage meets SOUK.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

York does Vintage meets SOUK

YORK DOES VINTAGE meets SOUK - 14 & 15 May @ St William’s College

York Does Vintage meets Souk Fashion and Lifestyle Bazaar is a unique blend of buzzing, exciting fairs showcasing fabulous gems from the quirky vintage World and exquisite fashion creations and lifestyle products. With the success of both fairs on the 5th March 2011 we have combined our ideas and come up with this electrifying weekend of shopping, relaxation, beauty and so much more!

Weave your way around one of York’s charming 14th Century yet stunning buildings with an abundance of beams, rooms, history nook and cranny’s:

• relax with one of Curiositea’s gorgeous cupcakes (she sold out twice at our first fair they were THAT GOOD!) and Yorkshire Tea’s tea’s and finger sarnies

• shop for fabulous creations from up-and-coming designers, grab yourself a cutting-edge ethical bag from onfriday or treat yourself to some sumptuous organic skincare from Green Therapy

• let Alison from Beauty Call (our pop-up beauty parlour) transform you into a gorgeous princess, then her team will finish off your look with a great vintage doo

• get pampered by Future Beauty offering mini facials and massages - great for some heavenly time out needed from your busy days shopping at St William’s College

• in-house photo studio

• visit our all day upcycle workshops

What more could you want from a day out in York!? This is going to be a truly amazing event where interaction is key!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

What's Next?

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the very first SOUK.  Rebecca, her mum & Lizzie did an amazing job with the upcycling workshops, there wasn't a free seat all day! There was great camaraderie among the designers.... At next SOUK expect an even bigger following of people looking for unique products!
So what is next???  YORK DOES VINTAGE meets SOUK at St William’s College, York 14 & 15 May.
If you're a designer or entrepreneur and fancy selling your products at a fashion & lifestyle fair, as well as meeting like-minded people, or if LOVE shopping for something a bit different then you'll LIKE our new Facebook Page.

Everyone who likes in March will be in with a chance of winning a piece of bespoke Samantha Agnew Jewellery, designed especially for YOU!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Not Long Now!

Not long until the launch of SOUK .... here's what you can look forward to!!!

:) Shopping for fantasic, unique items from fabulous designer makers!

:) A huge range of gorgeous eco-fashion!

:) Free workshops - make a corsarge brooch with Antiform, or decorate vintage bunting with Rebecca Downes!

:) Models of Diversity scouting for REAL models!

:) Enjoying the hotel's happy hour!

:) Treat Me Sweet selling bathroom goodies to raise money for Malawian charities!

:) Free entry!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sam xxxx

Thursday, 17 February 2011

For Immediate Release

Time to start writing the press releases ......

SOUK – Fashion & Lifestyle Bazaar is a new style of shopping event being launched in York next month. SOUK’s debut boasts over twenty of the area’s creative minds to present a bazaar that oozes the latest fashion and lifestyle concepts. The fabulously talented designers include Antiform, an eco-fashion label, short listed for a Marie Claire Fashion Award and Bo Carter, an independent designer who has shown her collection at Fashion Weeks around the World.

SOUK is my passion and indulgence; having my first child while at university I quickly went from a carefree shopaholic  and serial clubber, to mum. However, 14 years on and having the opportunity of living in Dubai and Singapore I have reignited my inner fashionista!

Once my children got older I finally had some time for myself. Still creative and passionate about trends, I started designing and making jewellery. While looking for a suitable outlet to sell my jewellery I attended many local fairs and found that they weren’t attracting enough of my genre, so I decided to organise my own.

Not only does SOUK give shoppers the opportunity to buy unique products and labels from up and coming designers, but it also gives designers the opportunity to sell their products in a city centre location marketed at their customer profiles.

SOUK has brought together the fashion conscious of York like no other event, and I have found the journey extremely rewarding. Not only have I been amazed by the interest I’ve had in SOUK from day one, but I’ve been touched by the amount support and encouragement I’ve been given.

Another highlight of organising SOUK is working with Alex Claydon the brainchild of York’s brand new vintage fair - ‘York does Vintage’. The joining together of SOUK and York does Vintage, secures York as a true fashion destination on the 5 March.

What’s next for SOUK … whatever the fashionista demands, though one thing is for sure the ripples will stretch beyond the city walls.

Saturday 5, March SOUK Fashion & Lifestyle Bazaar at Park Inn Hotel,
and York Does Vintage @ St Williams College.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Autumn/Winter 2011

My favourites so far from New York's Fashion Week.