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If you love beautifully curated thrift shops with soothing palates and uniquely crafted jewellery and accessories, you won’t want to miss Anna Gilkerson’s shop, Makenew Curated Thrift on 2468 Agricola Street in North End Halifax. The layout of the shop makes it easy to move around and the bright open space feels like a gallery with dreamy pieces hanging up that you won’t want to leave behind. Go see for yourself!

1. How did Makenew get started?

I had always been collecting vintage and second hand from thrift stores. I had a lot of cool finds but didn’t wear most of it- my style is actually quite minimal- so it was taking up a lot of room in my closet. I decided to start selling it online after I had closed my first business and had my daughter Elly. I ended up doing some photo shoots for my blog, made a logo and the business took off. I stopped selling it online because it was costing more to ship it than the actual retail cost of the pieces and it made more sense to me- economically and ecologically- if I sold it locally.  So I started renting a small space and then I moved and my retail outlet got bigger and bigger.

2. What sets Makenew apart from other thrift shops in the city?

I have tried to create a vibe, a look, a lifestyle- you know, a brand. I have a specific customer in mind.  Makenew has a strong identity. I learned a lot from my previous company and really looked at a consistent marketing approach and how that can affect sales growth and customer loyalty. I am an artist so I handle everything that comes with the look and feel of the store. I am hunting/buying everyday, I handle the photographs, I style everything, I pretty much do it all- with a little help here and there- so I am able to control the final output. People have said they really enjoy following my social media like Instagram (moniker= makenew). I have never paid for advertising.

That being said I appreciate all the used clothing shops in the city because they all have their own identity and customer base in some way or another. Put me on is great for shoes, fancy lucky for true vintage and lost and found for fun retro and local designer accessories. I always send people their way. Halifax is a plethora of amazing thrift shopping! 

3. Can you tell us a bit about some of the jewelry artists whose work you carry?

When I moved to my new location I had to think outside of the box and find new jewelry designers as a lot were carried in stores near my location. No one wants to flood the market, so I reached out to various Instagram design buddies I had made. I love the Hen line because she is constantly coming up with new girly/edgy designs, HJN hand made leather goods are from Vancouver but the designer Hannah Newton studied here in Halifax, Coutu Kitsch from Calgary does really well, a new line we just got in called Emily Valentine is a super edgy jewelry line from Toronto- I love her pieces including the crystal studs I can’t stop wearing and lastly a local guy that runs Jane Darling, a creative line that focuses on wooden earrings and rings. We are bringing in a few more lines for the summer, which I am super excited about.

4. What are you playing in the shop?

Super eclectic. I collect music and maintain a mainly electronic based shop list on my sound cloud account under the name Aqua Fleck. But I like to put on Songza a lot and just run various types of music. I am pretty much into everything. On rainy days you may hear jazz classics, Saturday afternoon it may be Brazilian Samba and towards the evening on a Thursday or Friday night you may hear some French nu disco. Music and fashion go hand in hand. It all depends on my mood and the mood of the day.  

Submission Saturday!
Air Jordans in Atlanta, Georgia by Ro Akin

Submission Saturday!

Air Jordans in Atlanta, Georgia by Ro Akin

There’s a new second hand co-op shop on Brenton St. thanks to Emily Ross & Linsday Stewart. Big Pony opened back in November & have some awesome promo videos by Our Dynasty Our Destiny. The shop is spacious with plenty of room to browse their well chosen garments, shoes, jewelry & their stationery lines: Varity Concert and Carnival. Be sure to stop by to say hello and check out their wares!

Where did the name Big Pony come from?

Big Pony is in fact the second name given to our boutique. The original name we decided upon was Eastern Promises. It goes without being said that neither of us had seen the motion picture of the same name, but had heard of it and knew it existed. We excitedly leaked it to a couple of folks to get feedback, to which people usually responded with a grimace or “keep lookin’” Turns out the movie is about brothels, etc, etc….thank gawd [sic] someone talked us out of it. Everyone did. Yeah. Actually everyone.

What or who has influenced what you wear and what you carry in your store?

It would be the city that influences us. Our friends, people on the street, people out at night….Also I really like magazines. I was gonna say the internet…but seriously magazines, internet, city, rayon. If it’s rayon I’ll wear it so that definitely influences me.

What are you playing in the shop?

That’s obvious. Rap, R&B, trap remixes, slow jams, sexy jams, strawberry jams.

Submission Sunday!

Streetstyle from Barcelona, Spain by Layton Reid.

Submission Sundays!

Streetstyle from Barcelona, Spain by Layton Reid.

Submission Sundays!
Letter jacket on Maitland St., Halifax by Katie McKay.

Submission Sundays!

Letter jacket on Maitland St., Halifax by Katie McKay.

This past Friday Fashion East was invited to attend the second annual [PHASE] Emerging Designer Fashion Show. This event showcased the work of fashion design graduates from the Centre for Arts & Technology. Using playful patterns, elegant draping or dramatic hemlines, the class of 2013 did a great job! Since we couldn’t post all the designs check out their Facebook page here. Congrats to the graduating students!

Be sure to check out Mills’ Fall Fashion show on Wednesday, October 2nd featuring graduating designer Laura Corkum’s Coleoptera collection

Happy Fashion week!

Love, 

The Ladies of Fashion East

Submission Sunday!

Floral Print dress at the Bloomfield Centre, Halifax by Peter van Gurp

Submission Sunday!

Floral Print dress at the Bloomfield Centre, Halifax by Peter van Gurp

Fashion East was happy to be a part of the Big Day Downtown event this year and give some love to the great shops & attractions of downtown Halifax. This year we were asked to pick three keywords out of a hat that would shape our adventures: Dramatic, Creative & Playful.

With these adjectives in mind we headed downtown this past weekend to The Drawing Room at the Henry House on Barrington St. . The bartender poured us a delicious & dramatic-looking cocktail. The Drawing Room is the closest thing to a time machine in Halifax where you can order a drink off the menu based on the year it was most popular. We recommend the hit drink of 1915, the French 75

Afterwards we headed to The Seahorse Tavern for J-BRU's CD release featuring other local rappers Quake Matthews, Jay Mayne and Toronto’s GQNumberOne . The crowd was appreciative, the rhymes were creative and Propeller's Horsepower beer had kick. We rounded off the night with a quiet 3am bike ride home. 

To capture the last bit of summer on an otherwise bleak Monday we got in touch with our inner child and stepped into Yeh! Frozen Yogurt & Cafe. With so many options it was hard to choose only one topping ( Fruit Loops or Pop Tarts? ) so we ended up with some playful creations & maybe a slight sugar rush. 

Much thanks to the Downtown Halifax Business Commission for inviting Fashion East to participate for another year!

Love,

The Ladies of Fashion East

Submission Sundays!
Her Grandmother’s Dress on Deacon St., Halifax by Hannah Goodman

Submission Sundays!

Her Grandmother’s Dress on Deacon St., Halifax by Hannah Goodman

Submission Saturdays!
Black and White Accessories at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto by @rileysmithphoto

Submission Saturdays!

Black and White Accessories at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto by @rileysmithphoto