This past Sunday June 21 was the father's day edition of the monthly Commonwealth Collector's Club. For anybody who doesn't know, this event is held one Sunday a month through spring and summer at the Commonwealth Bar and Stage on 10th ave in downtown Calgary. The Collector's Club is a curated market that includes vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, books, furniture, and other interesting random assortments of things. All this with a live DJ, bar service, an on-site barista, food truck delicacies, and the standard assortment of awesome awesomeness expected at Commonwealth.
This being the father's day edition of the club, the primary highlight of this show for me was the increased number of local menswear vendors. As per usual, my friends at 6Streets were in attendance selling their unique brand of modern affordable streetwear, but I also had the pleasure of meeting a few newcomers. The gentlemen behind Sink or Swim Brand out of Edmonton made an appearance and became a standout for being one of the only small independent menswear brands to create and sell their own pants (which looked fantastic by the way).
The artisan masterminds behind the Populess Company set up an outstanding booth downstairs to showcase their premium leather and apparel out of large vintage suitcases. Drift Creative Apparel, originating out of British Columbia, brought not only their collection of cleanly-designed lifestyle adventure wear, but also a variety of antique wood decorations to adorn the variety of shirts, sweaters, and hats. Lastly, Frank & Oak set up a small booth of their most recent collection up on the stage and undoubtedly convinced more local men to go check out their unique 17th ave shop space.
Apart from the menswear vendors, there was a great variety of other interesting creative people present. The always entertaining ladies from True Confessions Style Co. were present to make tiger poses for photos, have a discussion on the effectiveness of Tinder-based marketing, and present their always-entertaining clothing line that is exactly what you would expect from girls pondering Tinder marketing (in the best way). Peter Njongwe (whom I met just the other night at the Fashion Forward event) had a booth set up to display some beautiful jewelry from Alora, which is the business he runs with his wife producing unique African-inspired handmade home decoration, beauty, and fashion products. Other notable attendees (there are too many to name so I'm sorry that I'll forget some) were the S'more Society (@smoresociety on Instagram), Scratch Fine Foods & Catering, Glimpse Glass Terrariums and Home Decor, Fair Goods, Bellafusion Handmade Jewelry, K Squared Design & Co, and Kartar Furniture and Art Gallery. Congrats to a stellar showing from everybody present and I can't wait for the next club!