Won't You Be My Neighbour

We are just a week away from moving into or NEW STUDIO!  Eeeeeek!!!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd have my own vintage clothing studio..... or the vintage wardrobe to fill it!

The blue bus was, and still is, the foundation of Perch Travelling Boutique.  But, I began toying with the idea of opening a studio/store front a couple of years ago, and almost signed on the dotted line, but for some reason or another a deal was never reached....until I met Annemarie.  When we met, everything jived, and I put down a deposit on the studio above her glass art work space right away.  No regrets!

Let me tell you about my new neighbour Fused By Fux Glass Studio, the workshop and showroom of Annemarie Fux.                   

Annemarie creates one of a kind pieces of glass art~ornaments, bowls, plates, tiles and commissions. She also conducts workshops in her space geared to all age groups. I've been fascinated with glass art for years, ever since a neighbour invited me into her basement studio and gave me full access to her stained glass supplies, so to have a glass artists right downstairs is awesome!

As great as it is having another creative individual as a 'roomie', the best part is I feel like I've made a good friend. The more Annemarie and I talked, the more I realised that we have may friends in common, and share the same concerns of being your own boss, getting your brand out there, and ultimately running a successful business.

I feel like I've won the Girl Boss lottery!  I've got great neighbours, an amazing studio space, and  with that space so many fantastic and fun opportunities to invite the public and other artists into 'The Messy Nest'.  I get the keys on the 1st!  I hope to see a bunch of friendly face on December 16th for the Grand Opening and Fused By Fux Open House. 

Make A Statement~ Go Vintage!

Fancy frocks and holiday parties go together like diamonds and decollete.  But, what is a fancy dress loving gal to do if she's keen on attending all the latest and greatest social events of the season? If purchasing a brand new frock for every fete is out of the question, then there is a unique, elegant and eco friendly solution: go vintage!

I hear what you're saying: "I get the unique and elegant part, but eco friendly fashion? What does that mean, exactly?"

It means being mindful of how, when, and where your clothes are manufactured. And, it means making a statement with the clothes you wear that says, "I choose clothing that is ethically made, not destined for the landfill in a couple of years, and compliments my unique style."

Investing in quality vintage clothes is a great way to 'reduce, reuse and recycle'. 
For one, vintage clothing often lasts longer than mass-produced items that are labelled as 'fast fashion'. Fabrics used to make vintage clothes is often higher quality, and the items were made to last. Secondly, the classic shapes, timeless silhouettes and solid design of vintage clothes makes it easy to wear pieces for years, rather than having to constantly replace items in your wardrobe that are a result of shoddy workmanship and cheap fabric.
One other great thing about buying vintage clothing is there is a very good chance that the item you purchased is one-of-a-kind. You can be confident that your unique wardrobe makes a statement: I choose to honour the iconic styles of vintage fashion, consider the environmental impact of the clothing choices I make, and look fabulous all at the same time!

The question is: where does one find the perfect vintage wardrobe? You're in luck! Kelowna is home to Perch Travelling Boutique, purveyor of authentic vintage finery since 2012.  At Perch, you will find an extensive collection of party dresses, formal wear and all the necessary accessories for the perfect vintage outfit. We can even show you creative ways to blend vintage pieces with modern ( ethically sourced, of course)clothing to create a look that is personalised and practical. We live to share our love of vintage to the masses, so don't hesitate to visit us! 

Happy Holidays!