Meet the Makers

They're what MAKE us who we are! At Make, its about being one-of-a-kind and appreciating the unique and unusual. We’re proud of the artists and designers who we’ve found and fallen in love with - we are inspired by these people and what they make. We hope you are too!  Our collection is like no other. Visit us in store on Granville Island to see their work and more.

 

 

Velvet Moustache

Montreal, Quebec. Velvet Moustache is a tasteful blend of ecology, ethics, fun and creativity put together by Majorie Labrèque-Lepage. Bestiary of highly distinctive designs, the company offers a variety of high-quality plush cushions inspired from the animal kingdom. Velvet Moustache stands out through its original designs, its meticulous quality control, and its local-based manufacturing process. It continues to grow, encompassing its core values and contributing to the rise of the “slow couture” movement.

 


Artech Glass Blowing Studios

Tory Hill, Ontario. Artech Glassblowing Studios is a traditional glassblowing studio in the Haliburton Highlands, nestled in the rocks and woods of ghost town Tory Hill, Ontario in an old United Church.

Upcycled from an original beer bottle, we carry Artech's unique beer glasses which are reformed at 2150F using traditional glassblowing techniques. Each one-of-a-kind, dishwasher-safe glass holds a full beer. Made with different brands - see if we carry your favorite beer!


Alchemy Goods

Seattle, Washington. The Alchemy Goods factory is located in Seattle, WA in the historic SODO district. While medieval alchemists sought to turn lead into gold, AG strives to turn useless stuff like blown-out inner tubes, old seatbelts and advertising banners into useful stuff like bags and wallets.

Upcycling is a philosophy we can really get behind. Recycling turns stuff into the same thing over and over again. Upcycling turns something of lesser value into something of greater value. Born from bike couriers and cycling culture, we carry AG's messenger bags, wallets and accessories.


U.S.E.D. Bags

Winkler, Manitoba. U.S.E.D. stands for Unlimited Supplies from Everyone's Discards. U.S.E.D. is a family owned and operated business working together since 2002 towards a common goal: To re purpose industrial waste and educate the public by creating, functional, fabulous, fun environmentally beneficial products.

We are proud to carry U.S.E.D handbags, courier bags and accessories. Each bag is made from vehicle parts about to be landfilled. Who knew a seatbelt could be so funky? What was started as a college project has gone bigtime - and we love it.


L Carr Designs

Fonthill, Ontario. L Carr Designs Vintage Series was first created in the Fall of 2007 by artist Lynda Carr. All items are designed from silver pot lids, serving trays, butter dish lids, bread plates, serving bowls - anything unique and that can be recycled into exquisite art! Most of the material used date back to the early 1900's.

If you love the look of turn of the century vintage fashion our Lynda Carr silver jewelry collection is a must see. We carry her bracelets, rings and watches - this collection is all handmade, all unique.


Dconstruct Jewelry

Winnipeg, Manitoba. Designed and created in Winnipeg, these homegrown designs are a beautiful, minimalistpiece of portable art.

At Make, we carry Dconstruct's rings, bracelets and necklaces sold as beautiful sets or individually. Each design contains at least 40% pre-consumer recycled material from sky lights, store fixtures and vending machine covers. Using materials from seaweed to lichen within their designs, feel connected to nature while appeasing utmost style.


Raven's Rest Studio

Vancouver, BC. Raven's Rest Studio features unique, handcrafted, fun and funky gifts and accessories made by Jennifer Conway. Every piece is designed and handmade in her home studio.

Make is one of only two retailer to carry this fun and eclectic collection. Jennifer uses non-traditional and recycled materials with the objective of taking used, worn or forgotten items and turning them into something beautiful, with a new purpose turning leftover tidbits into unique, original and affordable art.  Scrabble lover? Jennifer's scrabble pieces become beautiful assortment of necklace charms - and is just the beginning of our Raven's Rest collection.


Studio Manhattan

New York, NewYork. Studio Manhattan was born by a photographer, Ayhan Kimsesizcan, an experienced photojournalist with a passion for capturing New York architecture and urban spaces, and is run by he and his wife.

At Make, we love photography, we love urban street art and we love leather.  So, when we found Studio Manhattan it was love love love. We carry their line of leather wallets and iPhone sleeves adorned with hip graphitti style. Check out the entire collection, effectionately refferred to as "urban wearable art." These case designs are seen as literally a lasting archive of momentary New York street art.


Resource Revival

Portland, Oregon. RR creates fun, functional products from recycled bicycle parts. Every year, bike shops all over the United States send them tons of tons of greasy used parts. Their team of artists tinkers with them until new products are born.

Resource Revival was the first place we heard the term "Rebicycling."  At Make, we carry their popular line of bike chain products, including the picture frame, the bottle opener, not to mention the bicycle chain bracelet. Another proud upcycler, RR is a team thats on the leading edge of upcycled bicycle product development. Adorn your own bicycle jewelry!


Cate and Levi

Toronto, Ontario. No two Cate & Levi products will ever be the same. Each one is hand-made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. Not only is this process environmentally responsible, but it ensures that each animal is truly a one of a kind creation never to be duplicated. Each item is as unique as the child who adopts it.

At Make we carry Cate and Levi's adorable creatures with pride. In a world made of plastic, children's toys with character and responsible production is important to us!  Find the little fella that suits you the best, we have many unique creatures to pick from. Warning: you will have to take care of finding your own puppet voice though, and take it from us its not as easy as it seems!