The first of the Bowerbird Bazaar design markets for 2013 will launch this May, featuring over a hundred stalls with a selection of the best and most unique fashion items from across Australia.
Although the event has also earned a reputation for the high quality of furniture, lighting, home-wear and various other goods on offer, co-founder Jane Barwick says clothing and jewellery are among the standouts at Bowerbird Bazaar this year. “What makes this event one-of-a-kind is that items are very unique,” Barwick states. “The emphasis is on ‘unique’ and ‘one-off’. Basically, what you get is clothing and accessories that you would not be able to find elsewhere. For this May event, we’ve been looking for people offering their winter collections, so that includes ranges across things like leggings and mits, scarves, hand-woven woollen items, bags, belts, coats – anything that will keep you warm, basically! The items must be beautiful and they are. The same goes for jewellery – we have an amazing range this year. A lot of them were handmade.” Brand-conscious fashion lovers and design-savvy shoppers can expect to find items from well-known labels such as Aya Kawa, Captain Robbo, Fibre Red and Frank & Lola, just to name a few. In other words, there is literally something for everyone at the Bowerbird Bazaar, according to Barwick. “We have some great underwear from Stonemen, pieces from Aya Kawa who makes her own woven silk ties for men, those are absolutely beautiful. Fibre Red are bringing pieces too, she’s actually been in retirement for a while, her business has been dormat, so the amazing thing is that she’s coming out for this event with her wonderful woven and knitted clothing. We’ve also got items from High Tea With Mrs Woo. South Australian designers Namoi and Frank & Lola are also coming on board, which is great. Wendy Voon Knits has some beautiful eye-catching knits. Captain Robbo and Otto & Spike are bringing some scarves and bags and things. There are many, many brands that fashion lovers can look out for, the list is very long and includes Temono, Kitty Came Home, Slouch and Mattt.” What makes Bowerbird Bazaar all the more special as an event is that it offers people the opportunity to also meet the people behind the spectacular designs, according to Barwick. Furthermore, in addition to the stalls, the event also includes a range of workshops and demonstrations where people can try their hand at a new skill. “Previous Bowerbird Bazaars have included everything from homewares and textiles to furniture, lighting, clothing, leather goods, ceramics, glassware, stationery, objects and much more – but each event is unique, representing new directions in Australian design. It’s our goal to present a diverse showcase of the best of new design ideas and innovations to Adelaide audiences, alongside popular choices from previous events that we know people love to come back for. This is Bowerbird’s ninth event. We encourage people to come to the Friday opening night for drinks at the bar, activities and early-bird preview of new works and winter collection. It’s a much-anticipated night out.” Bowerbird Bazaar is on from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at the Adelaide Showground (Stirling Angas Pavilion). Friday (4-9pm) and Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm), with entry at $2 for adults and children free. bowerbirdbazaar.com.au