Emerging designers showcase talents at weekend markets
Sunday, August 22, 2010, 4:20 pm
Last Sunday saw the launch of Brisbane’s newest market, the Valley Laneway Markets.
Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley’s night district, market stalls run off laneways adjacent to Ann, McLachlan and Winn streets.
A weekly event, hoping to draw crowds back into the Valley, the market will run from 10 am – 4 pm on Sundays.
According to the market’s manager, Nicole Ogilvie, the market aims to “support existing traders” while offering a “platform for emerging designers to showcase their work”.
Emerging designer, Melinda Hume, believes selling her products at the Valley Laneway Markets is an “awesome opportunity”.
“It creates brand awareness, more interest in my products and an increase in sales,” she said.
Unlike products from established brands, Ms Hume – and other local designers – sew everything themselves.
“Everything is designed and sewn by me,” explained Ms Hume.
“All of my products are made as one-offs or in very limited runs.”
Like Ms Hume’s brand, moose & bird, Alice Veivers runs her brand, Alice Nightingale, in a similar manner.
“I generally make up to five of each garment,” said Ms Veivers.
“I make quality garments at affordable prices,” she added.
Ms Veivers believes the Valley Laneway Markets is a great place for buyers to pick up affordable, fashionable goods.
With this new addition to Brisbane’s market scene, local residents are spoilt for choice.
Many of the designers selling products at the Valley Laneway Markets also run stalls at a handful of other local markets.
Ms Hume sells at the Valley Laneway Markets and at both BrisStyle’s Indie Designers and Indie Twilight markets.
“BrisStyle’s markets offer great networking opportunities and allow me to meet people with similar interests,” Ms Hume said.
Other markets in and around Brisbane’s CBD include King George Square’s Suitcase Rummage and South Bank’s Young Designers’ Market.
Much like the Valley Laneway Markets, the Young Designers’ Market supports up-and-coming local talent, ranging from clothing to furniture designers.
ourbrisbane.com provides residents with a comprehensive list of markets based in the Brisbane area.