Handmade for Men
It’s a great day out for everyone. While there is much at Handmade for the girls and the kids, there are literally dozens of stalls that will have the guys putting their hands in their pockets too. Delicious snacks, exotic larder staples, local wines and spirits and interesting produce are only part of the story. Here’s our review of what to look out for that will appeal to the boys.
Beautifully crafted leather goods can be found at Farrah Design, a multi award winning design studio creating products that blend traditional materials such as leather, canvas and stainless steel with a modern design perspective. The range includes wallets, belts, cufflinks, weekender bags, notebook covers and duffles. All these products are made by hand in Tom’s studio in Melbourne, which has now been awarded no fewer than nine design awards in the past two years. Also working in leather, Blackinkk creates beautiful products that represent quality with extraordinary craftsmanship – the perfect design, the right stitch and the best material. For a slightly different wallet, head over to Mi Wallet. Each unique piece is made of a single folded sheet of newspaper, carefully selected for the image on the front and laminated for strength. The whole process is hand-made using recycled paper and is an exercise in beautiful and very clever design.
While we’re on clever design, have a look at the clever clocks at Doug’s Word Clocks. Doug sells clocks that tell the time using words and can be customised to suit you. Have a chat to see whether Doug can realise your design. Also with clocks in their range are Tread and Pedals. Their speciality is re-purposing bicycle parts and giving them a fresh new lease on life. The range includes bicycle gear and wheel clocks, bicycle chain bowls, bike chain cufflinks, candelabras, bicycle tyre belts and bike tube jewellery. From bikes to cars, Artomobile sells a unique collection of art pieces incorporating the culture and style of vintage cars. All of the designs are hand-painted on fine art paper and bespoke options are available. Revs and Threads is also passionate about vehicles, creating vintage style artwork and putting them onto clothing and art. More art can be found at Keatopia. Keat creates exciting artwork packed with action and dynamism. He loves drawing comics, superheroes, monsters and cartoons and works as an animator for feature films and games. Keat does art commissions, so make sure you drop in and say hello at the market.
For unusual and special accessories and jewellery, visit Vintage Spirit, a company built by inspiration from Rob’s grandfather who made trench art in WW2. He designs and makes a range of products using pre-decimal Australian coins, including cuff-links and jewellery. Time Flies Designs can also meet your jewellery needs with unusual pendants and cufflinks made from clockwork mechanisms. Simple leather and silver jewellery is also available at Appleye.
Still on accessories, Dressed for Sunday celebrates the idea of taking time to dress with a range of men’s accessories with timeless personality. Each piece is designed to add little finishing touches that make an outfit, using different prints and textures. And for the inner geek, Crankybot is a Canberra based design label featuring science and geek themed jewellery and accessories. The range includes items from the different sciences such as biology, space and astronomy, chemistry, maths and more. For more geekery, Needs and Wishes Art has a range of drinkware, coasters and artwork influenced by music, typography, vintage graphics and pop culture.
To books now, and if you’re interested in Australian stories about the Red Centre, pick up one of Monte Dwyer‘s books. The former Today Show weatherman has won awards for his stories and they make an entertaining read. If you want to write your own stories however, FunkyJournals will provide you with the blank pages, covered with vintage book pages and classic vinyl records. Finally to skincare, where you will find everything you need for the well-groomed man from The Mister Brand, from beard oil to tattoo wax.
And that’s before we enter the Gourmet Food Hall for street food, regional wines and spirits and pantry essentials. It will be hard to drag the boys away from Handmade in September.