There's been little talk about street vending in this city since the mayor's office kicked downtown Atlanta street vendors to the curb in March.
But a one-day event this Saturday could put a funky twist on vending in Atlanta. From 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat., May 18 (that's tomorrow), a unique vendor experience called Thread Count is set to go down in front of Atlast Clothing Store (493C Flat Shoals Ave.) in East Atlanta Village. The market presented by Creative CompCards will feature clothing, jewelry, art and other wares for sell from local designers and lifestyle brands. It's hosted by the ever-crafty indie maven BOSCO, along with Arbitrary Living, Ashley Rhoden Designs, and Myeshea of the DGSC (that's Dirty Girl Social Club to you). DJs J Sol and Ira G will provide sounds, while Tex Mex Food Truck and King of Pops tend to hunger pangs. (Free PBR.)
In case you're wondering, the legal difference between downtown street vending and the Thread Count vendor market is that the latter will happen on private property unregulated by the city. Street vending is still illegal on public property, ever since the city lost a lawsuit over attempting to enforce a corporate vending takeover. If implemented, that takeover would've increased the annual $250 cost to vend on public property by 580 percent. (No typo.)
Of course, there are obvious socioeconomic differences, too. One carries with it the image of older, working-class self-starters plying their sidewalk hustle; the other represents the cultural cachet of a generation on the come-up. One has drawn civic criticism for being part of the problem around Underground Atlanta; the other is too underground to register on most city officials' lists of possible solutions. One traffics in candy bars, canned sodas, and Braves caps; while the other sells cool, locally crafted goods. And that's not a knock against downtown street vendors who've stayed in business for decades by adapting to the needs of their transient customer base of office workers and Five Points MARTA station riders.
But it might be cool if pop-up vendor markets like Saturday's Thread Count could begin to shape the conversation around ways to inject some freshness into Atlanta's organic street vending culture. Because every world-class city has one - whether its citizens (and tourists) dig it or fear it.
Maybe someone from the mayor's office will drop by and get hip.
Here's the full list of vendors participating in Saturday's market:
Check out each of the finalist's proposed designs below. By the looks of it, results won't be as dismal as another recent statewide crowd-sourced design project. Which is good for the Silverbacks, 'cause we're always ready with suggestions.
Like-Voting continues through Sept. 22.
No juries, no boards and no professionals will meddle with the outcomes; the winner will be selected based on the number of "likes" on the Silverbacks’ official Facebook page.
The uniform template can be downloaded from the Silverback's facebook page. Designs should be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning August 1 entries will be added to a photo album on the team’s Facebook page and let the "likes" battle begin.
Each of the five finalists from the Facebook battle fields will receive two season tickets for 2012. And the winner? Nothing less than a four-day, three-night trip to Bogotá, Colombia, where he or she can witness the idea turn to reality at the headquarters of the team's uniform manufacturer. The winner will be formally announced at halftime of the Silverbacks’ game on September 24.
For official contest rules, visit atlantasilverbacks.com.
Tonight is a lecture by Waris Ahluwahlia, actor (he was in The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Inside Man) and designer. He designs the House of Waris jewelry line and is influenced by ancient kingdoms.
The lecture is at 6 p.m. in Event Space 4C at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.
Tomorrow is an event celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Valley of the Dolls book. Town & Country senior editor Whitney Robinson and fashion designer Lisa Perry will talk about the book and its impact, alongside Lisa Bishop, Cameron Silver and Ira Silberberg. There will also be a screening of a documentary about the making of the book and film. This event is at 3 p.m. in Event Space 4C at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.
Also tomorrow is a screening and discussion of Bill Cunningham New York. Bill Cunningham New York is a documentary about Cunningham, a photographer for the Styles section of the New York Times. Even in his eighties, Cunningham is shown riding his bike around the city to capture its essence on film. Nice! The screening is at 6 p.m. in Event Space 4C at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. www.scad.edu for all events.
The guy is a hoot. If you've never watched his style videos on nytimes.com, you're missing out. Check out this one from March when temperatures in Manhattan spiked. He can barely contain himself between all the flowers and cropped trenches.
Trailer for the documentary below:
Wu is one of America's leading young designers, recently winning the CFDA women's wear award. "We are honored to have him back this year as he continues on his journey as one of the most important names in American fashion today," said founder Jeffrey Kalinsky. Kalinsky's store, Jeffrey Atlanta in Phipps Plaza, is hosting a two-day trunk show featuring Wu's fall collection starting today, March 24, and tomorrow, from 11a.m. to 4p.m. Wu's last appearance in Washington D.C. sold some $200,000, so Atlantan better spend a lot of moolah if we want to impress our guest of honor.
You probably wonder, doesn't it get hard being so fashionable and fabulous all the time? I can't answer that question, but who better to ask than the city's stylistas? Two parties tonight celebrate fashion in Atlanta, in all its wonderful, amorphous forms, plus new pop-up shops in time for holiday gift-scavenging.
Miller was inspired by the Pablo Picasso quote: "Art washes away from the [sole] the dust of everyday life.” Students will artistically present their own message for social change using Converse All Stars as their canvas. The ART+SOLE+LIFE installation, exhibiting over 30 local and national artists, will open at Ambient Plus Studios on October 22 at 8:00. Expect to see live body art by BAM, three complementary cocktail fusion bars, a drum performance and break-dancing. The cost of admission is simply donating a pair of sneakers to a homeless shelter. So what say you: you got sole?
Store owner Lee Kleinhelter opened Pieces in 2004 and has been modernizing Buckhead's style ever since. The sexy King of Pops handed out Adler-approved popsicles at last night's party along with Andy Minchow of Holeman & Finch dishing out delicious ginger and lime drinks and David Naugle taking masked pictures at the in-store photo booth. Kleinhelter's gorgeous store looks exactly what a Miami condo should look like: all white with splashes of brassy gold filled with old knick-knacks from your old Jewish grandma that have suddenly and unexplainably come back in style. Her high-low taste was recently featured in a 30+ page spread in the online Lonny magazine.
Zeagler bridges the gap between clothes and science as a Georgia Tech wearable technology teacher and teacher of fashion courses at SCAD. Along with GA Tech Assistant Professor Thad Starner, the two exhibited "On You 2," a second presentation of wearable technology on display at MODA until July 9. Zeagler along with designer Tiffany Teague translated gadgets into fashion, including an ostrich-leather woman's racing jacket with conductive thread embroidery. Students in the wearable technology class also showcased garments.
Zippers that control the volume of a Bluetooth-connected device and pleats that manipulate a screen given which way you brush it were just some of the ideas on display. The clothes were actually very well-made and designed, all a blousey light cream or white, perfect for a summer night out.
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