I've always had a slight obsession with flea markets and usually try to source one out wherever I'm travelling to. There's something so wonderful about looking through piles of other peoples belongings. Vintage treasures, mysterious objects and mountains of inspiration.
This morning was spent at the Melrose Trading Post on Fairfax in West Hollywood. The Melrose market runs every Sunday from 9am-5pm and is marked as one of the best in the area. There's so many great vendors, designers and creators all lined up along the pavements at the Fairfax High School.
What I love most about flea markets is discovering new brands and products. Melrose Flea Market is one of the smaller markets I've been too but with so many hidden gems I didn't have to poke around too much before coming across some great Los Angeles born brands.
With the proprietors and founders working so hard to build their product and create their brands I think they deserve some nice coverage so today's post is dedicated to all vendors at the Melrose Trading Post market. Downsizing my list of favourites, I've decided to focus on three great people I spoke with this afternoon.
HOUSE BY BILLY DEL PUERTO
I followed a musky spiced scent which brought me to the stand of HOUSE by Billy Del Puerto. I'm a magnet to candles and fragrances and often stop in my tracks anytime I see a collection to smell every scent.
NO TOX VEGAN SKINCARE
No Tox Vegan Skincare is the brainchild of Sandee Ferman and her daughter Callie. Sandee's interest in living a non-toxic life sparked many decades ago after having a bad reaction to a perfume she used as a little girl. Daughter Callie focuses on the business side of No Tox and is the creative mind behind the brand.
All products are made with gentle oils such as olive, coconut (my favourite) and rice bran oil. They use mango butter, shea butter, essential oils, natural clays and minerals. All ingredients are easy on the skin and completely natural.
Safari inspired leather strapped bags a plenty at the stall of creative artist and designer Sasoon Markarian. My friend John introduced me to Sasoon at the market and I had quite the love affair with his collection.
Markarian is part of the team at BLXCKLIST, a multi faceted art project disguised as a clothing company. Through custom washes and dying processes to fine art and design principles BLXCKLIST pushes the boundaries of what clothing can represent.
Sasoon is involved in many projects and has collaborated with some of the top names in the industry. His work can be seen at various outlets including Big Daddy Antiques and Kelly Wearstler. He recently collaborated with the Santa Monica Museum of Art where he created a range of t-shirts and bags for the INCOGNITO event. You can follow Sasoon's journey here.
I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the latest updates from these brands and I'm looking forward to watching them grow in the near future. Creativity is flowing in these young designers and artists.
That's all for now.. Next up is my visit to Cake Mix on Melrose, can't wait to share my fun experience with you.