Fashion

Merchant Feature: Empire Make Space

Welcome Empire Make Space to Ottawa Street N! Owner Ariane Clark is a busy mompreneur who is currently raising a family in the Crown Point neighbourhood. Ariane has a wealth of sewing industry knowledge so it is very fitting that she opened her first shop on Ottawa Street, Hamilton’s Textile District. Empire Make Space is a collaborative sewing studio and reclaimed fabric store selling a selection of deadstock and reclaimed textiles. Ariane also partners with a number of local and sustainable vendors which she features regularly in the space or through pop-ups. “At Empire Make Space we purchase deadstock and scrap fabrics from designers, the film industry, and textile-waste diversion organizations like Creative Re-use Toronto to make fabric accessible to the eco-conscious consumer at an affordable price.” “Our aim is to repurpose these discarded fabrics and notions, keep them out...

Merchant Feature: European Textiles

European Textiles  Ottawa Street’s history as a commercial shopping district dates back to the 1920’s when the local textile and fabric industry was booming. Over time the street developed to allow other industries to flourish but our rich history as a textile district still remains thanks to the many fabric shops that are here today. “A family operated business since 1979, with an emphasis on value and service. Since the beginning, European Textiles has been known for its commitment to quality, fashionable fabrics at reasonable prices. Over the years European Textiles has grown into one of the industry leaders in all things fabric. Whether it’s fabric for quilting, bridal, kids or the latest in home décor, European Textiles has all your needs covered and Sew much more.” Last Friday Canada's fabric industry lost an icon, President of European Textiles, George Tsiflikiotis passed away after...

Merchant Feature: Earls Court Gallery

Earls Court Gallery  Earls Court Gallery first opened its doors in 1973 as a print and framing gallery located at 105 George Street in Hess Village. Owner Bob Daniels was an avid woodworker and was originally planning to get into custom cabinetry. But his love for woodworking soon met his growing interest in art when Bob and his then business partner were asked to make picture frames for a local photographer. This was just the beginning for Bob, he soon went on to form connections in the industry and decided he wanted to expand his knowledge of historical and contemporary art by working with artists and selling their works in his gallery. As Hamilton evolved and his business grew Bob decided to make the move to Ottawa Street N. Bob renovated the new space to make it his own. The...