Denver Flea has become a destination event for people looking to stock their homes and closets with locally made clothing, accessories and home goods. Fall Flea is upon us again with new fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands added to the already extensive lineup of Colorado emerging artisans and makers. On September 29 and 30, hundreds of local vendors will come together at Denver Rock Drill in RiNo to provide a heightened retail experience complete with local food trucks, seasonal cocktails by Denver companies and music pumped through every square inch of the warehouse space. It’s not only an opportunity to support Denver-based business owners, but also an exciting experience to get to know the people putting in hard work to create great products. Browse the items from independent business owners, connect with your favorite local vendors and discover new brands including the ones we have rounded up below.
The Lowdown: Kahlia Activewear is a local activewear brand inspired by and born on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. Kahili’s eco-friendly fabric treatments are natural, the styles are crafted in Colorado and the textiles are non-toxic, upcycled, recycled and small-batch.
The Lowdown: OneWild offers handcrafted leather earrings designed to reflect creator, Kerstin Stock’s love of nature. Their materials are sourced in the US and are cut, stamped and finished by a team of craftswomen in Denver. OneWild also gives $1 of every retail purchase to organizations that help empower women.
The Lowdown: Kinship Market was created five years ago by Tom Curcio and Breanne Mashek. The duo was inspired to create opportunities for local artisans after they traveled to Guatemala and Honduras on separate mission trips. As their church’s relationship with the local community grew, Curcio and Mashek saw the opportunity to improve the quality of life for people there and Kinship Market was born. They now sell one-of-a-kind products handmade in Guatemala.
The Lowdown: Billie Boutique carries affordable items that range from closet staples to statement pieces handcrafted by artisans working with fair trade companies around the world. The wallet-friendly yet high-quality clothing is hand selected to provide Flea shoppers with a range of unique items they can’t find anywhere else.
All photography by Bridget Burnett.