If you've always wanted to participate in something hip and creative in Wynwood, You're in luck. Pamela Wasabi (of Wasabi Fashion Kult and former Cultist contributor) and Lombardi Properties are joining forces to bring you Wynwood's first ever permanent fashion market. Think: local on-trend designers, vintage shops, and artists. But they need your help.
The space will be called Fashion de la Calle (fashion from the streets) Studios, because, as Wasabi put it, "We are all artists whose ideas were born in the streets by watching and experiencing the city. We work the streets from venue to venue spreading our creativity, hustling here and there [and] trying to make our art survive in a capitalist world, amongst big corporations."
She hopes that this permanent market will set the tone, trend, and mentality of our culture and city. But here's where locals come in: She has room for others in her warehouse-like space, right next door to Crossfit 29 and JugoFresh on 29th St., and needs vendors. And it's a lot of space, too: 2,400 square feet of it.
Wasabi hopes to launch the project on March 1, and wants to have five to six fashion residents ready to jump in. "I'd say if you want to be part of this project, you should contact me as soon as the next week or two," she says. Rent will start at $500 a month (depending on the amount of space), and the warehouse will be divided into studios, showrooms, and smaller retail spaces. Wasabi will play the role of the "fashion/events/organization go-to person," managing the marketing and promotions and curating the talent.
But what qualifications does a potential vendor have? Wasabi says she's looking for people with vision, a strong concept, and the certainty and security that comes "from believing in yourself and your own creations." She wants to guarantee a comfortable, creativity-driven environment for all fashion residents. "We want variety, quality, and evolving energy," she continues.
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Aside from the permanent space for the fashion artists at FDLC Studios, they will also be hosting FDLC Weekend Markets on an adjacent lot, offering smaller vendors and designers the opportunity to be part of our fashion hub. They will have fresh faces every weekend, encouraging new customers to visit.
As for Wasabi's current space a few blocks over, she'll be relocating to the FDLC Studios as soon as the project launches. "I've always felt the need for a fashion hub and street in Miami. Aside from the commercial and mainstream 'fashion' street and malls that [Miami] has, there's no room for the up-and-coming, emerging designer. We need a place ... a street! We all need to come together."
Vendors or artists interested in being a part of Fashion de la Calle Studios can reach out to Wasabi, and she'll send over an application form. Email email@example.com.