Miami based founders and mother and daughter team, Melissa Frantz and Justine Stock are on a mission to change the face of online shopping by launching their brainchild EventVillage.World, a new e-commerce platform focused on hyper-localized shopping from wherever you are on the globe.
“South Florida is full of talented makers and creators. We bring them to your doorstep and your screen of an easy seamless and safe shopping experience.” Said Frantz.
“We’re launching in Miami because that’s where we’re from.” She continued. “Our plans are to then branch out to cities & towns across the country so you can shop local from wherever you are.” The website aims to be a one-stop shop for local shopping! The goal at Event Village is to bring shoppers up close and personal with the hands that make these one of a kind pieces through storytelling and their Event Village LIVE platform. This unique concept allows makers & shoppers to sit face to face online, shop from wherever they are, ask questions, make deals, learn and about the artisan process from the hands that make it.
The site is now live and shoppers can s receive 10% off their first order by signing-up for our newsletter at www.eventvillage.world. The founders are encouraging everyone to give a gift from the heart this holiday season and shop their handpicked selection of local artisans, designers, curators and chefs. Discover that perfect gift for loved ones and besties. Best part, you are supporting local! Here are some favorites from the founders.
Passion Flower- Bandanna/Mask
Price: $35 each
Strut your stuff and stay safe with these bad ass face masks by internationally renown artist Claudia La Bianca. Now is your chance to own an original fashion piece by this diva. Claudia is all about female empowerment and independence and it shows in her fashion pieces. Her line of Kimonos and face masks echo her distinct style. She combines acute sensuality with a powerful female vibe. Ladies use your power wisely!
Originally from Sicily, Italy, Claudia La Bianca is an internationally renowned artist. A true creative, she has mastered multiple art expressions including film making, mural art, sculpting, and now fashion. Inspired by the sensuality and power of Italian expressionist Renato Guttuso’s paintings and Guido Crepax’s cartoons, she is fearless in expressing her female empowerment message.
Eco Sak’s black and white collection of picnic baskets, purses, and totes.
Prices range from $69 to $109
These cute and fashionable picnic baskets, totes, and purses are handmade, biodegradable, made from recycled plastic. Described as eco-fashion for each day, we can’t decide which one of these cuties we want, we love them all.
We’re all doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint. The Event Village mantra is to reuse, recycle, repurpose. Eco Sak embodies this ethos.
Pink Bastard Art Shop
We’re in love with this Pink Bastard original embroidered denim jacket. Its whimsical yet edgy nod to Alice of Wonderland fame tickles our fancy.
David Zalben is a multi-talented Miami-based artist by way of New York, Brazil, and several stops along the way. You may know him from his residency at the now-defunct Art Center South Florida on Lincoln Road. There he prolifically showcased his skills in wirework. This minimalistic approach reduced objects to their essential shapes using wire, a sort of poetry in line art.
David translates his esthetic into fiber art embroidery where he designs sometimes irreverent and always beautiful motifs on T-Shirts, totes, dresses, the ubiquitous face mask, denim jackets, and just about anything you can embroider on.
This portable eating utensil kit in its own little pouch is a no-brainer gift for just about anybody on your list.
The kit contains a bamboo knife, spoon, fork, a metal straw with a little cleaning brush, and chopsticks so you never have to use single-use plastic again. It’s the perfect little stocking stuffer or gift for one of the nights of Hanukkah.
Pauji Outdoors, is a mighty little company that sells products that are sustainable, ethical, and inspired by nature.
Sonder and Holliday
Prices range from $148 to $160
Gorgeous baskets, woven handbags, and hats are to die for at Sonder and Holiday. Hand-made by artisans in Ghana, these fairtrade and sustainable pieces are works of art. Cary them, decorate your home with them and wear them, these woven designs are of the highest quality and build to be timeless and last forever.
A truly exemplary company, Sonder & Holliday is empowering artisans in third world countries to create, truly fair trade, equitable businesses. Lorena Miranda Bendeck left her highly lucrative job in the steel industry to pursue her passion. She and her partner are debunking the white savior myth and empowering artisans in underdeveloped countries to take control of their businesses by providing them with modern business skills, paying fair market value for their products, and taking the products to a higher quality level.
We love the versatility of this one-of-a-kind multi-purpose shoulder bag. Handmade from reclaimed natural cotton. Use this stylish, unconstructed satchel all the time as a roomy catch-all. Don’t leave home without it.
Emily Peters is the designer and maker behind E.Atelier. Described as art-to-wear, everything she creates is organic and made from upcycled materials. All her designs are either one of a kind or limited editions. She also custom makes many of her pieces. Her designs can be found at:
Lore and Lotus
How adorable is this hand-carved Olive Wood beaded spoon set!? What a great way to up your tea and coffee game in the morning. They are hand-carved in rural Kenya, and make the perfect unique gift. Alight with traditional, bright beaded accents this set of 2 spoons also comes in a hand-sewn pouch made from traditional East African textiles.
Lore and Lotus is a Miami Based company and founded by Jacquelyn Brink. She sources handmade global artifacts; art, jewelry, and home decor from sustainable and ethical sources. Their mantra “Believe In Loving More And Harming Less.” From the hands of their artisans to your heart and home, Lore and Lotus curates an artisanal collection of handmade jewelry, home decor, and global artifacts, from sustainable and ethical sources.
Nomad Soul Designs
– Although this shop is chock full of beautiful designs, sometimes simplicity is best. This is the perfect bracelet to wear alone or stacked, because how do you get just one?! These 4mm glass seed beads are made in Africa and have a lovely handmade, organic feel. The metallic gold color makes any outfit festive. So add a little bling to your look even while you’re stuck at home. Find her beautiful designs here.
Founded by Rebecca Gernet, Nomad Soul is a well-known brand in South Florida. Her bohemian designs have an organic feel. She uses handmade beads from all over the world, crystals, natural stones and tassels to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Your biggest problem, how to choose just one!
It was really hard to pick just one item from this shop, there are so many beautiful things. But, we wanted to show some love to the men in our lives and this brown cork Dopp Kit is so gorgeous. It has a cork exterior, brass-toned hardware, and one interior compartment. No reason why this isn’t unisex, perfect for makeup brushes, mascara, and all the lady bits and pieces.
EcoCork Handbags & Accessories is a line of 100% vegan products fashioned from a natural PLANT LEATHER made of sustainable, CORK. Their luxury accessories are designed by Miami resident Taciana Aguiar. We’re loving it all!
If you haven’t heard of Courtney’s Cookies, well I don’t know where you have been hiding. A Miami local, She offers freshly baked organic, gluten-free, vegan, and nutrient-dense cookies. Courtney’s mission is to raise awareness about the quality of food we eat and rid the negative stigma that healthy food doesn’t taste good. Because her cookies are YUM.
A good place to start is with her Sampler Pack so you can find your own guilt-free favorite.
Spoiler alert, ICE CREAM SANDWICHES! Yep, she’s got em. Courtney’s Cookies is a family-owned small Miami bakery. They offer freshly baked organic, gluten-free, vegan and nutrient-dense cookies. Courtney has re-invented the cookie using only the highest-quality ingredients. Free of common food allergens, and over-the-top delicious.