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Vendor with products on a table at Toronto's One of a Kind Show

The flagship event supporting craft and makers is back! The spring edition of One Of A Kind will return to Enercare CentreExhibition Place, from March 30 to April 3. This spring's show theme is Flourish, celebrating what the season is known for — rejuvenation, reinvention and new beginnings. When many of us need inspiration, connecting with the creative community and shopping locally can help us discover new and unexpected routes to happiness.

To get you ready for #OOAK22, we have curated a selection of one-of-a-kind picks (in consultation with the One Of A Kind team) thoughtfully made with sustainability in mind. These Toronto-based entrepreneurs creatively reuse and repurpose materials into stunning new pieces, giving the lost, the forgotten, and the overlooked a unique chance to shine again. 

Selina Yung is a self-taught artist. In a world where many of our daily interactions are mediated by the screens, her hand-cut pieces encourage viewers to experience collages in a modern, tactile way. For Selina, giving discarded images a second life drives her creative process, and with this, Clever Clippings was born. (Booth J-45)

Friends since kindergarten, Leah Lepofsky and Sam Yaffe started Upcycling It in 2016 and have transformed vintage books, records, magazines, and even print ads into countless functional objects for the home. Each piece is handcrafted with passion and precision, from coasters to stools. Want to turn your favourite album into a resin tray? Leah and Sam can make this happen as they create custom pieces. (Booth H-06)

A new exhibitor at this year’s event, Vintage Modern Décor creates oversized pillows using vintage textiles like silk scarves and barkcloth. Each one-of-a-kind piece is artfully created with a nod to nostalgia and a dash of whimsy. George D’Amato teaches film and design when they’re not making cushions and is a feature film, television and commercial filmmaker. (Booth L-16)

A local favourite, Susan Harris has been upcycling materials for her sustainable fashion line since launching susanharrisdesign in 2001. Each piece is handcrafted and embellished with nature imagery, animals, and text — a signature part of the brand’s aesthetics. (Booth A-14)

Driven by his passion for making a change in the jewellery industry, John Esposito founded Malleable in 2017 and was one of the first and only Fairtrade Licensee Goldsmiths in Canada. Today, ethics and sustainability continue to push his business forward. The brand is committed to using recycled precious metals and gemstones whenever possible and will work with clients to upcycle preloved jewellery into new and exciting pieces. (Booth G-54)

Vendor standing by their booth at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto

What Sustainability Means for One Of A Kind

One Of A Kind is committed to becoming an ever more sustainable, positive impact business. They are committed to running events in an environmentally and socially responsible way and strive to inspire further the sustainable development of the industry they serve and the community they foster. 

Efforts are guided by their aims to inspire sustainable developments, to run a socially responsible and environmentally responsible event. Visit their website to learn more about what they are doing in sustainability

What You Need To Know For #OOAK22

Don’t miss your chance to meet the most creative talents across Canada and shop in real life at the 2022 One Of A Kind Spring Show. Purchase tickets online, and don’t forget to review health and safety guidelines to prepare for your visit.  

In the spirit of encouraging regeneration and new takes on life, One of a Kind will be supporting CAMH as their Give Local initiative. When purchasing tickets online, please consider donating $1 or $5 towards CAMH, an organization that leads social change around mental health and addiction awareness, research and education.