From Vintage to Handmade: It's Your Life Handmade

Nicole Tirona | It's Your Life Handmade @ Kapisanan

Some of you may have noticed that Pretty Freedom, the resident inside KAPISANAN’s store-front Vinta Gallery, has grown up and moved next door. We love it so much that they stayed so close by #LittleManila.

One of Pretty Freedom’s favourite consignee was a gorgeous line of hand-made jewelry by Filipina-Canadian artisan, Nicole Tirona. Her Vancouver-based company, It’s Your Life Handmade, got so much love from Toronto, it spurred a relocation for the artist and the company.

Welcome IT’S YOUR LIFE HANDMADE as the new resident of Kapisanan’s Pop Up Shop Program in our Vinta Gallery (you know, the super hot 300 sq ft store-front spot we have in Kensington Market)!

It's Your Life Handmade itemsIt's Your Life Handmade designs by Nicole Tirona

It’s Your Life Handmade is: Re-purposed vintage and new accessories hand-made by Nicole Tirona With romantic sentiment and whimsical nostalgia, It’s Your Life designs are inspired by the classic and the rare, from porcelain, resin, brushed metals to limited run fabrics. Alongside Nicole, you can custom-make a tale of your own through her endless selection of charms, lockets, pendants and chain. Offer a custom-made token to a friend made of their own personal symbols or stories, and with a smile, you can say, "Here, it's your life..."

With a background in sculpture , It's Your Life jewelry designer Nicole Tirona has established herself as a staple in craft fairs on the west coast since 2007. This Spring, she has landed in Toronto with a new pop-up-studio shop at Kapisanan’s Vinta Gallery in the heart of Kensington Market. Nicole Tirona was born in Makati City, Philippines. She lived in San Fransico as a child, but mostly grew up in the Philippines. She came to Canada in 2002 to study at Emily Carr, where she majored in Visual Arts with a focus on sculpture.

One of Nicole Tirona's handmade designsCharms, lockets, pendants and chain with romantic sentiment and whimsical nostalgia

We are so excited to have another budding Filipino artrepreneur in the space! An FYI, Its Your Life will be offering Kapisanan VIP Club members 15% off exclusive merchandise.

It’s Your Life is now! Definitely check in, stop by, and do your summer shopping — because one day they will just …pop out! The perfect time to check them out is THIS SUNDAY, MAY 29, as PS Kensington kicks off for 2011. Don’t miss it.

If you are interested in the Pop Up Shop Program at Kapisanan, please email us for more details. or to talk to someone about your retail concept

About Pop-up Shop Program The Kapisanan Pop-up Shop Program acts as a host for new innovative retail concepts or businesses. With this new program Kapisanan offers young entrepreneurs (18-34 years old) and artists our 300 sq ft store-front gallery for a limited sub-lease option as an opportunity to “test drive” their concepts, products, or services, or to simply exhibit their artwork or sell their wares in the uber artsy district of Kensington Market. These limited sub-leases can go for as short as a day rental, to weekends, and up to 6 months.

The benefit of this program is that it brings something fresh, different, and exciting into Kensington Market & Kapisanan. We think this new program benefits young entrepreneurs and Kapisanan equally, and the word symbiotic keeps coming up for me here…because we LOVE collaboration. Oh and yes part of our official mandate is “the professional development of Filipino artists and entrepreneurs” (though this program is not limited to only Filipinos, we welcome ALL young entrepreneurs!).  And let’s be real, the economic situation is kinda scary these days, and this kind of innovation we need right now. This kind of inventiveness and resiliency is what Filipinos are famous for, but I have to admit, we didn’t invent pop-up shops. We just think it’s fresh and super smart. And yes, we think we are fresh and super smart ; )

Its Your Life (Handmade)! Be Inspired!