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Christmas sales featuring ‘local’ gifts

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Bow-ties by Mark Eastman will be part of the Desperate Gifts sale at Propaganda.

Buying gifts for Christmas that are locally designed and made can boost the economy, according to designer Robert Young of The Cloth. Young will be hosting a pop-up Christmas market called Desperate Gifts at his Belmont Propaganda space starting on December 18. 

 

On show will be a wide range of products made by local designers and artists with jewelry, paintings, accessories, and clothes for sale. “Buying local is building a part of the economy that needs growth and has the most potential,” said Young in a telephone interview. In fact, Young describes the making and buying go local products as revolutionary. “With the advent of the internet some people just make the decision to buy online, wear things once, get rid of it. But taking your time to build something with your hand is a revolutionary just as it is a revolutionary act to support the people who make these things.” 

 

The sale is called Desperate Gifts because it starts six days before “gift-giving time,” however, Young wants to encourage people to take time to buy presents for themselves as well as others this year. 

 

Included in the pop-up are Colour Therapy accessories by Arnaldo James, Dappered bow-tie line by Mark Eastman, clothing by Delia Alleyne, Shurnel Olliviere and Shaun G Perez, jewelry by Akilah Jaramogi and art by Brianna McCarthy and Rodell Warner. 

 

Young’s call for consumers to support local designers and artists is much like that of artist Ashraph Ramsaran’s. Ramsaran currently has a studio sale happening at his Frame Shop in Woodbrook. The sale includes a collection of Ramsaran’s paintings and silk screen prints dating as far back as 2001. 

 

“It’s a collection of my stuff that I like and that I’m now willing to share,” he said in a telephone interview. 

 

Ramsaran said buyers needed to think carefully about making purchases, particularly for art. “For a first time buyer I would tell them to think about why they are buying art before making a purchase. Art is not just for decorations and if you’re spending over $1,500, I would say save a little more and buy something local that would increase in value,” he said. “We have to celebrate our own and not wait until we can’t afford it any more. Art is an investment.”Buying gifts for Christmas that are locally designed and made can boost the economy, according to designer Robert Young of The Cloth. Young will be hosting a pop-up Christmas market called Desperate Gifts at his Belmont Propaganda space starting on December 18. 

 

On show will be a wide range of products made by local designers and artists with jewelry, paintings, accessories, and clothes for sale. “Buying local is building a part of the economy that needs growth and has the most potential,” said Young in a telephone interview. In fact, Young describes the making and buying go local products as revolutionary. “With the advent of the internet some people just make the decision to buy online, wear things once, get rid of it. But taking your time to build something with your hand is a revolutionary just as it is a revolutionary act to support the people who make these things.” 

 

The sale is called Desperate Gifts because it starts six days before “gift-giving time,” however, Young wants to encourage people to take time to buy presents for themselves as well as others this year. 

 

Included in the pop-up are Colour Therapy accessories by Arnaldo James, Dappered bow-tie line by Mark Eastman, clothing by Delia Alleyne, Shurnel Olliviere and Shaun G Perez, jewelry by Akilah Jaramogi and art by Brianna McCarthy and Rodell Warner. 

 

Young’s call for consumers to support local designers and artists is much like that of artist Ashraph Ramsaran’s. Ramsaran currently has a studio sale happening at his Frame Shop in Woodbrook. The sale includes a collection of Ramsaran’s paintings and silk screen prints dating as far back as 2001. 

 

“It’s a collection of my stuff that I like and that I’m now willing to share,” he said in a telephone interview. 

 

Ramsaran said buyers needed to think carefully about making purchases, particularly for art. “For a first time buyer I would tell them to think about why they are buying art before making a purchase. Art is not just for decorations and if you’re spending over $1,500, I would say save a little more and buy something local that would increase in value,” he said. “We have to celebrate our own and not wait until we can’t afford it any more. Art is an investment.”

 

 

Sale details:

 

Studio Sale at The Frame Shop 

 

Continues until December 16

 

Hours: 9 am to 8 pm 

 

Address: 64 Carlos Street, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain 

 

Contact: 628-7508 

 

Desparate Gifts at Propaganda

 

December 18 to January 4 

 

Hours: 12pm to 6pm daily 

 

Address: 24 Erthig Road, Belmont, POrt-of-Spain 

 

Contact: 721-7616 or 758-4204 

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