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Family Day Holiday Shopping Discount

Alberta’s Family Day Holiday always falls on the 3rd Monday in February, the same day as President’s Day in the United States. Perfect timing for a civic holiday in the middle of winter, and an excuse to get outdoors and enjoy seasonal sporting activities. The holiday is celebrated in several Canadian Provinces, but that has not always been the case. It was in 1990 that then Alberta Premier Don Getty proclaimed the day a much-needed break for families, the impetus came from his son Dale who had been arrested for cocaine possession.

Although the origin of the holiday may have been somewhat guilt driven on Premier Getty’s part, we are happy to encourage taking a day off to spend time with family.

Family Day Holiday bonus: Shop our designer fashions on February 20th and take 15% off your purchases with this discount code: FamilyDay2017

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Why Would You Buy from Atelier Designers?

As a kid, I gravitated towards the artsy side; dabbling in painting, clay and needlework, but never progressing beyond t-shirts and pots. Whether it was nature or nurture, my career path led to the financial markets and commercial office project and operations management. My creative side cast aside for the corporate world.

Whether I had time (or the desire) to pursue crafts I have always had a passion for art, and for those who dedicate their lives to making beautiful things with their hands. These pursuits of the heart can often be satisfying for the soul and nourishing for the spirit, but only occasionally financially rewarding.

After many years of visiting markets, craft fairs and art shows I began to envision another avenue to showcase the work of these creative people. In 2015, I launched this website called Atelier (the French word for a workshop) inspired by the work that designers accomplish in their studios. They may work alone or in a lively production environment, but the result is always a creation.

Today, artistic creators need to work the booths at craft fairs, maintain a website, feed their Facebook page and keep up a steady stream on Instagram – all that AFTER they have produced their goods. My vision is that Atelier is a parallel sales channel for the designers, which complements the work they are already doing.

Our job is to tell their stories, share their products and reach an audience beyond the local marketplace. We sell throughout Canada, the US, UK and Europe.

The website launched with a few products that were selected and imported from France, as I feel these items are not only beautiful, but their makers do the work because they love it, not necessarily for the financial reward. The man who supplies olive wood mortar and pestles shared that when he calculated his time he concluded that he is “paid” two Euros/hour. He does the work because he loves it.

Atelier has two collections: Women’s Fashion Accessories (jewellery, sweaters, scarves, handbags, clothing) and Home Decor (candles, woodwork, ceramics, glass). The focus is on Canadian designers with high-quality designs, limited production and a desire to maintain traditional art forms.

Why the focus on Canadian artists? We feel the work of our creative community is undervalued on the global scale.

Atelier Designers are artisans. Whether their chosen profession involves work with metal, wood, wool or any number of mediums — they are artists. Our desire is to work with craftspeople who have turned passion into art and to tell their stories. Take a look at the talented design team here.

When you buy from Atelier, you can be sure of a product’s quality, know that you are helping to grow a community of talented artisans and promoting sustainable fashion.

Watch this video about our vision at Atelier:

Sharing the Vision Behind Atelier Boutiques in Video

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Hendrick van Wyk and his two counterparts at “Two Cowboys and a Camera” at a Canmore cafe. As we sipped our flat whites, we discussed the philosophies behind both of our companies. It turns out that the parallels were not just in identical coffee orders. We collectively believe in promoting the businesses that sustain communities, economies and traditions.

Based in beautiful Canmore, Alberta, the Two Cowboys team is often on the road shooting and editing video for community-based organisations. Their mission is a lofty goal of capturing the behind the scenes details of the what, why and how for small businesses and producers around Alberta and well beyond Canada’s borders.

The Two Cowboys team consider their work a social enterprise with a goal of promoting the people and products that are the cornerstones of communities and local economies. Hendrik and his team are sharing those stories through video production, blog posts and social media. Read more about Two Cowboys here.

It seemed like a natural fit to meet with the camera crew, and describe the vision behind Atelier Boutiques. Their video captures our appreciation for the hard work and passion required for artistic pursuits.

The following is an excerpt from the Two Cowboys’ blog post on Atelier Boutiques:

In conversations with Artisans, they admit that the one hurdle they all identify is the need to take their work to market. They invest emotionally in their creations. They spend every living, breathing waking moment in making and fabricating. It takes hours, days, weeks and sometimes a lifetime for an artist or craftsman to produce their best work. This happens while there is always the delicate balance between creating something remarkable or just good enough to get it out the door for the week’s rent of their workshop.

Carolyne’s passion for unique, one-of-a-kind creations from outstanding artisans inspired her to create a service where she helps these makers to take their products to market and to tell their stories.

It is a marketplace with a difference.

Atelier recognises the creative effort required by dedicated artists to learn a skill, practice a technique and experiment with materials. It creates a virtual space that opens the doors to those workshops near and far, by giving you a glimpse into the artists’ studios, a chance to read or see their stories and the ability to buy their products.

Carolyne searches for exclusive, handcrafted, high-quality, wardrobe accessories for women including jewellery, scarves, hats and sweaters. The home décor collection is carefully selected to bring artisanal showpieces and unique household gifts to market.

Read the full blog Two Cowboys post here.

Seasonal Shopping a Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

What a fabulous holiday surprise!

Jill Barth is a travel writer with a laser focus on the wines of the world. She writes for numerous publications, works with several wine regions and finds time to write her blog L’Occasion.

Just in time for the festive season Jill published “Under the Tree: L’occasion Holiday Gift Guide + A Giveaway.” This is definitely a gift guide for the wine lover on your list – from gadgets to bottles, from books to wine studies and certification.

Of course, nothing goes much better with a glass of wine than a little cheese. This is what Jill had to say about our woodcraft designer on Bowen Island.

Heart Handle Hardwood Boards

 

SCHOONER LANE DESIGNS CHARCUTERIE BOARDS

In 2016 I had the opportunity to get to know the winemakers of British Columbia. First I connected with Julian from BC Wine Trends and then I met Sujinder Junea who put me in touch with several BC wineries during their harvest season. It was a year of learning about what it takes to make wine there, what life is like “north of the border”.  This gift, a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards, comes from an artisan from British Columbia. Each is made from a piece of Canadian hardwood and is handcrafted to last. To buy, visit Atelier Boutiques where these and other artisan gifts from the region can be found.

Read her full wine lover’s gift guide suggestions here.

Thank you, Jill!

Win a Designer Necklace by Jewellery Artist Anastassia Selezneva

It’s the holiday season and time to celebrate with a free giveaway. All you have to do is get social with us for your chance to win this designer necklace gift.

Necklace contest December Holiday giveaway @Atelier_boutiq

In the last year, the team of designers showcasing their women’s fashion accessories and home decor items on Atelier has grown to over fifteen artists since our launch one year ago. This impressive group of Canadian designers includes jewellers, weavers, handbag artisans, candle makers, woodworkers, clothing designers and more. Take a peek at the full list of creators here.

Designer Anastassia Selezneva is helping us mark this special time of year by offering one of her beautiful necklaces for this free holiday giveaway. Made with recycled brass and sterling silver the Black Tourmaline Union Necklace is designed and handcrafted by Anastassia. The tarnished sterling silver necklace chain joins two brass circles and features a black tourmaline bead.

Black Tourmaline Union Necklace Anastassia Sel

How do you enter for your chance to win this necklace?

Sign-up for our newsletter (a bit of shopping temptation twice a month)

The lucky winner (random draw) will be announced on December 22nd.

Holiday Bonus: Shop with a 20% discount on Anastassia’s collection until December 23rd enter coupon code: AnaSelHoliday

Thank you for supporting our Canadian Designers!

 

5 Reasons to Shop Small Business this Saturday

In 2009, American Express initiated a campaign that hits the other end of the spectrum from “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – they called it Small Business Saturday. Now, one might think that AMEX’s intentions were somewhat self-serving, encouraging shoppers to get out in their hometowns with their credit cards in hand.

However, seven years later the idea “Shop Small” might have just outgrown the original marketing campaign. Find out more in this Forbes article on “Why Small Business Saturday Matters Now More Than Ever.”

Why shop small business?

  1. Support local communities, town centres, walkable cities
  2. Shop for unique, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items
  3. Encourage creativity and entrepreneurial spirit
  4. Enjoy friendly service – these are folks who do what they do because they love it
  5. You can (and should) ask for advice – remember these folks are experts in their business whether it is tuning bikes, making gelato or weaving silk.

At Atelier, our whole business model is built around small businesses. Our Designers have spent years learning and perfecting their creative mediums – from weaving to beeswax, from gemstones to woodwork

Browse our shop here and support a  small business this Saturday November 26th – we are offering 10% of our sales if you use this coupon code: shopsmallbiz

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Get to know the Canadian Designers on Atelier Boutiques

Anniversaries are worth celebrating!

Atelier is marking our first birthday with a “cut and colour.” We have done a website makeover to improve your designer shopping experience.

Starting at the landing page, you can now jump directly into the shop, read about our featured Canadian Designers, scan the recent blog posts and check-out the latest merchandise.

Keme Jewellery #Handcrafted @KemeJewellery

Now that we mention The Shop slide on over to that page and you can browse the Women’s Fashion and For the Home categories. In women’s fashion section look for a sustainable approach to designs for clothing (sweaters, ponchos, scarves), handbags that will make your girlfriends jealous, and approachable jewellery (bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings).

Canadian Designers for Women's Fashion Accessories

For the Home is the perfect place to look for items that will improve your entertaining game, to buy hostess gifts and find unique birthday presents. Impress your guests with decorative household products handcrafted by independent Canadian designers.

home sweet decor designer collection

Made with authentic, raw materials such as 100% beeswax from Alberta, Canadian hardwoods, Italian cashmere wool, raw silk, reclaimed vintage fabrics and leathers, semi-precious stones, recycled gold and sterling silver – the Atelier Designer Team produces products are nothing short of beautiful.

Colleen Poitras designing Canadian women's jewellery

However, it is the creators’ stories, their workshops “ateliers” and their local’s experiences that turn a purchase into a memory these are the stories behind Atelier – the blog. Read about how these artists began following their creative passions and pick-up a few travel tips for iconic Canadian cities.

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Enjoy the new Atelier shopping experience. We are always looking for talented designers and welcome any comments you might have. Don’t be a stranger – get in touch here.

Discover Atelier and Find Out Why Your Art is her Business

This article was previously published by the Rocky Mountain Outlook November 25, 2015, shortly after the launch of Atelier.  We would like to thank Cole Carruthers and the Rocky Mountain Outlook for the following article, as it captures our vision perfectly.

You’ve spent hours, weeks and months shaping and honing a new piece of artistry, and now you’re ready to share it with the world.

Luckily for artisans who are too busy in their studios and workshops to stay up to date with the latest in marketing, social media and e-commerce, they have business owner and entrepreneur Carolyne Kauser-Abbott to turn to.

Kauser-Abbott’s latest venture Atelier is an e-commerce business and website dedicated to showcasing artists’ studios, a chance to read their stories and the ability to buy their products.

“I’ve been thinking about e-commerce for a number of years, but didn’t quite know what that model should look like. I just love great artisanal craftsmanship and I feel sometimes it doesn’t get enough airtime because the artisan is spending their time making beautiful products,” Kauser-Abbott said.

“They might have a website, they might go to some craft fairs, but really they also don’t have the time to be promoting maybe the way they should be or in addition to the way they’re already doing it.”

This is where self-proclaimed social media addict Kauser-Abbott comes into play. She has a proven track record in the world of e-commerce with her other ventures Ginger and Nutmeg, Perfectly Provence and Edible Heritage Technologies.

Atelier, being either a workshop or studio stuck with Kauser-Abbott since it encapsulates the artists’ space and the things they create.

“A great woodworker might not have the time or might not understand the ins and outs of marketing a product or just doesn’t enjoy it because they’d rather spend time in their workshop,” Kauser-Abbott said.

“This is my fourth website and I’m pretty addicted to social media, so I come from this with a marketing eye and angle that the artisan might not, so my intent long term is to build a social media and newsletter following to help promote the artisans.”

Presently, the business owner wants to focus on products befitting home-decor, kitchen-related, bath- or spa-related and gift items.

“Certainly there are some great artisans in the Bow Valley, and I’m hopeful a few of them might be interested in this concept and look at it as a platform to another marketing channel and another platform to showcase their work,” Kauser-Abbott said. “I’m hoping to not have hundreds of vendors, but to have a select group of really beautiful products and great stories and be able to showcase those.

“My next step is to start approaching artisans and hopefully have them approach me in order to get them on the site and for me to be able to tell their story too, because I think that’s kind of key to this. People want to know the vase they just bought was made by someone in Canmore and why that person got into making vases in the first place.”

A contact link is available at www.atelierboutiques.com, where interested artisans are encouraged to reach out to Kauser-Abbott for more information on the new venture.

“The email comes directly to me, that’s probably the easiest way, but via social media is fine too through Facebook or Twitter. At least for the near term my focus will be Canadian artisans for a number of reasons. I think there’s a huge community out there and why do I need to look further, so I think just concentrating on Canada and closer to home is a great place to start because we certainly have a lot of market-inspired, handcrafted beautiful work in Canada and maybe I’ll never have to look further.”

 

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