Go-to fair fashion events for entrepreneurial fashion lovers

Het einde van het jaar nadert. Vol kerstmarkten en ander plezier. Je ziet door de vele events, de fun bijna niet meer… Dus voor alle ondernemende fair fashionista’s onder ons, hier een lijst met events die je liever niet wil missen.
Events November and December
  • Tue 14 Nov: Docu Dinsdag Special: DRIES
  • Thu 16 Nov: Money doesn’t grow on trees
  • Sat 18 Nov: Kledingruilen zonder Huilen met Chiara en Sharda
  • 2-23 Nov: EcoChic Design Award 2017 Finalists Exhibition
  • Fri 24 Nov: Guilt-Free Gifts Night
  • 10 Jun-26 Nov: Earth Matters, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano
  • 1-3 Dec: Vintage Heaven, christmas fair
  • 2 and 3 Dec: Eco-Hot XMAS Market
  • Sun 3 Dec: Upcycled Leather Key Chain and Hand-Sewn Leather Card Holder Workshop
  • Sun 10 Dec: Customise Our Cradle2Cradle T-Shirt

Tuesday 14 November: Docu Dinsdag Special: DRIES

Hosted by: Lab111

Location: Lab111, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam

Tickets: 8,50 euro via Lab111

Time: 21u15 – length of the film is about 1,5hr

Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

For the first time Dries allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life. For an entire year Reiner Holzemer documents the precise steps that Dries takes to conceive of four collections, the rich fabrics, embroidery and prints exclusive to his designs. As well as the emblematic fashion shows that bring his collections to the world and have become cult “must sees” at Paris Fashion Week.  And as several fashion and lifestyle magazines conclude, also this documentary is a must see.

OW present: Maybe

Thursday 16 November: Money doesn’t grow on trees

Hosted by: Makerversity together with Rabobank

Location: Makerversity, Kattenburgerstraat 5 – building 27E, Amsterdam

Tickets: Free via Eventbrite

Time: 18u00-20u00

Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Starting out on your own business path but struggling with the money side? It’s one thing to turn to Google for the answers…but sometimes it’s just better to sit eye-to-eye with a real person who really knows. Makerversity will host an interactive discussion lead by our friends Claudia and Maarten – two entrepreneurial investors and finance experts from Rabobank. Grab a slice of pizza and a beer and get involved with the discussion alongside fellow start-ups probably in a similar position to you. Bring your questions along and don’t be afraid to ask them.


Photo by Ben Terrett

OW present: Maybe. Knowing from experience, Makerversity always hosts great events.

Saturday 18 November: Kledingruilen zonder Huilen met Chiara en Sharda

Hosted by: Chiara (Indiaan in je kast) together with Sharda (Eclectique)

Location: CreativeHaus, Commelinstraat 248, Amsterdam

Tickets: 5 euro aan de deur

Time: 14u00-17u00

Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Kledingruilmiddag mét personal styling door Chiara (Indiaan in je kast) en Sharda (Eclectique). Zie je tijdens deze middag dus iets mooi, maar weet je niet of het voor je werkt? Personal stylists Chiara en Sharda weten raad met elk figuur en kleurtype, dus kunnen je gelijk adviseren. Voor noppes. Kans op misruilen is dus beperkt. En om ‘huilen’ te voorkomen, hebben de stylistes een paar acceptabele regels. Zoals dat alleen kleding is toegestaan die nog mooi is. Verwassen, vuile en/of beschadigde kledingstukken kunnen niet worden ingebracht. Ook geen fast fashion kledingstukken van merken als The Sting, Didi, Forever 21, Primark etc. (uitzonderingen voor H&M Conscious Collection, COS en spullen van mooie materialen zoals echt zijde, leer etc.). Op deze manier heeft iedereen de kans om mooie en kwalitatief goede spullen met elkaar te kunnen ruilen. Verder zijn er genoeg passpiegels en kan je genieten van een lekker kopje koffie. Check voor de andere regels de Facebook-pagina.


OW present: Yes, as press

2-23 November: EcoChic Design Award 2017 Finalists Exhibition

Hosted by: Fashion for Good and Redress

Location: Fashion for Good hub, Rokin 102, Amsterdam

Tickets: Free, just walk in to visit the exhibition

Time: Monday till Friday 12u00-20u00, Saturday 12u00-17u00 and Sunday 12:00-17u30

Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Catch a glimpse of the recent work of some of the best waste-reducing fashion designers scouted by the EcoChic Design Award, the world’s biggest sustainbale design competition. Among the ten finalists of 2017, is Amsterdam based designer Joëlle van de Pavert. She applied the techniques of zero-waste, reconstruction and up-cycling to a range of waste textiles that include textile swatches and secondhand clothing. See one of the great designs of Joëlle and other finalists up close at Fashion for Good exhibition space. And don’t miss the daily screenings (1pm) of Redress documentary Frontline Fashion.

OW present: I visited the exhibition’s opening night. It’s small, but worthwhile going if you’re near. There’s information available about the designers and if you’re curious for more, the hosts are more than willing to answer all your questions. I haven’t seen the documentary yet, but planning to swing by and see it. 

Friday 24 November: Guilt-Free Gifts Night

Hosted by: Studio Jux

Location: Studio Jux + co. store, Ceintuurbaan 252, Amsterdam

Tickets: Free, just walk in and get inspired

Time: 16u30-20u30

Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Studio Jux invites everyone to their Guilt-Free Gifts Night in their store, because the brand believes the gift season should be celebrated in a conscious way.

What’s on?

  • On The Rocks founder, Anne Pleun van Eijsden, will tell the story behind the notebooks made out of stones (yes, really!) and present the collaboration with De Groene Meisjes
  • Live drawing session with the talented illustrator Manon from La Nonette Illustration
  • Special gift wrapping with origami elements from recycled paper
  • 20% discount on everything (except for sale items)

OW present: Yes

10 June-26 November: Earth Matters, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano

Hosted by: TextielMuseum Location: TextielMuseum, Goirkestraat 96, Tilburg Tickets: 12 euro for adults. Find here all admission prices Time: Tuesday to Friday 10u00-17u00, Saturday & Sunday 12u00-17u00 Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

‘Earth Matters’ refers to the worldwide development regarding sustainability and respect for earth’s resources. In the worlds of design, science and business, these aspects are of great importance. By using the four themes, ‘Honouring Origins’, ‘Collecting Ingredients’, ‘Reinventing Materials’ and ‘Sustaining Production’, the exhibition ‘EARTH MATTERS’, gives the visitor a better understanding of a sustainable cycle and the importance of material studies. The exhibition shows experiments – from fashion to design – that contribute to a sustainable making process, either on a small or a large scale. All projects encourage people to think about the source of materials and the creation process, not only through innovation, but even more by the re-evaluation of crafts and locally produced products. The exhibition is curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano, together with the TextielMuseum. (Source: TextielMuseum)

Photos by TextielMuseum

OW present: I hope I can still find the time…

1-3 December: Vintage Heaven, christmas fair

Hosted by: Emporium of wonders, House of Mulani and Bohemianstyle.nl Location: Emporium of wonders, Tweede Helmersstraat 19-21, Amsterdam Tickets: Free Time: 1 December 16u00-20u00, 2 December 13u00-20u00 and 3 December 13u00-20u00 Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

The initiators again “will pull everything out the closet” to create a magical setting to indulge yourself in. You can call it an alternative Christmas market, a vintage fancy fair, a hippy happening or just a party in a shop where you can buy supernice stuff. We will get you a bit drunk. We want to inspire you to make Amsterdam nicer by becoming a more colourfull you. And we like to challenge you to buy Christmas presents for others (or yourself) without wasting Mother Earth.

OW present: Unfortunately, won’t be able to make it

2 and 3 December: Eco-Hot XMAS Market

Hosted by: Cossac, 12knotsjewelry and Noumenon Location: Kerkstraat 248, Amsterdam Tickets: Free Time: 2 December 11u00-18u00 and 3 December 11u00-18u00 Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Three young and fashionable eco brands, have joined forces and will host 2 and 3 December a Xmas Market, where you can shop conscious gifts and enjoy good vibes. There wille be vegan Christmas drinks, snacks and enough other goods to treat yourself with.

What’s on:


                                • Noumenon is an entirely vegan fashion & skincare brand from Amsterdam


















                • Cossac is a so called ‘eco-hot’ fashion label with a sass edge from London










                • 12 Knots is a minimalistic, timeless & hand-made jewelry with a spicy twist








Pernille Dress is back – those details though ✨now on nou-menon.com A post shared by Noumenon (@noumenon_amsterdam) on

OW present: Yes

3 December: Upcycled Leather Key Chain and Hand-Sewn Leather Card Holder Workshop

Hosted by: Fashion for Good

Location: Fashion for Good hub, Rokin 102, Amsterdam

Tickets: 45 euro, including all materials. Buy tickets for the key chain and card holder workshop

Time: 12u00-14u00 key chain workshop, 15u00-17u00 card holder workshop

Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Upcycled Leather Key Chain Workshop: Create and brand a personalised key chain out of left-over leather waste from Ecco and Litehide. Shoe & accessory designer Jana Chocholackova introduces you in her world of craftsmanship with this two-hour workshop.

Upcycled Leather Card Holder Workshop: Hand-sew a unique card holder out of recycled leather waste and engrave it with initials. Shoe & accessory designer Jana Chocholackova is hosting this exclusive workshop to teach you more about craftsmanship in the field of accessories.

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OW present: Unfortunately, no… 

10 December: Customise a Cradle2Cradle T-Shirt

Hosted by: Fashion for Good Location: Fashion for Good hub, Rokin 102, Amsterdam Tickets: 20 euro via Eventbrite including all materials Time: two options, 12u00-13u00 and 14u00-15u00 Visit here the official event page

What’s the topic?

Learn how to embroider personalised designs with fashion designer and initiator of PULP, Natalie de Koning. The workshop price includes the Cradle2Cradle GOLD Certified T-shirts you will customise.

OW present: December month is always quite busy. So, still in doubt.