Madame Tây

A Plus Market (Preston)
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Want ethically produced and unique plus size fashion? A Plus Market has got it for you!

After having an absolute ball at A Plus Market in May, the Madame Tây team will be back at the Preston market this November!

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Madame Tây are are four friends from Melbourne, who are now living in four different corners of the globe – Melbourne, Toronto, Hanoi and Dakar.
  Madame Tây creates unique, handmade garments by working closely with fabric distributers, designers and tailors from Vietnam, Senegal and Ghana. They source and design clothing from a beautiful range of fabrics, all sourced locally in the aforementioned countries. If you purchase a Madame Tây item, you can easily trace your garment’s origins back to the individual tailor who made it, and learn about the place where your item came from.

For the Madame Tây team, this project is not just about the finished product, it is also about the process. While they have a passion for beautiful clothes, they also have ideas and questions around ethics, culture, travel, fashion, global manufacturing, trade and consumption, that they hope to explore in this endeavour.

At the Preston market on November 29th, Madame Tây will have limited edition plus size pieces which are all perfect for summer! Lots of beautiful day dresses, camisoles, peplum tops and pencil skirts. 

SATURDAY NOV 29  – 10am-3pm
DAREBIN NORTH WEST UNITING CHURCH HALL – 399A Murray Rd – Preston

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My Friend M’lee

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A Plus Market is an amazing plus size fashion shopping event.

 

Though in addition to the great fashion available there is also a myriad of gorgeous products including cosmetics, jewellery and pamper products available.

 

Perfect for Christmas gifts or to spoil yourself the November 29 A Plus Market will be home to My Friend M’lee for a day.

 

My Friend M’lee is a local crafter who hand makes a range of products,  the most popular and best selling being their lavender wheat bag with removable cover.  It’s a unique product and is made with Victorian grown wheat, French lavender flowers and lavender oil.
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Maria from My friend M’Lee says
“You won’t find any daggy corduroy fabric here, just vibrant and uplifting quality craft fabrics.
These bags make an ideal gift for that hard to buy person in your life.  With Christmas not far away it’s also a great present or Kris Kringle idea.  
Not just for aches and pains, these bags make great bed warmers.  Pop one under your pillow too and the lavender will help send you off to sleep!”
 

Other products in the range include lavender eye pillows, lavender draw sachets, scatter cushions and adjustable aprons.  

“Not all aprons are made equal – come down to A Plus Market on 29th November and try one on for yourself to see the difference!”
 

Spotlight on a Stallholder: Alice Bottomley

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A Plus Market is an absolute bonanza of plus size fashion bargains.

Women of all shapes, size and styles bring their fashion to be rehomed.

Excitingly this month you can shop Alice Bottomley’s wardrobe.

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For those that live under a rock or like me don’t have a T.V. Alice, recently starred in the reality music competition X-Factor. Self identifying as Fat and Fabulous Alice definitely has the rock chick groove and the snippets of video I have seen and her instagram as testament she has fabulous style.

I put some questions to Alice so we can get to know her before raiding her wardrobe Saturday Nov 29!

Describe your style?
My style is so hard to describe because it’s ever changing, but I think across the board it can be very rock chick, but often with softer tones and prints.

Where has your style evolved from?

It’s definitely evolved quite a bit from when I was younger, because I’ve always been that little bit bigger, I never really bothered with fashion because I didn’t think it would work on someone like me, but I think that has a lot to do with being comfortable in your own skin as well and I’m quite a different person now to who I was back then!

Where do you gain inspiration from?

I think the biggest inspiration for me throughout my years has been my mother; she is an incredibly immaculate looking lady with a stunning sense of style. I remember sitting on the steps at home watching my parents going to balls and events and thinking ‘Wow, I hope someday I look as good as she does’. And she’s still my go to fashion guru, if I’m not sure about an outfit, I’ll go straight to her and ask her opinion and sometimes I even do a sneaky check through her draws to see what new stuff she has!

Does your style reflect your personality, musical tastes or other?

I have quite a large, loud and vivacious type of personality and I feel if I also dressed to reflect this, it might knock people a bit for six! I generally wear dark colours, blacks, army greens, black and more black! But will always have a cheeky pop of something over the top as an ode to my personality, whether it be a massive statement necklace, head piece or a pair of leopard print shoes.

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Do you dress based on your mood?

Definitely! When I’m lazy, I love nothing more than throwing on my running skins (which are rarely used for the latter) and an oversized t-shirt with my Nike runners to a breakfast date. But, if I wake up feeling like I want to look a rockstar, then its diamonds and wedges with coffee!

 

What been your most embarrassing outfit decision?

Circa 1998 – 2002 there were a lot of them! Two really spring to mind, ‘Santa’ bought me these amazing hot pink flared pants one Christmas and they were just the love of my life, couldn’t get them off me! I also owned a pleather baby pink blazer that did the rounds for many years; thankfully these items have since been destroyed or re-homed.

Tell us about your X-Factor experience?

Where to begin, my X Factor journey was so poignant for so many reasons but I think the major thing I walked away with was a newfound confidence in myself. The people that I worked with along the way, constantly instilled in me that I was beautiful and talented and that I deserved to be where I was, I was never asked to change and I was never mistreated. You have this pre conceived notion of these celebrities and of their opinions of people who don’t fit that superstar mould, but my pre conceived notions were incredibly incorrect especially when it came to the four judges that I worked with during my time on the show. To stand up and be measured up against these skinny, sexy talented girls and be the one that was chosen was an incredible feeling. I still have days when I wake up and look in the mirror and think ‘Yuck’ but now, most days I look in the mirror with pride and admiration for who I am and what I’ve achieved.

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What are the fashion rules you love to break?

Patterns with prints and prints with patters, who says you can’t wear a floral shirt with a polka dot skirt? As long as you feel like a superstar, who cares what anyone else thinks!

You are on the body positive train, tell us about your journey.

My body positive journey spans many years, and I still have many more to go. At this time in my life, I think I’m almost where I need to be. This year in particular has been a massive year in my body positive journey; it’s potentially the biggest growth I have seen within myself for a number of years.

What are your tips for becoming and staying in a body positive mind set?

Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself, the haters are so few in numbers, to let them make you feel bad about yourself is a waste of time. Push boundaries, walk through life with pride and confidence – no one will EVER question you. Finally, don’t ever think you don’t deserve to look your best because you’re plus sized, you deserve to feel and look like a Rockstar!

When something brings you down, what’s your go to pick me up?

Shoes! I love them… I have a real obsession with furry shoes, in leopard print! I just love them! And also Sex and the City re-runs, if I can stroke my furry shoes whilst I watch the girls shop on 5th avenue, I’m in heaven!

Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?

I just think it’s a fantastic concept, not only is it a place where you’re almost certain to find something gorgeous to wear it’s also a chance to meet other like minded plus sized fashionistas who can inspire me and perhaps introduce me to new fashion ideas!

What will you be selling at A Plus Market?

There’ll be a massive range of dresses, tops, jeans, jewellery. I’m a bit of a clothes hoarder so it’s time to de clutter 6 years of collecting!

 Come along Saturday 29th, enjoy some hula hooping, cake and buy up big!

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Lisa’s Lacies

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Lucy testimonialA Plus Market always has a great range of plus size fashion; everything from casual and work wear to cocktail dresses and lingerie.

One of our favourite stallholders bringing us the later is Lisa’s Lacies.

We are so happy that Lisa and her team will be joining us once again.

Last time we featured Lisa’s Lacies  here I couldn’t say enough about their fabulous customer service; friendly, knowledgeable staff is what they’ve got!
This time around I thought I would highlight their unbelievable product range.
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If you are looking for a bra Lisa’s Lacies should be your first point of call. Catering  from the petite sizes through to size 40 and beyond. You’ll also find an extensive range of brands, so if you have a favourite or need to be introduced to one, this is the place to be.

If you need a day to day bra, a fancy one or a specialty bra like a strapless or sports again Lisa’s Lacies should be the first point of call.

And if it’s not a bra you are after but a corset or swimwear or some great pyjamas or  maternity wear or dressing gowns or fun accessories or……
The product list really is extensive so you’re best to check it out.

For those who like to try things on and get some professional advice,

Come along to A Plus Market this Saturday, meet Lisa herself and pick up a little surprise present (if you’re one of the first hundred through the door)

or head onto their bricks and Mortar store at 6 Klauer St, Seaford VIC 3198.
For those that can’t make either all Lisa’s Lacies has a great online store, currently with a couple of great sales.

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Natalie’s Cupcakes

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market has been bringing together a wonderful selection of plus size fashion for you, for one whole year now.

That’s right A Plus Market is celebrating it’s FIRST BIRTHDAY this weekend!
And what better way to celebrate than with CAKE!

With absolute delight we are excited to announce that 100 of lucky A Plus Market goers will be sharing in free cupcake, generously provided by Natalie’s Cupcakes!

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FREE CAKE! – Not one but 100 FREE CAKES!!!!!


“When? and Where?”, I hear you say.

Well as with any good 1 year old Birthday party the celebratory cake unveiling and traditional blowing of the candles time s a heavily guarded secret, it will be a surprise!
You are just going to have to be there, at the where (which is detailed below)
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And if now you are thinking, “Sad face, I can’t eat cake because I’m vegan” or
“Sad face, I can’t eat cake because I’m gluten intolerant”.

Well, Natalie’s Cupcakes are totally the answer.

You’ll be saying “Happy face, FREE CAKE!” because Natalie’s Cupcakes brings delicious, affordable cupcakes to everyone, but particularly those with food intolerances or avoidances.

All cupcakes are vegan and are easily made gluten free.
Natalie uses fresh, local ingredients to bring you innovative twists on traditional flavours.

As well as popping up at markets in Melbourne’s inner north, Natalie’s Cupcakes are available for your event: morning tea, afternoon tea, high tea, birthday party, engagement party, wedding, whatever you can think of!
The business is also expanding! Through a crowdfunding campaign, Natalie’s Cupcakes hopes to be able to bring you A Mad Tea Party: artisan teas and gourmet cupcakes delivered and served from bicycle!It’s part of her commitment to the environment and doing what she can do to reduce her carbon footprint.

 A Plus Market Natalie on her bikeHow awesome is Natalie?
You can find her online HERE or follow her on Facebook and better still come by
A Plus Market this Saturday!
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Bhunny=Designs

A Plus Market (Preston)

 caitlin testimonialA Plus Market loves it’s locals; local plus size designers, local makers and local artisans.

 

 Bhunny=Designs is a local jeweller, just starting out, who will be sharing her handmade creations with us this Saturday.

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Each piece is uniquely hand crafted. The designs are funky, abstract and modern.

They are great with any look, whether for that all important board meeting or shopping on Chapel Street, taking a stroll down the Yarra, or all glammed up and ready to the paint the town red.

Bhavani the creative behind Bhunny=designs says she finally embraced her creativity after years in the corporate rat race.
“I never believed I was creative until I started ‘playing’ with the versatile nature of Polymer Clay and was excited with its endless possibilities.  
I make the designs I love, and I hope you like them too. “

Bhunny=Designs have a great range of necklaces, earrings and rings at a bargain price.

Bhunny=Designs will be available at this Saturday’s A Plus Market – Saturday August 30.
and can also be found online at www.etsy.com/shop/bhunnydesigns or on www.facebook.com/bhunnydesigns.

 Support your local designers, and top your new look off with the perfect unique statement piece.
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Marji & Jean

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A Plus Market is a fun filled plus size fashion bazaar.

And Marji & Jean is one that definitely adds to the vibrancy of our events. So we at A Plus Market are chuffed that they are yet again joining us. A Plus MArket Plus size floral

Marji & Jean have become A Plus Market regulars and as such have been featured here quite a bit, see our previous posts HERE and HERE

We totally love having them along for the ride and thought this next feature we could get to know them and the brand a while lot better. The very lovely Lori, the lady behind Marji & Jean willingly obliged to answer a few questions I put to her….

. Your dresses are so colourful and fun, what draws you to such vibrant fabric?

I love to be surrounded by colour, I think having colour around instantly makes people happier. I love finding unusual fabrics that most people might not consider using for a dress.
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Who taught you or how did you learn to sew?

Marji & Jean is named after my two grandmothers who both taught me to sew, knit, crochet and anything else crafty that I wanted to try. They were very different, but both extremely creative and were both excellent teachers.

What’s your favourite part of the making dresses and selling them process?

You know when you find that perfect dress that makes you feel amazing every time you wear it? I love being the person that made that dress and made a girl feel special.
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What is your favourite fashion era? and why?

I love feminine pretty dresses from the 1950’s, when all women seemed to look gorgeous, but I also love the crazy, quirky fashion from the 1960’s and the fact that women stopped conforming to stereotypes about how they should dress.

What do you love about fashion?

I love that every woman has the opportunity to dress in a way that makes them feel unique and special, and that you can tell a bit about someone’s personality by the way they dress. My worst nightmare would be to live in a world where everyone looked the same.

What are some tips or your favourite ways to style your frocks?

My fifties dresses work really well for either a rockabilly look with pinup hair and cool shoes, or just as a super pretty dress with bare feet and a ponytail (the way I have always dressed!).
At the moment in this chilly Melbourne weather, I love to wear all my dresses with boots, tights and a big cardigan.
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Sassy Kandles

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market loves diversity and those that are gentle on the Earth.

So are very pleased to be showcasing,
Sassy Kandles.

Their range of gorgeous candles is both unique and eco friendly.
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Each Sassy Kandles candle created uses 100% soy wax, an all natural, biodegradable product free of petrochemicals. But even better, each candle is presented in an original and unique sometimes even vintage container.

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Each candle is hand poured by Susie, into an individually selected upcycled vessel, making each candle a one off creation in it’s own right. The only way to recreate each individual candle is to have it refilled, a service Susie is more than happy to offer at a reasonable price.
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Make your home smell pretty with one of these lovely upcycled pretties, available from
A Plus Market, Saturday August 30.

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Hey Fatty

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market brings such a diverse range of plus size fashion together, there really is something for everyone no matter their style.

 

For those that love vintage A Plus Market’s August Birthday market is going to thrill you as we have the fierce and fabulous ladies from Hey Fatty attending with their extensive range of pre-90’s vintage.

I’ve been privileged to work quite closely with both the ladies behind Hey Fatty as we form part of the organising committee for The Curvy Couture Roadshow. Through this experience I have got to know them well and am pleased to call them my mates. Here though you can get to know them too and of course find out more about their brand and what inspires them.
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Very kindly they have shared an interview they did recently with a pretty well known Australian Women’s mag, as they wanted to share the unedited story with us.

 How did HEY FATTY come about?

We both work in the same office and have been carpooling for about 5 years. In the car every day together we have plenty of time for ranting about everything we like and don’t like, and both being fatties it was natural for us to find a mutual dissatisfaction for the lack lustre plus size fashion available to us. As we’re both vintage and recycled clothing fans, we like to make our own fashion up and as it’s even harder to find anything above a size 16 in Australian second-hand stores, let alone unique pieces, Teresa joked one day that we should start our own business. We both stopped and decided it was no joke and have never looked back.

Where do you find your pieces?

We work with different wholesalers who source clothes from Europe and USA. It’s tricky because they are used to supplying stores bulk lots up to size 14, so we have to spend some more time sorting through stock to find what we need. We’ve found some really helpful suppliers who love what we’re doing. We also have private collectors or shopaholics who approach us and let us raid their wardrobe which is always fun. One contact has a huge collection and we’ve been convincing her for 2 years to let us come over, and a few weeks ago she finally said yes! We are always on the lookout for pre 1990s size 22 or beyond, as these are the hardest to find.

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Who are your customers? Young? Old?

Our customers range from young fashionistas who are looking for unique pieces to women in their 30s and 40s who are tired of cheap fast fashion and love clothes with a story, plus the women of all ages who are vintage fans with a passion for a specific era.
There is a real movement towards sustainable and ethical fashion with a lot of customers trying vintage for the first time, exploring bold patterns and unique cuts they would not have previously considered, which we love!

 What is the price range of your pieces?

Mostly we stock dresses and our pieces range from sleeveless simple cotton summer frocks to over the top vintage and retro evening wear with prices starting at around $30 up to around $60 depending on era, fabric and rarity.
We tend to focus on fashion from 1960s to 1990s with a more affordable price tag.

We rarely have items earlier than 1950s as prices then skyrocket and we are more about day to day fashion then rare collectible items.

 

How do you feel about the plus size industry in Australia?

There are so many great up and coming plus size specific designers in Australia, it was great to see them at the recent Curvy Couture Roadshow.

What is disappointing is that you don’t see these brands represented in major retailers, so the average shopper feels like there is little choice. If you go to a shopping centre you can find so much low end fast fashion in plus sizes but it’s still really hard to find quality, unique items like you can in Europe.

We’d just love to see more diversity and creativity in mainstream Australian plus size fashion, so hopefully buyers start investing in the local brands to lift the game for shoppers.

As we are focussed on vintage and recycled, we are quite niche but we know that if mainstream plus size fashion was more bold and interesting, we’d have more customers willing to experiment with clothes from other eras.
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 Why the name Hey Fatty?

Well it is a bit tongue in cheek but also we want to turn the tables on using the word fat as an insult. We aren’t skinny and don’t pretend to be anything else so why not proudly call ourselves fatties and have some fun with our business name too?
At markets we always have people smile and have a laugh with us, it’s been a great ice breaker and of course gets people’s attention pretty quickly. Online we sometimes have people that don’t like the name but there will always be people that aren’t on the same page as us, but there are plenty more that are!


What is truly fabulous about the Hey Fatty ladies, is that they know their vintage and are styling gurus, so if you have been thinking “I like the idea of vintage but I never see anything for me, it just doesn’t seem to suit”, then this is your opportunity.
Say Hi to Teresa and Melissa on market day and let them play dress up’s with you, finding the vintage style that’s right for you.

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The Classic Future Fashion House

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market loves fashion and believes the best way to top off the perfect outfit is with some gorgeous statement jewellery.


Our 1st Birthday Market on August 30 will be showcasing some fantastic array of fashion, both clothing and jewellery including some unique jewellery pieces from
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he Classic Future Fashion House.

 The Classic Future Fashion House offers a large range of modern, classic and timeless necklaces and earrings. Each piece has been discovered sourced from ethical suppliers only found in a range of rural parts of the world.Fortuna one of The Classic Future’s founders says:

“From the depths of South America, to the hidden jewels in Africa, we collect materials and creations that speak to those who are bold, wild and adventurous.

By bringing pieces together from around the world, we are aiming to bring people together through the language and connection of fashion.”

If you are like me and always looking to expand your costume jewellery collection AND delight in chunky distinctive pieces, The Classic Future Fashion House is for you.
Come along and check them out August 30.

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