Wynwood's First Permanent Fashion Market Coming in March
|The future site of Fashion de la Calle Studios.|
The space will be called Fashion de la Calle (fashion from the streets) Studios, because, as Wasabi put it, "We are all artists whose ideas were born in the streets by watching and experiencing the city. We work the streets from venue to venue spreading our creativity, hustling here and there [and] trying to make our art survive in a capitalist world, amongst big corporations."
She hopes that this permanent market will set the tone, trend, and mentality of our culture and city. But here's where locals come in: She has room for others in her warehouse-like space, right next door to Crossfit 29 and JugoFresh on 29th St., and needs vendors. And it's a lot of space, too: 2,400 square feet of it.
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Wasabi hopes to launch the project on March 1, and wants to have five to six fashion residents ready to jump in. "I'd say if you want to be part of this project, you should contact me as soon as the next week or two," she says. Rent will start at $500 a month (depending on the amount of space), and the warehouse will be divided into studios, showrooms, and smaller retail spaces. Wasabi will play the role of the "fashion/events/organization go-to person," managing the marketing and promotions and curating the talent.
But what qualifications does a potential vendor have? Wasabi says she's looking for people with vision, a strong concept, and the certainty and security that comes "from believing in yourself and your own creations." She wants to guarantee a comfortable, creativity-driven environment for all fashion residents. "We want variety, quality, and evolving energy," she continues.
|Inside the future fashion market.|
As for Wasabi's current space a few blocks over, she'll be relocating to the FDLC Studios as soon as the project launches. "I've always felt the need for a fashion hub and street in Miami. Aside from the commercial and mainstream 'fashion' street and malls that [Miami] has, there's no room for the up-and-coming, emerging designer. We need a place ... a street! We all need to come together."
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