Today I went to the The 5th and Hall Fashion event "Style on S. Florida Ave" hosted in Dixieland. And I must say it was quite amazing. I went with my friend Titus who is also a photographer in Lakeland, shout out to Titus Photography. He and I met several incredible people with very fashionable small businesses!
As we approached the event we heard booming music coming from a DJ in the back. He was playing some awesome remixes of my favorite songs. When he played a remixed version of Ms. Jackson I knew I had to get his card. We walked over and I introduced myself to DJ Misteury.
Now I don't want get off track so I'll keep descriptions brief, but I want to tell you guys about all the wonderful people I met.
As Titus and I walked toward a coffee shop in the nearby area we find a booth called Lamour. We chatted up the beautiful host and learned that she sells vintage clothing.
Then we met a mixed media artist named Joe Campbell. When I saw his work I was immediately reminded of the Iron Giant. Joe Campbell is a mixed-media artist specializing in industrial assemblage. He takes goods and rearranges them onto canvases to create something truly unique.
The next person we met was fashion designer Jasmine Hunter. Her booth had several beautiful original photos as well as a mannequin behind her displaying the inspiring clothing.
The booth right beside Jasmine's, was GrierCO. Now similar to Jasmine he deals with fashion. You could tell from his booth that Mr. Grier had marketing on his mind. His GrierCo logo was prominently shown on most of his clothing. It makes sense, Mr. Grier is a fashion artist so he wants his artwork to be shown on his clothing. I asked for card and he gives me a circle so you know this man means business.
Allusions had another beautiful little space and they specializes in swimwear. Their booth was reminiscent of the Little Mermaid complete with shells starfish and other undersea memorabilia. I remember they had a mannequin sporting one of their top-of-the-line pink swimsuits!
The owners of these different clothing labels know each other and I'm sure they collaborated in the past. So when they all got a free moment I asked for photo. What I really enjoyed about the photo is the fact that you can see each person's individual style. The fashion choices they make really flourish and show how unique and special they all are!
At this point Titus and I decided to walk across the street. When we crossed we found a little pop-up shop called Dayton K. Their collection included a ton of trendy wears and good looks! The staff were super nice and one even posed for a photo.
Coming back from across the street I was feeling quite famished. And what do I spy from the corner of my eye but Sola Petite. When I got closer I instantly knew it was a bakery. The aroma of the baked goods was so alluring that Titus and I couldn't resist trying some delicious samples.
Never have I ever had pistachio ice cream. But then again I've never had A Cow Named Moo's ice cream either. So to kill two birds with one stone, I ordered a pistachio ice cream sandwich. And I was truly impressed, their booth inspired fondness for sweet treats! This setup was all wood and even had a tiny mini trailer car. And the ice cream? Nothing short of legen-dairy.
After finishing the delicious pistachio ice cream I noticed the little jewelry shop, La Fernweh Designs. Custom jewelry shops are gems in Lakeland, they have an assortment of gold jewelry with precious stones. I'm talking amethysts, opals and various other crystals. Their display even featured a ram's skull!
After that we ran into a little shop called Rane. It was one of the few shops at the event that was shielded from the sun with a tent and curtains. Raney, a trendy Lakelander, designs and crafts handmade clothing. The booth was also had a body mirror so you could preview some styles before you buy. Their presentation game was on point!
Now I want to talk about some dope threads, I cannot stress enough how inspiring and innovative this next brand is. We stumbled upon a clothing company named American Dance Party. They had flannel shirts and jackets made from time relevant fabrics. For example a Star Wars flannel shirt would be made from bedsheets from the 70s. Their jean jackets are notorious for displaying everyone's favorite Disney characters.
Even though that was the end of Style on South Florida Ave, that wasn't the end of the night. Because just walking distance away there was a poetry event. So I signed up and performed a couple spoken word pieces that I had memorized. And that was the perfect end to the perfect day.