Sunday, April 30, 2017

New Digs + Hip Happenings

SO much has happened in the last month it's hard to know where to start...

Since moving on from our retail location at the end of March we've been busy busy setting up our awesome NEW studio by appointment location at Kingsway + Knight in Vancouver, BC.

To make an appointment to shop our collections in person or to discuss creating your very own custom Adhesif Clothing garment drop us a line to set up a time 
We would love to hear from you! :)

You know it's really funny how many people I've had ask me how I feel now that I no longer have the retail location and I have to say, I'm not going to lie...

This new found freedom has been great and allows us focus on creativity and our tedious handmade production and design process. We've had a lot of different ideas on the over flowing back burner that we can have the time to start working on.

 It's only been a few weeks since we moved into the new space but already we're brimming with new design ideas which carry forth our zero waste philosophy like these up-cycled infinity scarves.
 The fabric is handmade from an accumulation of lightweight fabric scraps we've been collecting over the last several years and it sure has been quite a labor of love... 

 These scarves are light, elegant and playful and make a great accent to any outfit. 
They've been so much fun to work on and I'm so thrilled with how they are turning out!

I'll be putting together a couple dozen of these lovely scarves for sale at a wonderful upcoming spring market called Bloom happening in just 2 weeks form now in Fort Langely for Mother's Day weekend.

 You can also find Adhesif Clothing there with new designs from our Spring-Summer 2017 Collection

For info on this awesome upcoming event, just click on the featured event on the top left hand column of our blog

Don't ask me how but we've even managed to put together a photo shoot in between relocating. 

Check out our Etsy shop to see 240+ lovely, one-of-a-kind up-cycled garments and accessories

Some other great news!
You can now also find Adhesif Clothing at a NEW (to us) location in Vancouver, BC and soon to be in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC

Monarchy boutique has been around for quite awhile now and they carry some wonderful local and Canadian art + design. 
Check out this lovely boutique next time you're in the neighborhood.

Now that spring is in full swing, that means summer is just around the corner! 
Oh summer...Le sigh
That time of year where a gal can look forward to throwing on a cute little frock and SANDALS! :)
(excuse me, it's been a loooong winter here in the great white North)

With that said, keep Adhesif Clothing in mind this season for all your special event invites like outdoor weddings, garden parties, vacays ya' know all the jazzy stuff. 
We currently have some SUPER lovely up-cyled Spring-Summer dresses I'm sure will make you swoon.

Book an appointment to see all of our new pretty up-cycled pieces 
(free professional styling tips included by yours truly)

Here's to  new beginnings and the start of Spring with even warmers climates ahead!

I hope whatever you are doing to celebrate the new season you are enjoying the longer days filled with light, love and laughter.

Team Adhesif 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Nifty for Fifty Sale Celebrates 10 years!

10th Annual Nifty for Fifty Indie Design Sale on Sunday, April 9th

30 local designers are offering deep discounts at the 10th annual Nifty for Fifty Sale -- -- on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 11am-8pm 
at Heritage Hall, at 3102 Main Street, Vancouver where all items are priced at $50 or less. 

It’s a great opportunity to meet local, independent clothing designers, makers and jewelers, where everything from hand bags to handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories and 
housewares will be on sale for one day only!

 Blackbird Studio 
Beautiful Ceramics from Gabriola Island (above)

Locomotive Clothing 
Screen Tees for Wee Ones, Ladies & Men (above)

Scandinazn - 
Upcycled hand painted leather accessories (above)

Daub + Design - 
Tye Dyed Athletic Apparel (above) 

Colorful Shawls and Scarves for Every Body (above)

Sarah Mulder Jewelry (above)

“We’ve really seen the annual Nifty for Fifty event grow over the last ten years,” says event producer and Adhesif Clothing designer Melissa Ferreira. “Shoppers can find some unique local designs and really high quality pieces at affordable price points.”

Celebrating the 10th year of Nifty for Fifty, the sale will feature locally made 
refreshments by Mixers and Elixirs well as a live music with DJ Emmanuel Ferreira. 

 Cash is king at this one day sale; many designers will only accept cash for payment.
$2.00 per person at the door

About Nifty for Fifty:

Melissa Ferreira, owner and designer, Adhesif Clothing -- -- saw an opportunity to bring independent Lower Mainland fashion designers, artists and jewellers together to offer a large, one day group blowout sale to local shoppers. 

 The annual event, which started out with 12 designers in 2007, has now grown to 30 sellers with over 3,000 shoppers attending this one day sale. 2017 is the 10th anniversary of this growing event.


Come Early for the best selection!


looking forward to celebrating with you there!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NEW Spring-Summer 2017 - Get it while the Getting is Convenient!

Adhesif’s eye-catching, handmade garments are designed with older textiles and reclaimed materials for better quality and uniqueness in every article. 

Monochromatic schemes set amidst fresh color palettes and clean silhouettes define this effortlessly chic Spring-Summer 2017 collection.

Photography Adria Leduc

Model Sasha Mercer

MUA Jennifer Robinson

Crocus Crop Top - Adhesif Clothing SS17

Fresia Blouse - Adhesif Clothing SS17

Heliconia Dress - Adhesif Clothing SS17

The designs in this collection are romantic, a little wild and care free but can also be worn day to day and incorporated into an existing wardrobe. Staying true to the original up cycled concept, all of the designs in this collection are made with up to 95% reclaimed + vintage fabrics.

Hyacinth Jacket - Adhesif Clothing SS17

Orchid Dress - Adhesif Clothing SS17

Tigerlily Dress - Adhesif Clothing SS17

Tribal Crop Top + Wild Oak Shorts
Adhesif Clothing SS17

Adhesif Clothing has streamlined their look for this new collection and aims to create pieces that are versatile and can be worn in warmer weather, perfect for west coast fashion enthusiasts. 

Melissa Ferreira intends to continue designing all future collections from reclaimed materials which not only help reduce waste in the environment but also gives all of her designs a heartbeat and a story to tell.

Melissa Ferreira designs Adhesif Clothing and sews each piece by hand in her studio. Using 
repurposed materials is a sustainable and eco-friendly method of clothing production, it also gives every item of Adhesif Clothing characteristics that aren’t possible to achieve in mass-produced clothing. 

But hurry!
You definitely don't want to wait on picking up pieces from this beautiful 
NEW limited edition collection!

Adhesif Clothing’s flagship store has been located at 2202 Main St. Vancouver 
for the past 6 years but will be relocating to a studio by appointment only this March!

2202 Main Street 
Vancouver, BC 
(Corner of 6th Ave + Main street)

Hours~ T-S 11-7 Sun 12-5 Mon Closed

Adhesif Clothing is also available online through their Etsy Shop with currently 200+ one of a kind items to choose from with new items posted bi-weekly

You can also find Adhesif Clothing at various artisan markets across the country. 
For a list of complete events check out this link for details...

For more information on Adhesif Clothing and their zero waste upcycled process please visit

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lisbon Love Affair

When I was a kid, I was surrounded by a large, boisterous, opinionated, group of great food lovers. 
Emotions running on high most times with passion being a staple part of the normal atmosphere. 

Laughter and tears, often at the same time. 
Never a dull moment. 
It used to drive me a little up the wall when I was a kid.
Trying to find a corner to hide in just to get a moment of peace. 
I'm talking about growing up in a Portuguese family. 
If you have one, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

It's funny how the things that drive you crazy can end up being the exact same things you get nostalgic about when you become a grown up.

I guess that's why I stayed away from visiting Lisbon right away...
I knew I was going to be in for an all around REAL experience the moment I arrived...  

Lisbon is pretty magical

Part of what made our stay so incredibly special was staying in a
sweet little space called the Art Attic. 

A cozy space hosted by an amazing visual artist named Antje Webber, who has an impeccable 
flair for decor. A perfect mixture of romance, modernism and nostalgic qualities.

View of the Tagus River from the Art Attic

For anyone travelling to Lisbon, I highly recommend booking the Art Attic, located in the heart of the Alfama district which is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon.

Little did I know before choosing this area to stay in that there exists a 
GIANT Flea Market called the Feira da Ladra

 I walked away with a jackpot of vintage buttons

In the same neighborhood is an AMAZING little shop called 

Amores de Toquio 

Isabel Tom├ís is the designer behind Amores de Toquio. 
Most of her designs are handmade, some of the fabrics and jewelry 
are laser cut with very cool designs. 

Her creations are also inspired by Japanese elements and aesthetics. 
Some of the details and fabrics had an up-cycled edge, which I really appreciated being as how I am a fellow up-cycler.

It was super cool having an artist for a host like Antje who was so kind to introduce me to some of her other creative pals like Isabel. 

I walked away with this awesome laser cut, geometric swallow pendant


I really could write multiple blogs about all of the AMAZING discoveries we found while in Lisbon. 

I was only there for 9 days but really managed to cram a tonne of ground work exploring this truly diverse city. 

One place that I made a point to go to before leaving Lisbon was an award winning shop 
called A Vida Portuguesa which translates as The Portuguese Life.

Everything in this shop is super authentic and proudly made in Portugal with a rich history and major nostalgic quality about what it means to live a Portuguese life.
A Vida Portuguesa believes that objects are capable of telling extraordinary and revealing stories. 

It's about the people of this land and their peculiar tastes, about a society and its context, about a history that is after all a common identity. The objects are magical in that they awaken sensations and memories within the Portuguese way of living.
THIS place REALLY tugged away at the heart strings of memory lane...

Check out the website filled with great regional products which can be purchased directly online. The website is full of intrigue and has a lot of interesting historical tid-bits about the Portuguese way.

I literally spent hours in this shop and I wanted EVERYTHING.
I walked off with some tasty treats & mementos for friends and family.

On my last morning in Lisbon, my host Antje gifted me with a book of her beautiful art post cards and I'm looking forward to putting them into frames to add to the growing vignette I have at home. 

When I left she was working on some really cool Shadow boxes (many of the objects she boasted finding at the Feira de Ladra Flea  market I mentioned earlier!) 

I really enjoy seeing what she's working on through her Instagram page @antjeweberart these days...

Something tells me I'll be back to the motherland again one day...

Until then...