Popping up in Dallas and Houston twice a year, Flea Style has grown over the years to attract over 10,000 chic shoppers, searching for the best in art, furniture, paper goods, clothing, jewelry and more. Curated by founder Brittany Cobb, each event is hyper-local and focused on “shopping small” to support Texas’ artisan and small business communities. Not your average flea, you can expect to find more than a few special vintage and handmade finds. With our contributor Mindy in tow, I headed to this year’s Flea Style at Fair Park to see the bigger, better and newly rebranded market!
We came, we shopped, we conquered! Over (many) mimosas, Mindy and I went on to discover new local brands and meet fashionable vendors with incredible stories to share. Read on for a few of our favorite finds.
Dallas-based brand GAIA has a great brand philosophy and cute bags, jewelry and accessories to boot. Handmade by resettled refugee women in Dallas using vintage, repurposed and sustainable materials, GAIA’s goal is to lead women to financial independence and self-sufficiency. Their name “GAIA” – meaning “Goddess of the Earth” – was chosen by founder Paula Minnis as a way to honor all women, from the ones who craft GAIA products to those who purchase or receive them.
Dainty Lion, also based in Dallas, is a bohemian online women’s boutique. Set on bringing together the wild spirit of the west coast, the edge of the east coast, and the irresistible charm of the south – the brand is run by free-spirited fashion enthusiast Alyssa Archer. Our favorite item at their Flea Style pop-up shop was these hand woven kilim rug leather boots. Each kilim rug fabric is 25 to 100 years old, filling each pair of kicks with history and vintage appeal.
Made in Denton, TX, Denise Power’s LM Organics line started with a simple need for better baby care products. After developing a few natural alternative products for her little guy such as body butter and congestion relief salve, the shop was born. The mom-preneur went from selling products out of her home to local farmer’s markets and craft fairs. The beauty soaks pictured above not only looked appealing but smelled incredible.
Offering above average tees with an artsy edge, Oil Digger Tees was founded by two Texas natives who became instant friends while sharing their love for fashion. Leaving their 9-to-5 jobs behind, Brittany Darrington and Amy Tyndall combined their passion for apparel design and vintage clothing to form the t-shirt and apparel line. The pop-up shop featured a wide array of tees, vintage apparel, totes and Willie Nelson paintings created by Darrington herself.
Dallas-based jewelry designer Deepa Lal of Breathe Deep Designs, like the ladies at Oil Digger above, left the corporate world in search of something more satisfying than her IT gig. With an eye for high-quality semi-precious stones and designs that yogis and non-yogis alike can use to add a boho touch to their wardrobe, Lal is inspired by her world travels to places like India, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Egypt and Africa.
Milk & Bubbles, a Dallas-based online bath and beauty boutique founded by Stephanie Serhal, drew us in with the shop’s alluring aroma. Lavender and rose calling our name, we were pleased to find an array of home-made beauty products like the gold-dusted bath bombs pictured above. With a passion for natural beauty products and sustainability, the brand’s goal is to take the guesswork out of buying beauty products.
Kristin Miller‘s gorgeous jewelry was hard to miss on our way out of Fair Park. Sold at West Village’s Nicole Kwon Concept Store, the line features both minimalist and statement pieces for every occasion. Created for the woman who seeks bold, expressive jewelry and loves natural stones, Art Deco geometry and Native American influences.
Images courtesy of Mindy Shepperd.