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Local designers come together at Tampa’s Fashion Market

Plus, a pre- Gasparilla fashion and hair event and markets dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of De Johnea Bianca]
Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of De Johnea Bianca]
Published Jan. 15


It feels like Tampa’s fashion scene is growing. Several recent runway events have revealed a network of local designers, and some have come together to show off their designs in a more retail-oriented setting at Tampa’s Fashion Market. It’s held in the Santaella building, a place with a long history of hosting creatives. Featured designers include De Johnea Bianca, Melanated Millionaire and Vintage Soul, bringing a mix of original designs and vintage goods. Art and music will contribute to the creative vibe. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. 1906 N Armenia Ave., Tampa.

The brand Melanated Millionaire will participate in Tampa's Fashion Market on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of Ramon Agostini]


Heads up! The Gasparilla parade is right around the corner. If you haven’t planned your pirate look yet, fear not, matey. The In-Braid-Sion Braid Bar and Styling Event is popping up at Hyde Park Village. It’s a collaboration between Crown and Mane Blow Out Studio and a Gasparilla Life popup by Don Me Now. Get your hair braided, learn tips and tricks from experts and let a stylist pull together your outfit. There will be light bites and bubbly. Free, but RSVP at to reserve a spot. 5-7 p.m. Thursday. 1619 W Snow Circle, Tampa.

Let a stylist from Don Me Now perfect your Gasparilla look during the In-Braid-Sion event at Hyde Park Village in Tampa on Jan. 16. [Courtesy of Danielle Evans]


One upshot of not really having seasons is that you don’t have to wait for markets that feature plants and produce. Here are two that are also focused on a healthy lifestyle.

The award-winning Indie Flea is going green with a seasonal Green Market, held outdoors at Armature Works. They’ll host vendors offering plants and flowers, organic vegetables, fermented foods and, of course, CBD products. Sponsored by Brick Street Farms, this market will focus on eco-friendly initiatives and a platform for health-conscious services and products. The market runs from January to March and again from October to December. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 1910 N Ola Ave. Tampa.

The Living Green Market at the First Unity Spiritual Campus focuses on mind, body and spirit. So consider this when you’re on the hunt for essential oils, crystals, as well as farm fresh produce. It’s held under the purple tent. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

The Indie Flea's new Green Market will kick off at Armature Works in Tampa on Jan. 19. [Courtesy of Becky Rudolf]


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