Eight designers, nine restaurants, a runway, and 600 people supporting a great cause. This was Hamilton’s second annual Glamour in the Hammer fundraiser for the Good Shepherd. Organized by Kerry Wade and Lynn Bebee of Blackbird Studios, the April 22 event was held at the Cotton Factory, a former industrial building transformed into an arts centre.
The event celebrated Hamilton’s art scene, combining fashion, food, and drink to support an organization that has been present in the Hamilton area since 1961. Funds from the evening will support the Good Shepherd’s Venture Centre at 155 Cannon Street East, where the Good Shepherd Works social enterprise is headquartered. The Venture Centre helps to break the cycle of poverty in the Beasley community. Designed like a grocery store, the space is home to the Good Shepherd’s Emergency Food & Clothing program where people can shop for what they need.
The $75 tickets included food, two drink tickets, and access to the show. Local restaurants Acclamation Bar and Grill, Mulberry Street Coffeehouse, Mezcal, Jack and Lois, Nellie James Too, Rousseau House, Rapscallion, and Pub Fiction were serving up snacks before the show. Two Black Sheep provided the cocktails, Chateau des Charmes covered the wine, and Nickelbrook Brewing had the beer.
The evening was emceed by our favourite duo, Matt and Sunni, and was kicked off with a performance by the Hamilton Aerial Group.
Designs by Mallory
Mallory Gosselin opened the show with her colourful, print-heavy spring/summer 2016 collection, “Chrome Pop.”
Hamilton-based Volver clothing showed off their comfortable yet sleek knitwear handmade by designer Rosa Patriquin.
Jewellery by Karen
Karen McFarlane launched her label of “art-to-wear” jewellery in 1996 and has her studio in Dundas, Ontario.
The Eye of Faith
Aaron Duarte and Paul Heaton founded the Eye of Faith in 2011 and are known for their curated vintage clothing. At this year’s Supercrawl, they launched their ready-to-wear collection.
Lissa Hill Leather
Inspired by the biker culture, Lissa Hill creates custom motorcycle leathers. Fedoras, red leathers, pinstripes, and ties were featured in this collection.
This was my favourite collection of the night for the colours and bold prints. Inspired by the Garden of Eden, the print art was created by tattooists and silk-screened on the fabric.
I’m a huge fan of Angela Demontigny. She showcased her softer, more romantic wares but stayed true to the fabrics she’s known for.
She even had special guests Jeff Feswick and Mayor Fred Eisenberger walk the runway!
Glamour in the Hammer organizers, Blackbird Studios, closed the show with their fall/winter 2016 army-themed collection “Dear John.”
Even the brothers of the Good Shepherd participated in some runway action.
What was your favourite part of Good Shepherd‘s Glamour in the Hammer?