A NEW, MONTH-long pop-up shopping experience coming to Rice Village for the month of June will ask area shoppers to reconsider "why we buy." Siga, which means "slowly" in Greek, will highlight the sustainable creations of local designers, artists and creative thinkers who are committed to finding new ways of making, consuming and living that are kind to the planet.
The new shop — which was conceived of and organized by Alexia Kazilas of sustainable events planning company Miparea, local lawyer Holly Hughes, and Houston-based apparel designer Isabel Wilson, whose eponymous brand is a favorite of local eco-conscious fashionistas — kicks off with an opening party on Wednesday, June 2 from 5-8pm at its temporary digs in Rice Village (2367 Rice Boulevard). The shop will remain open through the end of the month, Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 6pm.
"The fast-paced fashion industry discards textiles that didn't make it to market. In the hands of these established designers and artists, these and other materials become useful, attractive, and even exotic," said the shop's organizers in a release. "Upcycled and rescued materials close the gap in a circle of designing, making and consuming, so that ideally nothing ends up in the landfill."
The temporary shop, which will operate as something between a gallery and a storefront, will feature a bevy of artisan-made sustainable goods, many of which are made from upcycled and rescued materials, from brands like local dried-floral company Posey, local sustainable lifestyle brand Refinement House, local Latin-America and Mexico-focused handmade homewares site Butaque, L.A.-based vegan accessories brand Hozen, and Houston-based ethically made denim brand Afternoon.
Siga organizer Wilson will also be selling items from her chic, small-batch apparel brand, which features cool custom prints on upcycled textiles, at the month-long pop-up shop. Also available will be artwork by local artists Lauren Moya Ford, Debra Barrera, Dominick Noboa, Sara Kitchen, Lili Jamail, Bradley Kerl and Erin Joyce.