MakeFashion 2019 Wearable Tech and Makers Holiday Gift Guide
It’s the season of giving: which can also mean the season of stress over finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Our 2019 gift guide offers ideas for the tech-savvy makers and fashiontech fans on your wishlists. Wearable tech gifts for everyone! As a bonus, these gifts support independent creators within the MakeFashion community.
Prices and availability listed are as date of post and subject to change.
For the Book Enthusiasts
A book is always a great gift, and the holidays are a great time to browse through an inspirational coffeetable book or learn a new technique.
MakeFashion Edu Season 1 Collection Book
MakeFashion Edu is a branch of MakeFashion focused on education and introducing youth to STEAM through runway projects.
Get a hardcopy of each project featured at MakeFashion Edu’s Season 1 Runways. Inspirational stories and images from 3 runway shows from cities around the world, with different perspectives and ways of creating fashion tech.
Make It, Wear It – Hal Rodriguez and Sahrye Cohen
Hal Rodriguez and Sahrye Cohen form the “Amped Atelier” team, who have participated in several MakeFashion runway shows with their innovative garments.
Their book “Make it, Wear It” clearly explains cutting-edge sewing, crafting, and electronics techniques and features a series of easy-to-follow projects using readily-sourced components and tools.
For the DIY Makers
Maker Culture is at the heart of our mission, and there’s nothing better than the gift of materials and supplies for our next project. If you have a DIY maker on your list, these gifts will bring joy.
Fabricadabra Creations Fabric – Angela Dale
Angela Dale is a seasoned costume and FashionTech designer and a major part of the MakeFashion community. In addition to her custom work, Angela creates unique, rich fabric patterns as Fabricadabra Creations.
If you have a sewing or fashiontech addict on your list, this unique fabric will inspire creativity and fresh ideas.
DIY Wearable Tech Kit – Wearable Tutorials
Any fan of MakeFashion will know that we’re all about expression through tech in fashion. This light-up LED costume and fashion kit makes it easy for anyone to add illumination to their outfits: no soldering or programming required.
The kit is available with two kinds of controllers, and comes pre-loaded with a variety of colors and effects including strobe, waterfall, rainbow, and shooting star. The strands are flexible and perfect for a variety of wearable tech projects.
For the Flashy Fashionistas
FashionTech is at the core of what we do at MakeFashion, and make of our designers have branched off into their own lines of ready-to-wear. Bring a bit of the runway to your own wardrobe.
Starry Night Dress – Art by Physicist Kitty Yeung
Kitty Yeung is a FashionTech designer who has participated in MakeFashion events over the years. She has recently launched her line of fashion in spired by science, technology, and astronomy.
The constellations on the fabric are hand-painted by Designer KtY based on scientific star maps and digitally printed through eco-friendly process.
Dark Power Skirt – Lumen Couture
After years of inspiration from the MakeFashion runway, Chelsea Klukas created the Lumen Couture ready-to-wear Light Up LED FashionTech line. The designs are made to be comfortable, durable, and even cleanable for multiple wearings.
The Dark Power Pencil skirt is remote-controlled with a variety of modes, and is compatible with boards like Arduino. The skirt has a unique removable washable lining.
Support Local: Gifts in Calgary
MakeFashion was founded in Calgary, Canada: and many of our friends and supporters are also in Calgary. If your gift recipient is located in Calgary, consider supporting the local community.
Fuse33 Makerspace Membership
Fuse33 makerspace is the hub of MakeFashion’s activity in Calgary. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has enough “stuff”, there’s nothing better than the gift of experience and opportunity to access Fuse33’s resources.
A monthly subscriptions starts at $60 and goes up to $130 for Pro membership. Make someone’s year by gifting a 6-month or 12-month membership! Or for a less-committed option, drop-in passes and packages start at $25.
Custom FashionTech Couture by Orduz Pinto Hautech Couture
Maria Orduz is a Calgarian, Colombian born designer with a passion for innovation and technology. She has been a part of MakeFashion since the beginning, producing some of the most popular garments on our runways.
For the “person who has everything”, why not commission a unique FashionTech garment? Maria Orduz will work directly with you or your gift recipient to create custom, unique couture: you can guarantee this a one-of-a-kind gift they won’t already have.
It’s the Little Things: Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $30.
Gift-giving magic is sometimes about the little things. These stocking stuffers and small gifts are sure to delight anyone on your holiday wishlist.
Glow Quartz Crystal Illuminated Earrings – Lumen Couture
These LED earrings are handmade with real quartz crystals. The combination of real crystals with glowing illumination gives a magical feeling that look good whether the illumination is turned on or off. When the light is not activated, these appear as beautiful quartz earrings.
The design is offered in single quartz, double quartz, and multi-quartz styles. Each earring contains a LED that is activated by pressing on the backing. Extra batteries and backings are available with purchase.
MakeFashion Fleece Scarf
Stay warm this winter with our MakeFashion branded scarf! Show your support of our FashionTech initiatives with this winter-ready accessory.
Fleece scarf with MakeFashion leather tag. Available in light grey, dark grey and blue.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our gift guide and have found something for everyone on your list this year!