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AUCKLAND, Today: The General Collective Lifestyle & Design Market – which introduces new, creative design work to the wider market each year – is on again in a fortnight – on Sunday 22 March at the ASB Showgrounds.

General Collective has been providing a platform for up-and-coming NZ designers and creatives to showcase their wares since 2014, and their first market of 2020 is jam-packed with exciting new Kiwi brands making their debut, says General Collective founder Rose Barbarich.

“We pride ourselves on creating a market experience that is really unique and part of what keeps people coming back is the quality of our stallholders,” she said. “It’s a real thrill to be able to support these up and coming NZ businesses.

“General Collective has been providing a platform for up-and-coming NZ designers and creatives since 2014.”

“Debut brands include My Mumma Jo’s who rescue nanas’ old carpets from landfill and repurpose them into gorgeous rugs, Lucie Blaze who deck out limited edition skateboards with colourful and surreal artwork, and local artist collective Further Doings Studio who are showcasing work from The Blanket Project which supports NZ art while raising money for Women’s Refuge.

“With over 200 stalls, market favourites will include Auckland based fashion designers Ribbon on a Bombshell, gorgeous hand crafted homewares and treasures from Claybird Ceramics and contemporary jewellery by Love Winter.

“General Collective also take refuelling seriously, so you’ll find great coffee, a bar to quench your thirst and some of Auckland’s best street food vendors including Rolling Pin Dumplings, Double Dutch Fries, Grown Up Donuts and Bun Hun, the exciting new venture by food truck royalty Debbie Orr of Judge Bao fame.”

The show runs 9am-3pm. Tickets cost $5 – or $15 for a VIP ticket.

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