A monthly art and flea market created by Aly Ishikuni (Mechakawa Vintage), Tiffany Tanaka (Fresh Café, The Candy Shop, WeSellThings4U) and Nicole Franco (MISH MASH), ART&FLEA draws an eclectic crowd of shoppers and music lovers alike.
Each Art & Flea event strives to be unique in both vendors and customers. Art & Flea events are hosted at Fresh Café (831 Queen Street), located between Downtown Honolulu and Kakaako. Art & Flea provides an open forum for adventurous creators to broadcast their distinctive fabrications in an urban setting.
"Our goal is to create an outlet for local vendors and artists to grow their business as well as sell their creations and collections with limited overhead," Nicole Franco says. "We wanted to put a fresh spin of your typical flea market providing a place where shoppers can be sure to find something hip and unique."
About the creators:
Aly Ishikuni- Owner/Designer of Mechakawa Vintage & lead singer of electro-pop band, ALT/AIR. Aly studied Fashion Merchandising and Business Marketing at the University of Hawaii and attended the Avex Artist Academy in Tokyo, Japan. She works as a buyer for luxury boutique, MixMix, and is a stylist, events coordinator, and one of the many innovative artist members of the organization, Creative Research Co-Operative.
Nicole Franco- Event Planner, Owner/ Designer of MiSH MaSH. Nicole studied Marketing and Communications at Philadelphia's Temple University and spent the next 5 years managing music venues and live events in NYC. She has been thrifter avid, vintage and flea market frequenter always on the hunt for treasures. In 2008 she moved to Oahu and began working in promotions and collaborating on events with some of Honolulu's heavy hitters. She recently has shifted gears into launching her own company MiSH MaSH consisting of vintage and retro clothing and accessories either recycled for a second chance or reconstructed into something completely new.
FRESH CAFÉ- Founded in July of 2009, Fresh Cafe was born into the hip and up and coming industrial district of Kaka'ako. Fresh Cafe is a hidden oasis with an eclectic mix of artists, students, musicians, and entrepreneurs who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Open early mornings and late nights Fresh Cafe has the latest cafe hours in town. Fresh Cafe brings to you FRESH which is a large warehouse space in back where you will often find live music, art and poetry. For more information visit: www.freshcafehi.com.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor or performer, please pre-register here. www.artandflea.com/contact See you at the Flea!