Event Recap: The District Factory [Gallery]

By Shayne Benowitz

The District Factory opened its doors this Saturday night during the monthly Second Saturdays Art Walk in the Design District. Hosted by Fashion Poet Annie Vazquez, this pop-up art, design, and fashion shopping event featured more than 30 local artisans showcasing their wares. Some highlights of June’s installment included Lisu Vega accessories and apparel, Coco and Orange vintage, Phairytale Jewelry, Blu Lua accessories, and Collins Bridge eyewear.

Guests were treated to food and drink by Phuc Yea!, the former Vietnamese pop-up restaurant sensation. Their menu included a cucumber sake cooler and mango punch, as well as unusual items like jellyfish salad with passion fruit. Its permanent sister restaurant The Federal provided craft beer and sodas. The vibe was upbeat with Scratch DJ Academy’s DJ I.A.N on the decks while guests perused the one-of-a-kind finds. Post-pop artist Carol Adrianza’s works were on display, as well as an art installation by Taylor Kienholz of Pencils and Sawblades. For those seeking a little pampering, Midtown Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge was on hand for manicures.

Making its debut in April, The District Factory was founded to support the community’s emerging creative talent with the belief that you can make a living doing what you love. In addition to providing a sales platform for these creative professionals, the District Factory and its exhibitors also donate a portion of their collective proceeds to Dress For Success Miami.