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Etsy Canada PR/Communication Director Jennifer Knox

Last week, a group of local writers and media were invited to Gastown’s Blacktail Florist Restaurant + Lounge to help celebrate all things Etsy. The Canadian contingent of the popular online portal is based in Toronto, with Jennifer Knox serving as the company’s Director of PR and Communications.

Etsy Summer Sangria: Hatch Wineries B. Yanco, Pierre Ferrano dry curaçao, housemade elderflower syrup, fresh lime juice, Bittered Sling peach bitters, soda
[Etsy Summer sangrias at Blacktail Florist, Gastown]

Geometric terrarium by Vancouver-based White Lies Jewelry
[Products by White Lies Jewelry, Foe and Dear, Blue Nails Indigo, Tender Love & Cardstock]

Over a leisurely lunch with Etsy sangrias and lots of conversation, we were given a short presentation of trends pushing ahead of the thousands of products (both ready-made and DIY) available on Etsy.

As expected, mobile products are forging ahead in this area, with cases proving a top-selling, must-have fashion accessory.

Joseph Henry Workshop
[Joseph Henry Workshop’s cable keeper, $10]

Trending alongside phone cases are chargers, wall decals, cat designs and soap-making kits.

Ink Blossom’s stationery kit
[Ink Blossom’s stationery kit, $9]

Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the Year, Marsala, figures prominently in the collection with pretty patterned pillows, tassle necklaces, and stationery sets in that rich, deep red.

Metallics are also on-trend this summer. Look for bold geometrics in products from jewelry to apartment-friendly terrariums.

White Lies Jewelry
[Vancouver-based White Lies Jewelry’s square terrarium, $75]

For summer entertaining, check out this set of four wooden chalkboard tags by Okanagan, BC’s Twine and Twig Design.

Chalkboard tags by Twine & Twig
[Chalkboard tags by Twine & Twig, $6]

There’s price points for every budget and taste. Visit Etsy Canada online for products and perhaps some inspiration.

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