Merchant Mamas

If you wanna get your shop on during the balmy weather predicted for us this weekend, sisters seem to have it going on. On Friday (4-8pm) the wonderfully down-to-earth celeb designer Ashaka Givens starts her two-day Spring sale and fashion event at 580 8th Avenue 21st floor (between 38th & 39th Sreets in Manhattan) Stop at the ATM, it’s cash only for her sexy summer somethings.


Ashaka Givens and her summer sizzler.

Across the bridge, Wall Streeter-turned-technically-trained-fashion- designer Kenya Rice hosts a cocktail trunk show and sale starting at 6pm at 227 Gates Avenue in the BK. RSVP requested at


One of Kenya Rice’s feminine frocks. The designer herself.

Stylist Joan Van Hees, vintage maven and Afri-centrifugal fashion force, has been holding court at the Brooklyn Flea since its inception and getting some well-deserved shine. She shares her space this weekend with fellow style chile, filmmaker Crystal Whaley, there to recirculate some treasures and spread some Warrior Woman love. Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt.


Crystal Whaley and Joan Van Hees. One of Joan’s vintage finds.

Just blocks away Erica Hutchinson’s beloved Ft. Greene shop, Addy + Ferro celebrates its last weekend after four years of business with great sale items and loving goodbye nibbles.


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