DEFTMART is the brainchild of the team behind the clothing company Deftment. It was created to provide a pop-up shop with high quality vendors that were chosen based on their reputations for having the best products. The vendors are also distinctly different to one another.
The host of the event, Deftment, a locally based clothing company founded in 2014 by Nicholas Huggins and Kevin Ross. Having taken part in several group pop ups over the years, they decided to give it a go and placed an emphasis on making sure the vendors were of a high caliber as well as making sure the event was well promoted in order to ensure that the turn out is good. It also serves as a platform for the individual clientele of each vendor to be introduced to the other companies being showcased thereby increasing the visibility of each of these local brands.
Meet the Vendors
Deftment—a mixture of the words “deft”, which means skillful, and “movement”—was launched in October, 2014 by Nicholas Huggins and Kevin Ross. Their vision has always stayed the same: to provide high quality tees that are suited to a Caribbean lifestyle. Stylish, versatile and durable; these t-shirts have the ability to transition from the beach, to a session at the gym, to an all-inclusive fete with ease.
The Caribbean is full of skilled individuals ranging from artists, musicians, chefs, DJ’s, fashion designers; and those are the people who they’ve detailed as their ideal customer. The brand reflects the culture of incredibly diverse people and talents on our islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
THE LITTLE IMAGINARY SHOP
The Little Imaginary Shop was founded in 2014 by Kimi See Tai; a designer, a maker, and most certainly a daydreamer.
The Little Imaginary Shop was built out of the need for a brand that encompassed a variety of her limited edition collections of jewelry, feathered ear cuffs, flower crowns, gold leaf trinket trays and most currently her collection of distressed Moroccan mirrors, and home grown succulents.
An eclectic collection of accessories for you and your treasured spaces.
MICHA GOMES JEWELRY
Launched in 2013 by designer Laura Michelle Gomes, Micha Gomes Jewelry bridges the gap between art and fine jewelry. Inspired greatly by her Caribbean island surroundings, Laura creates her highly textural pieces in wax, carving and drawing every pattern by hand before casting in sterling silver or 14k gold. The Micha Gomes line is currently available at Okazions Gift Store at The Falls at Westmall and will be released at Loot and Palate Limited, at 12 O’Connor Street, Woodbrook next month. Follow her Instagram page @michagomesjewelry to view her most current work.
By Making designs and manufactures products that reinterpret the familiar to create fresh, new objects centered around flexible living. They are guided by the belief that good design should bring beauty, wonder, and delight to the everyday.
By Making was founded in 2010 by Marlon Darbeau, who grew up in Trinidad in a family tradition of metal and woodworking. Every object produced speaks to the value and process of working with different materials and types of makers and technologies, thereby creating the basis for sustainable, local processes and value systems. As fans of duality, they often seek ways in which an object can be transformed from one function to another.
In 2017, By Making formed a relationship with manufacturer TYE to help refine the processes and to bring more of their products to a broader market. The first of these, Bloom, is available for purchase on the online shop.
LISA SEE TAI
Proud to be one of the first graduates of the Caribbean Academy of Fashion Design, with a visual art background, Lisa See Tai is the designer of a local womenswear clothing line. Her eponymous brand delivers a trustworthy identity of high quality, wearable separates for a sensual island lifestyle. Her collections currently retail in a quiet nook in the Normandie Hotel, St Ann’s. To see more of her work, follow her on Instagram @lisaseetaidesign.
Here’s an authentic niche-market fashion brand conceptualised to reflect the true essence of the Caribbean through the infectious energy of our Trinbagonian lifestyle. Saniantios currently offers hand painted and embellished sunglasses, fashion jewelry and ethereal flowered headpieces.
FULL BLOOM COFFEE
Full Bloom Coffee is a local company involved in the roasting, packaging, distribution and retail of premium coffees sourced from various regions from around the world. Their goal is to create a new and improved coffee experience in T&T, with a focus on freshness, quality, careful roasting, education, and unmatched customer service. All of their 100% premium arabica coffee beans have been responsibly grown (no chemicals) and ethically sourced from various regions across the globe. They roast in small batches every week ensuring the highest levels of freshness and flavour. They look forward to serving you soon!
Drevait is a locally-handcrafted brand that designs limited edition pieces, radiating a refreshing and modern take on the Caribbean aesthetic.
Was founded in 2010 by cosmetic chemist, Kathryn Nurse, with the aim of creating “Little Local Luxuries”. The company develops, manufactures and bottles an aspirational Caribbean lifestyle and then sells it to all women who want to feel the warmth of an authentic Caribbean experience, while empowering themselves through beauty.
Their cosmetics are all 100% made in Trinidad & Tobago and prove that sophistication and local are not mutually exclusive concepts. In addition, Immortelle Beauty is a company that has a local mind-set, but strives to cater to international standards. With their local product and our international presentation, they are truly bringing the concept of affordable local luxury to the Caribbean.