Entrance to 25th St. Collective
Starting today, Feb. 28, the block of 25th street between Telegraph and Broadway will have a dozen creative lifestyles businesses celebrating their art, craft and fashion with live music, wine pouring and more - all this for Oakland's first "Winter Thursday" event.
Everyone is invited to come out to this free event from 6 to 8 p.m. when there will be live music at Oakopolis and the 25th Street Collective, along with wine pouring by Two-Mile Wines, made and sold out of 25th Street Collective. There also will be happy hour on wine from 6 to 7 p.m.
Eight galleries including SLATE contemporary, Manna and Vessel will be open for viewing. Several fashion shops will be open, some of which are, 25th Street Collective, Zero Friends and Myrrhia Fine Knitwear.
According to Danielle Fox, director at SLATE contemporary, the galleries in Oakland have been talking about creating an alternative to First Fridays for a while now, as there is some clientele who would prefer to come on a quieter evening.
Fox said that what the 25th Street Collective and some of galleries on 25th Street decided to do was to add an additional evening to the month and to coordinate it with other spaces on the block so that it is not specifically just an art gallery crawl or an Art Murmur sponsored event - but a separate event for all the creative business on the block.
"One thing we all have in common is that we are all creative businesses, so whether it's the T-shirt designers or the fashion designers or even the wine makers," she said. "It is about celebrating and creating other opportunities for people to come and enjoy it besides First Friday."
Sabrina Fair, Pattern Maker and Designer at 25th Street Collective said that what makes the collective unique and special is to be able to see different designers working on uniquely-designed retail apparel.
"One of our designers here makes leather jackets out of car upholsteries and another brand here called Ghetto Goldilocks uses reclaimed fabric or existing clothes and adds to them to embellish something new," Fair said.
Another designer, Myrrhia Resneck at Myrrhia Fine Knitwear said that she designs and makes her sweaters and knitwear accessories at the space on 25th Street.
"There is not many place in Oakland that make custom knitwear apparel, where you can talk directly to the designer and have them make it exactly the way you like," she said.